The following video is a call for a general strike in Germany to protest undemocratic governmental measures being imposed in response to COVID-19. The strike was called for this past Monday, but I haven’t read anything about it in the news since then.
The man calling for the strike is Ralph-Thomas Niemeyer, a journalist associated with Die Linke party (The Left). He is the author of Germany After Capitalism.
Afterword from the translator:
I have no clue what to make of this, since Niemeyer was married to Sahra Wagenknecht, a well known German progressive, until 2013. Both are associated with Die Linke.
I scanned reader comments, trying to find an answer, and this is comment by Davi55 stood out:
A lefty calls for a general strike, and the right is outraged. Exactly like: Antifa breaks the windows of the Capitol and Republicans marched right in.
Into the trap.
And there you have it.
|00:00||Dear fellow citizens, ladies and gentlemen,|
|00:03||dear fellow comrades and allies:|
|00:09||the current political situation will simply not allow us anymore|
|00:12||to defend our Constitution through only debates and discussions.|
|00:16||Therefore we are calling|
|00:19||as an organization of a German Congress, a democratic movement,|
|00:22||under a red flag, for a general strike|
|00:25||in Germany, this Monday,|
|00:28||starting at midnight.|
|00:31||Only if as many people as possible participate in this strike|
|00:34||will these measures lead to success.|
|00:38||Things can’t go on like this anymore.|
|00:41||Everyone has by now realized this.|
|00:44||The mandated wearing of so-called FFP2 masks|
|00:47||leads to damaging effects on one’s health|
|00:50||if they’re worn over a longer period of time.|
|00:53||This is simply not acceptable any longer and constitutes bodily harm.|
|00:59||are therefore compromised.|
|01:02||I ask you all to help and assist.|
|01:05||Stay home for real.|
|01:08||Do not finish any work.|
|01:11||Participate in this general strike|
|01:14||in order to —|
|01:17||just as in the year 1920 —|
|01:20||show the governing class|
|01:23||that you will not back their coup d’état.|
|01:26||We defend the Constitution|
|01:29||of the Federal Republic of Germany, according to article 20|
|01:32||paragraph 4, of the Constitution (Grundgesetz).