Wuppertal. Germany. A statement by the Enough Info-Café collective in times of the coronavirus and the accompanying state measures. The Enough Info-Café was defeated for the time being, but nothing is over…
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The Corona state measures have defeated the Enough Info-Café for the time being
As you may have already noticed, we were not able to continue to run the Info-Café. On one hand, there was a new government order to close all gastronomic facilities in November, on the other hand we were forced to drastically reduce our activities since March, because we were not willing to make your names and addresses available to the state. Due to the state corona measures we would have been obliged to keep lists with your personal data, so we already decided against it in March 2020.
As a result, we are no longer able to cover the expenses of the Enough-Info Café. We have cancelled the rent contract for the premises and will look for a new space when the Corona spook is over. Until then, the products that were available in our space, books, Zapatista coffee, T-shirts, etc. can be purchased on our blog (https://enoughisenough14.org/shop/).
Nothing is over, everything is just beginning
At first it was a shock for many people when Corona arrived. For some this is still the case today. At an early stage it was already evident that the state Conrona measures were aimed at protecting the economic order. With the current “Lockdown Light”, this became even more obvious. The fact that schools are still open has less to do with education than with ensuring that parents can continue to go to work. The closure of cultural and gastronomic facilities does not hurt the economy much; they only account for a small part of the gross domestic product (GDP). While a large part of the population still has to squeeze into overcrowded buses and trains to get to school or to work, the recreational sector is massively restricted by state measures. Even private life, at home.
During the summer months nothing was done to prepare for the “second wave” that had already been predicted in spring. Only at the end of October Armin Laschet announced that his NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) state government will hire extra personnel in the state health offices. This new personnel should of course have been trained during the summer and this is only one of many examples where the state shows that it was never about the health of the population. We only remember all too well how people in the harvest fields or at Tönnies abattoirs were treated during the pandemic. By the way, the conditions of harvest workers and employees of abattoirs have always been horrible. No, it was never about solidarity.
And while everyone is going to work or school so that the Euro keeps rolling, we are not allowed to recover from the strains of the rat race. No matter what kind of hygiene measures recreational facilities have, they were all closed by government order. Working, shopping and sleeping, that’s what we are still allowed to do.
It was disillusioning to see that many people who see themselves as anti-authoritarian supported the government measures. It took some time before the far-right, conspiracy theorists and querfront  activists realized that large sections of the so-called radical left would not take action against the authoritarian state measures. They filled the gap left open by this side. In doing so, they have managed to mobilize parts of society. It is always to be rejected when people take to the streets together with the far-right and conspiracy theorists, but counterprotests without having a position on the state corona measures cannot, in our opinion, defeat the so-called “lateral thinker” movement. It will also not be enough to write its own position in a call for counterprotests, it needs its own practice against the state measures. While the mayor of Berlin has already proposed to imprison people who are in compulsory quarantine on ARD, he calls it “accommodating in hotels” (but the people should be guarded by cops and de facto imprisoned there), large parts of the radical left are running afterwards with their counterprotests. If we do not want even larger parts of society to become susceptible to the crude, far-right and often anti-Semitic content of the lateral thinker movement, there is no way around to organize our own resistance against the state measures. Who would want to be part of a state that, apart from authoritarian measures to protect capital, doesn’t have much else to think about in times of the coronavirus? This state does not even manage to organize enough freezing capacities for a possible vaccine. Because it was never about us!
For an anti-authoritarian struggle against state and capital!
Before, during and after Corona!
Enough Info-Café, December 2020
 Querfront (“cross-front”) was the cooperation between conservative revolutionaries in Germany with the far-left during the Weimar Republic of the 1920s. The term is also used today for mutual entryism or cooperation between left and right-wing groups. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Position
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