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Munich: thousands defy martial law and march against a policy of war

Munich: thousands defy martial law and
march against a policy of war
Munich: thousands defy martial law and
march against a policy of war
Munich: thousands defy martial law and march against a policy of war
Statement of the German Comunist Party (DKP) Munich

Munich under martial law: thousands defy total ban on democracy and
march against a policy of war

Munich was under martial law at the first weekend of February on the
occasion of the NATO "Security conference". Democracy and freedom of
speech were abolished. Every kind of protest was planned to be
suffocated from the very start by bans on demonstrations and meetings,
sending back people at the borders, controlling them on streets and in
trains, placing the organizers under "preventive" arrest and arresting
hundreds of demonstrators. Thousands of policemen tried to carry through
a total ban on demonstrations.

But neither on Thursday, nor on Friday and Saturday was it possible to
hinder thousands of people to make their protest against the policy of
war and the suppression of democrcy crystal clear.

For months the democratic protest against the "Munich security
conference", a meeting of about 200 members of NATO-governments,
military strategists and generals to prepare the next NATO-wars, had
been organized. Finally, the alliance against the conference included
150 different organizations. During the last days prior to the planned
demonstrations, police and secret services increased their not proven
accusations saying that thousands of chaotic-minded people ready for
violence were on their way to Munich. With this argument a total ban on
all demonstrations on Friday and at the weekend was imposed on
Wednesday, January 30. Ever kind of freedom of speech was forbidden, the
right to assemble peacefully, established in the German constitution,
was suspended and virtually a kind of martial law was inflicted upon
Munich.

On Thursday evening more than 2000 people demonstrated on Munich's
central square, the Marienplatz, against the ban and marched in an
impressing way to the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior. "Not 2000
people ready for violence are coming to Munich, like the police claims,
but 200 - and they are sitting in the Bayerischer Hof!" (where the
conference took place), Claus Schreer, spokesman of the alliance, told
the crowd.

On Friday, in spite to the ban, 2000 people again filled the
Marienplatz, were the alliance against the NATO-conference held an
open-air press conference, which gave, because of the large number of
journalists reporting live, the crowd some shelter. Many people had a
plaster sticked on their mouth, some distributed empty papers, written
signs could be seen saying "I'm no protester!" - in many different ways
resistance was expressed. Finally the police violently evacuated the
Marienplatz, arresting more than 300 people and in a number of cases
brutally trampling on people sitting peacefully on the ground.

Saturday started with a similar picture. At 12 a.m., when the forbidden
march was planned to have started , more and more people gathered on the
Marienplatz between dozens of police vans parked all over the place. At
this point Clause Schreer, organizer of the alliance, was arrested and
marched off in the pedestrian zone near the Marienplatz. He was on his
way from a joint press-conference with Siggi Benker, leader of the
parliamentary group of the Munich Green Party, and well-known singer
Konstantin Wecker to the Marienplatz in order to inform the crowd about
the ban on all protests, like it was his legal duty to do as leader of
the assembly.

When the police violently drove away the about 8000 peaceful
demonstrators from the Marienplatz, the people succeeded in forming a
march. 10 000 (so even Bavarian Broadcast said) people finally defied
the ban and marched peacefully in Munich's City, until the police
encircled parts of the demonstration and drove them away violently. The
police also encircled the Munich Trade Union Building, where a granted
meeting took place. Only at 10 p.m. the police withdraw and allowed the
participants of the meeting to go home.

Alltogether more than 800 persons were arrested. Only thanks to the
considerate behaviour of the protesters this weekend did not end in the
chaos desired by the municipality and the Bavarian Ministry of the
Interior.

The conference itself proved the justification of the protests. US
Deputy Secretary of Defence, Mr. Wolfowitz, tried to convince the
participants about the next target ot the NATO- machinery of war: Iraq,
a country already totally bled to death by US-war and sanctions, is
designed to be the next victim in the "crusade" to strengthen the New
World order and to establish a global politically-military dictatorship
by the G-7 countries and the transnational trusts.

To sum the weekend up: A policy of war cries for a ban on democracy, but
democratic Munich cannot be forbidden. Munich was part of a worldwide
movement - from Porto Alegre to New York - against imperialist policy of
war and capitalist globalization.

We demand
* the immediate release of all arrested demonstrators!
* No criminal charges against people defending their democratic
rights!
* Blot out all files about the arrested!
We urgently ask for declarations of protest against the arrests and
against the suspension of democratic rights addressed to Munich's Mayor,
Mr Ude (<mailto: ob@ems.muenchen.de)> ob@ems.muenchen.de).

Please send a copy to
<mailto: dkp.munich.lm@t-online.de> dkp.munich.lm@t-online.de

Jürgen Köster and Leo Mayer, spokesmen of the German Comunist Party
(DKP)
Munich
Munich, Sunday February 3rd, 2002, 4 p.m.
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The organizers ask for support because the manifestation is very
expansiv:
Claus Schreer, Stichwort "Sicherheitskonferenz"
Konto-Nr. 57016-805
Postbank Muenchen, BLZ: 700 100 80
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