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#Germany: Cops Banned Demos in Solidarity with #Afrin in #Cologne and #Duisburg. Come to #Wuppertal!

After cops stopped and dissolved a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Cologne on January 27 and only allowed a stationary gathering on February 3 in Dortmund, they banned todays demonstrations in Cologne and Duisburg completely. In Duisburg at least 2 people were detained today. All these authoritarian and repressive measures took place in the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). On Tuesday there will be another demo in solidarity with Afrin in NRW, this time in Wuppertal (February  13, 18:00, in front of the City-Arkaden).

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle. All images by Twitter account @SWeiermann 

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Germany: Cops Banned Demos in Solidarity with #Afrin in Cologne and Duisburg. Come to Wuppertal!

After cops stopped and dissolved a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Cologne on January 27 and only allowed a stationary gathering on February 3 in Dortmund, they banned todays demonstrations in Cologne and Duisburg completely. In Duisburg at least 2 people were detained today. All these authoritarian and repressive measures took place in the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). On Tuesday there will be another demo in solidarity with Afrin in NRW, this time in Wuppertal (February  13, 18:00, in front of the City-Arkaden).

Yesterday the cops announced that they banned todays demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Cologne because of security concerns. According to German daily “Kölner Stadt Anzeiger” the cops stated that the reason to ban the demo was a “serious danger for public security.” Cologne’s city director Stephan Keller was satisfied with the ban and seems to think that democratic rights have no place during carnival. He told Kölner Stadtanzeiger: “The city of Cologne welcomes the decision of the Cologne police to ban the demonstration. A big demonstration during street carnival in the city center would not have been city compatible.”

After the ban was announced people started to mobilze to Duisburg. But that demo was banned as well. The cops confiscated flags and kettled many people to check their id’s. At least 2 people were detained (Image above).

The German state is stepping up it’s repression against people who want to protest in solidarity with Afrin. Many of the weapons that are used by the Turkish army to kill people in Afrin were made in Germany, it is very clear what the position of the German state in this conflict is. Last month the German federal government said it was “concerned” about the Turkish invasion of Afrin but also said that “Turkey has legitimate security reasons” for their action. In other words the German state has turned it’s back to the Kurdish militias that fought effectively against ISIS (Daesh). That’s not suprising, the German state always was a close ally with the Turkish state. Many leftwing Kurdish and Turkish activists are imprisoned in Germany and the German government fears that Erdogan might terminate the EU Turkey deal when they critisize Erdogan’s killing of kurds in the south-east of Turkey and his military aggression in Afrin.

It seems that protests in solidarity with Afrin are not allowed anymore and if people want to continue they will have to find an answer to the repression they are facing right now. The fact that the cops have stopped, dissolved and/or banned demonstrations in the past weeks must be reason enough to push the campaign in solidarity with Afrin and Rojava to another level. 

In a press release police authorities in Duisburg said they dissolved todays demonstration in Duisburg after riot cops from Wuppertal reinforced the cops that were already there. That wasn’t the first time that cops from Wuppertal played a prominent role in repressing protests in solidarity with Afrin. In Cologne the riot cops from Wuppertal were the ones that started the skirmishes on Ebertplatz in Cologne on January 27 after one of them had hit an old man. On Tuesday February 13 there will be a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Wuppertal. People will meet at 06:00pm (18:00) in front of the City Arkaden on the Alte Freiheit in Wuppertal. Come to Wuppertal to show solidarity with the people in Afrin and for the right to take the streets.

Who’s streets? Our streets!

Image gallery: todays banned protests in Duisburg, Germany. All images by Twitter account @SWeiermann 

4 thoughts on “#Germany: Cops Banned Demos in Solidarity with #Afrin in #Cologne and #Duisburg. Come to #Wuppertal!

  1. […] the past weeks demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin in other cities like Cologne, Dortmund and Duisburg in the German state of Nort Rhine Westphalia were banned or stopped. In the days before the […]

  2. […] in solidarity with Afrin in Cologne, Germany on January 27th, they banned demonstrations in Cologne and Duisburg on February 10. Yesterday cops banned a gathering in solidarity with Afrin in Bonn and announced that todays […]

  3. […] series of raids, bans and demos that were stopped, the German state steps up the repression against Kurdish activists […]

  4. […] is the continuation of the repressive policies of the new state government. They already showed their understanding of the right to demonstrate during many demos of the Kurdish movement. Any kind of refractory behaviour, even when it’s gentle or diffidently was prosecuted hard […]

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