“The sleep of Men is more sacred than life for the plagued; You should not stop the good people from sleeping. It would require bad taste, and good taste is to not insist, it’s something everyone knows. The bad taste remained in my mouth and I did not cease to insist, thus to think about it”
Albert Camus, The Plague
On July 7, 2017, the G20 was launched, another international summit, as many are taking place during the year when a handful of world masters meets to sit at a table, please each other sipping expensive wines, discussing about how to split the plunder of the dying planet where we all live. So it might be that in these occasions the european neo-liberal Macron shakes hands with the genocidal dicator Erdogan into a well-furnished living room while agreeing on the suppression and violent repression of migratory transit routes passing in Turkey directed to western Europe, it happens that the conservative Merkel smiles at the jokes of the racist rapist Trump as he decides on how to devastate the ecosystem and poison the atmosphere beyond the point of no return, we could see the authoritarian nationalist oligarch Putin gets a pat on the back from the puppet Gentiloni while giving some more metric cubes of methan gas in exchange for silence on the upcoming Crimea or next homophobic and homicidal law. All this happens all year round throughout the year.
The Plague is spreading, while the good people sleep.
Since the revolts of Genoa, Seattle, Heiligendamm many years have passed, there is nothing to fear. That protest movement is dead, they say. The notorious ‘globalization’, which in those years was scornful of an uncertain future, is today the present, so present in our lives it’s almost impossible to imagine to live without it All we use, what we eat, what we drive or dress is produced in slavery elsewhere, by others that we do not perceive and recognize as people whose destinies are not cared for and that they can not take hold of our sleeping consciences. This time however, the world’s masters choose to meet in the center of Hamburg almost as a challenge. A city whose history is full of struggles for social justice, celebrating the autonomy of some neighborhoods with protests and riots periodically. And it is in one of those neighborhoods, the Schanzenviertel, that the powerful will meet to celebrate their farce.
Summit of resistance – Summit of repression – Solidarity is our weapon
The G20 is over, but the work is not and there is no let up.
More than 100,000 people from all different backgrounds took part and made their way to Hamburg to protest against the G20 summit. Throughout the preparation against the G20 we faced constant repression; Camps were prohibited, demonstrations banned, houses and flats raided. It came to the point that people were approached and given verbal warnings, taken into custody or even received travel restrictions. Not only before but throughout the days of protest there were unprecedented levels of repression, uncountable numbers of protesters injured by the cops, hundreds taken into custody or arrested. 36 from which are still imprisoned, most of whom travelled from other countries to take part in the protests.
Those imprisoned comrades who took to the streets with us to fight against the G20 and it’s ridiculous and inhuman policies are now in need of our support. We’re not just thinking about here and now we still await repression in the coming weeks and months and those who might be affected. Our solidarity and resistance must be diverse. We will of course need a substantial amount of money not only for the lawsuits, but also for the campaigns publicity. The support from individuals is encouraged but it’s is also important that we fight against the repression collectively! Our goal is a international far-reaching campaign in which many people can contribute.
Despite all the attempts from the media and security forces before, during and after the summit they didn’t manage to split us, we still stand together and will continue to do so together with our imprisoned comrades! The summit is over but our fight for a better world without war, exploitation, oppression and prisons goes on!
United we Stand!
What can be done:
- Collecting money and donations for people in prison. Also for the lawyer fees, the upcoming trials and to support the campaign…
- Info events with the theme of anti-repression after the G20
- Soli-concerts and parties
- Publicity work ( poster, flyers, t-shirts etc…)
- Organising Demonstrations and manifestations
- Organising support for the relatives and friends of those imprisoned
- Writing letters to those imprisoned
For the lawsuits:
Rote Hilfe e.V.
IBAN: DE25 2605 0001 0056 0362 39
To support the campaign:
Rote Hilfe e.V.
Keyword; „United we stand“
IBAN: DE06 2001 0020 0084 6102 03