Authorities Define “Violence” As Any Restriction Of Capital Flows

6269542564_1930ee174e_nCritical Legal Thinking on the German government response to Occupy Frankfurt — peaceful protest is now defined as “violent” if the target is financial institutions:

As debate spilled over into a shouting match in the Hessian State Parliament concerning the effective ban of Blockupy protests this 16-19 May in Frankfurt am Main, the administrative decision that effected this ban has come to light. The key finding being that:

The blockade action cannot be assessed as peaceful. To make blockades and hinder traffic with the goal of closing down the entire financial district...has to be defined as violence. The European Central Bank ‘must be functional, especially in times of financial crisis around the clock’. This includes things like ‘the operation of large-value payment system TARGET2’.

So in effect, a civil disobedience directed against the Eurozone’s financial authorities cannot take place because the obligation of the Frankfurt government to support the operation of the Euro-system overrides the right of European protesters to assemble and demonstrate against that very operation.

8 Comments on "Authorities Define “Violence” As Any Restriction Of Capital Flows"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm |

    Capital is your God, worship Him, devote your puny lives to Him, never question His importance or His divine plan. 

    There, I just wrote the first line of the Capitalist’s bible. 

  2. Calypso_1 | May 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |

    Bollocks, violence is one of the prime methods for engendering capital flow…if you TARGET someone who has $$$ and they desire to restrict the flow of capital to you, a crack on the ol’nob starts the blood flowing and out comes the money bag.  Trickle down economics in action.

  3. Masterplan | May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |

    Occupy is not violent, the only thing violent is that they place themselves at high risk of violent attacks from the government thugs.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Go protest, do your thing, but when the pigs come, retreat and come back to protest another day. This causes them to spend money on police which truly affects the elites sickening neurotic need to hoard money at the expense of the betterment of the masses.

  4. teachpeace | May 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm |

    That’s a stretch …..

  5. tonyviner | May 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm |

    Violence is, and always has been, subjective.

  6. Established Poster | May 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm |

    I make extremely over simplified, absolute statements about everything.  Those statements apply to everything everywhere at all times, non negotiable. (please give me likes.) 

    • DeepCough | May 22, 2012 at 2:53 am |

      Give me the likes instead, because I replied to a stupid comment, because, after all, it’s fucking retarded, amirite?

  7. DeepCough | May 22, 2012 at 2:54 am |

    What would Adam Smith have to say about this?

    “It is not by augmenting the capital of the country,
    but by rendering a greater part of that capital active and productive
    than would otherwise be so, that the most judicious operations of
    banking can increase the industry of the country.”

    Adam Smith 

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