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“A united Europe, our shared future” youth photo competition ››European Youth Press

Solidarity has always been at the heart of the European project. The financial and economic crisis has shaken our bedrock values and risks upsetting the delicate social harmony that allows us all to live together. A return to values of solidarity is essential to safeguard the European social model.

Participants will be encouraged to consider aspects of solidarity within the European Union.

Solidarity can be viewed in different ways:

  • between countries in the European Union
  • between the old and the young
  • between people from different backgrounds
  • between men and women
  • between countries in the EU and the developing world.


For the photographers who submitted the 30 shortlisted photos:

  • shortlisted photograph will be showcased in the shortlisted & winners exhibition
  • international exposure on the Europe Solidarity website
  • potentially global media coverage.

For the 3 winners:

  • their winning photograph will be showcased in the shortlisted & winners exhibition
  • an InterRail pass for 1 month to travel around Europe in July and August 2012
  • a selection of the best photos from their travels around Europe will be included in the digital winners’ book
  • international exposure on the Europe Solidarity website
  • potentially global media coverage
  • return flight to Belgium and hotel accommodation for 2 consecutive nights, to attend the Europe Solidarity awards ceremony in November 2012.


Selection process:

  1. In an initial pre-selection round, a shortlist of 100 photos will be drawn up by the Europe Solidarity Pre selection Committee.
  2. From the 100, an international jury will select a shortlist of 30 (shortlist of 30 to be announced June 2012).
  3. From these 30 photographs, 3 will be selected as the final winners (winners to be announced June 2012).
  4. The 3 winning contestants will be invited to submit 50-100 of their own photographs, shot during their InterRail travels around Europe in July-August 2012, for inclusion in the digital winners’ book (September 2012).

Selection criteria

Submission of the photos will be judged according to the following criteria

  • Relevance to the topic
  • Creativity and originality of expression
  • Composition
  • Overall photographic quality.

For more information about the competition, please visit

via “A united Europe, our shared future” youth photo competition | European Youth Press.


Break Bad Habits By Developing an If-Then Plan ››

Most habits are loops that we automatically repeat: a cue or trigger in our environment sets off our routine and the reward we get from the habit. Once we recognize this loop, we can develop a plan to change it. Here’s how.

Psychology and self-improvement blog The Emotion Machine notes that making a plan to act in a certain way at a certain time and place stacks the decks in our favor that we’ll be able to replace bad habits with new ones. These implementation intentions, in psychology terms, intercept the cue and the old routine and redirect to a new routine instead.

The basic idea is to form an if-then plan to help instill new habits. Write down and repeat your plan, such as, “If situation X arises, I will perform response Y.” X refers to the cue from your environment. Y refers to the new routine you want to replace with the old routine.

The key is to have that specific plan and know your triggers.

Some days you might miss your cue or you might really struggle and resort to your old habits, but that’s ok. It’ll take practice until the new habit loop is established. (And if this doesn’t work, don’t give up. There are lots of other things you can try to break bad habits, ultimately rewiring your brain for the better!)

 Identify Your Habit Loops | The Emotion Machine

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Brainwashing Techniques You Encounter Every Day (and How to Avoid Them) ››

While it’s pretty unlikely that you’re a target of deliberate brainwashing, it is likely that you’re subject to some of the common techniques associated with the less-than-ethical practice. Here are a few common methods you encounter on a regular basis and what you can do to avoid them.

First things first, what is brainwashing exactly? Wikipedia offers a concise definition:

Mind control (also known as brainwashing, coercive persuasion, mind abuse, thought control, or thought reform) refers to a process in which a group or individual “systematically uses unethically manipulative methods to persuade others to conform to the wishes of the manipulator(s), often to the detriment of the person being manipulated”.

  • Basically, it’s a form of extreme manipulation. We often associate the practice with cults and don’t consider its presence in everyday life, yet the techniques used in brainwashing are frequently leveraged by advertisers, news networks, politicians, and others. Alex Long, writing for hacking blog Null Byte, provides an outline of some of the most common brainwashing techniques. Here are the most notable:
  • The manipulator offers you a number of choices, but the choices all lead to the same conclusion.
  • The same idea or phrase is frequently repeated to make sure it sticks in your brain.
  • Intense intelligence-dampening is performed by providing you with constant short snippets of information on various subjects. This trains you to have a short memory, makes the amount of information feel overwhelming, and the answers provided by the manipulator to be highly desired due to how overwhelmed you feel.
  • Emotional manipulation is used to put you in a heightened state, as this makes it harder for you to employ logic. Inducing fear and anger are among the most popular manipulated emotions.

When reading this list, you’re likely able to think of a few examples of these techniques. News channels and political parties often repeat a consistent message when they want to get their point across. Short snippets of information is also a common tactic on news networks. Advertisers love to offer choices that all lead to their product, and emotional manipulation is common in people you’ll encounter as well as in most forms of media—even seemingly (and sometimes actually) harmless mediums like film. These techniques are everywhere. They aren’t turning you into a zombie, but they are informing many of your choices. The good news is that you can avoid them if you’re proactive.

How to Avoid Brainwashing Techniques

Brainwashing Techniques You Encounter Every Day (and How to Avoid Them)Avoiding brainwashing techniques often involves avoiding the brainwashers themselves, but this is next to impossible. Taking advertising as an example, you can’t avoid them all and attempting to do so can be rather expensive if you still want to watch television and movies. Your best bet is to cut out what you can and, when you can’t, seek balance. Finding balance is often easiest by simply providing yourself with the information you need. All you need to do is the following:

  1. Identify the manipulative message you’ve received.
  2. Find an opposing message, whether it’s manipulative or not. Also attempt to find the most neutral and unbiased account of that same message.
  3. Compare your different sources and decide how you feel.

Brainwashing, whether mild or extreme, is possible in a large part due to isolation. If you only hear the brainwashed message on a regular basis, and rarely (or never) expose yourself to alternatives, you’re going to be far more likely to accept what you hear without thinking. If you want to avoid the brainwashing techniques discussed in this post, your best bet is to surround yourself with a spectrum of information rather than simply settling for the message that makes you feel comfortable. After all, that’s often what the message is aiming to do.

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Spanish police brutalize student protesters in Valencia <<

by Jerome Roos on February 21, 2012

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Conjuring up memories of Franco’s dictatorship, a peaceful student protest in Spain was violently disturbed by police assaults on harmless minors.

A peaceful protest against budget cuts in education in Valencia, Spain on Tuesday ended in bloody police repression. Conjuring up memories of Franco’s brutal dictatorship, squads of riot police violently assaulted a group of some 300 students, arresting at least 26 and leaving scores injured. YouTube footage displayed a policeman forcefully pushing two girls onto a car, while photos emerged of young kids with bloodied faces surrounded by riot police.

While the regional police chief branded the students “as the enemy” and insisted that riot police had merely deployed “proportioned physical force”, reporters on the scene confirmed that the baton-wielding police forces had even fired rubber bullets at the students. Despite the Spanish newspaper El Publico reporting “brutal police aggression”, hundreds of students took back to the streets in the evening and encircled the University of Valencia in protest.

Tuesday’s demonstrations, which come a day after over a million Spaniards took to the streets to contest the governments’s labor reforms, marked the fourth straight day of student protests in Spain’s third largest city. Valencia is one of the most heavily hit regions in Spain’s crippling debt crisis, and with the newly-appointed Rajoy government pushing through even more harsh austerity measures, budget cuts have left most schools without heating.

The images coming out of Valencia have already caused widespread indignation on social media and in the Spanish press, and are likely to feed into further protests in the days ahead. Solidarity demonstrations have been called in Madrid and Barcelona. As we previously pointed out after the crackdowns in Barcelona, New York and Oakland, this type of police violence will, in the end, only further reinvigorate our resistance.




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‘Bangkok bombers’ were assassins not terrorists, says Thai official | World news | The Guardian

Senior security official seems to corroborate Israel’s claim that explosions were part of thwarted Iranian assassination plot

Iranian bomb suspects in Thailand

Three Iranian bomb suspects identified by police as, from left, Saeid Moradi, Mohummad Hazaei and Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh in Bangkok. Photograph: AP

The three “Bangkok bombers” suspected of attempting to carry out an attack in Bangkok are more likely to be assassins than terrorists, a senior Thai security official has said. This potentially corroborates Israel’s claims the three men were thwarted in an Iranian assassination plot similar to earlier attacks on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia.

“The exact target we are still investigating, but we are looking at ‘who’ the target was rather than a general terrorist attack of ‘a big city’ or ‘crowds of people,’ ” the official said on Wednesday on condition of anonymity. “If it is an assassination attempt, it could be the armed services, drug lords or diplomats. We have to figure out who they were trying to assassinate.”

The official said the nationalities of the suspects had yet to be confirmed. “They have Iranian passports and documents, but we haven’t concluded that they are in fact Iranian, which is why we are looking in detail at this case,” he said.

A fourth suspect was added to the case late on Wednesday after a court approved warrants for the arrests of four people travelling as Iranian nationals, the Bangkok Post reported. They were the alleged bomber Saeid Moradi, 28, Mohummad Hazaei, 42, Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, 31, and Rohani Leila, 32, a woman who is said to have arrived in Thailand with the others and rented the house where a cache of explosives was found. Leila’s whereabouts are unknown.

One of the suspects was detained by Malaysian police in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday while trying to board a flight to Tehran, the Nation reported.

Further details about the alleged bomber, Saeid Moradi, who lost both legs in the last Bangkok explosion, emerged. He is said to have flown into Thailand on 8 February from South Korea, and spent five nights in the resort town of Pattaya. He checked into the Top Thai hotel with only a backpack, the Bangkok Post reported, and was later joined by a friend who had a large bag with him. The two men hardly left the room, the Post reported. “Mr Moradi was good-looking and dressed neatly, as if he was a young entrepreneur,” one member of staff told reporters. “He was also polite and I can’t believe that he would be a bomber.”

The DIY explosives found in a Bangkok house after a series of blasts rocked the capital on Tuesday were similar to devices used against Israeli embassy targets in India and Georgia, Israel’s ambassador said on Wednesday, a day after Israel’s defence minister accused Iran of being behind the thwarted attack.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called the allegations “baseless” and said Israel was attempting to sabotage its relations with Thailand.

Five people, including the alleged bomber, were injured in three explosions in Bangkok’s bustling Ekkamai neighbourhood at about 2pm local time. The first explosion occurred at a house rented by three Iranian nationals who, according to police, fled after homemade explosives accidentally ignited. Two men fled while the third, wounded and disorientated from the blast, attempted to hail a taxi before throwing a grenade at the car and another at police. He missed his target and the grenade detonated in front of him, blowing off one leg and requiring the amputation of the other.

In the house, Thai police found and defused two magnetic bombs that could be attached to vehicles, resembling those used in attacks against Israeli embassy targets, said the Israeli ambassador, Itzhak Shoham.

“They are similar to the ones used in Delhi and in Tbilisi,” Shoham told the Associated Press. “From that we can assume that there is the same network of terror.”

A bomb squad source quoted in the Bangkok Post said that each bomb could cause serious damage within a 40-metre radius, and that such bombmaking methods had never before been seen in Thailand.

via ‘Bangkok bombers’ were assassins not terrorists, says Thai official | World news | The Guardian.

Pentagon wants $3 billion for the War in Iraq that we thought was over <<

Published: 14 February, 2012, 00:25

The American public has been told that the Iraq War is a thing of the past. Even still, the US Department of Defense is asking the federal government for almost $3 billion for “activities” in a country that they shouldn’t be in.

The last US troops were supposedly withdrawn from Iraq just before 2012 began, but after years of a war that abruptly ended this past December, the Pentagon still wants billions to continue doing…something in Iraq. According to the latest budget request, the DoD think around $2.9 billion should cover the cost of “Post-Operation NEW DAWN (OND)/Iraq Activities.”

In a report published Monday by, they acknowledge that the funding that the Pentagon wants now is almost as bizarre as the war itself. For nearly $3 billion, the DoD says that will be able to afford “Finalizing transition” from Iraq. Only two months earlier, however, President Obama celebrated the end of the Iraqi mission. At the time, some critics called the ending of the war as more of a catapult for Obama re-election campaign than anything else. Now with the revelation that the US Defense Department still wants billions for a war America is told it isn’t fighting, the alleged ending of Operation New Dawn seems just as questionable as its mysterious beginning.

After “ending” the war last year, the US government handed Iraqi operations over to the State Department. Three billion dollars — the amount that the DoD wants for a war they aren’t waging — makes up around one-ninth of the State Department’s entire annual budget. In 2012, the Pentagon had asked for $11 billion to fight the War in Iraq — which was, at the time, an actual war.

But as the death toll stands at over 4,000 US casualties after nearly eight years overseas, it is clear by the latest cash request that the US, as many had expected but had not hoped, is not ready to just walk away just yet.

On the bright side, it might be easier to foot the cost of this make-believe war than you would think. Suspiciously, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction announced in January that upwards of $2 billion that the US was holding onto for Iraq had mysteriously disappeared.


Proteste gegen ACTA – 16.000 demonstrieren für Internetfreiheit – Bild 1 – München <<

Die Teilnehmerzahl überraschte selbst die Polizei: Waren bei der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz vergangenes Wochenende gerade einmal 2000 Menschen auf die Straße gegangen, demonstrierten am Samstag 16.000 Menschen bei eisiger Kälte gegen das Anti-Produktpiraterie-Abkommen ACTA – mehr als in jeder anderen deutschen Stadt.

“ACTA ad acta” legen: Unter diesem Motto haben am Samstag zehntausende Menschen in Europa gegen das geplante internationale Urheberrechts-Abkommen ACTA protestiert. In Deutschland beteiligten sich nach Angaben der Piratenpartei etwa 100.000 Menschen an dem internationalen Protesttag. Die größte Demonstration fand allerdings nicht in Berlin, sondern ausgerechnet in München statt.

Bild: dpa Sü

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Tennessee begins to push back against NDAA tyranny <<Activist Post

Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

Tennessee, the Volunteer State, has begun to push back against the tyranny that is the indefinite detention provisions contained in the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012, better known simply as the NDAA.

The state bills currently being considered could be one of the most significant steps taken against the atrocious assault on our most essential liberties embodied by the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA.

The Tenth Amendment Center (TAC), a group promoting states’ rights (something which I think is an honorable cause in these dire times in which we have an increasingly centralized, authoritarian federal government) reports that two bills are to be considered in the Tennessee legislature.

These include HB1629 and SB2669, both of which are set to be considered in the 2012 session.

The legislation could essentially nullify the troubling indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA by requiring federal agents to obtain written permission from the county sheriff before making any arrests in Tennessee for any reason.

So long as county sheriffs are actually doing their job and keeping people safe from an out-of-control federal government, this could be a major step forward.

On the second episode of End the Lie Radio, Bob Tuskin and I discussed how sheriffs can act as a buffer between federal tyranny and the American people, something which these bills are going to reinforce.

The actual text is quite striking, and to me it is very exciting that such a thing is even being placed before a state legislature.

This bill declares that any federal law purporting to require local or state law enforcement agencies to act at the direction of the federal government or the United States military is beyond the authority granted to the federal government pursuant to the United States Constitution, is not recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state and is declared to be invalid in this state. This bill further declares that any federal law purporting to give federal agents or employees, including any members of the United States military, the authority of any state or local law enforcement agency of this state, without the express permission of this state, is beyond the authority granted to the federal government pursuant to the United States Constitution, is not recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and is declared to be invalid in this state.

I try to cover the troubling blending of local, state and federal law enforcement as much as possible, although I can never touch on it enough.
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Don’t like that law? Just sue the Government <<

Even if the proposed trans pacific agreement (TPPA) is net beneficial to New Zealand (and some evidence on that would be good), we should be wary of including the so called investor state provisions. I’ll analyse the provisions in more detail in another post but, briefly, these are the provisions which would allow a foreign company to take action against the New Zealand Government if we pass a law that damages that company’s economic interests here.

These clauses are not new and I think traditionally no-one has given them much credence. A foreign company suing New Zealand? Yeah Right.

Be not so sanguine.

Increasingly this is the modus operandi of larger corporations – another string to the lobbying bow when the law does not fit their (often outdated) business plans and alternative lobbying methods seem to be failing. We’re seeing it particularly in the intellectual property sphere where, for example:

  • Philip Morris has issued an investor state claim against Uruguay alleging that the change to its tobacco laws will damage its intellectual property investments in that country.
  • British American Tobacco has sued the Australian Government over the new Australian plain tobacco packaging law, again on the basis that its IP interests will be damaged.
  • Philip Morris has threatened to do the same but has also launched action under the investor state provisions of Australia’s trade agreement with Hong Kong in a move analogous to that it has already taken in Uruguay.
  • Just this week, the music industry got in on that act by suing Ireland because its laws don’t allow termination of internet accounts for infringement of copyright.
  • In its submission to the USTR on TPPA, after referring to Australian and Singaporean plain packaging laws as “excessive legislative proposals”, Philip Morris argues for even stronger investor state provisions (and intellectual property protections) based on those in the US Korea trade agreement.

The pattern doesn’t bode well for small countries like New Zealand.

But it is good to see Australia waking up to this (not surprisingly) with Prime Minister Gillard now rejecting such provisions (at p14 of 19 page pdf):

The Gillard Government supports the principle of national treatment – that foreign and domestic businesses are treated equally under the law. However, the Government does not support provisions that would confer greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses.

Cases like those above should be a clear warning to our negotiators also to reject such provisions. It is highly unlikely they would ever provide a level playing field for New Zealand companies.

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This happened on TAM airlines <<Otunba Malay via Facebook

A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man.

Visibly furious, she called the air hostess.

“What’s the problem, ma?”  the hostess asked her

“Can’t you see?” the lady said – “I was given a seat next to a black man. I can’t seat here next to him. You have to change my seat”

– “Please, calm down, ma” – said the hostess
“Unfortunately, all the seats are occupied, but I’m still going to check if we have any.”

The hostess left and returned some minutes later.

“Madam, as I told you, there isn’t any empty seat in this class- economy class.
But I spoke to the captain and he confirmed that there isn’t any empty seats in the economy class. We only have seats in the first class.”

And before the woman said anything, the hostess continued

“Look, it is unusual for our company to allow a passenger from the economy class change to the first class.
However, given the circumstances, the commandant thinks that it would be a scandal to make a passenger travel sat next to an unpleasant person.”

And turning to the black man, the hostess said:

“Which means, Sir, if you would be so nice to pack your handbag, we have reserved you a seat in the first class…”

And all the passengers nearby, who were shocked to see the scene started applauding, some standing on their feet.”


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Anonymous Austria hackt Website des WKR «

27.01.2012 | 21:03 |   (

Statt der Website des Ball-Veranstalters erschien die sowjetische Flagge samt Pony. Indes blockierten Anti-Ball-Demonstranten einen Burschenschafter-Bus.

Just am Tag des Balls des Wiener Korporationsrings, auch Burschenschafter-Ball genannt, haben Hacker die Kontrolle über die Website des Veranstalters übernommen. Die Seite leitete Nutzer um und präsentiert das Maskottchen von Anonymous Austria, das Pony Rainbow Dash, vor der sowjetischen Flagge. Im Hintergrund erschallte die sowjetische Hymne, gesungen noch dazu vom Chor der Roten Armee. Über Twitter wurde der Link mit dem Kommentar “DIE RUSSEN SIND DA!” verbreitet. Auf der weitergeleiteten Seite wurde der Hashtag #OpBlitzkrieg angeführt. Unter diesem Titel führen Anonymous & Co Aktionen durch, die sich ihrer Ansicht nach gegen Rechtsextreme richten.


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Austria’s 2 faces: As some mourn Holocaust victims, others gather for right-wing ball «The Washington Post

By Associated Press,

VIENNA — Austrians gathered in memory of the 2 million Jews murdered in Adolf Hitler’s Auschwitz camp condemned plans to hold a ball of extreme rightists later in the day Friday, saying the event’s timing transformed it into a macabre dance on Holocaust victims’ graves.

Ball organizers insisted the fact that their event coincided this year with the 67th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation was coincidental and denied suggestions that those attending were extremists.

But opponents vehemently criticized both the day chosen to hold the WKR ball and the political views of those attending it, suggesting it regularly attracts elements from the neo-Nazi fringe. The ball is to be held in Vienna’s ornate Hofburg palace, less than a minute’s walk away from the memorial event.

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WKR-Ball – Wissenschaftsminister Töchterle distanziert sich «BM für Wissenschaft und Forschung «

Utl.: Keine persönliche Unterschrift des Ministers =

   Wien (OTS) – Wissenschafts- und Forschungsminister Dr. Karlheinz
Töchterle distanziert sich vom Beitritt zum “Akademischen
Ehrenkomitee” des Wiener Korporationsball (WKR). Der Minister hat die
seitens der Veranstalter übermittelte Einladung zum Ball nicht
angenommen und persönlich auch keine Erklärung unterschrieben, dem
“Akademischen Ehrenkomitee” beizutreten.
   Die den Veranstaltern vorliegende Unterlage betreffend
“Akademisches Ehrenkomitee” ist ohne Zustimmung des Ministers
erfolgt. “Das bedauere ich. Wir werden hier künftig mit der gebotenen
Achtsamkeit vorgehen.”
   Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung
      Minoritenplatz 5, 1014 Wien
      Pressesprecherin: Mag. Elisabeth Grabenweger
      Tel.: +43 1 531 20-9014


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Jenewein: Menschenjagd bei Anti-WKR-Demonstrationen – SPÖ, Grüne und Ariel Muzicant tragen die Verantwortung dafür! «FPÖ Wien Pressestelle

Utl.: Mittels Twitter tauschen Linksextremisten und angeblich “ach so seriöse Politjournalisten” Informationen aus – auch darüber, wo man die “bösen Burschis” treffen kann! =

   Wien, 27-01-2012 (OTS/fpd) – Bislang 12 Festnahmen bei den
“friedlichen” Anti-WKR-Ball Demonstrationen und die Berichterstattung
in den pressegeförderten Medien überschlägt sich nahezu mit
Jubelmeldungen über die “Zivilgesellschaft”. Das ist die bisherige
Bilanz des heutigen Abends. Auf Grund der Gewaltbereitschaft der
Linkschaoten dürfte die kalte Nacht in Wien jedoch noch ein wenig
heißer werden, so heute der Landesparteisekretär der Wiener FPÖ,
Bundesrat Hans-Jörg Jenewein in einer Stellungnahme.
Besonders über diverse Twitter-Channels werden die Demonstranten dort
hin gerufen, wo sich “gerade besonders viel tut.”. So twittert etwa
die BundesOeH ÖH Bundesvertretung:
Brauchen trotzdem Leute für Blockade Herrengasse und l.figlgasse
#nowkr #sitzenbleiben
Die Rosa Antifa Wien wird dann schon etwas deutlicher:
Nur so zur Info: Viele Burschis fahren derzeit über die Tuchlauben zu
#nowkr #wkr
Warum das für die Demonstranten besonders wichtig ist, wird besonders
klar, wenn man sich die Gründe für die Festnahmen genauer ansieht, so
Daneben informieren sich über das selbe Portal auch die “ach so
unabhängigen Journalistinnen” Isabell Daniel und Corinna Milborn –
aber vermutlich haben die beiden Damen von den Menschenjagden in der
Wiener Innenstadt wieder einmal nichts mitbekommen.
Sowohl die SPÖ, aber auch Grüne und der IKG-Chef Muzicant tragen für
diese modernen Menschenjagden die volle Verantwortung. Die FPÖ wird
die genauen Umstände der heutigen Ausschreitungen jedenfalls auch auf
breiter parlamentarischer Ebene ansprechen, so Jenewein abschließend.


   FPÖ-Wien, Pressestelle


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Die RHWien informiert über NoWKR-Repressionen… «

gepostet am 28. Jänner 2012 – 12:47 von RHWien

kurz und knapp:

Es gab gestern 21 Festnahmen, davon 9 wegen dem Vorwurf strafrechtlicher Delikte. Unklar ist, ob bei diesen Zahlen auch die angeblich festgenommenen Nazis mitgezählt wurden.

Nach unseren Informationen werden derzeit noch 2-3 Personen festgehalten und vernommen.

Wir bitten alle Leute, die gestern festgenommen worden sind und sich noch nicht bei uns gemeldet haben, dies (falls möglich verschlüsselt) per Mail nachzuholen.

Außerdem sollten alle Menschen, die gestern in Kontakt mit den Repressionsorganen gekommen sind oder Übergriffe/Festnahmen beobachten konnten, ein Gedächtnisprotokoll schreiben (siehe unten). ACHTUNG: Ein Gedächtnisprotokoll sollte NICHTS Belastentes enthalten und auch niemals UNverschlüsselt per Mail versandt werden. Es wird auch die nächste Zeit ein Nachbereitungstreffen geben, haltet euch dafür auf Indy und/oder unserem Blog [] auf dem Laufenden.

Sollten Menschen die nicht verhaftet worden sind ebenfalls Post von den Behörden bekommen, sollen sie sich auch umgehend an uns wenden. Beachtet die 14-tägige Frist für einen Einspruch!!!

Text über Gedächtnisprotokolle findet ihr auf der Seite von Riko (Rechtsinfokollektiv):;


Kleinere Zwischenfälle bei den Anti-WKR-Ball-Demos «Vienna Online

Auf dem Heldenplatz hatten sich bis zum späten Freitagabend bereits 6.000 Menschen versammelt, die gegen den rechtsextremen WKR-Ball demonstrieren. Es kam zu ersten Zwischenfällen – so blockierten die Demonstranten etwa Burschenschafter-Busse. Auch der Strom fiel kurzzeitig aus. FPÖ-Obmann und Demonstrantengegner H.C. Strache erreichte den Ball indessen unbehelligt.

Die Demo am Heldenplatz

Trotz aller Vorkehrungen der Polizei stießen die Demonstranten gegen den WKR-Ball am Freitagabend doch noch mit Besuchern zusammen. Die Aktivisten hinderten in der Herrengasse mit einer Sitzblockade zwei Busse voll Burschenschafter, die den Ball besuchen wollten an der Weiterfahrt.
Polizei begleitete Besucher zum WKR-Ball

Die Ball-Gäste wurden von der Polizei aus dem Bus geholt und in Richtung der Veranstaltung begleitet. “Es ist nichts passiert”, sagte Polizeisprecher Roman Hahslinger. Falls die Demonstranten ihre Sitzblockade allerdings nicht aufgäben, müssen sie damit rechnen, “straßenverkehrsrechtlich behandelt zu werden”.
Strache und Gudenus erreichen Ball

Während die Kundgebung am Heldenplatz bis 21:00 weitgehend ohne Zwischenfälle verlief, erreichte FPÖ-Obmann Heinz-Christian Strache unbehelligt von Demonstranten, aber unter großem Medienandrang den WKR-Ball in der Hofburg. Ihm zur Seite stand der Wiener FPÖ-Klubobmann Johann Gudenus.

Beide zeigten sich einmal mehr befremdet über die heftige Kritik am Burschenschafterball. Die Kundgebung gegen das Event ging indes ohne grobe Zwischenfälle weiter, wenn auch einige Feuerwerkskörper flogen und Bengalenfeuer brannten. Die Veranstalter sprachen von 6.000 bis 8.000 Teilnehmern, die Polizei von 2.500.
Handshakes mit der Exekutive

Strache gab den zahlreichen Medienvertretern lediglich zur Protokoll, die Ballbesucher wollten unbehelligt eine angenehme Ballnacht verbringen. Die anwesenden Polizisten grüßte der FP-Chef demonstrativ mit Handshakes. Die Behörden hatten das Gelände um die Hofburg weiträumig abgesperrt, die Ballbesucher betraten die Festräume über den Josefsplatz. Von Demonstranten blieben sie damit unbehelligt, allerdings versperrte kurzfristig eine Blockade die Zufahrt.

Auch der freiheitliche EU-Abg. Andreas Mölzer traf im Laufe des Abends am Josefsplatz ein, er entstieg einem Reisebus. Gudenus war der ganze Medientrubel um die Ballbesucher offenbar irgendwann zu viel: “Der Elmayer ist um die Ecke”, beschied er den Medienvertretern.
6.000 bis 8.000 am Heldenplatz

Unterdessen ging am Heldenplatz die Gegenkundgebung ihren Gang. Der Sprecher der Veranstalterplattform, Nikolaus Kunrath, erklärte man habe 6.000 bis 8.000 Leute gezählt. Zwischenfälle seien keine zu vermelden, allerdings ging den Veranstaltern für einige Zeit der Saft aus: Der Generator gab seinen Geist auf, die Verstärkeranlage hatte keinen Strom.

Die Polizei sprach von 2.500 Kundgebungsbesuchern. Auch Polizeisprecher Roman Hahslinger hatte keine nennenswerten Vorfälle oder Ausschreitungen zu berichten. Gesichtet wurden auf dem Heldenplatz allerdings zahlreiche Feuerwerkskörper und Bengalische Feuer. Eine versprengte Demo-Gruppe bewegte sich zudem in Richtung Ballhausplatz und artikulierte dort lautstark ihren Protest.

Gar nicht fassen konnte den ganzen Wirbel ein Ballbesucher älteren Semesters aus Deutschland: Vom umstrittenen Ruf des Balles habe er erst in österreichischen Medien gelesen, gab er den Medien zu Protokoll. Er verstehe überhaupt nicht, was das Getue um “so einen stinknormalen Ball” solle, so der ältere Herr mit dem Korporierten-Käppi über die Demos rund um den WKR-Ball.
Kleine Zwischenfälle

Ein weiterer kleiner Zwischenfall wurde vermeldet: Beim Volksgarten wurde ein Demonstrant von der Polizei angehalten. Die Aktivisten versuchten angeblich immer wieder, die kleineren Lücken der Polizeiabsperrung zu überbrücken. “Es ist aber generell ruhig, passiert ist nichts”, sagte Polizeisprecher Roman Hahslinger.

Die einzige brenzlige Situation sei die Blockade der beiden Busse in der Herrengasse gewesen. Die Polizisten mussten die Besucher aus den Fahrzeugen in Richtung des Balles eskortieren, um einen Zusammenstoß mit den Demonstranten zu verhindern.
Demonstranten via Twitter gut organisiert

Bei der Organisation der Demonstration spielte auch Social Media eine Rolle. Die Aktivisten informierten einander via Twitter unter dem Hashtag #nowkr über spontane Aktionen, Polizeieinsätze und “Hotspots” rund um den WKR-Ball.

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