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German Police Take Off Their Helmets, Badges & Marched With the Protest Clearing the Way for Them.

World  (tags: Police, Germany, Solidarity, One People, 'HUMANRIGHTS!' )

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Wake up America's police. This is how democracy works. We are all "FIRST" citizens..The police coming over to serve and protect the people... Blockupy Frankfurt. Police are escorting. Reports of an estimated 20,000+ protesters. Nice to see their faces


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Barbara W (342)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 8:33 pm
This is how the police in America should act! They are paid by the hard work efforts of citizens to serve and protect the true spirit of the constitution. It is not written in the "Bill Of Rights" that the American police are to beat, pepper spray or cripple a citizen till a protester succumbs to their brutality.

This image makes one proud to be a member of a nation who has "LEARNED" from the mistakes of the past! Time for America's police to wake up, serve and protect that which is JUST!

Barbara W (342)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 8:34 pm
"German police officers escort an anti-capitalism protest march with some 20,000 people in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 19, 2012. Protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe's biggest financial hub in their protest against the dominance of banks and what they perceive to be untamed capitalism,

Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis said. The protest group calling itself Blockupy has called for blocking the access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt's business district. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 8:36 pm

When the Police and Military wake up and relize they took an oath to 'support & defend the Constitution of the United States (for us Americans), we will win this argument and America will be on the path to Freedom once again.
Every day I pray they will look in the mirror and see what they have done by supporting the Fascist Corporatists. Do they not see their own friends and families in the crowds they are suppressing for the internationl bankers???

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Barbara W (342)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 8:42 pm
I "Dare" Dream that "We" will soon see America's police stand shoulder to shoulder with the people, the 99%, not with the self-serving company store that would, when their services are no longer needed, tear the police down and dash their dreams as well. What goes around, eventually, comes around!

What was it that Jesus said? "Do Unto Others As You Would Have Then Do Unto You"

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 8:59 pm
now this is a protest

Bianca D (87)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 10:42 pm
* It's time for us to create the world we dream of living in *
Tx Barbara!

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:24 pm
Love them

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:28 pm
This gave me goose bumps. I love it!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:34 pm
Bravo for the German Police, the first to realize that they are also on the other side, I am sure many more will follow suit! It is a matter of realizing that they are also part of the 99% just like the rest of us. Thanks Barbara.

Susan L (150)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 1:12 am
I love it! So great to see there is at least ONE police force that actually SUPPORTS the people's will. I hope Henriette is correct about 'our' police realizing that they are also part of the 99%.

Arild Warud (174)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 2:51 am
Great action by the German Police Force.

Calliope S (47)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 5:34 am
May all the police march with the protesters all over the world.

Caitlin M (104)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 8:06 am
This is the stuff of what gives us hope that we can prevail and get somewhere with our protests. Isn't it a bit ironic and wonderful that it is the German police who may be showing us the way! I love it! Thanks so much Barbara, for putting this hope in front of us.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 8:42 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 9:00 am
knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 9:01 am
I have never understood why police so often turn into para-military forces attacking peaceful protesters, their own citizens they are supposed to serve and protect. It's fantastic to see the Frankfurt police acting like part of the 99% they are, joining in the "Blockupy" protest against the European Central Bank located in Frankfurt. Taking their helmets off is a real symbol of unity with the protesters. Also great to see 20,000 out for this protest - I kind of thought this movement was fading away. Thanks for posting this Barbara.

Megan Beery (18)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 9:21 am
Wow, I'm just kinda blown away by this.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 10:54 am
Good for them, gives me hope here in the USA. Hey, Police, are you watching your brothers and sisters over there?

Actually it doesn't surprise me that the German police would do this sooner, after all a Country that has already gone through hell and back would know a lot quicker when things are going wrong.

. (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 11:34 am
I love it. Thanks for the post Barbara and John for the link

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 12:18 pm
Right on! this should happen here

Carlton Ward (55)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 12:38 pm
Fantastic - what our own PDs need to realize is that they are part of the 99% and need to join us as well. ahhhh - wishful thinking

M B (62)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 1:31 pm
Kudos for the German police, hope others will follow.....

Florence Eaise (132)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 1:43 pm
American cops should take notes, that was sooo touching! Thanks for the article it gives me hope

Jane H (139)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 2:25 pm
Oh, what a wonderful thing---this news lifts my spirit!

. (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 2:39 pm
This has to be one of the most unified protests I have hear of in ages. I wonder if the police involved suffered any for their actions.

faith v (16)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 3:13 pm
Want to know another nice thing I picked up in the local paper here in Germany last week?

Police guns were fired 85 times in 2011.
The same number of people die from gunshots EVERY DAY in the USA.

Those 85 shots resulted in 6 deaths and 45 wounded.
By police.
In one year.

I'm not saying they never make mistakes.
I am saying I feel safe here.

Terri Hughes (416)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 3:24 pm
WOW...this is great. I commend these police officers for standing with the people. This shows you that you don't have to beat the s**t out of people, to get them to listen. If someone wants to protest, let them, as long as they are being civil about it. The civilians and the police can work together, we have proof of it right here. Great job!!!!

Sue H (7)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 3:40 pm

Eternal G (734)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 4:00 pm
Ha this is how it should be; ONE FOR ALL & ALL FOR ONE!
Let their international colleagues take this example.

Barbara W (342)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 4:51 pm
One For All And All For One! Like the three musketeers.. I like that Eternal

Barbara W (342)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 4:57 pm
In America it's suppose to be, "United We Stand, Or Divided We Fall! Time to remember these profound words. The original quote "United we stand, divided we fall" came from Aesop of fable fame and his 'Bundle of Sticks'.

Judy C (91)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 5:31 pm
Excellent! Thanks Barbara.

Yvonne W (229)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 6:15 pm
Maybe they remember the last time Germans only followed least somebody Learned from History!:)

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 6:25 pm
Thanks for posting, Barbara--generally, I'm not one to get teary very often....but I made an exception reading this. This really makes our "law enforcement" look even worse with their atrocious behavior against peaceful, non-violent protesters.

Barbara W (342)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 6:40 pm
German police says 20,000 people are marching at a Frankfurt Occupy protest rally
Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press May 19, 2012 11:02:00 AM

Barbara W (342)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 6:52 pm
German police officers escort an anti capitalism protest march with some 20,000 people in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 19, 2012. Protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe's biggest financial hub in their protest against the dominance of banks and what they perceive to be untamed capitalism, Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis said.

The protest group calling itself Blockupy has called for blocking the access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt's business district. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Shirley S (187)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 7:40 pm

Gloria Morotti (1)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 8:01 pm

Gloria H (88)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 9:22 pm
Wow! May I take a flight of fantasy here--- maybe the police are the great grandchildren of the Germans who did nothing when the Nazi's took over, if the police and everyday citizen had stood up and done the right (and NOT the Reich) thing, millions of people ( including Germans) may have not died under Hitler. Just thinking.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 11:06 pm
Well, this is very welcome. Well done them.

Mary T (178)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 11:18 pm
This is how our police force should act, Bravo to the German Police.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 25, 2012, 1:47 am
Now I'm really surprised, hope that police in other countries will stand up with protesters...

Vivien Green (153)
Friday May 25, 2012, 4:56 am
Noted thank you Barbara.
Now that is a story worth reading!!!
Shared on FB.

Joy Wong (100)
Friday May 25, 2012, 6:57 am
Well Done ! Thanks for the Honesty and Courage to stand up for the truth. Police all over the WORLD .... don't be COWARDS, do what is right.

barbara n (10)
Friday May 25, 2012, 11:11 am
be careful people, there are other news on internet, that say that the whole thing is a false news, created on purpose to hide what really happened during the demontration, and the responsability of police corpse in mistreating people and using violence during the demonstration...

Barbara W (342)
Friday May 25, 2012, 1:07 pm
Barbara no one has said that there have not been arrest by German police.. Anyone paying attention to world events are well aware of this behavior but this story/photo is not a lie. As I said on a Facebook post "Take A good look at the body language as these officers escort this demonstration. There are three photos of this movement! all authentic..

The first photo taken by a AP photographer shows the police with helmets on, the second shows them with helmets off, the one above shows them, helmets off, leading, in front of this movement, not, I repeat, not, beating, shoving, hog tying, tear gassing any of these protesters. That alone shows constraint which I have not seen by any of the American officers covering the Occupy Movement!

Instead "We' have seen outrageous abuse of 1st amendment protections. Protesters, like soldier Scott Olsen, almost killed. An expecting mother aborted by an officers elbow to her stomach. American's hog tied and dragged away like so much garbage.. Students pepper sprayed directly into their faces.

Other protesters, as in NY, pepper sprayed as they attempted to obey the police and were behind police lines. Protesters peacefully crossing a bridge become fair game and 700 arrested by the police who themselves became violent! NOT A LIE!

This is not a perfect world. All nations are having major problems due to AUSTERITY/Economic measures. What "We"do not get to see, since the main stream media, worldwide, has blackouts going on, is the real Occupy movement much as it's growing, not disappearing, in America...

We all see what we wish to see. In this case I see a civil march with the police acting civil as they lead this movement which it is said was a three hour rally.

I also remarked on a Facebook post calling the photo itself a lie. The Police, at first glance, look to be bikers not police. The badge removal has not been confirmed but no matter! This march was peaceful and ended without incident.
" German police officers escort an anti capitalism protest march with some 20,000 people in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 19, 2012. Protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe's biggest financial hub in their protest against the dominance of banks and what they perceive to be untamed capitalism, Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis said.

The protest group calling itself Blockupy has called for blocking the access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt's business district. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

With the exception of a retired, New Jersey officer, standing with the Occupy Movement, as well as some of our Brave Heart military men & women, we Americans have only seen Abuse Of Power treatment and now?

NOW "We" have an even more abusive action to deal with! It's called National Defense Authorization Act and the Protest/Trespass bill. Not to leave out The Patriot Act which the congress wishes to allow five more years of..

To see police, any police officer, show constraint, is a plus in my book! America's officers should pay heed to who they serve, in lieu of the 99% whose taxes pay their saleries, since the gr$$dy bunch would, in time, take them down as they are the entire world economy!

Carmen S (611)
Friday May 25, 2012, 5:40 pm
thanks Barbara

Jelica R (144)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 5:07 pm
Now, we've seen similar situations in USA two years ago, didn't we? How many Tea Party protesters were pepper-sprayed, beaten, arrested, strip-searched... ? None. Only when Occupy changed the national narrative, militarized police forces came out.

Usually, it is a sign of radical political shift when police and military side with citizens. Regime protectors, police and military, sense that government does not represent the people any more. They know how their families and friends struggle and have more sympathy for them than for the elites. We have seen this many times in Europe, in my country 3 times during the XX. century. On a small scale, this happened recently in Greece and Spain on several occasions.

I have to borrow (and paraphrase) a line from the immortal Joe Strummer: "ARE YOU WATCHING, MASTERS?"

That's it. Narrative has changed. Accordingly, agenda has to change. GAME-OVER!

Katii L (124)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 7:52 am
Kudos to these German police officers! But don't let the media frame the protesters' argument. I assure you there are not many Germans ignorant enough to mistake 'crony-capitalism' (what the article refers to as "capitalism") with 'free market capitalism' (which neither the EU or the US enjoys) ... they are fighting against the very same entities that Americans are, all of the EU is. Check out Singapore's economy then try to tell us "free markets" don't work.... *sardonic*

Jelica R (144)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 2:15 pm
Free access for people, goods and money, we were told. Ridiculous! Free markets were never supposed to benefit us. Finally, people got it. We work to satisfy our needs, not for some stockholder's dividend or company's profit and certainly not for some CEO's bonus. And I can't have a decent life I had 30 years ago now when I have to compete for job with some miserably payed semi-slave in a country without human rights, environment and workers protection laws. No organized unions, of course. Those externalities hurt bottom line and rise prices.

BTW, have you noticed how pure quality of goods is today? Things don't last as they used to. Pure crap. Mass production, low quality raw materials and cheap labor. Never meant to last, go and buy new item. What a waste of resources.

Katii L (124)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 5:47 am
"Free markets were never supposed to benefit us." -Jelica

Who's "us" ? Who do you think gave birth to the "free" market if not 'us" ? Who do you think CONTROLS a "free" market if not "us" ? What do you think the word "free" means in the market place? Why are you telling people free markets are bad when you've never personally experienced one ? How can a market place that is controlled by the peoples' decisions on what to purchase, how much to pay for it, or to not purchase it at all be anything BUT reflective of what the market offeres and what the consumer chooses to buy? We don't have a free market in America - we have a completely CONTROLLED market that is riddled with "regulations" that were written BY the very industries they benefit. Please learn the difference.

Jelica R (144)
Friday June 1, 2012, 7:48 pm
When I say "us" and "we" I mean: people like me, people who work hard, those who care for their family and struggle to make ends meet. In other words, the vast majority, unprivileged, 99%. I really did not think that anyone on care2 needs that clarification. Obviously, here are some of the elite 1%, for whom I had to be accurate.

As for free market, I understand the difference between the definition and practice.

If something does not work as defined, there are two possible cases: (1) the definition is false; or (2) the definition is a conscious lie.

I'd say that the second case is correct - free market is a fraud, a fairy tale for na´ve. Rejoice, people; everyone will get married to a prince / princess and live happily ever after. Hip, hip, hurray!

Katii L (124)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 7:15 am
Jelica, can you explain for everyone "why/how" free market capitalism is a fraud? Can you give us un example of any historical free market capital market was fraudulent and what the consequences were? If not, threnody what you "say" (above) has no merit or meaning. As for the "we/us" definition you provided, you just described myself with one exception. I don't consider myself "under privileged" like you do, because I don't consider it my "privilege" to take from someone else what isn't mine to take. Like their wages that they earned to support their family and to make ends meet. You and I have a common enemy, but it's not a free market (we don't have one). Our enemy is crony capitalism, which is the sum of two entities colluding to defraud the people and control the market: The US government and Big Industry. We are not among this so-called one percent, but most 'people' who are are not members of the political class that is our enemy. It is a mistake to stereotype people who worked their asses off their whole lives to honestly create their own wealth as being anything like the relative 'handful' of sociopaths who have control of the reigns.

Jelica R (144)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 6:35 pm
"I don't consider myself "under privileged" like you do, because I don't consider it my "privilege" to take from someone else what isn't mine to take."
-- I consider myself "unprivileged" because someone else is plundering what's mine, while influencing, if not drafting, laws that legalize such robbery.
Didn't I explain? I repeat: if something does not meet the definition, then the definition is inaccurate or deliberate lie. The fact that there never ever was a functioning free market was enough for me to get a conclusion. You probably will not agree. Your right and your reasons. I'm fine with both.
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