21 Dec. 2021 7:30 a.m.
Staff shortages, unannounced demonstrations and decentralized “walks” are currently causing major problems for the police, as the head of the police union GdP, Oliver Malchow, had to admit.
In view of increasing protests against the state’s corona measures, the federal chairman of the police union, Oliver Malchow, has complained about a shortage of staff at the police.
Like the police unionist in an interview with the Deutschlandfunk said, there are particularly problems with monitoring unannounced demonstrations and so-called walks. Without registrations, the officials would not have long preparation times, as Malchow explained. A further complicating factor is that different assembly laws apply in the federal states and that the federal states have to help each other out during police operations.
“Brutalization” and acts of violence?
Malchow confirmed the thesis of the “brutalization” of the protests directed against the state measures and claimed that “radicalized groups” mingle with “peaceful demonstrators”. These larger groups would then commit “acts of violence” against the police.
Added to this is the “multitude of meetings”, of which “fortunately” many are peaceful. For the police, this means “in the preparation and implementation of high levels of personnel, and indeed across national borders, supporting each other”.
When asked whether the predominantly “bourgeois circles” who took part in the protests lose their political compass when they demonstrate against the measures with the right or left, Malchow replied that peaceful events were being misused “by others”.
“Basically you have to say yes, you can demonstrate peacefully and without weapons in Germany. A lot of people do that, the motives vary, but that [unverständlich] not the assessment of the police, but they have to ensure that the right to demonstrate is secured. “
When asked about a “convincing counter-concept” to the often decentralized “walks” or unannounced rallies and demonstrations, Malchow replied:
“Well, we are mostly confronted with the assembly law, that is, first and of course with the question of when we actually find out about these walks or unannounced events. That means that we basically have to tap into all possible channels in advance to get information. “
Often this would “work”, but the problem would then be “how much staff do we actually get at short notice”. Then the countries would have to “help each other out”:
“Not one country can get by on its own anymore, but that has to be supported across national borders. And that is of course a problem. We have different assembly laws in all countries. We now also have different framework conditions in the countries, whether or not assemblies can be held not, and then on the basis of the legal situation, with which intervention options for the colleagues. There are no long preparation times. The preparation time is usually the burden from one federal state to the other, where you then have to adjust to the new legal situation . And that is problematic because an end cannot be seen. “
Distancing and isolation required
When asked about the separation of peaceful demonstrators and violent groups, Malchow replied:
“Well, that is very difficult and of course depends on the extent to which the other, the peaceful ones, distance themselves from these groups and allow the police access. Unless they do that and there are many demonstrators, who then are in their own large bodies others have, and the police from the outside then do not get on well, the more difficult it is of course. That’s why I appeal to the peaceful to distance themselves from these groups, because this will also make it easier for the police to separate and thus continue the demonstration, the peaceful one, can be guaranteed. “
Just a small minority?
Malchow concluded by saying that the group of opponents of the measure was a minority, “but I don’t think it is that small”. He feared further radicalization in the event of “continuation of necessary further restrictions”. The “relatively large proportion of unvaccinated people” and the “continuation of the pandemic situation with now [unverständlich] further restrictions “certainly led to” that there was less and less misunderstanding [! – gemeint war vermutlich: Verständnis] will give from one side to the other. And that’s ultimately a split that I think already exists. “
For the police officers who are “average […] 80 to 95 percent “are vaccinated,” Malchow rejected a job-related vaccination requirement.
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