One year ago, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. The police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes and 46 seconds. Racist police violence is - not only since that day - a problem, also in Germany.
Last year we already took to the streets on 06 June 2020 - against racist police violence, which also occurs in Chemnitz. Cases are numerous: Last spring, brutal action was taken against a couple from Bulgaria, allegedly for violating rules to minimize covid infections. Both were injured by police officers. The prosecutor's office has initiated charges of assault while on duty against five officers, but they are still active police officers in the same department.
At the end of January this year, an incident of racist police violence occurred in the apartment of a Kenyan family in Chemnitz: Allegedly, the officers came to investigate a noise complaint, but as a result, the mother and father of the family suffered serious injuries and had to undergo surgery. The mother had to undress in front of male officers at the police station and had to go home without shoes in -10°C weather. The entire family is still struggling with the aftermath of this incident today.
Last year, many speakers at our demonstration talked about experiences with police in Chemnitz: racial profiling, racist insults, and disproportionate deployments. Not a week goes by without a scandal in some part of german security services. By now, it is clear to all of us that these are not isolated cases. Racist attacks by the police are a daily occurrence in Germany.
That is why we will take to the streets again one year later! Against racism in state authorities and administration, for a denazification of the security forces in Germany!
When? : 25th May 2021, 6 p.m. Where? : Hartmannstrasse (near police administration)