Berlin Dissolve Coronavirus Protest With Water Cannons

The Berlin police on Wednesday dissolved a demonstration of thousands of nonconformists protesting at the Brandenburg Gate against coronavirus restrictions and the approval of a new national law to fight pandemics with water cannon and pepper spray. Due to the fact that the vast majority of the attendees neither wore masks nor kept the required physical safety distance between them, the police in the German capital had shortly concluded the protest and ordered the attendees to disband. The president of the Berlin police, Barbara Slowik, had already warned in the early hours of the morning that she would enforce with all the means at her disposal compliance with the rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “We will do everything possible not to allow assemblies without the use of masks,” said Slowik, who commented that the officers in charge of monitoring the demonstration were ordered to intervene immediately and dissolve it if the mandatory hygiene rules were not observed.

“The demonstration in the street of June 17 was ended by the organizer of the assembly at 12:06 pm”, reported the police in a tweet, but as the attendees ignored the order to dissolve “we have made use of trucks with water cannons, “added the message. The press department of the police stressed that the anti-riot forces were repeatedly attacked by a section of the protesters. “Our colleagues have been attacked with bottles, stones and firecrackers, as well as pepper spray,” highlighted another tweet in which arrests were announced without quantifying their number. Several journalists who were covering the protest were also attacked by participants in the demonstration, while the parliamentary headquarters of the large public television networks near the place were preventively guarded by a large police force.

The chief of police in the German capital stressed that she would not allow images like those of last August before the Reichstag, the historic German parliament that was about to be assaulted by far-rightists participating in a protest against the coronavirus, nor the most recent of Leipzig, a city in which thousands of nonconformists continued their protest and marched without masks through the city, after the local police ordered its dissolution, but without actually imposing that order by force. For this reason, the federal Ministry of the Interior prohibited this Wednesday several calls for nonconformists before the Reichstag, strongly protected by a police cordon and where this morning was approved with the votes of the great coalition of conservatives and social democrats and the support of the green opposition a new revised and more severe version of the law to protect the population against infections, which gives more power to the authorities to fight a pandemic.

More than 2,000 riot police, with reinforcements from nine federal states and agents of the Federal Police were in charge of controlling the demonstration in the heart of the German capital. The Police Union (GdP) had in advance a complicated mission for officials. Past demonstrations in other cities have also shown how the situation is escalating and that agents can quickly become powerless, said Benjamin Jendro, spokesman for the GdP, who commented that the big problem is that very disparate groups participate in these protests. “That means that not all of them are right-wing extremists who join the calls, but also people with existential fears,” said Jendro, who commented that even children and the elderly attend. Protests are frequently dominated by elements of the extreme right and members of non-conformist organizations that in many cases seek to undermine the rule of law. In Berlin, many supporters of the neo-Nazi German National Democratic Party (NPD) and supporters of the ultra-nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) could be seen among the demonstrators on Wednesday.

The new legislation for the fight against pandemics aims to give a legal basis to the rules and restrictions issued to combat the coronavirus and future pandemics and to prevent these rules and precepts from being overthrown, as has happened on several occasions, by the courts. administrative due to the lack of precise provisions. From the use of masks to the obligation to keep physical distance, but also the closure of shops, bars, gastronomic establishments, cultural and sports centers, all these rules and prohibitions have since this Wednesday a legal basis when there is «an epidemic situation of national scope ”, according to the text approved, first by the Bundestag and then and by the emergency procedure by the Bundesrat, the German upper house, for the federal president, Frank Walter Steinmeier, to sign it before the end of the day.

Several deputies reported intimidation attempts by protesters outside but also inside the Reichstag. The liberal Konstantin Kuhle denounced that “the AfD has introduced people into the building who intimidate the deputies and plant their mobile cameras in their faces.” And the vice president of the social democratic parliamentary group, Katja Mast, pointed out that “people who have sneaked into parliament with the help of the AfD have tried to raid the offices of the deputies”


Civil courage in Belarus: what a wedding!

It’s hard to believe that people need to be hidden. Janka Belarus tells of life in Minsk in stormy times. Episode 36.

Roman Bondarenko is dead. On November 12, security forces killed in Photo: BelaPAN / reuters

On Sunday, during a peaceful protest march in Minsk, demonstrators were arrested again. This time there were more than 1000 people. One of the places where clashes occurred was the “Place of Change”. People had come there with candles and flowers to commemorate Roman Bondarenkos – a resident of the court who was killed by security forces on November 12th.

In the evening members of the OMON special unit showed up and the events were reminiscent of films about the Second World War. The security forces had appeared in large numbers, they were armed and ready to attack the people who were only carrying flowers and their mourning. The whole district was cordoned off with technical equipment. The residents opened the entrances to their houses and hid people in back buildings and their apartments.

Simply going for a walk with the dog, going to a shop or anywhere else without showing a passport is no longer allowed. That is why many Minsk people have decided that their guests will stay overnight. All you have to do is turn off the light and activate flight mode on the cell phones so that there is no intense signal that calls the cell phone operator into action. More than 100 people stayed at the “Place of Change” until Monday morning at 10 a.m. Only then was it possible to go home.

Another amazing story happened in another part of the city with the girl Tatjana: “If someone had told me in the morning that something like this was possible, I would not have believed it. To be honest, it was the most unusual day of protest for us today. First we went to the Pushkinskaya subway station. Then everything was the same – they ran after us. And suddenly, like an angel, a girl waved to us from an open doorway. To be honest, we didn’t think about it for long and happily walked there. And not just us. The last one could just close the door, which was already hit by batons.

The diary entries in Russian can be found here.

And what was in the apartment? A wedding! There were a lot of people there. At first we sat very quietly on the floor and modestly declined when we were offered something. But then we lost our nerve a bit. In short, this is a wedding that we will tell our grandchildren about. How 15 people who happened to meet together hid and sincerely wished the newlyweds all the best. The two were very kind and happy! How much one would like to wish them good luck. And U.S. So that your family grows up in a new Belarus. People, so that you can be together for many years to come. Today you and your loved ones were the most incredible people of the day for us! “

From the Russian Barbara Oertel


Opposition resigns in Hong Kong in protest of Chinese interference

Everything started this Wednesday with the approval in Beijing of a resolution authorizing the Hong Kong Executive to withdraw the seat from regional deputies who are not considered patriotic enough without going through the courts. Minutes later, the former British colony has disqualified four of them, who had already seen their candidacies vetoed for the elections that should have been held in September and which were postponed for at least one year on the excuse of the coronavirus. As a result of this decision, the 15 deputies who remained in the opposition have decided to present their resignation en bloc in the afternoon, an act of protest that they had been considering for a few days.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China has approved the measure to more quickly attack Hong Kong politicians who support independence of this special administrative region or call into question the sovereignty of the country, conspire with external forces and foreign countries to interfere in internal affairs, or threaten national security. The effect has been immediate, but also the criticisms that point to the rapid erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong, a city that is governed by a different model from the rest of the People’s Republic under the ‘one country, two systems’ model.

«The Basic Law – the mini-constitution of the financial center – includes the separation of powers. But today, the decision of the central government has eliminated this separation of powers. All power will be centralized in the chief executive, who is a central government puppet. So today is the end of ‘one country, two systems’ ”, declared the president of the Democratic Party, Wu Chi-wai.

For her part, the chief executive, Carrie Lam, has refused to hold a by-election to find an owner for the empty seats, remembering that the regional elections will be held in about nine months. In this way, the government has a free hand to introduce all the legislative changes it deems appropriate without any debate in the regional parliament, and Lam has stressed that the central government is within its right to interpret the Basic Law. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. ‘Loving the country and loving Hong Kong’ is part of a political ethic that all Hong Kong politicians must insist on. It is also a basic requirement contained in the Constitution of China, “added the delegation of the central government in Hong Kong through a statement.

However, activists who have been leading some of the largest demonstrations that have taken place in the city for a year and a half affirm that this measure is one more nail in the coffin that is collecting freedoms that have differentiated Hong Kong. “It shows that Beijing is not going to keep the promises it made – to the UK – in the Joint Declaration. Basically, it serves to get rid of all potential Democratic candidates and, even more worryingly, to threaten them with the National Security Law, ”has criticized Joshua Wong, whose candidacies have also been rejected on several occasions.


“The union seems to have finally come to naught” – Kommersant FM – Kommersant

Regular protests took place in Belarus. This time there are fewer detainees. This is partly due to a change in opposition tactics – the protesters are more concentrated in the courtyards. Nevertheless, in Minsk, the security forces used special equipment. On the eve of the Nobel laureate Svetlana Aleksievich announced the possible victory of Alexander Lukashenko. Dmitry Drize, political observer for Kommersant FM, believes that opposition leaders should try to establish a dialogue with Moscow.

Svetlana Aleksievich did not rule out that Lukashenka might win. This will happen because the opposition wants a peaceful transfer of power, but in the current situation it is difficult to imagine that this could happen. Belarus is a small country, it does not play a big role in the world, democratic institutions are not developed there, so there are not so many ways to force Lukashenka to leave in an amicable way. There is international pressure, but it is not strong enough to create big problems for the regime.

Aleksievich refused to return to Belarus while the current leader is at the helm. The Nobel laureate in literature is not ready to become president because she is a writer, not a politician. There is an opinion that Svetlana Aleksievich could lead the country during the transitional period, since she enjoys indisputable authority both inside Belarus and abroad. But, again, while Alexander Grigorievich controls the security forces, it is difficult to imagine how this can be done.

Meanwhile, regular protests were held in the republic. Lukashenka’s opponents have changed their tactics – they are more concentrated in the courtyards. Nevertheless, again detentions, dispersals, and, most importantly, the permanent leader remains in place. Can Lukashenka Really Win? In the long run, unlikely. But right now he is feeling relatively confident, at least publicly demonstrating that confidence. With Russian support, it is much easier for him, although international pressure is increasing. The electoral history in America will come to an end sooner or later, and then, probably, it will be more difficult for the President of Belarus. Nevertheless, it is better not to lead to the collapse of the economy.

Perhaps the coordination council of the opposition should act more actively, which is also being debated, create a government in exile, proclaim a plan for the transfer of power, although something similar is being done. There can be no ideal solutions in such a situation.

There is a way out – this is the formation of public opinion around the world and, most importantly, in Russia.

And here we really need authoritative enlightened people like Svetlana Aleksievich. She has already tried to do this with her message to the Russian intelligentsia. The latter responded, but not so much. We need to continue, well-known intelligent people should be at least uncomfortable when this happens in a neighboring country, besides, the Russian authorities cannot be satisfied with their partner. The project called “deep integration” and even a new alliance seems to have finally come to naught.

That is why the Belarusian opposition, perhaps, should try to grope for a dialogue with Moscow. Such attempts were made by the coordinating council, but this is not enough. It is difficult, understandable, but this is almost the only way out to avoid the final degradation of the state. And the Kremlin does not need this degradation at all, since it will inevitably come back to haunt the elder brother. It’s another matter that common sense hasn’t always won out lately. Therefore, the inevitable change of power in Belarus clearly does not promise to be cloudless.


Mass protest in a town in Cuba. Ladies in White fined

Neighbors from the town of Carlos Rojas, in central Cuba, staged a resounding protest in which, shouting “Liars!”, They summoned officials and the military for lack of food and electricity.

This week the Police imposed fines of 2,000 pesos on the Ladies in White Sissi Abascal and her mother, Annia Zamora Carmenate, whom they accuse of spreading the protest on networks.

The Lady in White Leticia Ramos published the images of the fines on Facebook and recalled that the previous Saturday the secretary of the Jovellanos Communist Party “threatened to disappear” Abascal Zamora for filming the protests.

The opposition member Félix Navarro said that the Ladies in White were questioned by the Police, who wanted to know the name of the person who told them to go to the spontaneous protest. He also said that they wanted to accuse the women of “instigating the population to yell at them [a los oficiales] and to concentrate on the place ”.

“They mentioned to Annia Zamora how difficult it would be to jail with her poor health but Annia told them that others have also been unjustly deprived of liberty with different diseases and they have not been interested,” said the opponent in his social networks.

Since the protest occurred last week, members of the State Security, the Political Police of Cuba, have been seen in the vicinity of the town and there is a strong police presence in the area, the opponents denounced.

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Lukashenka threatened to liquidate private business without trade unions :: Politics :: RBK

According to the president, trade union organizations should be created at all Belarusian enterprises by the end of the year. If business refuses to do this, it will be liquidated, Lukashenka said

Alexander Lukashenko

(Photo: Maxim Guchek / EPA / TASS)

By the end of this year, the issue of creating trade union organizations at all private enterprises in Belarus should be resolved, President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the country Mikhail Orda. The video from the meeting was published on the Pool of the First Telegram channel.

Video: Pool of the First / Telegram

Video: Pool of the First / Telegram


Private business will have to choose: either a trade union or liquidation, Lukashenko said. “If only by the end of the year private enterprises do not create trade union organizations according to your requirements, these private enterprises will be liquidated,” the head of the republic explained. According to him, the authorities “will not joke anymore”, they saw “how some behaved and took a course towards the destruction of the state.”

“If you want to be a member of the trade union – whether you want to – please. But every company, private and state, must have a trade union organization, ”Lukashenka concluded.

Lukashenka named condition for new elections

Alexander Lukashenko


Castoren arrived in Biblis: The goal was met with protests

The highly radioactive waste is now being temporarily stored in the Biblis nuclear power plant that has been shut down. Thousands of police officers protected the transport.

Early morning protest: a demonstrator and police in front of the Castor at Biblis train station Foto: Kai Pfaffenbach/reuters

GÖTTINGEN taz | For the first time since 2011, a Castor transport with highly radioactive nuclear waste rolled through Germany on Wednesday night. The train with six castor containers containing waste from the British reprocessing plant Sellafield reached Biblis station in Hesse on Wednesday morning at around eight o’clock. From there, the Castors were to be driven over a branch track to the interim storage facility on the site of the Biblis nuclear power plant that was shut down.

The train, several hundred meters long and pulled by several diesel locomotives, started on Tuesday evening in Nordenham in Lower Saxony. There the castors had previously been loaded onto the wagons from a ship. Since the freighter started in the English port of Barrow-in-Furness, the transport had been on the move for more than a week.

The transport from Nordenham initially traveled on a single-track railway line to Hude near Oldenburg and then turned to the southeast. Via Bremen, Hanover and Göttingen we went on to Hesse. In many places along the route, opponents of nuclear power demonstrated against the transport. According to the protest alliance “Stop Castor” there were vigils and rallies in Oldenburg, Bremen, Hanover, Göttingen and in Groß Gerau in Hesse.

In the Hannover-Linden train station, activists protested with flags and banners on the platform while the train was passing; the local anti-nuclear initiative demonstrated at night on the station forecourt in Göttingen with a fire barrel and a yellow tin barrel with a radioactivity symbol painted on it . In Biblis, opponents of nuclear power occupied the track to the interim storage facility on Wednesday morning, and a demonstration began at the same time at the train station.

Transport in Coronazeiten

Citizens’ initiatives and environmental groups once again criticized the transport as dangerous and unnecessary as long as there was no repository in Germany. The current corona pandemic would pose additional risks for the population and the police.

The Federal Association of Citizens’ Initiatives Environmental Protection (BBU) criticized the fact that “highly dangerous nuclear waste was once again transported from A to B”. “A final repository for nuclear waste is far and wide in sight, but nuclear waste is still being produced in nuclear power plants and uranium factories,” said BBU board member Udo Buchholz. “Demonstrations against the shifting of nuclear waste are and will remain imperative.”

Robin Wood called the transport a “haphazard nuclear waste relocation” that does not solve the nuclear waste problem, but puts the environment and the population at considerable risk. The Lower Saxony Green State MP Miriam Staudte described it as “irresponsible that the federal government is pushing through this Castor transport despite the increased corona risk”. The need of the hour is to avoid unnecessary crowds. “The transport should have been postponed until next year, if protests and the use of the police are again possible without any health risk,” said Staudte.

The police union GdP and Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) had also turned against the Castor transport at the moment with a view to the corona pandemic. The police drew a positive balance of their use on Wednesday. “There were no disruptions during the ship’s arrival, the loading phase and during the transport,” said Chief Operations Officer Andreas Sagehorn in Oldenburg. A police operation of this magnitude, taking into account the corona pandemic, was a very special challenge. The police had deployed several thousand officers to protect the Castor transport.

The transport, originally planned for the beginning of April, was initially canceled on March 12 by Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). Seehofer explained that the use of 6,000 federal police officers deployed to protect the transport was not responsible because of the spread of the corona virus.

Until 2005, spent fissile elements from German nuclear power plants were brought to Sellafield and the French reprocessing factory La Hague. The Federal Republic is basically obliged to take back the in the factories.


They protest against Enrique Alfaro, demand his revocation

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Approximately 100 people gathered to protest against the management of the governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, who faces a battle against the president of the republic Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Carrying banners that read “Alfaro Out”, “Revocation!”, “Thank you Alfaro for uniting all the people in Jalisco against your policy”, among others, the citizens assured that the policy implemented by the Jalisco president, misinforms and polarizes society.

They also announced that they will present a request for revocation of the mandate and a complaint to the Jalisco State Commission for Human Rights (CEDHJ), and the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), for violating the right to mobility, by leaving no public transport to the population, by the application of the Emergency Button as a measure to counteract coronavirus infections.

Supporters of the federal government party, demand that the governor present accounts of the credits obtained to alleviate the effects of the pandemic.



Human rights activists announced more than 200 people detained at rallies in Belarus :: Politics :: RBC

Most of the protesters were detained in Minsk. Among them were journalists and a member of the coordination council of the opposition Denis Gotto

Photo: Reuters

The number of people detained at protests in Belarus exceeded 220 people, the human rights center Viasna reports.

According to him, most of the protesters were detained in Minsk, several more demonstrators – in Grodno, Mogilev, Pinsk, Osipovichi and the agricultural town of Zhodishki. reports that Denis Gotto, a member of the main composition of the coordination council of the Belarusian opposition, was among those detained in Minsk. According to the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), media workers, including the correspondents of the Novy Chas newspaper, were detained.

Security forces used flash bangs at protests in Minsk

Protesters at the crossroads of Logoisk tract and Gamarnik street in Minsk

On November 1, a march called “Dzyady” (“Ancestors”) was held in the capital, timed to coincide with the day of remembrance. The opposition has been holding it for many years, but this time the action was not coordinated with the authorities. The march took place as part of the protests that began in the country after the presidential elections on August 9.