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Report from Germany #6

Another story from Rostock
Everyone,
I was looking at the info for today's actions when I happened to turn my head. All of a sudden a giant, conical metal object was hurtling towards me, silently. As it passed overhead the sound it had been outrunning caught up with my ears and the fighter jet banked to the left. I shook my head and looked around. Most of the people around me weren't even fazed. Their conversations continued, life went on, people got ready for today.
The jets have done this before. Today it felt like they were desperately trying to scare us off because they know we are not afraid of their police, so maybe a jet would do it. Yesterday was relatively calm and, despite having 8000 people on the street, there was no rioting. There was a scuffle earlier near the Sunflower house, the sight of a German government sponsored pogrom against immigrants in 1992. I got punched in the face by a cop. When you're in a chain you can't really fight back. That made me angry, naturally, and I wanted nothing more than the chance to fuck up a cop. I wasn't given that chance and that's a good thing. I needed a light day. But to get back to where I was going.
It turns out that 400+ cops were injured on the 2nd. Now, some of those rocks bound for the cops ended up hitting our people. I hope everyone can learn from this and not throw without aiming. But to know that WE fucked up 400+ cops is a good feeling. Perhaps it is not so intense for the Germans, but for me it is sublime. Coming from a place where getting shot by a cop with a rubber bullet constitutes assault on a police officer, a place where the State has been so successful in implanting its agenda that its populations believes it to be the worst thing ever to revolt against the government, coming from the U.S., to know that all those pigs are scared of US is, again, a good feeling.
And I think that feeling is present in everyone, in some form or another. We know we were part of something significant. Despite the liberals disowning the violence and the bogus reports from the mainstream media, those of us who's enemy is the State and Capitalism know that we gave the police, the State's army, a black eye.
Yesterday at the demo there were a lot of immigrants who would have been endangered by any rioting. The police were everywhere. I think people might have wanted something more (ie: rioting) but there wasn't too much disappointment. Maybe a little bit. But we have today. Bush arrives at the Rostock-Laage airport. Tomorrow the summit starts, as do the blockades. And then the star march on the 7th. And then, after that, we will see what happens. Cross you fingers, everyone. Let's hope whatever happens here spreads and spreads and spreads. Some people here are for x and y and z. Some people want more of this institution and less of that institution. But remember that there are a lot of us who want no institutions and want autonomy, freedom and anarchy. The reported 3000 anarchists was more than that. Even those who do not consider themselves anarchists were there, taking part and even if they were not taking part:

Disillusionment follows the same pattern. You want the G8 to focus more on climate change and you go to Rostock to protest for that. You hate the anarchists because they are bringing heat down on the "legitimate" protests. Six months pass after the protest. Nothing happens. You get mad at always going to protests for nothing. The government will not listen. But at those protests there are always those crazy anarchists. Soon, you begin to wonder what they are all about. Rather than feel bored you actually talk to one of them and discover that behind the mask is an intelligent, rational human being who has put as much thought in their actions as you have. From this encounter, and others like it, your views begin to change. In either a long or short period of time, you come to realize that capitalism cannot be reformed. Then, one day, you decide to mask up. Maybe you don't throw anything. But you link arms and push against the cops. And then, for the first time, you see up close what you had only seen in pictures and from far away: the brutal, indiscriminate violence of the State. And then that's it. You really cannot justify their actions and see that neither can they, no matter how hard they try.

Perhaps 100 of those 77,000 are going through this process. Perhaps this process started for another 1000. I think it happened to a lot more people.

I know it is not a lot, but it is something.

Wish us luck today, tomorrow and the next day.

All solidarity actions are encouraged, welcome and NEEDED!

Love,
Annie

Documentary on the progrom in 1992 05.Jun.2007 03:16

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The documentation shows how the german police (not) responds to Neonazis trying to burn immigrants to death. Especially nice to watch if you compare it to their reaction to some broken glass during the big demonstration on saturday.