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Putin and German Chancellor Merkel, CC-BY Sebastian Zwez
Putin and Merkel two peas in a pod? Putin was a KGB agent in East Germany; Merkel spent much of her life in communist East Germany. Both have an apparent allergy to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Solidarity with Indymedia Linksunten
“Linksunten Indymedia Declares “We Will Be Back Soon”
Solidarity 28 Aug 2017 22:06 GMT
On August 25, the German government raided and shut down Linksunten Indymedia, an integral part of the global Independent Media Center network, and the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. In Freiburg, riot police seized computers and harassed those they accuse of maintaining the site, justifying their actions on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization intent on destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call “left-wing extremism,” disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders.
In the last couple of years, more and more attention has accumulated around Linksunten Indymedia, which offers a space for people to post anonymously. Before the 2017 G20 summit took place in Hamburg, the corporate media was already focusing on the site, declaring it to be the coordination page of militant anti-G20 protestors.
The far-right nationalist party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, or AfD) started a campaign against the platform, pushing inquiries about Indymedia in Federal parliament and trying to force local governments to ban the platform and other forms of radical infrastructure.
The heavy-handed approach of shutting down the website and raiding alleged administrators shows how afraid the authorities are that radical ideas are spreading and becoming contagious following the successful demonstrations against the G20 summit in July.
German Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière made it clear enough in his press conference that the assault on Indymedia is a form of revenge for the embarrassment the state suffered during the summit. It also shows how dishonest far-right and statist rhetoric is about free speech — in fact, these hypocrites only use that discourse to position themselves to suppress others’ speech.
In response, Linksunten Indymedia released a statement the next day on their banned website declaring, “We will be back soon.” It shows that the media activists still have control over their website, and could be the beginning of a huge Streisand effect. Solidarity demonstrations are taking place across Germany.
(Note: Since Linksunten Indymedia is now banned by the German government, you may want to use Tor or a VPN connection before you visit the website: linksunten.indymedia.org) ” (Emphasis our own).
About the photo of Merkel and Putin:
“43rd Munich Security Conference 2007: The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir V. Putin and the Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel during the Conference.
Date 10 February 2007, 16:44. http://www.securityconference.de (Description)
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Attribution: Sebastian Zwez https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/de/deed.en
Merkel and Putin look like a mostly happily married couple, see many more here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Angela_Merkel_and_Vladimir_Putin