As Hambi Comrades have now been thrown into a jail for going on a month, not just in record numbers and for charges such as not identifying themselves and obstructing police for which all before were release pending trial.
On March 3 there will be a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Berlin. People from across Germany will come to Berlin and the difference with many other demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin is that many German organizations and initiatives are also calling for the demonstration. This comes after German police authorities again and again demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin and police authorities in Cologne even announced that they will ban all future demonstrations that are organized by the Kurdish NAV_DEM association. Immediately after the announcement by the police authorities in Cologne, Facebook started to censor postings on the NAV-DEM Facebook page.
In Germany police forces again repressed demonstrations of the Kurdish movement. Many people took the streets in several German cities yesterday to protest for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan (who was captured on February 15, 1999) and in solidarity with Afrin. Cops in Hannover banned chants, banners and flags.
On Tuesday February 13th activists protested in front of arms manufacturer Northtrop Grumman Litef GmbH in Freiburg Germany.
This weekend a large scale celebration and mobilization took place in Zad. Several Thousands formed two marches, one through Zad and the second one through the surrounding villages, both of which joined in the center of Zad.
Activists occupied the party offices of the Social Democratiy Party (SPD) in Hamburg yesterday. The activists hung up a banner at the front of the building with the text: “Blood on your hands!” Riot cops cleared the building, detaining two activists. German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall is pressing ahead another arms deal with the Turkish state. with For todays demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Wuppertal, Germany police authorities banned all flags with Kurdish colours.
After the release of 5 people, the Hambi 9 are now Hambi 4. But it looks like the German state will keep the Hambi 4 people much longer. An update.
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).
Plans to expand Frankfurt’s Airport’s third terminal and clear 6ha of mixed forest for the motorway connection have been put on hold by a over a month long now forest tree-sit occupation. Treburer Wald between Zeppelinheim and Möhrfelden-Walldorf Waldorf on the edge of Frankfurt is now a home to group of activists living in 3 platform and a treehouse connected by walkways with multiple banners bringing attention to the climate, pollution and noise impact of the airport.
Last night there was a strong answer against the increasing repression of protests in solidarity with Afrin by the German state. 50 comrades spontaniously took the streets with an unregistered demo in Kassel, Germany.
In the past week we published several reports about the repression against actions and demonstrations in Cologne, Dortmund and Hamburg. The German government seems to get more and more nervous. No wonder, many of the arms and military equipment that is being used by the Turkish army was made in Germany. In addition to the Leopard tanks, the Turkish soldiers and gangs are using rifles manufactured by Heckler & Koch and Mercedes vehicles.
After cops stopped and dissolved a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Cologne last week, a demonstration in Dortmund was banned today. Like in Hamburg today, many YPG and YPJ flags were confiscated.