Website Indymedia Shut Down and Apartments Raided in German Police Crack Down on Dissenting Voices

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The interior ministry has outlawed the German leg of the Indymedia news network, which was known as linksunten.indymedia.

Since 5:30 this morning police units in the German state of Baden-Württemberg searched multiple private flats. They took laptops and IT gadgets, but also low reach weaponry such as knives, batons, pipes and slingshots.

Minister Thomas de Maizière thanked Verfassungsschutz without which he says the searches wouldn’t have been possible. He adds that the prohibition of the website is aimed at the destruction of the group’s ‘structure’.

The web portal published news, was used to organise protests and unfortunately also to claim responsibility for crimes because of its guaranteed user anonymity. In recent years many of these claims tended to be fake which hints that the Verfassungsschutz could actively be trying to criminalise the group. Some of them, however, have been authentic. There were also cases of doxxing.

When linksunten.indymedia was founded back in 2008, they asked for ‘solidarity, respect and mutual help in the fight for emancipation and autonomy.’ On many occasions throughout this blog I have explicitly shown solidarity with people who I disagree with and will continue to do so in future. I hope for, but don’t expect, solidarity from the left when conservatives are persecuted.

The socialists at WSWS with their explicit inclusion of conservative voices when it comes to civil rights give me hope and so does the jewel of left-wing activism, the ACLU, and former civil rights and free speech attorney Glen Greenwald.

Among others, conservative party AfD asked for the shutdown of the website. It shows how weak conservatism and the understanding of civil rights are in Germany.

Germany can and does disarm her citizenry because it does not abide to the Bill of Rights. Officially free speech is protected. That was also the case in socialist Eastern Germany before the wall came down. In reality, dissenting views are often said “not to be covered by the freedom of speech”.

sources JF DW

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