More than 1,600 people demonstrated in Leipzig against the ban on the left online blog linksunten.Indymedia.o rg. After the demonstrators initially protested peacefully in front of the Federal Administrative Court, there were several riots in the further course. Six police officers were injured, the authorities said. The organizers dissolved the demonstration prematurely.
The riots began on the way from the Federal Administrative Court to the alternative left-wing district of Connewitz. Masked participants repeatedly set off firecrackers and bengalos or ripped paving stones from the ground. According to police, the attacks on the officers occurred. In addition, some demonstrators have smashed windows of several cars. A person was detained, the police said.
Demo initially quietly pulls the Karli towards Connewitz. Then pyrotechnics fly, firecrackers pop in the crowd. The first announcements come from the police speaker car. # le2501 pic.twitter.com/3bHKcGFIOo- Helke Ellersiek (@Helkonie) January 25, 2020
The organizers ended the demonstration, later a new protest train started, which eventually moved to the Herderpark and dissolved there. The police were deployed with a large contingent.
Negotiation on Wednesday
Several left-wing action alliances had called for the demonstration. The platform linksunten.Indymedia.org was banned by the Federal Ministry of the Interior in 2017. The portal was the "most influential internet forum for violent left-wing extremists in Germany", it was said at the time as the reason. The Federal Interior Ministry accuses linksunten of not removing calls for violence against the police and instructions for building incendiary devices, although the site is being moderated. This legitimizes violence "to achieve left-wing extremist goals" and denies the state monopoly on violence. A lawsuit against the ban on the Internet platform will be heard before the Federal Administrative Court on Wednesday.
Critics see the ban as a violation of freedom of the press. "There would have been less restrictive means to combat criminal content on linksunten.indymedia . The fact that the federal government completely prohibits a journalistic online portal through the back door of association law and thus circumvents a legal consideration of the fundamental right to freedom of the press is extremely constitutional questionable, "said the managing director of Reporter Without Borders, Christian Mihr.
The online blog linksunten.indymedia is a splinter group of the worldwide Indymedia network. Indymedia stands for Independent Media Center and is an international network of media activists, hackers and journalists. Their common goal: to report on a non-profit basis independently of large publishers and broadcasters and thus create a counter-public. Citizens can publish articles themselves on the alternative media platform Indymedia.org , which is still allowed. It became one of the most important media of the anti-globalization movement in the early 2000s.
Since everyone can post on Indymedia online and this is also possible anonymously, it happens again and again that extremists publish criminal content on the blog.