AntiFascist and ProMigrant Response to the Weekly “Hygiene” Demos

 

COVIDIOTS AND NAZIS UNITED FACING ANTIFA

The feeling of uncertainty and fear has been fed by the State aproach to this Corona Crisis like every other crisis that came before and that continues to grow by each day: Climate, Migration, Food Instability and Deforestation, all being exploited for profit, militarization and by the Right.  With Corona at first we were all told not to bother wearing masks in public spaces, remember with illogical justification that only sick people should do so, dirty secret of capitalism and austerity being that there was not enough masks not just for all but also even for hospital workers, then came the present regulations for manatory mask wearing together with world-wide subsidies and buyoouts for heavy industries and large corporations and not for the healthcare or in the form of social assistance for those most at risk, the elderly the poor, migrants and prisoners.  In this climate of practical breakdown it is the right that once again is trying to seize the opportunity to peddle their conspiracy theories to take advantage of the crisis: the narratives only on the surface apears to be critical of the state, assuming incredibly racist and antisemitic overtones: wearing masks is compared to sharia law or  to wearing star of David during the Holocaust.

 

 

 

 

 

In last saturday demo #K2305 in Cologne a person appeared in a concentration camp uniform with a sign “Maske Macht Frei”, seen here being interviewed by a extreme right youtuber Oliver Flesch.  This is only on the surface appearing to be  critical of the state and its corona regulations as the conservative and right wing nature of those protest cover up any critique of social and healhtcare inaction of the state, marginalize highly affected groups like refugees, prisoners and migrant workers even further and their demo participants clap frantically any time any of the counter protesters get hassled or arrested by the police.

It is however the couter demonstrators, coming from left, antifa, social causes perspectives that make those demos worthwile and put them in the right context.  After the initial surprise of the first demos on and around May 2nd, where Hygiene movement entered stores and harassed people wearing masks with some masks being pulled off people’s faces, with a very pronounced radical right element, the following demos on the 16th and 23 of May in Cologne and in Aachen, as in most other large cities, large antifascist counterdemonstrator presence was mobilized. In Cologne outnumbering the Hygiene Covidiots by 100, having 300-400 protesters to the Hyginist’s 200.  It is not only the narrative that sets this group and movement as being clearly instrumentalized and heavily influenced by the right, its very name strikes uneasy parallels to Hygiene being a particuarly high propaganda focus of the national socialist regime with Racial Hygiene laws and potrayal of all ethnic minorities and enemies of the state as unhygienic. During the demos many agresive provocations took place from the Hyginists who caughed from  a short disctance in the counter protester’s faces, sprayed them with desinfectant, and kept aggressively asking “Do you see any Natzis here?”. With each protest having its high profile extreme right wing social media personality as part of the protest on #K16o5 it was the Youtuber “Influenza”(with a rather intentionally disturbing self identification and fetishization of another deadly disease). Which is another more secretive, but seen in their group chats, element of this movement that not only does it deny that corona is a deadly to hundreds of thousands disease but at other times spreading the views that the pandemic is cleansing humanity of the old, sick and functions a needed population control instrument.

It is no wonder that like towards completly open natzis showing off in the streets, here too the response is that of disgust, actions and blockades. The counterdemos being organized with and without permits by alliance of the left and on the 26th of May in Cologne by the Sea Bridge, SeeBrucke People, offering a safe space and a garthering place for all that share a pro social, pro healthcare and anti natzi perspecive.  This legality and permits of those demos, like allways, is not being respected by the State with several people being detained in Cologne and in Aachen.  Once again solidarity is our weapon and we know that we can not expect anything more than inaction and brutality from the State, be it the Climate crisis or Corona, thats why again and again it is the self organized, autonomous and community groups that are filling the void that the State creates and enlarges creating an arena for the right wing extremists and neonazis.

The struggle for the streets and the minds has some parallels to the political situation fallowing the great depression in the 1920, with the unemployment in US and many economic indicators surpassing the great depression, especially in US and in the Global South, with the crisis expected to worsen with present unprecedented food insecurity in Africa and India and quite possibly this fall in Europe as well after a record breaking hot and dry winter.  Equating every crisis with an opportunity, AFD, initianlly experiencing large drop in support due to not having any pro healtcare or pro social perspecitve(suprise, suprise) during the pandemic is now trying to catch up and postition iteself  to take advantage of this economic/social/ecological crisis of Late Capitalism that is brewing out of,not just, corona, but also out of decades of ultra liberal austerity, climate crisis and now a global pandemic.  The closures of many small establishments and loss of employment has to be adressed from a critique of capitalism perspective and the void filled with actions, mutual support and demands for not more cops but for free and open healthcare, not more guns but living wages and more open living and social spaces and closed borders responded with aid and open doors and admission to those impacted by wars and instability for which our privelaged Global North livestyles are responsible.

 

All the above demands, needs and social and climate emergencies that corona, cliamate and refugee crisis symbolize continue to be responded to by thousands who are not willing to sit at home and await the government to deliver any solutions knowing very well that unless those demands are not won in the streets and through actions and occupations they will never become a reality.

A movement of Social and Ecological Justice continues against the “philosophy” of disinformation, fear, militarism and collapse!!

 

Hunger Strike For the Climate?! now in 31th day.

 

For past 31 days actions have taken place as part of Hunger Strike for the Climate?! and against Corona Marginalization, Profiteering and Repression through out the state of North Rhine Westphalia. We have taken our demands of:

1. No sidelining of Climate Crisis in itself connected to habitat loss and migration that is causing and magnifying of the latest capitalist structural crisis of Covid 19 pandemic.

2. Release of prisoners from NRW jails, the last land in Bundes Republic territory not to do so to decrease the risk of outbreak of corona in its overcrowded prisons.

3. Solidarity with refugees and call for release and closure of refugee camps on the greek island and of US ICE Immigration detention where conditions are dire and outbreaks occur on every day basis.

4. Call for supermarkets to stop throwing food in the trash, exposing activists, the poor, the elderly and the homeless to all the pathogens that are in the store by having to go through the supermarkets garbage.

5. Call for anonymous testing and amnesty for forest activists during the pandemic. Both are preventing not just activists but all without valid id from being tested and stress on using police to address the crisis is making numerous populations reluctant and not able to seek treatment.

6. Connecting and full responsibility for RWE of its epicenter of respiratory deseases caused by coal based emission and fine particles from mining amplifying the scope of the pandemic by leaving the local population sicker and more vulnerable to this disease on top of causing more that 60000 deaths in German territory alone. Same with RWEs effect on the global climate disaster unfolding before our eyes.

7. Opening Up of villages, buildings and to be destroyed homes laying in the path of RWEs toxic mines for social, ecological and living spaces.

Last but not least:

 

 

8. No instrumentalization of Corona for new waves of repression against forest and climate activists and ever increasing groups of marginalized segments of society: the homeless and the poor, elderly, ethnic minorities and refugees, and prisoners.

With the Climate Crisis continuing to unfold as RWE continues to mine around Hambacher Forst destroying surrounding, also happening in two other coal mining regions, villages and habitats and as the corona epidemic is exploited to bail out and to give billions to large polluters and heavy industries, all this as the epidemic rages in prisons, refugee camps, in the global south and in socially enclosed and collective spaces with no resources and little attention directed for those that needed it the most. For those reasons and especially to raise awareness of solidarity mutual assistance and anticapitalist critique and perspective of this and this and that in an ever list of crises perpetuated by the system for those reasons the Hunger Strike for the Climate will continue for another week taking this message to the empty of compassion, empathy and foresight edifices of power:

Monday NRW Parliament 1100 to 1300 Interior Ministry 1320 to 1500

Tuesday RWE headquarters Essen 1200 to 1500

Wed. Aachen Court and Aachener Anzeiger for its anti Climate and Pro Coal message

Thurs. Ehrenfeld JVA Koln Prison, place of detention of many Hambacher Forst Activists

Fri. Real SuperStore in Duren 1000 to 1400 a location of arrest of Hambis for liberating thrown away food.

Skillsharing camp Dannenröder Forest May 4th–11th

The following text has reached us:

Skillshare will NOT Take place at this Date!

Overview page for skillshare

Hello everybody,

From May 4th until 11th there will be the first “Wald statt Asphalt” Skillshare Camp in Dannenröder Forest!

A new section of the A49 motorway will run through the forest. Therefore many, partly very old leaves and conifers, which are still full of life at the moment, will give way to the cold asphalt. The planned so-called “compensation measures” clearly do not fulfil their purpose and definitely do not compensate for the loss of several hectares of a centuries-old mixed forest. Furthermore, a new motorway will not, as advocates hope, bring traffic relief to the affected villages and will only serve the capitalist interests of companies based in the nearby urban village such as “Ferrero” or “Fritz Winter”.

The forest has been occupied since the end of September 2019 in order to stop its destruction by the expansion of the A49 and to bring about a traffic which doesnt destroy the climate: freee public traffic on trains, bicycle and walking. By occupying the trees, the clearing work in this forest has effectively been stopped and suspended for at least one year. The activists will not tolerate inactively that living trees are killed in the Dannenröder forest for a failed traffic policy. As long as the occupation exists and beings are fighting there, there will be no highway in the Dannenröder Forest!

There are different ways to be part of the skillshare, e.g. participating in workshops, offering them yourself or just getting to know other great beings.
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December 4th: 3rd day of the trial WeShutDown Blockade

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Come to the third and presumably last day of the lawsuit for blockading the Weisweiler power plant in 2017.
The proceedings for the claim for damages of 2 million € by RWE are still pending.

The criminal case against five activists because of the blockade of the Weisweiler power plant goes into the final round. Simultaneously with the climate negotiations in Bonn in 2017, one of Europe’s dirtiest CO2 emitters had to be shut down almost completely for several hours. more…

Skillsharing Camp in Hambach Forest, Sept 15th – 23rd

The second Skillsharing Camp of this year will take place from September 15th to 23rd. Here is the current Timetable.
We, the orga team, are currently very understaffed. If you are currently in the forest and / or in the meadow and you can imagine helping, then write to skillsharing.hambacherforst@nullriseup.net. No prior knowledge required 😉

We still don’t have a kitchen crew. If you happen to be a culinary collective that can imagine cooking in the period then write as well.

Also artists, speakers and people who are already in demand can write.

Invitation to the trial party at the regional court Aachen (5/29)

The trial because of the tripod, which was suddenly on the Hambachbahn during the G20 summit in Hamburg, goes into the second round. After the district court Jülich has sentenced the two defendants in the first instance to a fine of 90 or 100 daily sentences, the appeal is now being held before the district court of Aachen. So to make you know what you are getting into, first a few quotes from the official protocol of the first instance:

“The following court order is then issued: It is forbidden to disturb the course of the meeting by calling or throwing objects from the spectator area…”
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Call for trial support on 05/17/2019

Next date: Friday, 5/31/2019, 9 am

On 17.05.2019, a lawsuit against an anarchist from the Hambach Forest will begin.

The allegations are: Attempted serious assault in coincidence with assault on law enforcement officers in a particularly serious case and with damage to property as well as resistance to law enforcement officers and property damage.
Property damage is doubly in there, because it is about several cases.

Where: District Court Düren, Room 1.07
When: May 17th, 2019 at 9:00 am

He is looking forward to a large audience!

House occupied in Morschenich

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UPDATE April 24th
18:03 All who were imprisoned on April 23rd and 24th are free.
14:26 Over the next hour and a half, two people from House 1 will be brought before the committing magistrate at the Düren court house. Support desired.
12:50 Police operation ended. Everyone leaving the scene.
12:33 People in the trees are being evicted by climbing cops.
12:32 Eviction of the 2 people on the roof of the new #MAZ that was evicted yesterday is completed. Min. 1 person still in the tree in the garden.

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