Friday, January 10, 2014

Europe against democracy from Athens to Hamburg

Two important European cities are this week under exceptional regimes that allow police to exert the most indiscriminate kind of repression and impede citizens from expressing their discontent. 

As I mentioned recently, important areas of the city-state of Hamburg have been declared "danger zone" by police, allowing themselves to search and arrest at whim, just like under Hitler, and also to use all kind of indiscriminate violence against the population.

Meanwhile in Athens, the EU summit serves as pretext for a similar suppression of democracy, forbidding all kind of demonstrations and unleashing the dogs with no restrictions. 

In Hamburg, police is pressing physicians in order to keep the number of victims of police brutality hidden from public scrutiny. Some physicians have however denounced that nearly all people suffering from server injuries are civilians, victims of the most brutal police repression the city has seen in many decades.

In Athens, the situation is similar. A demonstration was called on Wednesday in spite of the arbitrary governmental prohibition and police charged with all they could. 

Whoever still believes that EU means democracy is radically wrong. 

Source: Webguerrillero[es] (link1, link2, link3).

Update: Thousands join pillow protest against fascist regime in Hamburg.

Here in Bilbao there's also a lot of ongoing repression but I'll write about it tomorrow.

Updadate (Jan 11): "Danger zone" status finally lifted, except for three islet areas around police stations (→ WG[es]).

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