A small but determined spontaneous demo marched through Neumünster, Germany last night to commemorate Alexis Grigoropoulis and to protest against police violence. There were also actions and demonstrations in other German cities like Wuppertal and Berlin.
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Spontaneous Demo Against Police Violence and to Commorate #AlexisGrigoropoulos in #NeuMünster #Germany
On the 6th of December in 2008, 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot dead by a cop in Athens, Greece. Each year people in Greece protest against arbitrary use of police power on the anniversary of his death. This year people spontaneously decided to take their protest to the streets of Neumünster (79.000 residents), Germany, on the sixth of December.
In a statement the activists wrote about the police murder of Alexandros and added; “We took the streets in solidarity with the victims of police violence around the world. In Germany people are also getting killed by the police, like the much discussed case of Oury Jalloh shows. Furthermore we want to indicate that police violence has increased in the past months: In the context of the G20 summit a lot of people reported, also from uninvolved bystanders, about being kicked and hit by police forces. During protests against a RWE open pit coal mine a female activist was stamped down by a police horse. During a peaceful blockade of the federal AFD party conference, a police officer, who seemed to be out of his senses, has beaten on one of the activists and broke his leg. Nevertheless procedures against police officers are often susoended, higher than average, like in recent times the investigations of the death of Oury Jalloh in a police prison cell in the year 2005. For these reasons about 10 people marched through the city center and asked: “The police protects us – but who is protecting is from the protectors?” With a banner to commemorate Alexandros, smoke torches, bengal lights and chants like “that wasn’t an accident, it was murder – Solidarity anywhere in the world” they passed the well-visited christmas market to make people aware of the issue.”
Image: spontaneous demo in Neumünster, Germany.
In Wuppertal, Germany activists of the Emanzipatorische Antifa Wuppertal (WARNING FACEBOOK LINK) also took the streets last night. In a short statement (WARNING FACEBOOK LINK) they wrote: “Remembering means fighting! Today, nine years ago, in Athen, Exarchia, the 15-year old Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot by the cop E. Korkonea.
One was shot – but they mean all of us! We stand in solidarity with the fights in Greece and other places. Against police violence and repression. Solidarity with all victims of repression in Greece. From Wuppertal to Greece – fight the police!”
Images: solidarity action in Wuppertal, Germany.
Yesterday we already reported about the demonstration against state repression in Berlin in our live-blog. About 500 people joined the demonstration, mobilized in 24 hours.
On Saturday there will be more demonstrations against state repression in Germany. One of the demostrations will be in Berlin, the other one in Göttingen (image below).
Berlin: Saturday, December 9, 02:00pm (14:00), Platz der Luftbrücke, Berlin.
Göttingen: December 9, 04:00pm (16:00) at the Platz der Synagoge, Göttingen.
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