politics

Blockupy Protests Berlin 2016

On Friday September 2nd the Blockupy movement mobilized to Berlin to protest against labor-laws, austerity and capitalism. More then 1500 activists participated in creative protest all over the capital of Germany. At 7AM in the morning protests started around the ministry of work. Police seemed utterly overwhelmed and not able to handle the situation of activists pushing towards the ministry building. After some violent actions between police and demonstrators one group of activists blocked a street towards an entrance. Another group was forced to move in direction of the ministry of finance where the activists where held for more two hours. Both groups later joined.
In the so called “2nd wave” creative protest took place all over downtown Berlin. A group of activists decorated the jobcenter in Berlin, Wedding with chalk-spraypaint, colorful toilet-paper and a banner. On Berlin Alexanderplatz an international demonstration gathered in the afternoon to protest against the EU-Turkey deal on the deportation of refugees. The demonstration was very peaceful. A pillow fight was supposed to take place in the entry hall of Humbolt university. Police confiscated all pillows and the day of protests ended at 6:30 PM. More then 50 people where arrested on several claims. Tommorrow an anti-racist demonstration will follow.

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