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…

Blockupy Frankfurt Day 2: 17 May — for the freedom of assembly

23;32 CET: We close today’s blog with a link to the ex­cel­lent photo slideshow of Sterneck. 21:58 CET: One cannot doubt the im­port­ance of today’s protests and their suc­cess­ful­ness. What oc­curred in the Paulsplatz in par­tic­ular had been de­clared of­fi­cially and leg­ally in­ex­istent by state and court. Yet, as the demon­strators held their copies of the…

Blockupy Frankfurt Day 1: 16 May — Frankfurt effectively in ‘State of Exception’

21:45 CET: as we enter an un­season­ably cold night, thoughts turn to tomorrow’s act­ivism. We’re going to sign off the blog for today. Thanks for reading. (above) Water cannon stand ready between Eschenheimer Tor and Hauptwache. 20:55 CET: there are now about 100 act­iv­ists in Hauptwache as people drift away. There is a call for a plenary…

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…

Right to a pleasant shopping experience trumps right to demonstrate

The Paulskirche in Frankfurt stands in the shadow of the banking district

The Blockupy Alliance have in­dic­ated their in­ten­tion to ap­peal the de­cision of the Frankfurt Administrative Court yes­terday in which but for two ex­cep­tions the total ban on protest de­clared by the Frankfurt au­thor­ities for 16 – 19 May was up­held. “If you read the court’s de­cisions, you will no­tice that the court only re­lies on the assertions…

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

Occupy Camp Frankfurt

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​-neo​lib​eral​-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…

Authorities define “violence” as any restriction of capital flows

Occupy Camp Frankfurt

As de­bate spilled over into a shouting match in the Hessian State Parliament con­cerning the ef­fective ban of Blockupy protests this 16 – 19 May in Frankfurt am Main, the ad­min­is­trative de­cision that ef­fected this ban has come to light. The key finding being that: The blockade ac­tion cannot be as­sessed as peaceful. To make block­ades and hinder traffic…

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​.blog​s​port​.eu/​m​a​t​e​r​i​a​l​s​-2/ ; http://​www​.european​-res​ist​ance​.org/​e​n​/​m​a​t​e​r​i​a​l​/​b​a​n​n​ers ; http://​www​.european​-res​ist​ance​.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…