We reported earlier today that this morning local time, German Interior Minister De Maizière banned the Antifa website Linksunten Indymedia.
Call me naive but I am actually surprised that the Left is howling. I would have thought they would distance themselves from a website that not only calls for attacks on citizens, but boasts the results of such attacks.
But far from distancing:
„The ban of indymedia.linksunten is an illegitimate act of censorship (…) The project indymedia.linksunten stands for a leftist, anti-capitalist counter public. To restrict their reach and internal communications is an arbitrary curtailment of the freedom of opinion and press.“ [Jelpke] would not like everything on the website. But the ban were an act of censorship and intimidation.
„Everyone who will be accused of continuing indymedia.linksunten in the future will have to be prepared to be punished – not just for the contents of isolated contributions to the site, but alone for being a part of this left project“, Jelpke said. „The ban is a threat to all other media that still discuss revolutionary and anti-capitalist positions. The purpose of this is to intimidate the left in Germany as a whole.“
Ulla Jelpke, speaker of Die Linke, former ruling party of East Germany SED; source: Die Welt
Julia Schramm of the Antonio Amadeu Foundation fears:
“Next they will declare Antifa a terrorist organization, and then half of us here might be convicted as ringleaders. Add to this unlimited custody, and a few violations of the constitution, underpinned by proof from online surveillance. What a prospect, Germany, what a prospect.”
Ironically, Mrs. Schramm and the organization for which she is working, Antonio Amadeu Stiftung, have published an in-depth manual on how to report people to the police for so-called ‘hate speech’. Manuals on how to surveil the web for hate speech and how to report people is the emphasis of their work. See Gates of Vienna:
Oh, Mommy, I Ain’t No Commie — I Just Fight Hate Speech on the Internet, July 17, 2016
This comment of one of Julia’s Facebook followers, of course, is just an innocent question and no ‘hate speech’:
“I wonder if these pathetic CDU interior ministers will at least end with three bullets in the back of their head, executed, in the trunk of their car”.