Police Brutality Against Blocupy Frankfurt Protest Makes Headlines
NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY


  June 16, 2013

Police Brutality Against Blocupy Frankfurt Protest Makes Headlines


What began as a protest against the ECB, German banks and the German government turned into a protest against police brutality
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here
   



audio

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter



Thanks for providing such a reliable news website - Shakur K
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


transcript

Police Brutality Against Blocupy Frankfurt Protest Makes HeadlinesSHIR HEVER, TRNN PRODUCER: On June 1, about 20,000 people from all over Germany and nearby countries came to Frankfurt to participate in the Blockupy protest. The protest grew out of a camp in which activists from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain joined with German activists.

The Blockupy Frankfurt protest was organized to protest the policy of the government and the banks regarding the European debt crisis.

The protesters planned to march on the European Central Bank (the ECB) and on the headquarters of Deutsche Bank and block those banks in order to protest their involvement in the European crisis, their influence over politicians, and their contribution to inequality and debt.

ANI DIESSELMANN, BLOCKUPY FRANKFURT: Our main goal is to show that the regime that is governing Europe through this crisis is neither democratically legitimate nor acting in any way responsible for the people. It's really working for profit. One of its symbolic places is the ECB, a place that has economic and financial reign over Europe.

HEVER: Even though Germany and Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, are associated with pushing for hard austerity measures in Europe and for threatening Greece and other indebted European countries with sanctions, the Blockupy Frankfurt protests show that the German people do not all share their government's pro-capitalist position.

The protestors published a statement with the title "They want capitalism without democracy, we want democracy without capitalism."

IBTIMES REPORTER (VOICEOVER): In the afternoon, the demonstrators would divide up, with some blocking the entrance to Deutsche Bank's twin towers, to protest about food speculation and land grabbing. A second group would head to the city center to protest against rising rents, while around 200 will highlight racism and deportation at Frankfurt airport, Europe's third-busiest hub.

HEVER: Although the protest was authorized by the authorities, and although German law protects the right of the people to demonstrate, the German police disregarded the law and brutally attacked the demonstration.

The police encircled about a thousand of the protestors in a "kettle", preventing them from leaving and keeping them trapped for hours, hoping that the other protestors will tire and leave. The remaining protestors did not relent in their commitment to see the kettle removed and all the protestors released.

The police arrested about 45 people and injured between 200 and 300 of the demonstrators.

The police brutality was surprising and changed the focus of the protests and the media coverage from the banks and capitalism to police brutality.

UNIDENTIFIED: We are standing here for nine hours. Look how the people are mistreated. We are extremely mad.

MARKUS FRANK, CDU, HEAD OF PUBLIC ORDER DEPARTMENT: The problem is, unfortunately, that the organizers didn't succeed in distancing themselves from the violent offenders. They could just continue to demonstrate. The independents, those "black block", could also keep going if they would drop the masquerade, if they would surrender their weapons and they were not ready to do this. Therefore one cannot talk about this as if it went according to plan.

HEVER: Chief of Police of Frankfurt Achim Thiel has been severely criticized for the police brutality. The city council of Frankfurt, and especially representatives from the Left Party, called him to answer questions on the actions of the police on June 1.

The Social Democratic Party, SPD, called for the resignation of Minister of the Interior of Hesse (the federal state of Frankfurt) Boris Rhein because of the encirclement of the protestors in a "kettle". Boris Rhein is a member of the Christian Democratic Party, CDU, which is also the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Green Party also joined the SPD in condemning Boris Rhein and the actions of the police.

Another demonstration was held the following Saturday, on June 8, specifically against police brutality.

This is Shir Hever for The Real News.

End

DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.



Comments

Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

latest stories

Obama Vetoed 9/11 Bill to Preserve U.S. Impunity
Lawsuit Against the EPA Could Thwart U.S. Compliance with the Paris Agreement
How Wells Fargo Keeps Scamming Its Customers & Employees
Canada Approves Economically Inviable Pipeline Without Indigenous Consultation
More Tax Breaks for Developers? One Baltimore Community Says 'Not Without Us'
Shimon Peres: Champion of Power or Peace?
Chicago Teachers Union Set to Strike on Oct. 11th
The Empire Files: How Palestine Became Colonized
US and EU Sanctions Are Devastating Syrian Civilians
Police Kill Unarmed Mentally Ill Black Man As Report Finds Law Enforcement Shootings Reminiscent of Lynchings
'Managed Decline' of Fossil Fuel Projects Needed to Meet Goals of Paris Climate Agreement
'Patriotic Millionaires' Call for Higher Taxes and Wall St. Regulation
Trump and the Social Basis of Fascism
Danny Glover: Upcoming Haitian Election an Opportunity for Self-Determination
Intelligence Agencies Are Gathering Information Against You in Case of Your Dissent
Mexicans Protest on Second Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 Students
Baltimore City Council Candidate: Gentrification is Not A Development Plan
Balochistan: India Opening the Pandora's Box
Clinton vs. Trump Debate: Is One Section of the Oligarchy More Dangerous?
Did America Dodge a Bullet?
24 Arrested Outside Hofstra University While Demanding An Open Presidential Debate
Trump's Position on Jerusalem Puts Him on the Side of the Settler Movement
Comply or Die: What the Shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte Reveal About Policing in America
BDS Town Hall with the Former Green Party of Canada Justice Critic
Corbyn Wins Leadership, But Can He Unite the Labour Party?
Danny Glover on the Struggle for Democracy in Haiti
Should Third Parties Be Included in Televised Debates?
Anti-BDS Campaign Aims to Undermine Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Palestine
Ecuador Proposes Worldwide Elimination of Tax Havens
Did America Dodge a Bullet?

TheRealNewsNetwork.com, RealNewsNetwork.com, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting