Series: Frankfurt Blockupy May 16–19 2012

ECB Frankfurt Occupy camp cleared

The Occupy camp situated in Frankfurt’s financial district, at the foot of the European Central Bank, was cleared this afternoon in a lightning raid, approved by the city’s Administrative Court. The police admitted they had chosen a moment when the majority of activists were engaged elsewhere in the city. Members of the Left Party and Young Socialists rushed back…

UPDATED Occupy in Frankfurt — rally against eviction

Demo against the clearance of Occupy Camp Frankfurt (Photo by Michael Schick)

UPDATE: on 31 July 2012 Frankfurt’s Lord Mayor (Oberbuergermeister) Peter Feldmann (SPD) granted cautious support to the aims of the Occupy Camp insofar as these were about initiating a dialogue about the financial system. This effectively amounts to granting a stay of execution on any eviction, pending the outcome of legal appeals against the decision of Public Order…

“Wendland am Main” — Blockupy to return

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One week after the Blockupy protests the Blockupy Alliance has concluded that the event was on balance a success – despite the ban. So much so, that the activists have announced their return to Frankfurt, and to turn it into what the German left call a “Wendland”, referring to the Free Republic of Wendland, a protest camp established in Gorleben, Germany on 3 May 1980 to protest against the establishment of a radioactive waste dump there.
Although almost all Blockupy actions were recently banned by the authorities — the organisers will not be discouraged: “We have decided in the alliance that this goes on,” said the regional chairman of the Left Party (Die Linke), Ulrich Wilken, on Thursday in Wiesbaden. In the autumn, a congress critical of capitalism in Frankfurt is being planned.

Blockupy and The Politics of Crisis

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The politics of crisis speaks among other things to the inherent crisis within the capitalist process. Nonlinear studies of capitalism, for example, take a far more honest approach to their subject matter. One can read the theology that is neoclassical economics and despair that even the first steps of scientific method are ignored. The primary failure…

Blockupy Day 3: 18 May — German media: “Blockupy has already won”

23.38 CET: Napoleon once said: “you should never disturb the enemy when he is the middle of making a mistake”. This seems to adequately describe today’s Blockupy activities in which targeted and pertinent Blockupy action simply offered a leitmotif for the furious, absurd crackdown by the authorities. Again and again observers were treated to the spectacle of…

Police unilaterally abandon all Blockupy personal exclusion orders

The unsustainable unconstitutionality of the total shutdown of Blockupy is beginning to manifest itself. This evening (15 May) the Police HQ in Frankfurt declared that all person-​specific exclusion orders relating to the Blockupy protests on 16 – 19 May, which banned named individuals from entering inner Frankfurt, were immediately rescinded. The announcement appears to have followed preparatory discussions…

Administrative Court upholds Blockupy-​ban

The Administrative Court in Frankfurt has today (14 May) confirmed the general Blockupy-​ban issued by Frankfurt’s public order councillor Markus Frank. Likewise, the Occupy camp in Willy-​Brandt Platz may also be ‘temporarily’ cleared away. The court did provide for the possibility of permitting an anti-​capitalism demonstration this Saturday subject to certain conditions set by the authorities.…

Total Blockupy ban met with 14 May protest

The complete ban on any form of Blockupy protest, the proposed clearing of the peaceful Occupy camp, the Frankfurt council’s stonewalling manner, and now the setting up of an exclusion zone (see picture) for named individuals across inner Frankfurt has forced party members and activists to speak of the need to defend the “basic right…

“We have fought hard to ensure that the event is prohibited”: Councillor Markus Frank (CDU)

Boris Rhein, Hesse's Interior Minister, just stopped short of claiming Blockupy had a 45 minute strke capability.

“All Germans shall have the right to resist any person seeking to abolish this constitutional order, should no other remedy be possible.” Basic Law Art.20(4). After a five-​hour administrative court hearing today (Sat. 12 May 2012) Frankfurt am Main’s Public Order Department has reiterated its total opposition to any protest whatsoever against Europe’s austerity politics. “We…

As expected, Frankfurt Blockupy-​ban used to clear Occupy camp

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The activists must “temporarily” evacuate their camp in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt next week. The reason for this declaration of Frankfurt’s Public Order Administration is the upcoming Blockupy protests — the one’s the same administration have already banned from even taking place. The Occupy movement needs to evacuate their camp before the European…

Stop the neo-​liberal crisis politics – dispossess the beneficiaries!

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New international call to Blockupy from attac academic advisors and others. Reposted from www​.stop​-neoliberal​-crises​-politics​.org (in DE, FR, IT, ES there): We are experiencing the deepest crisis of capitalism since the great depression of the 30s – and the European governments continue to pour oil on the fires! From the very beginning, some governments have prevented a solidarity-​based solution to…

Blockupy Frankfurt!

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MOBILIZATION– create digital and paper mobilization materials! post these online and share the links. — spread existing mobilization materials (send us your address so we can mail you printed flyers and stickers, and here are links to what we already have: http://​17to19m​.blogsport​.eu/​m​a​t​e​r​i​a​l​s​-2/ ; http://​www​.european​-resistance​.org/​e​n​/​m​a​t​e​r​i​a​l​/​b​a​n​n​ers ; http://​www​.european​-resistance​.org/​e​n​/​v​i​d​eos – organize local teach-​ins (especially on ESM, IMF, EU, role of German…

Blockupy in Frankfurt: Die Linke seek to overturn Blockupy ban

Demonstration in Frankfurt 31 March 2012 "Capitalism IS the Crisis"

The City of Frankfurt has attempted to close down demonstations planned for 16 – 19 May in the city’s banking district by requiring that any public order discussions prior to general approval only be entered into if organisers guarantee that no violence or other illegal activity will occur, and indeed waive their right to organise effective civil…