I went to many demonstrations in solidarity with Afrin in Germany, but yesterdays demonstration in Strasbourg, France was the first time I went to a demonstration in a city where Kurdish symbols and flags are not forbidden. That made a big difference.
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.
About 500 people marched in solidarity with Afrin in the city center of Wuppertal, Germany last night. Cops confiscated YPJ and YPG flags before the start of the demo and even wouldn’t allow 3 bags with the characters YPG (image above). Police authorities in Cologne will ban all demonstrations of the Kurdish association NAV-DEM.
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 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).
In the summer of 2017 Belgian parliament voted for a new law which made squatting illegal. Squatting is still possible but the law (which was implemented in fall 2017) made it much easier for owners to evict and squatting is now considered as a crime in Belgium. In the past years squatting was in a legal limbo between legal and illegal, but because of this new law squatters are risking jail time (after a court procedure).
After the fascist attacks on self-organized squats during a nationalist rally in Thessaloniki last month, comrades in Athens were on high alert over the weekend during a similar nationalist demonstration. The dispute about the name of FYROM between Greek and Macedonian nationalists is leading to an aggressive nationalist agenda in both states. Fascists attacked the self-organized space Empros yesterday, but antifa activists were able to repel the fascist attack. Cops attacked an office of Antarsya but this attack was also repelled.
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.
In the night of January 31 activists hung up a solidarity with Afrin banner and flags of the YPJ and the YPG at the front of the Rote Flora squat in Hamburg.. In the same night German cops removed the banner and the flags again.