The Corona Stasi

Germany has been the scene of some of the most robust and well-attended popular protests against the Coronamadness. The “Querdenken” (Lateral Thinking) movement, based in Stuttgart, has been particularly prominent.

Last weekend the German government attempted to deal with the anti-lockdown activists by banning twelve planned protests. Coronaskeptics defied the authorities and hit the streets anyway, eliciting a particularly brutal response from the police at some locations.

Boris Reitschuster is a well-known German vlogger. His live stream reports are very popular, and reach thousands of subscribers. The following video is taken from his live report over the weekend. I assume it was recorded at one of the banned protests, probably in Berlin. In it you can see how the Polizei treat those uppity citizens who dare to protest against their government’s Corona policies.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:10   Yes, what?! What?! What?! I’m certainly allowed to record here!
00:14   Why are you pushing me?! Why are you pushing me?! I’m keeping
00:18   my distance. 1.5 meters [five feet]. Why are you pushing me?! I’m 1.5 meters away,
00:22   I’m not standing in your way at all and I’m walking backwards. All this
00:26   is being documented. Were you rammed? —I lost my girlfriend. She’s lost.
00:36   Here once again, look at this brutality! What’s that mean, “Go home!”?
00:40   I’m doing my job, too! Ow! This is exactly my job! My press pass is quite visible.
00:45   I don’t have to “keep moving”! —Keep moving! —I’m going back there, OK?
00:50   Keep moving! —I just told you. OW! I just…OW! Ow!
00:55   OW! Ow, why are you doing that?! I showed you my press pass!
01:00   Keep moving! — Here! OW! Pushed against the tree! You saw the press pass.
01:05   Then watch where you’re going and keep walking! —Why don’t you let me do my job?
01:11   You’ll keep walking! —Here’s my press pass! —So what, keep walking!
01:15   Let me do my job, I have a press pass! —Leave the man alone!
01:19   Let the press do its job, please. Please let the press do its job.
01:23   Why are you obstructing the work of the press?
01:28   As you saw for yourself just now, scenes of brutality. I was pushed
01:33   from behind. Police are completely brutal, and I’m wearing my press pass.
01:42   I showed it to them several times. They’re not interested at all!
01:46   So, I probably have a few bruises now.
01:54   So, that… was really… very brutal and NOT something that belongs
02:03   in a free democracy. I said it earlier: the police from Saxony-Anhalt behaved correctly,
02:11   in my opinion. As well as many police from Berlin. God forbid, I’m not lumping
02:17   them all together. However, a few officers present today, expressed diplomatically,
02:23   I’m not sure if they’re uniformed citizens and wouldn’t want to meet them at night.
02:32   I’m not trying to exaggerate or underplay anything. This is what I saw
02:36   and that’s what I captured.
02:49   Don’t always push! —You should comply with public order. —How? I’m keeping
02:53   my distance. — You’re not following the rules! Why not?! —No, that’s not necessary.
02:57   Ow! Rammed again, against the wall. Is that necessary number 33312?
03:02   Hey, ow, why are you pushing me, number 33225?
03:06   Do you want to get punched by the police or what? —What?! I’m allowed
03:10   to follow them, aren’t I? —Then go around. —I’m keeping a 1.5 meter distance. —Sure.
03:14   Right into the line of cops. —Oh sorry, I don’t have eyes in the back of my head.
03:17   I’m not walking in their line. Unbelievable, how they are trying to avoid being filmed.
03:25   It’s not the first time they’ve done this. —Because it’s just not legal.
03:35   I have to say, work here isn’t stress-free. —Back on the street! —Why? No.
03:43   Get back on the street! —Why, I’m allowed. —Get back on the street! —I work without
03:47   obstruction of any kind. No, you’re trying to stop me from filming. —Back on the street!
03:51   Look how he’s pushing me into the street. Number 92030.
03:56   That’s dangerous; usually it’s the other was around. This blatantly
04:01   has nothing more to do with police work in a democracy.
04:06   When journalists are… this isn’t police work in a democracy. I’m five meters [16 feet] away!
04:13   Keep your distance! —I’m five meters away! Live stream viewers can see
04:17   that you pushed me. That’s unacceptable, Mr. 92030. Maybe you could apologize,
04:22   then everything is OK. You can’t act that way. It’s unacceptable, Mr. 92030.
04:30   What we just went through with the police, even at two meters’ [six feet] distance, they don’t
04:35   want their brutality being filmed and shown. That’s exactly why the press exists.
04:43   That’s the foundation of the freedom of the press, and that’s our job.
04:50   And I’m just stunned.
04:54   Next time I’ll probably have to show up in an ice hockey uniform with
05:00   knee pads and everything else. They all know me, the national press conferences.
05:05   My colleagues see it happening as well, and so
05:09   for the media and politicians, it simply doesn’t matter.
05:15   Not even the FDP, or who else is an opposition party?
05:21   The Left party. That’s a bad example.
05:26   After what just happened, being called by name and screamed at,
05:32   then rammed into a wall. That’s a personal aggression.
05:36   It has reached such a level, and I’m curious see if the Berlin Police Department
05:43   still remains true to traditional values. If so, on Monday, there should be
05:49   an apology made with the explanation that it will be investigated internally.
05:55   Maybe I’ll be positively surprised.
05:59   There’s another that shows the time. Oh, excuse me, thank you!
06:05   Mr. Reitschuster, you are disturbing an operation. —I’m disturbing an operation
06:10   because I can’t see behind me? —You’re disturbing the operation.
06:14   But I did see that, OK? I’m stepping aside right now.
06:30   What’s this about?! —Leave the woman alone! Leave the woman alone!
06:35   Leave the woman alone! What are you doing!?
06:44   Ouch! Why are you hitting me?! Ow! Stop it now! Are you nuts?! You’re pushing.
06:49   You’re pushing! You’re pushing! Why are you pushing?!
07:10   Nazis out! Nazis out! Nazis out!
07:19   So here we go again!
07:25   Here you see how they ram people against the wall like ice hockey.
07:29   The police officers in Berlin should play ice hockey.
07:33   Nope! I’m two meters away! I’m two meters away! —Screaming won’t help you!
07:38   I’m two meters away! In a democracy, I can use the volume I want.
07:43   Film yourself! Remove yourself! —Why? I’m allowed to film.
07:49   I don’t care. You’re not allowed to follow. —I have right to walk.
07:53   This isn’t a police area. Please show you I.D. number.
07:57   Why are you screaming at me as an officer? —Damn it, remove yourself! —I did
08:00   nothing wrong! I don’t need to remove myself. This kind of behavior
08:05   is the same as I remember from Moscow. That was number 33320.
08:09   One needs to go directly to Mr. Kalbitz. This is so unbelievable.
08:13   Incredible.
08:17   This aggression. He recognized me and called me by my name and so on.
08:22   That means he know who I am and it is just unparalleled, I have to say.
08:30   Unparalleled.
 

5 thoughts on “The Corona Stasi

    • It hasn’t become bad enough yet.

      Firing nurses and reinstating mask ordinances will make people mad and encourage protests, but the cops here know better than to beat protesters and as dumb as American politicians are they at least understand that the moment they authorize such behavior they’ve signed their own death warrants.

    • We appear to be deathly afraid of Nanzi Pelosi, the mastermind of the J6 set-up and death of Ashli Babbitt. That’s what’s wrong with us.

    • I think that is likely due to the mentality of those attracted to the job. Of course not all police are evil or would beat their fellow citizens if given the chance but many would. The few policemen I have known outside of their work have been very aloof and quick to let you know how they would be forced to obey the law if you ever broke it knowingly in front of them. My impression was that if you weren’t one of them you weren’t very important. These acquaintances were non-prior military. Don’t know if that made a difference in their attitudes or not. As a veteran I have an affinity with and find it much easier to establish trust with fellow veterans due to our shared experiences, but that doesn’t mean I go around looking at everyone else as only a civilian.

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