Berlin: Demonstration of the #Covidiots was... a pipe burst - also for the democracy.
Yesterday, the demonstration of the #Covidiots and so-called "aluminium hat" men, often referred to as right-wing extremists, took place in Berlin.
But from now on, it won't be easy to describe what happened.
It is not an issue that the Senate tried to prevent the demonstration in advance. Another problem is that it was so poorly, unlawfully, and ideologically already manically wrongly justified that neither the Administrative Court nor the Higher Administrative Court played along.
Gullible people would now say that the system works, that the law has been given justice. But that is not true because the law was tried to be trampled underfoot by a supposedly democratic ruling and thinking clan.
Smiling and without guilt.
Let alone with shame. And the latter should have been the case according to the reasons for the judgement.
The fact that the police leadership played a part in this may have been due to the personnel that one could call the police chief of Berlin.
And so it was not surprising that since Friday the Berlin police had already been doing everything possible to finish the demonstration. Arbitrary roadblocks hindered the arrival of the demonstrators. And at the Brandenburg Gate, they had already practiced, which was then shown all over Berlin on Saturday. In general, they reached into the bag of tricks of the means, which we had already described here beforehand.
And the officials did not do that on their initiative, but it was the plan B of the Senate in Berlin. Presumably, even if the Federal Constitutional Court had decided differently than the RRG Senate.
And since this has no legal consequences, the system did not work.
Thus, it came on Saturday as it had to come. Alternatively, several thousand demonstrations were registered. Everywhere in Berlin. By just about every travel group that wanted to go to Berlin despite the confusion of prohibitions. And all these applications for "marches" were registered, but not processed. At least there was no feedback to the applicants. Presumably, the decision must then be appealed. Something that should be a lot of fun for the administrative court to handle.
And no, the short-term scope of the applications for a decision is not a criterion for mitigating circumstances, as this is explicitly not known in administrative law. An application must be decided within the deadline—another breach of law by the police authority responsible here.
Then there was the demonstration, which was already fraught with considerable expectations in advance—overloaded if we are honest. These expectations ranged from a coup d'état to an epidemic event that will kill us all, in respect of the Covid-19 virus. Between the two extremes, there were countless other expectations of the exhibition, which could be observed in Berlin yesterday.
The main demonstration procession wanted to show that "the mask was full". They formed peacefully, wanted to remain peaceful and thus show their concern to as many other people as possible while moving through Berlin.
This procession was stopped and disbanded. The reason that minimum distances were not kept.
The police blocked a large intersection in such a way and for such a long time that the demonstration train had to be jammed by the uninformed masses coming up. This issue has been proven and documented. Only this blockade caused the then pronounced dissolution of the demonstration. And this then led to angry reactions from parts of the demonstrators, who had seen what was going on right at the front. Spontaneously.
The fact that even fathers were pushed around here by police officers who carried their children on their shoulders (which was also reported in the media) leaves a smack that makes certain statements by a taz author about the Berlin police not credible but increasingly understandable. Mostly since the policeman in question was probably also the local police leader. Everything is possible in RRG-Berlin.
And so, after the dissolution, people slowly meandered through the streets of Berlin, trying to reach the section from the Brandenburg Gate to the Victory Column. This intent was prevented by police roadblocks covering all direct access roads. Vast.
In the process, there were remarkable scenes with prominent actors in front of the Russian embassy. They wanted a peace treaty! Apart from the fact that after 75 years it should be signed, the question arises: Why the march in front of the Russian embassy?
The hope remains that it is not the friendly and benevolent reporting of the Russian media that led to this "spontaneous" gathering. And there was undoubtedly a hardcore of demonstrators here, which was feared by all sides in the run-up to the event.
So, it is not surprising that the mass of the 350 arrests took place here. This was very good.
Another incident occurred at the Reichstag, where "activists" stormed the stairs of the Reichstag—not storming the Reichstag itself. The last time this happened was in 1945 by the Red Army. For the first time, the soldiers' lives were at risk, and then a few more times for media representatives close to the government in the safe soft version, even back then... So that you know.
Nevertheless, it was a taboo break. The Reichstag is in the banned mile. It was, therefore, also locked. And there are good reasons why parliaments have been legally protected from such plans since ancient times.
So, the immediate and robust intervention of the surprised police was appropriate, lawful and predictable.
After the famous opening speech of the organizer Ballweg what happened at the main rally ground was low to extremely poor. What finally united the people on this section was the thought that Merkel has her time as a chancellor behind her. She should leave. That gave the biggest applause.
What came next was often not what the mass of people in Berlin wanted to show the world. The protests were not even the subject of the demonstration anymore.
It was all there. No other (sorry) crazy suggestion remained unmentioned.
The whole thing was given a VIP-factor by the appearance of John F. Kennedy, the nephew of the famous JFK, who gave a remarkable speech. In addition to warning against the worldwide vaccination lobby, he also repeated what President Eisenhower warned against in one of his last lessons: against the exercise of power by those who are not legitimized to do so and their illegal and lasting influence on those we have elected.
Strangely enough, this is being lost in our media.
What came next was a kind of downsized love parade with Woodstock elements and religiously-inspired esoterics. As an "excellent" paraphrase. Everything was peaceful and in harmony with the police, but at intervals ... not in line with the theme. Unfortunately, one has to admit that this is a neutral view.
For many, this was a reason to leave. Their claim to demonstrate that economic interests should also be taken into account was lost in the drumming and mantra-like chants of the other "activists".
To describe these people as just frustrated would be. The 9.7% drop in GDP creates more than frustration. And this demonstration was an outlet for those who are not against masks but the effect of acts on the economy. To put it bluntly but understandably.
And also about what will happen to this country if the economy continues to collapse. From the welfare state. From the inner peace. And also what threatens many people in old age if they cannot work NOW.
The organizer of the lateral thinking movement understood this demonstration as extra-parliamentary opposition. The same mental institution was shown, which is also in parliament. Without a clear line. Without sufficient organization. A backdrop for self-promoters. Stupid to feeble-minded speeches up to the limit of what is bearable, which logic can still bend. What was missing was an imbecile as chairman of parliament, who drums with a hammer for attention and gives out reprimands. So even inclined observers could hardly see a difference to what elsewhere is rewarded with diets.
As a conclusion of this Saturday, it can, unfortunately, be said that this day will not go down in the annals of democratic history. It was an admirable attempt to teach the power of a lesson. We are not even talking about the number of participants. There were more than on 01 August. Much more.
But in contrast to the first demonstration, the mass has increased, but the class of the request was ... an absolute pipe burst. That must be said so clearly.
Of course, this is no reason to celebrate. The RRG men in this country have no reason to breathe a sigh of relief. Because now that which can no longer be controlled is beginning to set in. Hate due to feelings of helpless frustration, looking for alternatives.
Shouldn't it finally be possible to take seriously the economic concerns, the (school) educational demands and the fear of the people?
Germany has long since reached the end of the economic flagpole. The floating bankruptcy of Europe is as visible as the invisible virus Corona itself. But it exists just as well.
The shown political action of the police against the legal demonstration was a signal—a disservice for democracy.
Also, the fact that a single marching column encountered in the Berlin area was able to lead tanks in the social media for such a storm of concern shows the loss of trust better than anything else. It shows that people certainly trust the government to use tanks against demonstrators. Like in 1953, a conjecture that should hurt those who think they are doing everything right.
Saturday, August 29, 2020, was a day in a country where we will no longer live well together.