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.

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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.

“No Fear” May Day 2020 in Hambach Forest

 

May First! In the pre-Corona days many in the forest were in cities across Europe taking part in global actions and demonstration. This year the comrades who found themselves in the forest, if not building barricades treehouses or communal spaces, followed updates of MayDay actions and demonstrations: The Anarchists and syndycalists of Wupertall walking through

the street in a mob of joy and celebration shortly after midnight singing chanting and projecting rays of fireworks and light through out the street. We watched from a distance as the legalist “demos” were either cancelled or severely limited and split up into permits of smaller demos and as larger ones were being harassed and kettled by the cops in cities from Istanbul to Frankfurt. Then the call came out through voices echoing through the forest “Cops in the Forest at Crowsnest, wanting to evict!” The tradition of staging police actions in the forest during May Day, New Years, Global Climate Marches and Strikes as well as Ende Geleande and Climate Camp action continued, might as well for the next occasions like this set up lawn chairs and together with the media wait for the next wave of NRWE CO2ps running to Hambi to make sure that are spirits are not too high and we are not thinking too much about revolution but instead about their nice and clean uniforms oh yeah lets not forget the guns and the tanks too. Logistically its much harder and 2-3 more expensive for police to show up in the forest on those dates it does however show their determination to split up, isolate and distract movements, occupations and front-lines involved in the Climate Justice, Animal Liberation, QUEER, Anti Deforestation and Anti Fascist struggles. By definition also revealing their political sentiment and connections. It should also be a part of larger socio economic anti capitalist critique of how easy it is to in time of numerous crisis: austerity, climate , corona to channel so much resources away from ecology, education and healthcare towards protecting corporate criminals against humanity and the Planet. In the end being more than responsible for worsening situation.

So this time being smaller in number but still symbolically present they compensating with extra fire power showing up with an MP5 Heckler and Koch and a larger caliber weapon being carried by a cop assuming the role, like allways, of not just the “Bad” but also arrogant cop, with the caliber having a direct effect on macho behavior.

When the forest activists exited the forest, while being 30 meters away from a group of activists,the police pointed two machine guns at the activists ordering one in the group to put down their stick while at the same time approaching closer to the activists, indicating not just lack of concern but also intent to escalate, the person pointed the stick at the police and asked them to put down their weapons first, with cops responding that they will put them down if the person puts down the stick first, another person asked the police if they are aiming for a head shot to which the female associated cop responded with “No but it makes a loud boom.”(Hmmm its very unlikely that they were carrying blanks).


The situation was then deescalated by a person that walked straight towards the cops with their hands up to talk. The same person afterwards ended up breaking down and crying, relating how traumatic it was that the situation with their van, their home could have costed their comrades their lives.

There were several reasons  given for this politically charged and symbolic “visit”. At first it was to help the RWE workers clean up the place: there was nothing to clean and the RWE secus who came with them just ended up sniffing around places they don’t ussually have easy access to, then some pallets were noticed behind parked cars and activists were informed that they would have to be removed. Parked next to the forest vans were than looked at, license plates written down and told to move by Saturday when the cops were claiming that they would return(never trust a cop). The psychological warfare: “We’ll be back.” especially resonated with newer and outside supporters exploiting the fear of police actions, attack and eviction. Instead of course the cops on Saturday were grilling, and when not at football games going after hoolies, then still quarantining from corona and this time also recovering from a small sh*t storm that pointing guns at people has caused.

All this stress and life threatening situations also has to do with exposure of the public to more and more violent forms of force being carried, deployed and used by the police. Today the machine guns are pointed at a crowd tomorrow perhaps now legal taser will be tried in the forest on psychologically affected persons(one of the most common targets for those weapons with many induced heart attack deaths annually) Also how long before somebody might be shot for holding one of the favorite to show in the media by police “weapons”/tools used in the forest an ax or a large knife?! Filling the pages of BILDS and Zeits with appreciation for the brave police doing their work while latest scientific discovery on how desperate the state of the planet and its climate might not even be found on the last page these pro RWE rags and neither will be actually what might have taken place.

What we see from the cops and don’t see from the media shows what they are concerned and afraid the most: of activists, people and communities to have a sense of autonomy and tradition and to be able to celebrate it in peace, to have undisturbed by disinformation and divisionism lines of communication and solidarity among multisectional lines, and to also have an autonomous and unsilenced voices that offers an antifascist, left, ecological, antisexist, antihomophobe and antispecist perspective. If you resonate with even one of these principles and are open to supporting and expanding to the others, JOIN US! The Struggle has only just begun!!

 

Salute of Solidarity to Anarchists in the Italian territory

From occupied Hambacher Forest, from its treehouses, barrios and villages and camps we send you openhearted and warm expressions of love and rage.  Of Love and Rage in the face of State after State creating and deepening and then exploiting crisis after crisis, be it post-colonialist ultra liberalism with its austerity & social and climate/ecological  collapsing or be it the waves of opportunistic militarization of repression that follow, one crisis blending and fusing with the next.  As each part of the remaining social and community fabrics is collapsed and destroyed it is subjected to this dynamic like You who rose and continued to rise to the occasion and become an inspiration for us all.

So from the largest “ZAD” autonomous enclave on the edge of the largest coal mine in the EU territory we send an acknowledgment honoring the tradition, history and the present of those fighting the anticapitalist liberation struggles in the italian region. With great debt felt be anarchist communities worldwide to which you and your predecessors contributed so much.  In the face of the breakdown of last remaining illusions of social and ecological safety nets, being replaced by quarantines, infectious hospitals and prisons we reflect and communicate that it does not matter either if we are here for a week, month or years more, what matters is that this and many other struggles have stood in the face of overwhelming forces persevered, from the villages, cities, barrios and treehouses and from behinds bars and communicated the message of resistance around the planet.  It was those messages and actions from you that inspired so many here and countless other places, it is that same message from us to you that we can only hope will reverberate as a slow ‘back to normal’, becomes the new norm against which all resistant people fought and warned across the historical spectrum.

History never exactly repeats itself but it does rhyme, with all too many always ready to hum and sing the tune of blind obedience, of destruction of all that is beautiful, communitarian, solidaric and free, and as that tune is reinforced through the paranoia and profiteering of the corporate media with state following with its authoritarian anti social anti health state of emergency,with its too little to late, “solutions”. And as drones fly above cities worldwide keeping people from getting too close to each other,as this distopian scifi bullsh*t becomes the new normal as this happens it is also the notes and voices of “Bella Ciao” that continue to reverberate, after more than 80 years ago echoing through apenine mountains and forest on both sides of the Adriatic, reverberating still from countless instruments, mouths and hearts at camps, collectives actions and demos.  The historical strength of resistance. perseverance and inspiration reminding that even in the darkest times not only has hope and the eternal spirit of liberation and universal equality not dissapeared but has sustained itself and exploded time after time in a celebration of liberation.  This is one of those times again when your message of standing shoulder to shoulder with those that not just have the least, but have also been singled out as targets of exclusion and persecution, like the prisoners, refugees and all that dare to look at the new face of authoritarian state and say No and Basta, like the Zapatistas, Zadists, NoTav, Anticapitalists from Chile, Spain, Bielorus and in every place where there is injustice and repression.  Thank you for your actions manifestos/updates on the refugee, prisoner, medical sector and gig economy exploitation and profiteering!

It is becoming once gain crucial to reach out, to communicate and inspire.  As one state after another does away with any pretensions of “liberties” and “rights” and replaces them with more privilege and power for fewer and fewer power hungry idiots self isolated from the effects of their actions on the masses, the spirit of rebellion and hope germinates in the least expected and most forgotten locales. Lets keep that message strong, feed it maintain it together and spread it and share it with all those whom even we might have forgotten.

Occupying and squatting on top of the European pyramid of exploitation, privilege and force, it is all of those remaining privileges that have to be questioned, and uprooted as the message is taken to those in the global south in the back alleys and the havelas with the understanding that it is not us but them who are our mentors and our teachers:  The homeless person who left a reality of exploitation based employment behind 4 lifetimes ago, a refugee traumatized by war who might not have even picked a side, a prisoner of a war on the poor, they are us and we are them.

Rapid social and ecological degradation path taken by The State actors worldwide means that LockDowns, Red Zones and Stay at Homes of Corona are just a rehearsal towards a state of permanent emergency and ever progressing break down, break down that is not just removing the primacy of the west on the international scene(to which nationalists elements respond as a rallying cry) but also destroying the life bearing capacity of the planet itself by destabilizing the stable climate itself, while groundwork is laid for future pandemics by destroying healtcare, social sectors and feeding tons of antibiotic to factory farms captives breeding an ever increasing number of antibiotics resistant bacterial strains, while farma and military continues to stockpile and experiment on an ever increasing list of biowarfare agents for “defensive purposes”.

IT is crucial for so many among us to expand and maintain the concepts of equality and liberation to all other species. What is done to them is done to all of us.  In case of corona quite literary with the habitat destruction and animal trade leading to one of the deadliest outbreaks of last 50 years, presently with a death toll of 1/200 of HIV and 1/2 swine flue. Yet these last two pandemics the System was capable of normalizing and weathering when just 10 years later the break down is advancing to the point where that is no longer possible.  That is why no matter how isolated, overwhealmed and depressed this might make many of us feel lets not forget that it is in moments like this that a new opportunity for utopian and anarchist conceps presents itself.

Those drunk with new/old powers seldom realize how unstable their creations become when their piramid of hirarchical destruction and opression rests on the shoulders of so many whose communities and habitats have been cratered, bombed, evicted and wiped out time after time. Covid 19 pandemic errupted during the warmest winter on record, with not just subsaharan Africa and Ethiopia experiencing unprecedented crop failure but the global norths food supplies and their own food production becoming more and more affected & unstable.  This is not just a beggining of ever increasing State Power but also its end and true exposure of its weakness and limitations.  We will all join each other in the streets and occupied villages and cities be it under the spectre of State opression or be it in the voids that the State leaves that so many collectives, groups and networks have sprung up to fill.

Hambacher Forst struggle and occupation has for last 8 years filled such a void, an ancient forest being destroyed by largest movable machines on the face of the earth: RWE diggers and as 10s, 100s and then 1000s faced and blocked the police forces of climate and social chaos we created a community based on utopian principles of antisexism, antispecism, antiracism, antifashism, antihomophobia and anticapitalism.  It has been the autonomy and seemingly temporary nature of the occupation that have made it so special. Now the forest, its last 10% is “saved” as the diggers continue to dig all around and continue to destroy any hope of stable future with their gigatons of extracted carbon and until that stops the fight continues.  With this being just one of the many global & interconnected front-lines of the planetary struggle joing us! As we reach out and join you in projects, actions and occupations.  Stay in touch, keep spreading your message and see you in the streets in the forests and in the mountains!

BELLA CIA! SOLIDARISCHE GRÜSSE

Autonomous Corona Solidarity

 

Disaster Capitalism has only one answer and one “solution” to crisis after crisis of its own making: a permament state of emergency.  Climate Disaster, Refugee Crisis, Global Fires and now a world-wide pandemic are answered to by the State after State with indiference, profiteering, higher levels of surveilance and with police batons.  In effect millions are awaken to the realization of the the level of opression and indifference shared by all in power.  Each crisis result in bottom up and community projects spring up. Mutual Support, Autonous, Anarchist and Community groups stepping in to fill the holow shell of the state and replace its empty promises and respond to its threats.

Each crisis raises new question and brings new issues to the forefront. Showing interconnectess and continuity of one crisis and each struggle to the next.  Climate Catastrophe and Habitat destruction resulting in more species being displaced harvested and exploited transmitting desease after desease to the human population, as if defending itself.  Vegan Animal Rights perspective points that this situation is not limited to China and the trade and consumption of wildlife and endangered species from which the covid 19/Corona virus seems to have jumped the species barrier. Even larger disaster is being brewed by the factory-farm-complex with its mass use of antibiotics in the feed resulting in a longer and longer list of antibiotic resistant, in effect bred through negligence, bacterial strains. This at the time when all illusion of social assistance, medical care and refugee rights is being cut back and eliminated.  Action and resistance to this dynamic can and is the only answer.  The battle between ecosystems, communities and global conglomerates and their right wing allies continues. In the end we all will be wearing masks…
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Eviction and Death – long term effects of repression

Let us talk about repression. The life as a political active person in hambach forest belongs between the most beautiful times many of us got to experience – and leads just as often to the most horrible moments. We, who are writing this text, don’t talk about cold winter nights on semi-build plattforms; not about consecutive days of nothing but bread and tofu; not about arguments in relationships or lovesickness. We are talking about interference of police operations in our direct living space, about physical and mental injuries caused by cops, about court sentences, detentions. We are talking about the narrow edge between power, powerlessness and empowerment. About the fear of and traumata after encounters with those, whose aim is the safety of the state. (CN Description of (non)verbal violence, detention, cancer, opioides, wish to die, death. This is not primarily about Sonne/Steffen, but with this topic, we can’t but mention him) more…

A cent into the gear of repression

On October 7th, 2018, shortly after the clear cutting stop, an activist gave a speech during the forest walk, in which among other things she called to continue fighting against coal despite the clear cutting stop. Now, more than a year later, she was fined € 600 (60 daily sentences of € 10 each) for “calling for crimes”. We deliberately did not mobilize for the law suit on a large scale, as the activist suffers from massive trauma consequences from police brutality during the large eviction actions in the fall of 2018, and a major trial with a large audience, many cops, etc. was likely to cause further damage. But that does not mean that we do not want to annoy the repressive organs even after the court’s verdict. Therefore, this call: more…

Some thoughts by Luna about shoes, standing up and respect

Since I am not present today and I also miss the chance for a last word, I formulate here a few (not sober) thoughts on the tripod process and the orderly detention for “lack of respect.”

During the scandal negotiation from 13.06. I was the only one on the prosecution / defense bench who wore shoes from the beginning. I wonder now, why actually? Why do I wear shoes in bright sunshine? Well, probably two reasons. First, I find hot asphalt in the summer actually not very pleasant. And second, presumably vanity. I mean, if I’m dressed completely black for the process somehow also black shoes belong to it. Maybe vanity is a weakness of mine. But there is certainly no lack of respect. more…

Why we are not going to appear at the main hearing on 06/27 – a statement by Luna and B-Mike

In the two trial days of the first instance and the previous two of the appeal, we have experienced many absurdities in the process of a blockade of the Hambachbahn 2017 and reported on Twitter live under #TripodProzess. In terms of entertainment and coverage, it is a great pity that we will not appear as defendants on the next day’s trial. But there is simply something more important, you may be able to think what? Of course the Fusion Festival. more…

Luna & B-Mike in confinement for contempt of court

The following text was published on ABC Rhineland:

After the court did not agree with the procedural behavior in the #TripodProzess on Thursday, June 13, 2019, before the LG Aachen, the two defendants are now in custody.

Luna was brought to the men’s jail Aachen Aachen, B-Mike in the women’s section of the JVA (jail) Köln-Ossendorf. In other words, trans * people are once more put into the binary-contrarian prisons, only to suppress them even more by misgendering than prisons do anyway. At least about Luna we know that she is also in complete solitary confinement (single cell and yard walk alone). What they are doing with B-Mike is still unclear, because so far even the lay defenders are refused contact. more…