Sunday, 24. September 2017

PFLPThe Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued the following statement on the recent media reports related to the German national (Bundestag) Elections:

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has witnessed a media and political campaign by racist far-right forces in Germany in collaboration with racist Zionist groups and political parties in Israel attacking the Palestinian and Arab community in Germany and attempting to spread fear in the community, as well as attacking German progressive forces, particularly the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany, under the auspices of a complete deception and a big lie, most recently adopted by the far-right, fascist “Alternative fur Deutschland” (AFD) party.

Linksunten IndymediaThe German government has shut down the German Indymedia site linksunten.indymedia.org, the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. They have also conducted raids in Freiburg to seize computers and harass those they accuse of maintaining the site, absurdly justifying this on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization for the sake of destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call “left-wing extremism,” disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders like the ones in Charlottesville last week.

Closed: German Linksunten IndymediaClosed: German Linksunten IndymediaThe German interior minister Thomas de Maizière today ordered the site linksunten.indymedia.org to be taken down. Three people have been served with court orders and rooms have been searched. Computers and other material were confiscated. The order states that the site is »by its intention and practice in violation of the law«.

The site is part of the international indymedia open posting platform that was established in the early 2000s. In recent years, linksunten (literally »bottom left«, due to its geographical location in Freiburg in the south-west corner of Germany) has been one of the more active indymedia sites, with many communiques and radical discussions having been published.

German police against the G20 protests. Photo: RedGlobeGerman police against the G20 protests. Photo: RedGlobeOn the evening of July 6th the police has violently attacked the »Welcome to Hell« demonstration at it’s starting point at Fischmarkt in order to prevent any demonstration from happening. Both the protest rave the night before and the initial event this afternoon took place without any incident.

At 7 pm, by the time the demonstration was about to start, the police goon squads stormed with brute force into the crowd assembled. The people present were subject to severe beating by police forces using batons and in addition the crowd was attacked with pepper spray and water cannons. Apparently dozens of activist have been injured – some of them seriously. Up until 9.30 pm the G20 Legal Team has taken note of more than 50 arrests.

Stop G20We reproduce a press release by the NoG20 International coordination:

As international campaigners preparing to travel to Hamburg for the demonstrations against the G20 summit in July, we call for the defence of basic civil and political liberties currently being denied: the right to protest, the freedom of assembly, the freedom of movement. In our open letter from May 17 to the people of Hamburg (http://g20-protest.info/category/general-information/open-letter-to-hamburg/) we stressed that we stand for values many people in Hamburg also share: of democracy and human rights, ecological sustainability and peace, opposition to austerity and neoliberalism, rejection of racism and sexism. Trump and Putin, Erdogan and Xi, Merkel and Macron, Modi and Zuma, Temer and Macri, May and King Salman do not represent us – and the world they want comes at our expense.

World Federation of Trade UnionsThe World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents supports the demands of the ground staff at Berlin airports.

The workers at Berlin airports demand through their yesterday’s strike salary increase. The ground staff of Berlin airports faces significant workload. During the 2016 the workload had increased by 11% caused by the proportional increase of the passengers using Berlin airports.

German Communist Party»With Herbert Mies, I lost a friend and political father. The German Communist Party lost a working class politician of the working class who has shaped it for decades. German imperialism lost an opponent who has shown the way to resist this system«, Patrik Köbele, Chairman of the German Communist Party (DKP), said on Monday. »The DKP, led by Herbert Mies, was a party that was both on the side of the German Democratic Republic and a driving force in the West German peace movement.

It was a party that could win intellectuals and artists because it focused on factories and in the workers' living quarters. It was a Marxist-Leninist party, that was in contact to the masses of the working class. This is the road of todays DKP - Herbert Mies is a model for us,« Köbele noted.

German communists at the traditional Luxemburg Liebknecht demonstration in Berlin. Photo: RedGlobeGerman communists at the traditional Luxemburg Liebknecht demonstration in Berlin. Photo: RedGlobeIf one thing can be said for the German Communist Party (DKP), it’s that it sticks to its principles. The DKP was the communist party that operated in West Germany in the years when the country was split between East and West. Although the old East German ruling party – the Socialist Unity Party (SED) – and a variety of left social democrats and other progressive groups have long since come together in the Left Party (Die Linke), the DKP prefers to keep an independent profile.

“Our belief is that we need to maintain a Marxist-Leninist party with a clear goal of socialism,” said Patrik Köbele, the president of the DKP, when he was interviewed by People’s World last week at the 20th Congress of the Portuguese Communist Party in Lisbon. “We have supported many Die Linke candidates in elections all over Germany, but we feel that their aim is too much in only a parliamentary direction. We believe in the need to focus on the direct needs of working people – fighting with them on all the issues and mobilizing demonstrations whenever we can.”

Demonstration against the ban of KPD in Karlsruhe. Photo: FacebookDemonstration against the ban of KPD in Karlsruhe. Photo: FacebookOn Saturday, 10th of September, 250 members and friends of the German Communist Party (DKP) demonstrated in Karlsruhe, seat of the Federal Constitutional Court, and demanded to lift the ban on the Communist Party of Germany (KPD). 60 years ago, the Constitutional Court had banned KPD because it organized resistance against the remilitarisation of the Federal Republic planned by chancellor Konrad Adenauer. At the demonstration, MP Karin Binder („Die Linke“) demanded to lift the ban on KPD. A representative of the persecuted Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) participated in the demonstration.

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