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Jail Mail – Part 2

About Jail Mail: As the first opponent against Stuttgart 21 (speculative real estate and railway project) Mark Pollmann served a 10 days prison sentence. He was sentenced to a 10 days rate due to occupation of the northwing for protesting against the partial demolition of the Bonatzbau which is protected as an historical monument. Because he didn’t want to ransom with money or working hour he has to go to jail. „Jail Mail“ on Blog NAU! is his jail diary that he sent to us from prison. Mark Pollmann was in prison from May 25th until June 3rd . This is the first part of Marks ten journal enties.

26/5/2012 – Saturday

Postscript on Friday: I forgot to mention that I had a siesta Friday afternoon and fell asleap. When the cell door was opened for bringing in supper at about 5 p.m. I didn’t wake up immediately – I woke up with two officials beside my bed calling my name nervously – I was surprised about the urgency and the excitement, I sat up and put on my glasses.

Then they said, they enter the cell several times the day to check that all inmates are still alive respectively that they are okay. I said I was sleeping and therefore I didn’t response at once. They showed the red emergency button to me if someone feels bad. So at least every room in the new building features this as well as light switches for cell and restroom.

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Jail Mail – Part 1

About Jail Mail: As the first opponent against Stuttgart 21 (speculative real estate and railway project) Mark Pollmann served a 10 days prison sentence. He was sentenced to a 10 days rate due to occupation of the northwing for protesting against the partial demolition of the Bonatzbau which is protected as an historical monument. Because he didn’t want to ransom with money or working hour he has to go to jail. „Jail Mail“ on Blog NAU! is his jail diary that he sent to us from prison. Mark Pollmann was in prison from May 25th until June 3rd . This is the first part of Marks ten journal enties.

25/5/2012 – Friday – Beginning of my time in the clink

Having had a good night I set off about 7:40 am to the north exit near the former northwing [of the main station] where already some people were waiting who wanted to say goodbye to me. I was very happy about the attenders and I got several books as a present. I also answered the first interview requests. About 9 am we drove to Rottenburg. The Stuttgart newspaper’s reporter Mrs. Mayer interviewed me during the trip to Rottenburg.

At 10 there were also comrades of our common cause at Rottenburg at the market place beside journalists and camera teams. It strengthens me that so many people commiserate and approve my decision to serve my prison sentence. I was also available for interviews and pictures – it was all very public, there was hardly time for private moments and chats. weiterlesen


Blockupy Frankfurt – two days in the Forbidden City

It almost seemed as if the City of Frankfurt, Hessian Police and, after all, any court up to the Federal Constitutional Court (in German: Bundesverfassungsgericht, BverfG) went paranoid and hysterical all together and at once. What seems quite obviously as escalating scare tactics for justifying the prohibition of the Blockupy days of action against the crisis regime of the European Union, is in its absurdity hard to top. Yet, those massive constrictions of constitutional right had to be explained towards the public somehow. Creative expression of opinions far from predictable well-ordered marches can be oh so threatening. Far more awkward state paranoia is merely possible. Shame on you, Frankfurt!

Frankfurt blocks itself

And so Frankfurt got into this self-decreed state of emergency for several days: Complete closure of the financial district. Several tram lines running with restricted service, several subway stations closed. Furthermore, Frankfurt citizens are instructed not to leave any waste containers or bulky waste in free accessible areas at their doorsteps from Thursday till Monday. The Frankfurt University closes two of its campuses: Campus Bockenheim and Campus Westend. Bankers are advised by policy only to wear casual clothes. Many of them are working at home office, some are even said to have taken refuge in Mannheim (which is about 90 km / 56 miles from Frankfurt).

Parents are suggested to better keep their children at home and not to take them to kindergarten if it is located in the city centre. More than half of the many ritzy stores are barricaded with chipboard. Finding a simple still accessible ATM might take you ages. Explanatory statements varying between “We cannot completely exclude violent riots during the next days”, “there is a big event in the city centre” and “there is a construction site”, even if there actually isn’t any. weiterlesen


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