After police operations on May 1st: Hamburg’s Left strongly criticized the Senate
The dispute over the May 1st demos never ends. The administrative court had banned all demos by left-wing radicals despite the hygiene concepts in place. The left parliamentary group is now calling for more freedom of assembly for Hamburg in a citizenship motion. Some left-wing radicals took to the streets on Saturday despite the ban. In the afternoon, around 40 people from an unregistered demo were surrounded for several hours on St. Petersburger Strasse between the exhibition halls and the “Planten un Blomen” park.
Before that, the police had dispersed a large crowd in the Schanzenpark with an equestrian squadron. She cleared the piazza in front of the Rote Flora with water cannons.
May 1st in Hamburg: Criticism from the left
“This police operation did not serve to protect against infection, but only to authoritatively enforce the ban on assembly at all costs,” said Deniz Celik, domestic political spokesman for the Hamburg parliamentary group.
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The Senate is responsible for this “disproportionate situation in which the basic right to freedom of assembly was restricted beyond recognition – while red-green supports the repressive, Hamburg line‘ of the police and still defends it. “
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Hamburg’s left wants to allow meetings again
In its motion, the left-wing parliamentary group called for a change in the applicable corona rules for assemblies. Currently, demos are only permitted with special approval and then only with a maximum of 50 people. The Left’s draft stipulates that meetings should be allowed in principle. A restriction or requirement to protect against the coronavirus should optionally be imposed by the assembly authority.
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“Hamburg has one of the most anti-gathering regulations nationwide, although the risk of infection in the open air is extremely low and there were hygiene concepts for the rallies,” said Celik. The Senate has completely lost sight of the proportionality of infection protection measures in consideration of the freedom of assembly.