Three left wing parties supports police perspectives

Tord Björk | 12 December Initiative,Action,Climate,police,Propaganda,Repression,Summits | Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Protest outside the Danish parliament december 17. Photo Avenirclima.ínfo

Two left wing parliamentary parties took the lead in addressing the conflict. First was the Red Green Alliance, the most radical parliamentary party in Denmark. In a press release the party strongly condemned activists throwing stones at windows and police. These activists was the main threat against ”peaceful demonstrations” and the cause behind ”if people in the future abstain from participating”. What was important was to involve many people in sending ”a clear signal to those in power”. After this strong message in support of a police perspective placing throwing stones at police and windows in plural on what had happened before the mass arrests the party ended by calling for an investigation of unfortunate police behaviour. A second left wing party followed suit the same evening. The justice affairs spokes person of the Socialist People’s Party, chose to present the same story about activists throwing cobble stones at the police followed by the conclusion: ”When such an incident occurs, I think we all have an expectation that the police intervene and stop such incidents. The alternative could be a smashed city, people randomly hurt or that the large demonstration was stopped and the important message to politicians not delivered. I therefore fully support that the police intervened. It meant that most of the demonstrators could continue peacefully to the Bella Center which they should be thanked for.” The social democrats supported the police even more.

The issue of discipline and capacity to defend participants in a demonstration must be addressed in a time of repressive political climate. But it can be done from a perspective of collective responsibility. One such is made by Gunnar Westin from the 5h International”

”The lack of organisation also meant that a smaller group could break the agreement that had been made with the reformist wing of the movement, about refraining from any actions that could provoke the cops during the march. The attacks on the stock exchange building and the bottle-throwing gave the cops a pretext to attack. Even if the cops bear the responsibility and need to be condemned for their violent practice, the breaking of discipline was a major error. During tightly guarded demonstrations with little preparedness for defence, such actions are irresponsible to say the least.”

The left wing and other Danish political forces responded to the repression in different ways soon changing their positions and starting to criticize each other rather than to defend the democratic right of the climate protesters in Copenhagen. You can follow how different actors chose to state their often shifting opinion day by day here: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1169

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Content 12 December Initiative – huge success or background for branding?

Success or failure?

Uncertain preparatory process

The global climate day of action 2009

The main demonstration

Three left wing parties supporting the police perspective

December 12 in the media

Movement analysis

A demonstration split twice

You find extensive more material on the lack of left wing collective response to the repression December 12 – 18 and analysis at: The ALBA mass meeting: Full of lost left wing possibilities.

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