Police authorities are planning to ban all demonstrations in the city center of Hamburg during the G 20 summit in July. Police authorities seem to be on a collision course which could turn Hamburg into chaos as many people probably will protest against the policies of the G 20 anyway.
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Many different groups are mobilising for the No G20 protests in Hamburg. During a preparatory meeting yesterday between police authorities and a delegation of the coalition that organises a demonstration on July 8th, police authorities stated that they plan to ban all demonstrations during the G 20 summit in a so-called blue zone. This blue zone reaches from the Willy-Brandt-Strasse until Hamburg airport in the north of the city. The area around the main train station (Hbf) is also part of the blue zone. This actually means that police authorities are planning a ban of all demonstrations in the city center of Hamburg.
Spokesperson Emily Laquer of the “Solidarity without borders, instead of G 20” coalition said that: “a major part of the demonstrations that we registered would not be possible anymore,” when police authorities ban all demonstrations in the so-called blue zone. She continued that the bans are “completely unacceptable.” Police authorities refused to allow the gathering at the starting point and the square for the closing rally, Laquer told reporters on Friday. Only a route along the Elbe river would be allowed by police authorities. Laquer critized that “police and city government want to make Hamburg to a non-democratic zone.
Authorities assured that they want to examine the blue zone to work out a proposal for the closing rally of the dmonstration on July 8th after the organisers of the demonstration announced they will go to the courts to fight against the bans.
About 15.000 cops will be in Hamburg during the G 20 summit. Extra prisons are build for No G 20 protesters who get arrested. Many people and groups are planning to resist with unregistered actions to make it more difficult for state forces to repress protests. As its becoming more and more clear that police authorities seem to be on a collision course with the organisers of the registered demonstrations, Hamburg could turn into chaos as the postion of the authorities will probably encourage more people to carry-out unregistered actions.