Während die AXT#7 auf sich warten läßt, lese und verbreite das Publikum ›Daily Resistance‹:
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Die Dialectical Deliquents stellen eine fortlaufende Serie News of Opposition ins Netz. Am 16.10.14 ging es um Berlin, wir dokumentieren die Zeilen hier:
What can I say about Germany? or more precisely Berlin? First of all, as you know like in many countries there is a rise in real estate prices and a lot of capital is pushed into the construction and/or housing sector. this we feel especially in berlin where there is still much space for new buildings (besides the typical big investors that build some shit like universal records etc. there are also some pseudo-gated community projects, luxury car lofts, and prison like country houses batteries for the so called middle class). And with the city’s attractivity there is also the possibility for some investors, young bourgeois scum to buy up some old houses or complete streets, paint them new and get a lot more rent. In comparison to the other European capitals it is still quite cheap here, but for many people it is already too expensive to live in the inner districts (like Kreuzberg or Neukölln which were historically quite fucked up cause during the times of the Berlin wall they were the West’s border districts, many migrants lived there, or to make it precise: were told by the authorities to live there).
So before I bore you to death: since 4 or 3 years there had been several attemps to fight it with some grassroot tactics like spontaneaous solidarity when an eviction took place or starting to organize within the district to tighten the connection among those usually seperated and isolated in everyday life. That goes for several districts, namely Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Wedding – others were dominated from the beginning by a more – let me call it – conservative/green party ideology à la citizens self governing for a clean city and shit like that. But in some areas it was more leftwing/radical. There was also some small success at blockades. But just for a few days. In the end every flat got evicted. The success was ‘merely’ to get – sometimes – hundreds of people to the streets, also “normal” people who wouldn’t come to a demonstration who were confronted with the power of the state. It seems a German speciality to prevent any form of unrest as small as it could be with a huge police presence. In no time there are hundreds of them, copters and so on.
I don’t mean that for a sign of radicalisation there always has to be a riot; it was more a negelcted chance. People already were astonished in “what kind of democracy” they live if the state needs 300 or more riot cops to put a family out of their home onto the streets. But the majority of the left does what they always do: make politics. The protest now dwindles into some kind of civil engagement of demanding tenants protection by the state, old ideas of cooperative property, more social housing, etc. For, now we can’t say what chances there are to break out of this statist crap.
It is now also a growing problem of very poor workers from abroad and Roma people living here in Berlin or basically on the streets and parks. They lived on an empty space directly at the spree. There were planes for eviction cause an investor had been found. then, last week, the place was set on fire. Many left for Görlitzer park. There they were harrased by the police. Children separated from their parents and more shit like that. You can find information here: http://asylstrikeberlin.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/cuvrybrache-got-violantly-and-without-any-notice-evicted/
The one good thing is it brought those parts of the social question together once more. The housing problem and the problems of those parts of the global working class trying to find a better life here.
But with the refugee/immigrants protest it is quite the same like with the housing protests. Most of the people protesting were people from Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Iran. They originally started from different cities throughout Germany as a protest march against the strict German asylum laws. They ended up in Berlin where they try to take some action. They fight a bitter battle. They did several hunger strikes and occupations and get fucked by the politicians every time. The usual way politicians “answered” the demands was like this: first police pressure, then more police pressure, then they started to talk with a specific group (that was the part where divisions amongst the refugees were useful, who already was applying for asylum who was completely illegal) then they had a sneaky compromise while upholding police pressure on the camp, the house – whereever the majority of the group the delegates were talking for were staying. It’s fucking demoralization tacticts! (one of the guys from the former occupied school in Kreuzberg was using words like this).
At the end most of the people signing this shit compromise paper are now in some kind of asylum jail on the end of fucking nowhere (eisenhüttenstadt)
You will probably have heard of the siege of the former school in July in Kreuzberg. For about 2 weeks three blocks or more (a huge area around that school) were sealed off by the police. More and more police was brought in (at the peak 1000 riot police) – like i said the tactic of the police here is to crush you with their mere presence. They are maybe not really superior (many of them were pretty demoralized because everybody was insulting them, they were hated by almost everybody) but I guess it’s a mood of futility and hopelessness, maybe not so much fear but the feeling that there is no immediate solution which keeps people paralized and try not to realize the aggressiveness of the situation. Meanwhile some hippies playing songs on accoustic guitar, some activists chatting to some politician jerk across the barriers – while in the building people threating to set themselves on fire. The fear comes later…
That was the calm I meant and therefore I wrote “deadly silence”, like a graveyard. Not for the people that are pushed to the edge like those immegrants, they are still trying to fight on. But for the working people, the unemployed and especially for the leftovers of the radicals, we all are pretty clueless. As for the activists they are agitated but just some bullshit demands for justice and protection by the state slogans coming out of their mouths (at least most of them) – the same state sending the police to beat them up next time but I guess I don’t have to tell you that.
Last action I know of was that some immigrants were rushing into the building of the deutsche gewerkschaftsbund(DGB) – the German union assoziation- demanding support for the possibility to be allowed to work here in Germany to make themselves a living. But for a broader grassroot perspective (e.g. solidarity strikes by local workers which would be an illegal action) I see no way as for now.
That’s all very pessimistic I guess. But that’s the situation right now. there are some smaller tendencies of coming together and i sense a broader need to overcome the old rotten structures. A need which has not yet formed a general and specific expression.
Das Leberwurst Proletariat der Communists in Situ hat das »System der Linken« (AXT #4) ins Englische übertragen:
A fine piece of what happened in Ferguson, on the role of the police and the peaceful protest, clergymen, politicians and a powerful youth.
“The focus on the precise minutae of what happened or didn’t happen – whether Mike Brown reached for the cop’s gun, how many witnesses saw it or whatever – helps detract from the obvious: cops are there to protect and serve this system and the capitalist mass murderers (black or white) who profit from it. Which is why all that idiocy about getting some police accountability (e.g. the Anonymous video about the situation in Ferguson) is just so much reformist shit aimed to get people to yet again believe that they could control the cops through some bourgeois democratic crap. The abolition of the cops as a specialised form of social control involves abolishing the stupid society which needs these filth. To the question “who polices the police?” the answer should be – “the mass community of proletarians abolishing their enslaved situation” – ie no specialists-in-order.”
“Laws and government may be considered in this and indeed in every case as a combination of the rich to oppress the poor, and preserve to themselves the inequality of the goods which would otherwise be soon destroyed by the attacks of the poor, who if not hindered by the government would soon reduce the others to an equality with themselves by open violence.” Adam Smith
Für alle die der englischen Sprache mächtig sind weisen wir hier auf einen feinen Text über die Entstehung der Polizei am Beispiel Großbritanniens hin: