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News from Germany and Berlin: 12 September, 2020


Not punishable

The police column of the “taz” journalist Hengameh Yaghoobifarah is unlikely to face any criminal consequences because of freedom of expression. On June 15, under the title The police are Trash, Yaghoobifarah wrote what should happen to police officers if the police were to be dissolved. The German Police Union (DPolG) and the Police Union filed criminal charges against her. Among other things, Yaghoobifarah referred to the one-sided investigations against migrants after the NSU murders and the practice of racial profiling. She also received threatening e-mails signed "NSU 2.0". The “taz” guarantees its authors legal support. Source: taz

Leipzig Street Fight

The trigger for protests, which lasted for the third evening in a row, was the eviction of a squatted house in East Leipzig. On August 21, a group called "occupying Leipzig" moved into there, and the police then enforced a judicial eviction order. Then there was a demonstration with 500 participants under the motto "Connecting Fights - for a Solidary Neighborhood". Because there had been riots on the two previous evenings, the police were deployed with a large contingent. Several people were taken into custody, and investigations were initiated against 15 people. Source: nd

"Over my dead body"

In an interview with Kevin Kühnert (SPD), he mentions Olaf Scholz has taken a political position more to the left on the "big questions.” The 31-year-old wishes that critics would recognize improvements in the SPD when they happen such as the new welfare state concept to overcome Hartz IV, considered even before Corona. He talks too about debt and its sustainability and property tax as well. He says the “Groko” should definitely not be permanent, and he believes he can contribute once he wants to be more than an activist. Source: taz

Thousands of demonstrators call for the reception of refugees

After the destruction of the Greek refugee camp Moria by a major fire, thousands of demonstrators in major German cities have demanded that migrants be admitted to the EU and Germany. A European solution for the reception of refugees is not yet in sight: Austria and the Netherlands do not will to accept those refugees. THe SPD is pushing for a quick solution, making demands on its coalition partner, the Union. German federal states such as Thuringia have already decided to accept refugees, but this has so far failed due to federal resistance. Source: Spiegel


Trace of "NSU 2.0" leads to Berlin

In the case of right-wing extremist threatening letters, a trail is said to also lead to Berlin. Special investigators questioned two police officers in Neukölln and Spandau, who are said to have searched the police database for private data of cabaret artist Idil Baydar and "taz" columnist Hengameh Yaghoobifarah. Both women received threatening letters, which were signed "NSU 2.0". One query of Baydar is considered particularly conspicuous; it took place on March 5, 2019, at the same time as a similar query in Hesse. According to reports, another lead goes to the Hamburg police. Source: rbb

Berlin “autocorrection”

Half a kilometer of Berlin's Friedrichstrasse has been closed to cars since August 29, a test run for five months. The city calls the project "Friedrichstrasse promenade". This is a test run, to find out what challenges are involved if we want to make the transportation system climate friendly. Although the car-free section of Friedrichstrasse is small, the project goes beyond red-red-green symbol politics, and it will check about socially fair possibilities of transportation, vis-à-vis with the use of Friedrichstrasse as a thoroughfare. Source: nd

2,500 right-wing extremists at Corona demonstration in August and the staircase of Reichstag

The State Secretary Torsten Akmann stated the main reason for the high proportion of "Reich citizens" and right-wing extremists among the demonstrators on August 29, occupying the staircase of the Reichstag, was not the legal dispute over the demo ban that was initially imposed, but rather an earlier demonstration against the Corona Ordinances in Berlin on August 1. For this reason, such demonstrators mobilized their supporters "aggressively". The investigations into the case are still ongoing. Source: rbb

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