“The task now is to implement these measures in a coherent way, for example the interoperability of databases, the linking of our databases and the cooperation of our security services also at the external borders.” Another topic “which we discussed was the determination with which we want to fight terrorist propaganda and hate speech on the Internet,” Macron added. “We are working to ensure that in the coming weeks a regulation on the removal and removal of terrorist content within one hour is adopted.”
“We also need to work on a reform of the Schengen rules,” Macron said. “This means that we must strengthen and better defend the external borders of the European Union and that we must better control and implement the functioning of the Schengen rules … I hope that we can soon set up a real Security Council . ”
Merkel also called for a strengthening of Europe’s external borders and increased censorship, stressing that “the German Presidency of the Council still wanted to finalize the regulation on the prevention of the dissemination of terrorist content on the Internet”. She boasted: “We recently gave our security authorities in Germany new opportunities” to monitor “courier services. [such as Telegram] and surveillance. ”
Von der Leyen followed the same line, announcing that the European Commission’s 2018 proposal to prevent terrorist content online “will now be finalized in the Council and Parliament trilogue”. She said it was important to “focus on the speed with which this terrorist content is removed. It is essential to be quick. This will also involve “making the main internet platforms more accountable in the fight against illegal and harmful online content”. To this end, the so-called digital services law will be “presented in a few weeks”.
What this means is clear. Under the guise of the fight against “terrorist content”, censorship of left-wing content and websites in particular will be extended. It wasn’t until October 28 that Sundar Pichai, CEO of parent company Google Alphabet, admitted in a hearing before the US Senate that Google’s search engine is censoring it. World Socialist Web Site.
The new directive will force internet giants like YouTube and Facebook, which work closely with secret services and governments and already heavily censor left-wing and progressive content, to remove articles, videos or other messages even faster. “Harmful”.
In order to justify building a European police state, the ruling class is seizing on the horrific terrorist attacks of recent weeks and fueling fears of a continuing terrorist threat.
“We have constant danger among us. We have thousands of “foreign terrorist fighters” who have survived the fighting in Syria, Iraq for ISIS and have come back or who have not succeeded at all because they were arrested somewhere when they are. gone, ”warned Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. He therefore called for a “more robust approach to threats across Europe”. If we want to “protect the freedoms of all, we must restrict the freedom of these people”.
What Kurz hid is that European governments are in many ways responsible for the terrible terrorist attacks of the past few weeks. The thousands of “foreign terrorist fighters” did not fall from the sky, but were used by the imperialist powers and their reactionary regional allies – especially Saudi Arabia – as shock troops in the regime change wars in Libya and the United States. Syria.
Almost all the killers of the major terrorist attacks of recent years were known to the security authorities: Anis Amri, who drove a truck in a Berlin Christmas market on December 19, 2016, the Kouachi brothers who stormed the offices from the French satirical magazine. Charlie He bdo early 2015, as well as Kujtim Fejzulai, the assassin in Vienna.
Kurz’s claim that European governments are concerned about “protecting freedom” is a blatant lie. In fact, the policies of the ruling class do not protect freedom and life, but bring oppression and death. As a result of the lethal “herd immunity” strategy, more than 300,000 people have died in Europe alone since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In previous years, tens of millions of people had already been killed, injured or taken refuge in EU-backed neocolonial wars in Central Asia and the Middle East. Tens of thousands of people have drowned in the Mediterranean. In Europe, the ruling class cultivates and uses far-right and fascist forces to intimidate and suppress the growing opposition of the working class and the youth.
The latest police state measures are part of this strategy. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the advanced economic, social and political crisis of the capitalist system. The ruling class feels that it is sitting on a social and political powder keg. In recent days and weeks, teachers and students in Greece, Poland and France have protested against the dangerous reopening of schools.
These demonstrations are only an anticipation of massive workers’ struggles that will be directed against the entire capitalist system, including in the United States. There, Democrats aren’t just downplaying the coup plans of President Donald Trump, who seeks to overturn the election results and establish a fascist dictatorship. They themselves appeal to the army and the state apparatus for fear of a revolutionary development of the working class.
The same fear also animates the bourgeois parties nominally left on this side of the Atlantic. In Germany, the Greens and the Left Party, which articulate the interests of the well-to-do sections of the middle class, are at the forefront of a brutal shift of the entire political establishment to the right.
Over the past weekend, snippets of a so-called “eleven point action plan” developed by Green Party leader Robert Habeck and others became known. Both in form and content, the document could also have been written by right-wing extremist AfD. According to the newspaper, the so-called “Gefährder” Islamists (potential offenders) must be “constantly and closely monitored”. For this, we need more police and secret services.
The Greens attack the grand coalition and its notoriously right-wing Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) from the right. They demand that the arrest warrants against “Islamist perpetrators” be executed in a more coherent manner and that expulsions be organized more quickly.
At European level, according to a report by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Greens are calling for the creation of a “European Criminal Police Office with its own investigation teams, a uniform definition of the term” Gefährder “and increased cross-border cooperation between national security authorities.”
This is a plan for the creation of a pan-European police state where no one is safe. If we take the recent tightening of the Berlin police law by the Senate majority “Rouge-Rouge-Verte” (SPD-Gauche-Verte), anyone who might want to and seems capable of committing a terrorist crime can be called by “Gefährder.” This means that anyone can be called a “Gefährder” on the basis of a simple presumption and therefore prosecuted by the security authorities.
The leadership of the Left Party is also calling for a strong state, combining this with anti-Islamic agitation. In a commentary for the right-wing newspaper Springer The world, Dietmar Bartsch, leader of the Left Party parliamentary group in the Bundestag (German parliament), called for an end to “ambiguity and inaction” and a “clear reaction from a well-fortified democracy”.
By this, Bartsch obviously understands the oppression of Muslims – among other things, he pleads for a ban on the headscarf “in nurseries and primary schools” – and the criminalization of any opposition to racism and the police state.
“It was shocking that demonstrations took place in this country after the attacks in France – against the French president,” he writes angrily in The world.
Bartsch could hardly clarify the position of himself and the Left Party in the class struggle. The protests against the hated “president of the rich” Macron – who hailed Nazi collaborator Philippe Pétain as a hero and ordered the end of the “yellow vests” protests – are equally taboo for the former Stalinist state party of ‘East Germany as protests against police violence.
In early June, the Berlin Red-Red-Green Senate organized police violence against peaceful demonstrators protesting the police murder of George Floyd in the United States. At the time, Bartsch repeatedly praised the police force, which is steeped in far-right networks, and said that “the police deserve not less, but rather more social and personal recognition. , especially in the street ”.