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Duesseldorf, Germany #NoPolGNRW: 20.000 people took the streets against new police law in NRW

About 20.000 people took the streets in Düsseldorf, Germany, against the new police law on Saturday. The resistance against the formation of the authoritarian state is growing across Germany. A report back.

Published by Enough is Enough. Writen by Riot Turtle.

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I arrived early in Düsseldorf and was surprised that many people were already there. About 20 minutes before the opening gathering would start, several thousand people were waiting for the things to come.

In the days before the demo cops told the person who registered the demo that they would not allow the demo to march in Düsseldorf. So I was prepared for several scenarios. But since there were demonstrations against the European border regimes and the criminalization of life savers across Germany, the cops didn’t seem to have enough state troopers in Düsseldorf. The resistance against the formation of the authoritarian state is growing rapidly on the German territory and it seems to make the state a bit nervous. 

The demo started to march after a few speeches, the street was so packed that people were standing until the entrance of the main train station. A huge crowd of about 20.000 people marched against the new police law in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Several fan groups of professional soccer teams, so-called ultra’s, joined the demo and made a lot of noise.

The NIKA (Nationalism is no alternative) block with antifa activists focussed on the formation of the authoritarian state. Behind the NIKA block, there was an anarchist block. But there were also many groups and individuals from civil society. The cops did not interfere, as far as I know there was one person who was catched out of the demo, the cops wanted him to delete images of the cops. But even that didn’t work, the images were already uploaded on a crowd and the person involved immediately filed charges against the cops.

#NoPolGNRW am 07.07.2018 in Düsseldorf from NIKA NRW on Vimeo.

The demonstration in Düsseldorf was a powerful sign against the new police law in NRW and although the new police law in the German state Bavaria was already implemented, a new demo in Munich was announced for July 22. This is more than necessary, the first victims of the new Bavrian police law were 10 refugees, who were  imprisoned without charges in Schweinfurt. A few days later  an anti-fascist was pre-emptively detained during the federal party convention of the fascist AFD in Augsburg.

To stop the new police laws we willneed a diversity of tactics. The demonstrations that took place were important. It showed that we are many and gave us a lot of energy. But the state won’t back down because of these demonstrations. We also need civil disobedience and direct actions to stop the formation of the authoritarian state and their police laws. Let’s take the energy of the demonstrations to take the initiative back and push the authoritarians out of office. 


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