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Police violence during demo against new state assembly law in Düsseldorf: Business as usual [Germany]

On Saturday german cops once again showed their ugly face. Riot cops, flood lights, a helicopter in the air. In a park in Hamburg. For months now cops are attacking youths in parks and neighbourhoods, major parts of the left react with a deafening silence. In this scenario nobody should be surprised that the cops went after people after one of the most innocent demos that I ever went to: the Osterhoplz Bleibt demo in Wuppertal on June 12. The state doesn’t need actions in self-defense to protect a demo as justification for repression. The fact that the forest occupation in Osterholz and other actions for the forest are putting more and more pressure on municipal and state authorities is reason enough for the state to react with repression. On Saturday the cops didn’t only went after youths in Hamburg. In Düsseldorf the cops attacked a demonstration against the new state (anti) assembly law. The outrage was huge after the police attacks in Düsseldorf, that was perhaps the real surprise for me. Police violence is nothing unusual, the repressive state forces are structurally violent. Ask the surplus proletarian youths in your city. They know violent police practices like racial profiling, deportations and general harassment too well. People get beaten up by cops regurlarly. Düsseldorf was not an exception, it was business as usual.

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Berlin: Note on a revolting moment at Mariannen square on May 16

Berlin. On the evening of May 16, a rather large and mixed bunch of people hung out at Mariannen square. Shortly after the start of the curfew, a crew of the 14 EHu riot police squad approached the square.

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1 May 2021… After lockdown, let’s look at the situation we’re finding around us [London, UK]

London. UK. The pandemic has been the starting gun of a huge project of capitalist restructuring in which we are rapidly getting lost. London is already well within the bounds of being a ‘smart city’ — this means that every molecule in this seething metropole is in the process (or already) brought into one great artificial network: capitalism certainly, but largely virtual, nearly autonomous, diffused into everything around us, and into ourselves, into our bodies, into our minds.

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Philippines: On May Day Eve

Philippines. It’s hard to track how time flows in the quarantine. Events that happened long ago felt like they just happened yesterday, or the day before that. Meanwhile, the cries and calls of the last May Day still feel as fresh and ripe, as if the sun has set only once this past year. We can see why that is the case anyway. We still face the same issues. We still reject the repression forced onto us. We still reject the same impunity that continues to be strengthened by those in power, all while we are facing a crisis and threat to our own health.

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Hannover, Germany: The curfew is back – so are we! Ninth radical left demonstration against the curfew

Hannover. Germany. Punctually at the start of the changed Infection Protection Act and the curfew that began with it, 150 people gathered from 9 p.m. at the Luther Church in the northern part of Hannover. From 10 p.m. they moved loudly through the streets.

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Wuppertal, Germany: Fireworks, barricades and paint – Angry spontaneous intervention against curfew

Wuppertal. Germany. Punctually at the start of the curfew at 10 p.m. on April 21, a small but determined spontaneous demo moved with smoke and fireworks in the Ölberg district in Wuppertal. Residents were informed with speeches about the critique against the curfew. Barricades were erected and the Ölberg district was covered in smoke with all colors of the rainbow. Unfortunately, we did not manage to block all the streets and the pigs found a way to spread out quite fast in the Ölberg district. We also did not manage to go into direct confrontation. Hopefully, a collective learning process has developed and we will manage to chase the pigs out of Ölberg in such situations in the future. Before the demo dispersed at Otto-Böhne-Platz, however, the adjacent Marien41 was covered with paint.

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Montreal, Quebec: Report-back from the Protest Against the Curfew of April 18th

Montreal. Quebec. Thank you all for attending last night’s protest! Many hundreds of us took to the streets to denounce the imposition of a curfew, a measure that is an attack on our freedom and on our relations and aspirations of solidarity.

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Hamilton, Ontario: Cops can’t flatten the curve

Hamilton. ON. Like millions of other people in Ontario, I woke up this morning in a world where the police had been given the authority to stop you at any time, question you, demand information without any reason, and make orders which have to be followed. In practice, a lot of this stuff already happens, but formalizing what is usually an abuse of power is a huge blow.

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