Shoot the terrori…I mean save the protesters!

Ok, another day another topic.

Today is all about demonstrations and their participants.

First of all, we’ll take a look at what the right to demonstrate is all about.

In most countries you have the right to demonstrate for political, ideological or whatever cause, based on the freedom of speech and the right to assemble for public protests. It is a democratic way of participating in the political decision making process as well as showing political weaknesses and errors at least those that are perceived that way by the population.

Until this point everything is known, isn’t it? We can use our rights to protest against injustice in all areas of life, society and politics which we think are wrong or at least not as they should be.

But what is happening for a few years now, always justified by 9/11 and the war on terror, is the constraint of those rights.

Let’s take a look at Guinea:

50.000 people protested peacefully against the military dictatorship that seized the power after the long term dictator Lansana Conte had died. Furthermore Mousa Camara, the leader of the new military dictatorship, now wishes to be elected for president although he had stated after the putsch that he will not participate in the next election. So, a sudden change of mind, eh?

But let’s stick to the point:

1500, so the official numbers tell us, were hurt and wounded not to say slaughtered. Women were stripped naked on the streets and then raped by the soldiers or by the police. They shot the protesters randomly without reason.

Of course, now you think: It’s a military dictatorship! What else should happen, when you exercise your rights.

Sorry to disappoint you, really, because Guinea/Africa seems to be not the only police state existing.

The demonstrations called “Freedom not fear” which were an international attempt to mobilize the world population to protest against the “total retention of telecommunication data and other instruments of surveillance” was partly not only attended by police but destroyed. The police also used violence against the protesters, as can be seen here in Berlin, here and there.

As you can see in the Berlin video, the police is filming the protestors. I think is has become a common way of identifying the participants for further investigation. With the small constriction that the police doesn’t allow the protesters to film.

How about some more nice examples of how the police serves its citizens?

Here, from september 24th at the G20, here from 2007 I think. This is from 1999 in Seattle. Or here without any reason in the UK.

There are so many videos of police brutality taking place not only while demonstrations! So what can we learn from it?

Or put differently: How many people have to attend a demonstration to be save from police brutality? Can you be save?

I say no! Because the police is not a servant of the people it is an instrument to observe and control people, filming the protestors while they prohibit being filmed, often by taking away the cameras of the protester or even destroying them.

It also is a way of making people afraid of demonstrations or of taking part in them, of demonizing protestors and show them as terrorist who destroy cities, undermine authority and who are potentially dangerous.

Do you think this describes you? Are we all potential terrorist? No, we are NOT! But we are free people, capable of speech, thinking and full of will.

And as long as we have our rights, we should use them. And everybody who wants to take these rights away should prepare, because we will be loud and for everyone to hear, when we march peacefully for our freedom.

Don’t let your rights be torn apart, don’t shut your eyes – open your mouth!

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