We are going to go with the bad before the good so that none of you shallow fools just look at the video of the „Europa“ bookstore, attacked and destroyed by antifascists yesterday in Barcelona.
*Massive Police Repression in Brussels
What follows is a very summarized translation of the days events yesterday. You can read a complete timeline (in French and English) here. Of particular interest, while some union groups and individuals did apparently show solidarity, there were also more than enough cases of precisely the contrary, even as far as union security services working with the police to chase, beat, and arrest activists.
Transport of arrested comrades
Approximately 450-500 arrests, out of a total of ca. 600 activists on the streets! Two of these are seriously injured, many others wounded.
Of the approximately 300 people who were able to join the mass union demonstration as an anticapitalist bloc, less than 20 escaped arrest.
Plainclothes cops in action…
The comrades from the No Border camp had chosen to participate in the mass union march as an anti-capitalist bloc, in order to express a clearly anti-capitalist and revolutionary perspective at the demonstration. After a collective departure from the camp, the first 100 activists are arrested by the police only a few blocs down the road. Another 50-60 are arrested at other points on the way to the demonstration.
Despite this initial repression, ca. 300 activists are able to reach the pre-arranged meeting point and form themselves as a bloc. The police however proceed to surround them and impede them from joining the rest of the demonstration. Suddenly, the activists run off in all directions, overwhelming the cops who dont intervene.
Re-formed, the ca. 300 comrades gather next to the demonstration. The cops arrive „en masse“ and prepare to charge. Quick negotiations with two union blocs in the vicinity allow for the demonstrators to enter the march between the two union blocs. Numerous displays of solidarity from union activists with the No Border activists.
Once in the demonstration, the police flank the anti-capitalist bloc on both sides and proceed to attack it, repeatedly. The bloc is compact and resists against, even sometimes repelling, the attacks of the police. But one attack is followed by the next, repeatedly for hours, until the bloc is completely dispersed and most people arrested.“
A video of one of the many police attacks…
On a side note…particularly worrying…Belgium was always one of those countries where you really didnt need to take cops seriously (at least usually not)….like Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, etc. And yet they were able to do this, worrying.
*Nazi Murderer Free Again!
Dortmund Nazi Sven Kahlin, who murdered Thomas Schulz in 2005, was recently released from prison. For this reason there was a demonstration in Dortmund yesterday, and you can see images and read a report here.
*Fascist Bookstore Europa Destroyed (Again!)
We mentioned it yesterday, and here are videos of the destruction (ca. 300,000€ of damages), and an interview with the owner. Be outraged at the vandalic attacks of these culture feindliche criminals!