On the day of the verdict against the anti-fascist Lina, several hundred people gathered spontaneously and unannounced in the "Viertel" area of Bremen1. The police were prepared for this action, but were not able to stop it completely. While the police claim that "the demonstrators" attacked the police "abruptly", the large-scale deployment paints a different picture by Bremen standards. With the purpose of preventing any combative action, several dozen demonstrators were tied up immediately after the start of the spontaneous assembly and held for hours.

Police forbade local residents from distributing food and drinks to the penned-in protesters, who probably included some random people. The police even unlawfully harassed a 12-year-old boy who had previously shown solidarity from a window, until his father intervened and reprimanded the police officers. Only after hours were the demonstrators in the kettle brought to police headquarters in buses with the help of the local public transport operator BSAG. There they were detained for several hours and only released in the morning hours.


Despite attempts to stop any action, the police were unable to do so. A large number of demonstrators resisted the further curtailment of the right of assembly, which is enshrined in the constitution, and lingered at the site of the gathering. Loud slogans were shouted such as "Freedom for all political prisoners!" and "The FRG is not our state, all power to the proletariat!". The police, determined to carry out the will of junior Noske2 Ulrich Mäurer, aggressively tackled the demonstrators, making some brutal arrests and pushing the demonstrators back. They scattered (some also "called it a day", still others remained passive marginal figures), but were called back together by some determined ones - the street was literally taken back. The police were thus unable to fulfil their goal of clearing the Viertel for hours; with morale high, a larger group of demonstrators held their ground, taunting the highly armed police forces facing them and shouting slogans loudly. Some impressions of the later hours of the protest can be seen in this video from a local news channel.

There was also a banner with a quote from the Song of the International Brigades from the Spanish Civil War: "No mercy to the fascist rabble, no mercy to the dog who betrays us!" Both allude to the trial of Lina and some events related to it. Next to it was emblazoned the symbol of the Roter Bund (Red League), which had only announced its foundation on 1st of May this year. Many of the most determined demonstrators gathered around this banner before the action ended in the night.


The actions of the police, their restriction of the right of assembly, the unlawful kettling of demonstrators, the military occupation of the Viertel, the harassment of every passer-by and resident - even children - the sometimes brutal arrests, the starvation of detained demonstrators, all this is what the "red-red-green" senate in Bremen stands for, which is preparing its second term in coalition negotiations at this very moment. So anyone who thinks they can ally themselves with parties like the "Left Party" and see them as a "better alternative" or "lesser evil" is allying themselves precisely with this repressive politics. What serious revolutionary or progressive-minded person in Bremen could be serious about that? None, of course.

1The „Viertel“, in English the „Quarter“, petty-bourgeois scene district in the center of Bremen
2Gustav Noske, police and military chief in the social democratic Ebert government from 1918 on and bloodhound for the quelling of the workers' struggles
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