19 Aug 2022 06:45 am
At the satirical “Thank You Demo Cologne” on Wednesday, both speakers and participants expressed their protest against the Corona policy with wit and humor. In addition to the corona measures, the government’s sanctions and energy policy were also discussed. RT DE documents the demo with many photos.
For Wednesday evening, the initiative “Thank you demo Cologne” in cooperation with the initiatives “APO Düsseldorf” and “Köln ist aktiv” had a joint satirical demo under the motto “We say thank you for the corona policy!” called in Cologne.
Around 500 participants took part in the humorous protest against the government’s Corona policy with all kinds of satirical thank you signs and banners. It was important to the organizers to keep up the resistance even in the summer, when measures tended to be spared.
By means of the continuous presence of the critics of the measures, they want to help ensure that the protest against politics and the media does not fall asleep even when basic rights are “granted” in the summer.
At the opening rally at Cologne’s Rudolfplatz, the organizers were delighted that hundreds of people followed their call on a weekday. In their speech, they explained the satire motto of the thank you demo with a quote from Kurt Tucholsky: “Satire is humor that has lost patience”. Because after two and a half years of cancel culture, defamation, exclusion and censorship and much more, people have now lost patience with politics.
The organizer also referred to the political scientist Ulrike Guérot, who recently said in relation to the Corona measures that the democratic basis of our society is at stake here. If free discourse is no longer desired and opinions are no longer expressed, this contradicts the cornerstones of democracy. The introductory statement ended with the question of when one would finally reflect again on the values of the Enlightenment and the right to behave according to one’s own common sense.
The fact that criticism of the media, the defamation of dissenting opinions and the excessive censorship measures was one of the main concerns of the demo participants could be seen from the various “thanks” on the demo posters.
Lawyer Markus Haintz, who was invited as a guest speaker, “thanked” in his speech, among others, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, who had managed to sell everything that the pharmaceutical industry wanted to get rid of. Then he also thanked the founder of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, for the influence of the participants in his “Young Global Leaders” program on world politics. According to the lawyer, the pandemic would not have been possible without the infiltration of Western governments by the “Young Global Leaders”.
Finally, he was particularly grateful to the media for voluntarily bringing them into line. At this point he also thanked everyone who had consistently carried out the censorship measures – because “one opinion is enough in a democracy”.
He thanked the public prosecutor’s office for their “witch hunt” on doctors and patients who would not have wanted to bow to the Corona dictate, and in this regard for the “merit” of the public prosecutor’s office in ordering the many house search warrants.
In conversation with RT Haintz, a founding member of the Lawyers for Enlightenment, said that he liked the satirical approach of this Cologne demonstration because the whole thing should be viewed with humor. “In addition, it’s about staying present and showing your face in the summer when there’s not much going on.”
When asked how he currently assesses developments in the judiciary, Haintz expressed caution. The Bavarian OLG (Higher Regional Court) recently gave a fair judgment on the subject of doctors and health certificates. The judiciary is not yet completely under the influence of politics. “Currently, the judiciary has a little more courage to sometimes decide against the government.” But there is still a long way to go.
As a guest speaker, southern German entrepreneur and activist Wolfgang Greulich also “thanked” the government for lying about the current rise in gas prices and for lying about who allegedly turned off the gas tap.
He “thanked” the EU in Brussels for the introduction of the gas levy and expressed “special thanks” for the Shell group, which had managed to increase its profit from eight billion euros to 11.5 within a year in the midst of the oil shortage billion euros to increase.
The demonstration was led by about 20 freedom drummers from Bochum, who loudly drew attention to the two-hour parade through Cologne’s city center.
The musicians Äon and Morgaine from Vienna, who had become known nationally as artists for their critical attitude towards the Corona policy, had traveled from Vienna especially for this protest event and gave a live concert on a truck stage during the move.
At the Cologne “Thank you demo”, however, in addition to speakers and musicians, the many participants with funny signs and banners in particular contributed creatively to the realization of the motto “We say thank you!” at. The organizers announced the next satirical demo for September 17 in Cologne. Then the move should take place on a Saturday.
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