Repression against protest against fundamentalist anti-abortionists once more

Every month – always on 25th – fundamentalist anti-abortionists led by Wolfgang Hering march through Munich. They pray and sing, but above all they promenade their reactionary conception of the world. They believe they can tell unvoluntarily pregnant people and pregnant people who consider a pregancy termination due to other reasons how to handle their situation. The solution praised by these fundamentalists is always the same: Pregnant people – for the anti-abortionists these ones are always women of course – have to keep their child. Thereafter the whole matter is settled for them.

Since the fundamentalist anti-abortionists consider themselves to be on a mission from God, they think that they are legitimised to accost supposedly pregnant people in front of reliable advice centres and to terrorise them. They call this “pavement counselling”. Likewise, their monthly protest usually leads the anti-abortionists among their wordly and spiritual leader Wolfgang Hering to such advice centres. They kneel down there and say the rosary. Wolfgang Hering chooses a prayer leader or leads the prayer  himself, the others follow with their prayer – not the official version of the Our Father, no, it is not awful enough, instead they pray a version that has been changed on various passages and thus sounds more god-fearing, such as “and deliver us from Hell’s purgatory”.

Actually, everybody is unnerved by the fundamentalists: residents, people working at the advice centre pro familia, passerbys and sometimes even the police …

Some activists have been opposing those so-called “vigils” for several months now. Even if they are rarely more than a handful who obstruct the fundamentalists, they are annoying as well. But fortunately only the fundamentalists and the police. The protest against the fundamentalists is mostly acclaimed by residents and passerbys, partly even actively supported.

Penalty notices against Pro Choice Activists

However, the police try to demoralize the protest againt the fundamentalist anti-abortionists with measures of repression. Again and again, they find a pretext with which they can charge activists opposing the fundamentalists with penalty notices. Repeatedly activists had been taken into custody for a short time, because the police apparently didn’t know how to handle the protest, in spite of a exaggerated number of officers on site. Repeatedly, completely new methods of repression have been tested.

E. g. one activist who had been taken into custody during a protest against the fundamentalists in front of the medicare Health centre in Freiham received a bill for 108 € to pay the “direct enforcement” the police officers used against her. “Direct enforcement” is nothing else than legally authorised police violence. For being hurt by police officers, the activist had to pay their working time wasted with such measures and possibly even “danger money”. The same activist, and at least one more person have been accused of disturbing the assembly. Therefore, the “Kreisverwaltungsreferat” [the municipal administration authority in Munich] has imposed a fine on them of 150 to 200 € plus procedural costs.

A breakfast on the pavement becomes a violation of the “street and path law” [a law existing only in Bavaria]

But this is not the first case in which the police finds random accusations against acitivists to intimidate them. At the moment, there are proceedings against five activists who are accused of violating the Bavarian “street and path law”. Concretely, they are said to have “camped” respectively had break-fast on the pavement. Numerous police officers among police inspector Nützel used this as an opportunity to accuse all present people of a corresponding offence [Ordnungswidrigkeit]. The police officers even took photos to prove that the food on the pavement made the pavement impossible to be used in its common way [Gemeingebrauch] any more. Nevertheless in the photos you can only see that many police officers obstruct the way on the pavement. Four activits received a penalty notive by the “Kreisverwaltungsreferat”of 100 € plus procedural costs.

These far-fetched accusations of the police show that they try to delegitimise the protest against anti-abortionists and to intimidate the affected activists. Presumably the responsible officers hope to discourage the activists so that they will once stop demonstrating against these fundamentalists.

For uns indeed, this is not an option. We will struggle against these attempts of repression by the police and we will continue to oppose the fundamentalist anti-abortionists. If you want to support us, obstruct the anti-abortionists with us. You find events on the webpage of Antisexistische Aktion München [Antisexist Action Munich] and on our website. Or you get to know us at one of our regular meetings.

discussion: the for-free concept

Attention: The event will take place on April, 27th not on April, 20th as announced before.

Instead of throwing things away or selling them, give-away shelves, shops or flea markets offer the opportunity to find a new owner for unused things. The aim is a new focus on the practical value of things, as well as a general critique on private property. But in the public’s perception, charitably motivations are often the main motivation, when using such give-away facilities. We want to discuss, how to convay criticism on property and tradeof through such give-away facilities.

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Solidarity with the victims of police brutality in the reception center in Donauwörth

We document the statement of Solidarity & Resistance on police brutality in the reception center in Donauwörth on 14th of March. We support the residents’ demands for the recognition of their asylum applications, the closing of the transit camps and transfer to private apartments and the right to participation. Especially we support the demand for the release of all prisoners!

On Wednesday, 14th of March, police forces showed extreme brutality towards the inhabitants of the reception center and arrested at least 29 persons. This happened after a legitimate protest against an attempted deportation. The location of those who were arrested is still unclear. There was no violence against humans on the side of the refugees. The charges of “breach of peace” and “grievous bodily harm” are utterly unfounded and constructed and will need independent evidence.

Refugees and human rights organisations have been criticising the inhuman living conditions in the reception centre (EA) in Donauwörth for months. The minister of the interior, Herrmann, used the false accusations against refugees spread by police as a pretext to personally travel to Donauwörth on Friday to continue his electoral campaign with right wing demands such as more police and more deportations.

The refugees in the EA of Donauwörth have released a statement (see below), in which they reject the unfounded accusations against them, demand the release of the prisoners, the recognition of their asylum applications, working permits and protection from the police.

Antiracist innitiatives and human rights organisations are stating their solidarity with those involved and with their demands. In addition to this, these groups demand the dismissal of the social workers who have violated their mandate towards the refugees in the EA.

We, the refugees of Donauwörth, demand that the unfounded claims, that we used violence against the police and that we threw furniture out of the windows, are withdrawn immediately. The police came to deport our colleague and began knocking at the doors to all our rooms between 3 and 4 in the morning, as they could not find him in his own room. Around 100 people of different nationalities woke up and demanded with their voices to immediately stop the deportation. At around 2 pm more than 50 police vans and over 200 special police unit officers entered the camp armoured with pistols, tear gas, batons, knives, ropes, rifles, dogs and pepper spray. They locked us in our rooms and barred the main entrance. Everywhere in the house they blocked the passages while taking our personal details and searching our rooms. They were seeking at least 29 people with a list of names, which had been obtained that morning with the help of the social workers and security personell. They threw tear gas canisters into the camp and sprayed pepper spray into some rooms as well as into our eyes. Some people fainted, others jumped out of the windows to save themselves. Window panes had to be broken to allow fresh air to enter the rooms, as all the windows in the EA are locked.

The demands of our previous protests have been, and remain, the recognition of our asylum applications, the closing of the transit camps of transfer to private appartments and the right to participation. Furthermore we demand the release of the prisoners.

We want to declare our solidarity with the refugees of Donauwörth and demand independent investigations concerning the violent police operation against the protests in Donauwörth!

We demand that the social workers of the charity organisation Malteser leave the EA and that they take a stand regarding their role in relation to the police!

„This operation is part of a strategy of criminalization and intimidation on the side of the police towards refugees who are become active in the struggle for basic human rights.”, says Raja, a member of the group Antira Muc.

„The accusations they have constructed are those of breach of peace and of grievous bodily harm. We see that grievous bodily harm has been committed by the police, who locked people up and simultaneously victimised them with pepper spray within closed rooms without windows they could open.”

„The outbreak of police brutality only shows that the Bavarian politics will use any means to suppress uprisings against the Bavarian camp and deportation system and the policy of isolation. What remains questionable is also the role of the social workers, who supported the police in identifying individuals. For this reason we demand that the Malteser immediately withdraw the social workers concerned!”

Backround infomation on the events in the EA in Donauwörth

What triggered the massiv bout of police violence were presumably the previous protests. For several months refugees were on strikes (e.g. about the German classes and the 80-Cent-jobs in the reception center). Various other protests also raised awareness about the conditions in the EA.

Stop the march of Christian fundamentalists in Munich

We support the call for protests against the anti-abortionists among Wolfgang Hering on March 24th, 2018 by Antisexistische Aktion München:

  • 40 days of solemn vigil in front of the „medicare“-center in Munich-Freiham
  • monthly vigil with rally in front of pro familia
  • disgusting smear campaigns against doctors who offer pregnancy terminations
  • influence of radical anti-abortionists on political decisions
  • uncountable fundamentalist stickers praising Jesus Christ
  • and much more …

That’s enough! It’s time to show those “soul savers”, that we won’t accept their sexist, racist, transphobic and homophobic ideology any longer!

This is the reason why we call for protest against Christian fundamentalists on March 24th, 2018.

We will meet in front of “pro familia” in Türkenstraße 103
, 80799 Munich at 11 o’clock

Once more, Wolfgang Hering, the leader of the association “Helpers of God’s Precious Infants” in Munich, is calling for a so-called vigil on March 24th, 2018. At it, the ultra-religious anti-abortionists march through the inner-city of Munich to the advice centre “pro familia” and pray there. Usually, they have an ikon of Mary with them as well as signs that are designed to manipulate bystanders with messages distorting the circumstances of a pregnancy termination.

Groups like “Helper’s for God’s Precious Infants” deny women* their reproductive rights: so the woman* is not allowed to decide whether she* wants children neither how many of them, only God can take this decision. Their goal: the total ban of pregnancy terminations. As part of their campaigns and their actions, they call pregnancy termination murder, since in their world human life starts with the conception. To make their point, they partly resort to drastic methods. They use pictures with bloody fetuses, they accost women* as part of so-called “pavement counsellings” in front of advice centres and clinics,  distribute unrealisticly large embryos made of plastic or show signs with phrases like “Daddy, look, I’m a boy”. All this serves to put pregnant people even more under pressure in their already difficult situation.

The fundamentalists do not care that they use völkisch-right wing rhetoric. The Nazis already used the female body for their propaganda. There is talk of “the womb as germ cell of the nation” or that “the nation dies in the womb”. In this narrative, women* are reduced to their role as mothers who have to produce as many healthy children as possible. Hence, it is no wonder that extreme right-wing activists feel quite comfortable in the orbit of self-appointed “soul savers”  and that they find ideological links with them.

Bavaria – a place for antifeminists – no place for antifeminists

For decades down to the present day, Bavaria has been led by conservatives, and antifeminist and reactionary groups feel quite well in this federal state. Parties like CSU, AfD or Zentrum are active as well as evangelical and Christian fundamentalists or “Pro Life” organisations like AlfA, CDL or 1000 Plus, the latter of which even moved from Heilbronn to Munich.

Among themselves and beyond Munich these groups are partly well interconnected. For instance, Wolfgang Hering, prayer leader of the “Helpers for God’s Precious Infants” in Munich, made a public appearance with Klaus Günther Annen, one of the most active anti-abortionists in Germany, at a vigil in Münster. Annen relativises the Shoah on his website “” and litteraly boasts about against how many doctors he already pressed charges.

Currently, probably the most prominent victim of his smear campaign is the doctor Kristina Hänel from Giessen who has been imposed a fine of 6,000 € on, because she has been charged with contravening § 219 a [this paragraph bans publicity for pregnancy terminations]. Annen, though, might not be very happy, because Dr. Hänel wouldn’t hide herself, but is leading a public discussion. Her commitment and the following wave of solidarity have revived a public and lively debate on pregnancy terminations that for a long time had fallen asleep.

We would like to resume this debate with our protest on March 24th. We demand the abolition of the paragraphs 219 and 218 StGB [the German penal code].  Not only informing about pregnancy terminations, even pregnany terminations themselves are still liable to prosecution in Germany and are just not prosecuted because of a lousy additional article (§ 218 a). This deprivation of the right of decision and this patronization are intolerable. We won’t accept them any longer.

Let us take a stand against reactionary antifeminist smear campaigns and for self-determination. Let us face the anti-abortionists and let us show them what we think of their prayers.

It is in our hands to prevent Munich from becoming a comfortable place for Christian fundamentalists and radical anti-abortionists. And this is why we call upon you to protest against this sexist shit with us on March 24th.

We will meet in front of “pro familia” in Türkenstrasse 103, 80799 Munich at 11 o’clock

Yours sincerely,

Antisexistische Aktion München [Antisexist Action Munich]

Please be aware that there might be repression by the police and that the cops will try to prevent and criminalize our protest.