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Bavaria: 10 refugees pre-emptively imprisoned – Resistance against new German police laws is growing

On May 10 about 40.000 people took the streets of Munich to protest against the new police law of the German state Bavaria. A few days later Bavarian state parliament voted in favour of the new law, which makes it possible to imprison people because the cops THINK they MIGHT commit a crime in the future. The first 10 people that were imprisoned without charges are refugees. Other German states are working on similar police laws but resistance is growing.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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.

On June 19 cops invaded a refugee camp in Schweinfurt in the German state Bavaria. The cops wanted to arrest a 22 year old refugee, who jumped out of the window. The 22 year old had several broken bones and was taken to hospital. After that people started to protest and the cops asked for reinforcements. One plastic bottle was allegedly thrown in the direction of the cops but no cops were harmed. After that cops arrested 11 people, the person who allegedly threw the bottle and 10 other people. Today a judge decided to extend the detention of these 10 people with another 3 weeks. None of the 10 are charged with any crime. The new Bavarian police law makes it possible and judges can extend this kind of detentions without people being charged endlessly. The judge motivated the extension of their detention by saying that “this will make sure that the 10 will not get into a situation like this again”.

It’s not surprising that refugees are the first ones who are pre-emptively detained under the new Bavrian police law. Bavaria is governed by the conservative CSU, which is also part of Merkel’s coalition in the federal government. At the moment the federal government is under pressure. Although Merkel’s government are deporting people back into war zones like Afghanistan and introduced several restrictive new asylum laws in the past 3 years, the CSU wants more anti-asylum measures. The CSU fears the fascist AFD in the upcoming state elections in Bavaria and the sister party of Merkel’s CDU have decided to move even more to the right. The rhetoric of the CSU is now similar to the words of the AFD. The CSU policies are now clearly far right and the new police law is just another example of this shift to far right policies.

But other German states are also working on new police laws. The CDU/FDP coalition in the German state North-Rhine Westphalia are working on a similar law. But resistance is growing. On July 7 there will be a demonstration in North-Rhine Westphalia’s capital Düsseldorf (The demo will start at 01:00pm in front of the DGB Haus, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 34-38, Düsseldorf). 

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In Bavaria people continue to resist. On July 22 a coalition of groups will take the streets of Munich again. Four different fingers will march through the Bavarian capital under the slogan “Together against a policy of fear!”. The fingers are focussing on different issues. The first finger focusses on asylum, migration, anti-racism and peace. The second finger will march against the new police law. The third finger on housing policies, work and social policies and the fourth for equal rights for women and LGBTI. 

The issues where the demo on July 22 is focussing on shows that the resistance against the Bavarian police law has growen from a single issue movement to a broad resistance against the far-right policies of the CSU. People are mobilizing with the Twitter hashtag #ausgehetzt. Ausgehetzt means something like Finished with baiting.

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