anti capitalist protest

it’s feels weird to me, sometimes, that the raised fist is now used as a super general protest gesture that even centrist liberals will use, and it’ll be in like kid’s  movies and stuff

because it was created as a pretty explicitly communist symbol

and was used as an ‘antifascist salute’ to counter fascist salutes 

not to mention frequently used in leftist iconography 

and in IWW and other socialist organizations in the 20th century

and was used by the Black Panther Party (a socialist group) and other radical,  black activists as a symbol of anti-capitalist solidarity and action 

the raised fist has such a powerful history in radical anti-fascist and anti-capitalist protest. 

I think all activists should learn about it and foster a respect in its complex history. it’s humbling, and also can remind us of the radical roots of different movements which have now been co-opted by liberals and branded by capital. 

no matter how many t shirts it’s printed on or politicians using it there are, it has radical roots, and it will always hold that history for leftists to reclaim

The most anti-capitalist protest is to care for another; to take on the historically feminized and therefore invisible practice of nursing, nurturing, caring; to take seriously each other’s vulnerability and fragility and precarity, and to support it, honor it, empower it, to protect each other: a radical kinship.
—  Johanna Hedva

G20 Protests - Welcome to Hell

That’s literally what the march was called. 

There were approximately 12,000 attendees.

When the G20 started in Hamburg Germany today, it was met with broad demonstrations. There was a mix of the usual anti-capitalist protests, anti-Trump protests, anti-America protests, and anti-Russian protests.

German riot Police broke up the protests as they started because protesters had masks on, which is illegal in Germany. Dozens of police officers were injured, as were an unknown number of demonstrators. The police used water canons and tear gas to stop the early, violent demonstrations. 

Later in the day, more peaceful protests took place. 


Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

German police used water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protesters overnight in the port city of Hamburg where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalization and what they say is corporate greed and a failure to tackle climate change. German authorities believe around 8,000 demonstrators were prepared to use violence, the interior minister said on Tuesday. Some 20,000 police officers will be deployed.

Hundreds of mainly young left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Der Spiegel magazine reported that the Germany army fears protesters will use unarmed drones and that it has deployed a radar to locate any possible aerial intrusions.

A spokesman for the German military declined to confirm the report. (AP)

Photo credits: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters (3), Matthias Schrader/AP, Friedemann Vogel-Pool/Getty Images

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German police fire water cannon and pepper spray at G20 protesters
Around 100,000 protesters from across Europe are pouring into Hamburg for a protest dubbed 'Welcome To Hell' as police fire water cannon on anti-capitalist demonstrators.

Hardcore anti-capitalist protesters have been hit with water cannons and pepper spray by German riot police after they attacked officers with bottles and stones at the G20 summit in Hamburg.

Police say they repeatedly asked a group of demonstrators to remove their masks and hoods but instead officers were hit with bottles and bricks - breaking the window of a riot van.

The violence broke out near the start of the demonstration at a riverside plaza used for Hamburg’s weekly fish market.    

As many as 100,000 protesters from across Europe are pouring into the port city for a demonstration dubbed ‘Welcome To Hell’.


Rest in the link but behold this savage water canon;

Statists attack the G20 demanding more state

sweatshirtswithideas0003  asked:

Can I just ask what's the main reason people are protesting in Hamburg? Like I know it's a summit where the worlds economic leaders go to discuss important topics but I don't see the point of the protests? I'm genuinely confused and I'm not trying to be cynical.


there are several protests going on and many different aspects. some go together, some are pretty separate from each other.

some are about environmental issues. there are many people who feel the Paris climate accords are not enough and need to be reworked into something more efficient.

some are about the lack of transparency about the deals being mage. many protesters call for more accountability and more open negotiations. 

additionally there is the far left who is basically doing anti-capitalist protests, mainly because there are policies being made that actively kill people (poor people, disabled people and many more.

most of these topics flow together in the larger protests (the “Grenzenlose Solidarität statt G20” motto for instance which basically means solidarity without borders instead of G20 behind closed doors.

and lastly: There is quite reasonable critique about how these meetings go. We have a whole city standing still for a weekend, 20.000 policemen covering it, infrastructure being blocked, some people not being able to work or have their kids in school around this meeting “just” because some world leaders want to meet up and can’t be inconvenienced to do it in some remote location.

The fact alone that on Friday evening the politicians sat in one of the worlds most pompous concert halls listening to Beethoven while  the streets of Hamburg were in flames is a damn farce and deserves to be called out imo.

hope this explained it a bit

A woman uses her mobile phone as she stands in a looted Budnikowsky drugstore in Hamburg’s Schanzenviertel district on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. Violent anti-capitalist protests have plagued the G20 host city of Hamburg on the second straight day of demonstrations.

Armed police move in on Hamburg protesters after G20 clashes

* Leaders from world’s top 20 economies meeting in Hamburg

* Scores of police officers hurt, vehicles torched

* Summit host Merkel condemns violence

* Police say only small minority of protesters violent (Recasts with new police action)

By Joseph Nasr and Sabine Siebold

HAMBURG, July 7 (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds of violent anti-capitalist protesters in Hamburg on Friday after an evening of clashes between police and protesters seeking to disrupt the city’s summit of global leaders.

Heavily armed police commandos moved in after activists had spent much of the day attempting to wrest control of the streets from more than 15,000 police, setting fires, looting and building barricades.

With meetings between leaders of the club of 20 largest global economies over for the day, police prepared to storm the Schanzenviertel district before midnight.

Protesters had torched cars and lorries, broken windows in banks, looted retail stores, set off firecrackers and hurled paving slabs and other objects at police. Some 197 officers were injured in two days of clashes in the port city. Police made 19 arrests and detained dozens more.

The clashes are awkward for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had hoped to demonstrate Germany’s unshakeable commitment to free speech, assembly and dissent by holding the summit in the centre of a city with a proud radical tradition.

“I have every understanding for peaceful demonstrations but violent demonstrations put human lives in danger,” Merkel, who was born in Hamburg, said earlier in the evening.

Participants in the G20 meeting praised the work of police in keeping the event safe but said they had never seen protesters closer to such a summit than in Hamburg.

When world leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping gathered for a Beethoven concert in the city’s riverside Elbphilarmonie concert hall, protesters responded by blaring the music of Jimi Hendrix.

Police pursued members of the radical Black Bloc movement, which wants to overthrow capitalism, across scaffolding as they sought refuge on rooftops. Non-participants were warned to stay away and journalists ordered to keep a distance.

In one suburb, police intervened to put an end to a protest by some 200 largely masked activists and detained 59 suspects. Fourteen of them were taken to hospital but it was unclear if the injuries occurred while fleeing across barricades or during the confrontations with police.

Despite the chaos that threatened to overwhelm parts of the city during much of the day, the summit proceeded largely as planned, with thousands of participants from dozens of countries in attendance, although some plans had to be changed.

Police declined to clear U.S. first lady Melania Trump’s motorcade to leave her hotel for a tour of the historic harbour, and protests delayed buses taking visitors away from the state dinner that concluded the meetings.

A police spokesman said only small numbers of far-left or anarchist protesters were involved in the disturbances, while the majority of an estimated 100,000 demonstrators in the city remained peaceful. (Reporting by Joseph Nasr, Andrea Shalal, Thomas Escritt and Klaus Lauer; Editing by Gareth Jones and Bill Trott)

Wild partying German policemen dismissed from G20 security team

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police units sent from Berlin to help secure a G20 summit in Hamburg next week have been sent home after media reports that some officers had sex and urinated in the open while others brandished weapons while drunk at a wild party.

A Hamburg police spokesman confirmed that three units of around 300 officers in total from Berlin had been discharged and would not join the operation to secure the event, where German police are bracing for violence by anti-capitalist protesters.
Mass-selling newspaper Bild published pictures of what it said were members of a police unit in civilian clothing holding up drinks and beer bottles while others smoked shisha pipes at a Hamburg container village where the police were staying.
Bild did not say how it obtained the pictures.
It and other German newspapers also reported that a policeman and a policewoman had sexual intercourse at the party while others urinated on a fence in the container village, which had been used to house asylum seekers.
Bild further reported that another police officer danced on a table outside wearing nothing but a bathrobe with his weapon hanging from his shoulder.
“I can confirm that the leadership of the Hamburg police decided to discharge the colleagues from Berlin because of inappropriate behavior,” the police spokesman said.
The Berlin police also confirmed the decision to discharge the three units on Twitter.
Some 20,000 police officers will secure the July 7-8 summit of the G20 leading economies in Germany’s second-largest city.

(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; editing by Mark Heinrich)

G20 Summit Protesters Injure About 75 Cops, Damage Cars in Germany

German police fired water cannon and pepper spray at protesters gathered to demonstrate against the G20 summit in Hamburg after a group of black-clad demonstrators threw bottles and other objects at riot police.

Hundreds of mainly young left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight (local time) on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Police expected around 100,000 protesters from around Europe, who say the G20 has failed to solve many of the issues threatening world peace, to gather for the demonstration dubbed “Welcome to Hell” by the anti-capitalist groups behind it.

Protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and a failure to tackle climate change. German authorities believe around 8,000 demonstrators were prepared to use violence, the interior minister said on Tuesday. Some 20,000 police officers will be deployed.

Der Spiegel magazine reported that the Germany army fears protesters will use unarmed drones and that it has deployed a radar to locate any possible aerial intrusions.

Dozens of Police Injured in Protests as Merkel Seeks Consensus

Dozens of police were injured in clashes with protesters, tarnishing the start of a meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes will cement her role as a stateswoman as she seeks re-election in September.

Merkel, who is campaigning for a fourth term, can ill afford the images of chaos and disharmony that dominated news coverage of the summit. The summit, which starts in earnest on Friday, is a chance for her to polish her diplomatic credentials but would be disastrous if marred by widespread violence.

Nearly 75 police officers were injured throughout the evening, with three requiring treatment in hospital, police said. The pilots of a police helicopter sustained eye injuries when laser pointers were directed at them, police said.

Protesters damaged cars, set other objects ablaze and threw bottles in roving clashes that lasted until midnight. A Reuters eyewitness saw at least one protester with blood on his face being treated.

Video Editor: Mohd Ibrahim

German police, protesters clash as G20 summit kicks off

HAMBURG, July 7 (Reuters) - Anti-capitalist protesters set fire to cars, barricades, rubbish bins and wooden pallets on Friday as leaders from the world’s top economies convened for a summit in the northern German city of Hamburg.

Police said violence that erupted during marches on Thursday continued into Friday, with protesters slashing the tires of a car belonging to the Canadian delegation to the G20 summit and smashing windows of the consulate of Mongolia.

At least 29 protesters were detained and 111 police officers had been injured as of Friday morning, including three officers who required treatment in hospital.

A police spokesman said only small numbers of far left or anarchist protesters were involved in violence, with the majority of an estimated 100,000 demonstrators in the city remaining peaceful. Some 12,000 took part in the main march.

But while 15,000 police were on hand from each of Germany’s 16 states, authorities said they asked for reinforcements late on Thursday after realising the situation on the streets of Hamburg was proving more difficult than expected.

“We have asked nationwide if police forces are available and those requests are being reviewed,” a police spokesman said.

On Friday, smaller groups of protesters attacked both manned and empty police cars, one of which was hit by a petrol bomb, police said.

One of the many police helicopters patrolling the skies was nearly struck by a rocket flare, police said in a statement. On Thursday the pilots of another helicopter sustained eye injuries after a laser was directed against them.

Police said they continued to dispel street blockades throughout the port city. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal, Thomas Escritt and Klaus Lauer; editing by Mark Heinrich)

G20 Hamburg

#G20 protesters in Hamburg - PLEASE STOP BURNING CARS!!!

If you’re trying to fight against Capitalism, destroying property that will then be replaced (thus FEEDING Capitalism) is a pretty backwards way to go about it! And it’s creating a shit-ton of pollution!!!

It also leads to every anti-capitalist, anti-politics protester being labelled as “terrorists” by the Government and media, which FEEDS resistance against ideas that are designed to make life better for people and the planet.

By burning cars you’re fucking it up for the rest of us!

Hate can never defeat hate. Setting fires only feeds the fear, and fear is their way to control us.

Fear and hatred can only be defeated by love.



Stay safe Hamburg x

#HamburgG20 #lovemore #morelove

Protests have formed a kind of carnivalesque background noise to capitalist realism, and the anti-capitalist protests share rather too much with hyper-corporate events like 2005’s Live 8, with their exorbitant demands that politicians legislate away poverty.
—  Capitalist Realism - Mark Fisher

18.März 2015: Brennende Autos und Barrikaden, Schwaden von Rauch und CS-Gas liegen rund um die EZB im Frankfurter Ostend in der Luft. Der Beginn der antikapitalistischen Blockupy-Proteste anlässlich der offiziellen Eröffnung des neuen EZB-Gebäudes

March 18, 2015: Burning cars and barricades, swaths of smoke and CS gas are in the air around the ECB in Frankfurt’s Ostend. The beginning of the anti-capitalist protests Blockupy at the official opening of the new ECB building


Right now is taking place the ‘Million Mask March,’ in London and many other places. It is organized by Anonymous as an anti-capitalist protest, and I’m wondering, where do all the masks come from?

I’m also wondering why, if this is an 'anti-capitalist’ protest, they don’t print their own paper masks instead of buying (you can see the link below) hundreds of mask that by the way, are often produced in factories with terrible labour conditions in countries like Brazil (see the three pics attached).

Makes me think if we are all anticapitalist only when we don’t have to leave our Western comfort zone. Something to think about.

Capitalism colonize our dreams, utopias and revolutions if we don’t carefully think on the roots of the problem we want to fight.

More info following #MillionMaskMarch and here:

And here: Anonymous Masks’ Photo Stirs Controversy On Guy Fawkes Day