G8 demos

Yep, even Berlin got some of those – though the action is more in Hamburg – this morning lunch I saw a couple people demonstrating in the government district, right next to the Bundestag.

Funny thing – the scenery had nothing very political, obscene, no havoc indeed it was pretty peaceful!
It didn’t look like a demonstration.

It did more or less remind me of a field trip back in elementary school. Walking whereever, teachers in the front and back. No talking, no shouting, walking in pairs and keeping up with the rest.

Back to now:
I witnessed a group of people walking. The majority of them was dressed in black sweatshirts and black sunglasses. The group was surrounded by cops, who were walking in the front – leading? – and at the end of the trail, and all around, of course.

Sizewise, I’d say the two groups were almost even. Maybe more police? But maybe that’s just the impression because they were patrolling around, a group of about eight (!) police cars followed them, gently pushing the anti-G8 people forward. And they sure looked more aggressive then the so called demonstration.

All in all, it’s a ridiculous picture. I wonder if those anti-globalization people (who are all dressed made in China) know how much they hurt on a local not so global level, because their sole appearance is a waste of tax euros.

So please don’t read me wrong, I am by no means advocating Nazi-stasi-surveillance-techniques or speaking out against your right to express your opinion and demonstrate.

But I dare to challenge the motives of those who go out on the street.

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7 Comments so far

  1. tom (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

    “I wonder if those anti-globalization people (who are all dressed made in China) know how much they hurt on a local not so global level, because their sole appearance is a waste of tax euros.”

    i think the demonstrants did not call the police.

    nevertheless, for this i love to pay my taxes. it eases my conscience. i have one.


  2. till (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    By referring to taxes, I wasn’t talking about sales tax, rather income. ;)

    I know, I know – police state. But what happens if the police is not present? Cars are burned, stones are thrown. So what choices do they leave to the government?

    The motives are ridiculous, no matter what.


  3. tom (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

    Ridiculous?

    What happens if nobody demonstrates? People are dying all over the world.

    U know what the world is? No, no, not just germany. I mean the world.


  4. till (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

    Oh, wait? Not just Germany? Let me reconsider…

    ;)

    You just have to explain how exactly you plan to save other people’s life by throwing stones and causing mayhem. :)

    And please don’t tell me that you are raising awareness, because people are aware already. There’s organizations like AI or GP who’ve been in this game for much longer than the anti-G8-bandwaggon.


  5. tom (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

    I am talking about demonstrating. I am talking – like your headline – about g8 demos. Like most of all demonstrants, i am not talking about throwing stones.

    Furthermore the subject is to seriuos, as throwing around with smilies and platitudes.

    I hope, metblog reading people know that berliners could think in a different way.


  6. till (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

    Sure, it’s just my personal opinion/view or the impression I got. After all we are not generalizing, but everyone is entitled to his own opinion.

    I am all for demonstrations (see last paragraph in my post) and your right to express yourself.

    I just don’t think that some people – for example in Hamburg – are actually excercising their right of expression when they turn violent.


  7. William Thirteen (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

    i certainly support the right of the citizens to demonstrate to express their opinion regarding the policies of the state. and of course depending on the popularity or unpopularity of the opinions some state security presence may be present. it is often the case however that the presence of the security officers (especially if they are dressed in their starship trooper outfits and banging their batons against their body armor) can actually inspire violence. and naturally while the violence of the demonstrators is an annoyance – it really is rather miniscule when compared to the state sanctioned violence across the globe. in fact, is this not the definition of the state – in that the state reserves the right to use violence to accomplish its objectives while designating violence by others as illegitimate…



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