Today, 17/05, there were house searches by Danish police concerning a demonstration on march 1:st which is the anniversary of the Youth House (Ungdomshuset). The Autonomous Revolutionary Nordic Alliance condemns this act of state repression. This is our joint statement by groups from Denmark, Sweden and Finland, united against repression, state and capital.
The Danish police raided the Bumzen house collective along with the houses of suspected activists. Most of them were immediately released again which begs the question why a morning raid was necessary to bring them in at all. Others are still held, to those, our thoughts are with you. The crimes they are accused of are rioting, destruction of property, breach of the peace, violence against a police officer and similar.
This police action was expected as it comes after a wild spree of random accusations from the right-wing, the press and the police in Denmark. 1:st of March featured a small-time riot with a few broken windows and attacks on police. A new law, "the respect pact", is now being tested for the riot. Essentially the law suggests that an organiser of a demonstration can be convicted if people riot within the demonstration and also that who cause damages at a demonstration should pay collectively, even if these damages are hours apart and feature different people at different places. This is the first time the Danish state attempts to use this law which subverts the principles of the western justice system but it is not the first time the Danish state tries to use laws which are then overturned in court. It is nowadays a common occurence to be given reparations after unlawful arrests and kettling, a system which was introduced before the Cop15 summit but which was deemed to be used in an illegal fashion then and ever since.
Regardless of these legal matters repression is a political one. It is the attempt of the state to scare us, to make us seem illegitimate and outside of the accepted legal spectrum. Fuck off repression, solidarity to all arrested!