Column still going on: the frankfurt-istanbul connection

Basic Rights? Not with us! Hesse’s Christian Democrats and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan agree on this.

Frankfurt am Main: Right to demonstrate temporarily suspended. Image: dpa

Last weekend, the CDU and its enforcers at police headquarters and the Wiesbaden Ministry of the Interior, respectively, declared war on well over ten thousand citizens. They wanted to demonstrate in Frankfurt against the destruction of the livelihoods of millions of European citizens and against the responsible banks, especially the European Central Bank (ECB). They wanted to – but they were not allowed to.

It took place, as already a year before in Frankfurt, a dismantling of the democratic freedom of assembly. And again the police became the beadle (partly foaming at the mouth, but also with tears of helplessness in their eyes) of the Hessian CDU power clique and a paranoid Frankfurt police leadership.

Like combat robots, task forces from North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Wurttemberg rushed into the hitherto peaceful demonstration for no reason at all, separated the so-called black block (which had been quite colorful and in any case peaceful up to that point) from the other thousands of demonstrators, formed a kettle for 900 of them, perhaps 150 of them wearing masks, beat and sprayed pepper spray because the demonstrators did not want to be led like lambs to the slaughter, i.e. to have their personal details taken.

The officers, on the other hand, could be sure that they would never be identified because they were masked in black or green from head to toe.

At the same time, Occupy Gezi protesters in Istanbul cheered because the police – certainly more unrestrained and brutal than in Frankfurt, but at least not hooded – had withdrawn.

Prime Minister Erdogan denounced the demonstrators as chaotic. And what did the Hessian CDU (notorious for slush funds and psychiatrizing critical tax investigators) say about Frankfurt: "Potentially violent chaots."

And the parliamentary manager of the Hessian CDU from the noble Hochtaunus constituency thanked the police forces, for having saved Frankfurt and its citizens "from greater damage." By the way, while the police disregarded elementary basic rights, they celebrated a wine festival in the noble Fressgass, two kilometers away, within sight of the ECB.

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