The two videos below show separate incidents of police violence in Germany against demonstrators who were protesting the coronavirus restrictions.
Video #1: Police officer punches an uncooperative woman in Augsburg
From the accompanying Facebook post, also translated by MissPiggy:
Augsburg: Brutal police violence in front of a restaurant
The elitist dictatorship shows its true face — Bar operator comments on the incident:
Although we were all wearing masks, their masks had fallen, police dogs, pepper spray, clubs and the bar owner was punched in the face.
Police action on Maximillianstraße (Augsburg) escalated in the night between Friday and Saturday. The police directed several punches at a woman already lying on the floor. Many of the bystanders showed solidarity with the bar operator and tried to prevent further violent intervention by the police. However, this was prevented with police dogs, truncheons and pepper spray.
Now the State Office of Criminal Investigation will be examining the actions of the officers.
This is what the establishment’s owner Katharina Ertl had to say to the accusations. She recently took over the traditional restaurant called “Max” in November. She cannot understand the accusations, and describes the whole thing from her point of view, which is slightly different:
“I can only say that I have been struggling for months due to the Corona measure and I have never had a bad relationship with the police. At the time of the incident, I did not understand the aggressiveness displayed by the police, and their depiction of the situation is not correct. I never in any way attacked an officer. After a very aggressive conversation with the police officer, I was suddenly knocked to the ground and sprayed in the face with pepper spray. Following that, I was punched in the face by the officer. This makes no sense to me. I fought my way through the Corona measures, with a lot of passion, and now something like this. The worst thing is, I’m portrayed as a severely aggressive criminal. I’m deeply shocked.”
Video #2: Police violence at a peaceful protest walk in Thuringia
From the accompanying article on Politikstube, also translated by MissPiggy:
By Stefan Möller:
This unbelievable police violence against peaceful walkers took place in red-red-green governed Thuringia, or more precisely: in Erfurt. One of the walkers counted almost 30 police vans that were sent to prevent the peaceful event from taking place.
I suspect that the police commanders were encouraged by the political leadership in the SPD interior ministry to take a tougher approach. It was certainly no coincidence that two peaceful Erfurt AfD members — one of them our city councillor Marek Erfurth — were arrested with completely disproportionate use of force. A 60-year-old man was pushed against his wife standing behind him with such force that it sent her flying into the ground. The video speaks volumes for itself!
The reason I assume political intent is easy to explain:
I have never seen such action in our AfD demonstrations against left-wing extremist violent counter-demonstrators. On the contrary — the gloves were put on.
The whole thing will have legal and parliamentary repercussions for those responsible for this violence against peaceful citizens. I would therefore ask you to send me detailed feedback on all comparable events to firstname.lastname@example.org. Above all, the place, time, occasion and exact circumstances are important. Many thanks!
In the video it’s clear to see that the aggressive police officers have a big cross over their unit and badge numbers. Most probably so no one can report their “exaggerated” force. The policemen securing the area aren’t aggressive. Each has his/her unit and badge number visible, as is the norm, but they hold back and don’t intervene! I suspect this isn’t a coincidence, and that the Unit/Badge numbers were made unrecognisable to allow these officers a free pass for the severe and unjustified intervention.
Video transcript #1:
|00:00||I’m allowed to film.|
|00:04||Let go of me! Let me go! —Cell phones off! —I have a right to film.|
|00:09||I have a right to film! In Germany there is…|
|00:15||Police violence! —Here is police violence. —No.|
|00:23||Filming is allowed.|
|00:29||Hey! You stop that! Unbelievable! Hey man!|
|00:38||He just hit a woman, man!|
|00:44||Have you actually lost your mind!? —You all get back!|
|00:47||Get their badge numbers!|
|00:56||Police violence! Hey!|
|01:17||Go on! Move back!|
|01:25||We have the right to film. —Go on, move back, back.|
|01:53||Hey, that’s an older woman. —Hey man, they’ve completely lost their minds.|
|01:56||He totally punched her in the face, and hard. —The policeman over there punched that lady|
|02:01||who was already on the ground. —Film it. —I am already.|
|02:04||Stay back! —Yeah, hey, man, you can’t do that. Have you completely lost your mind, man?|
|02:19||I know, keep your distance. Yes, keep your distance. Distance.|
|02:24||Hey, man, look, that guy just punched her.|
|02:33||It’s not your fault, I’m not saying that. It’s that one cop there.|
|02:47||Yeah, but that’s no reason to punch her in the mouth!|
|03:11||I have the right to film. I have the right to film. I have the right to film.|
|03:24||Go on! Everyone move back!|
|03:41||They sprayed him in the eyes with pepper spray. —Yes, I know, they used pepper spray!|
|04:20||It’s her mother. They pushed her.|
|04:41||Move back 2 to 3 meters [6-9ft] We need space for the police officers.|
|04:59||Calm down, boy.|
|05:10||You all must move further back in this direction. Attention. —Back, step back. Back.|
|05:15||Back up now! Back. Back! Back!|
|05:27||That’s right! Good girl.|
|05:33||Hey, man! The poor animal.|
|05:45||Pepper spray. —Pepper spray.
Video transcript #2:
|00:00||Police violence. Against civilians who have done nothing.|
|00:07||This can’t be happening! This can’t be happening! —Something like this cannot be for real!|
|00:12||Let go of me! —This man did nothing wrong! —Let go of me!|
|00:17||Quiet now! —I can’t be quiet. Let go of me!|
|00:22||Let go of me! —This can’t be happening!|
|00:27||Let me go! Man! I can’t breathe! Just let me go!|
|00:34||The man suffers from a heart condition! You know it, too! —OK, hands on your back!|
|00:38||Hands on your back. Leave the upper arm on the torso.|
|00:42||Let go of me! I can’t breathe! Man!|
|00:46||Merkel’s dictatorship. —This cannot be for real! —Thomas, keep quiet. —Bunch of fascists.|
|00:52||Leftist fascists! —Hey, you psycho. Those aren’t leftist fascists. They are just doing their job.|
|00:59||No! What kind of work is that!? This man has a heart condition!|
|01:03||And he didn’t do a thing! —He violated the law. —Nonsense! What law? He was walking on the street.|
|01:10||Calm down. —Yeah, he’s a psycho, this guy.|
|01:15||You’re the psycho. —You’re calling them leftist fascists.|
|01:20||Everything’s OK. Stay calm.|
|01:32||This is nuts, all this for two people. —Hello, what’s going on here? —I don’t understand you.|
|01:40||Your system is done.|
|01:47||They did nothing wrong. Nothing at all.|
|01:51||He’s being taken away like a dangerous criminal.