A bit late but anyways, here is a flyer text that circulated in Copenhagen at MayDay reflecting a political consequence of the unrest in March in the city of the Little Mermaid.
We are Negative 1. Stop. Stop. Stop. It is time to say stop. It is time to become negative. A break has occurred that forces us to refuse. We know very well that there are no half solutions: We have to refuse and dismiss the development occurring in Denmark right now. Stop, stop, stop. Racism, cultural homogenization and criminalisation of alternative lifestyles are official government policy. Stop this fucking madness. In the current situation it is important to express our dissent in the streets, but marching in Copenhagen is not enough and must not be confused with the long dangerous fight where we challenge the basic machinery of the state. The state is continuously shaping our lives and our bodies though its biopolitical offensive. But it is possible to discourage the state and break its will. This has happened many times throughout history, it is happening in Iraq today and it can happen here. 2. The state is a fragile mechanism, that's one of the lessons learned during the March events in Copenhagen. The confusion was evident: dark rubber skinned elephants ran galloping through the blacked out streets searching for their own shadows. They were not able to locate any kind of frontline where they could mirror their crushing and destructive power. We were not there. We had gone before the heavy movement of their machinery eventually came to a halt. There was nothing else to do for the police than to arrest coincidental bystanders; the need to catch someone, just anyone, was evident. Going back empty handed was not an option. Now we know it: the state suffers from a serious case of sclerosis when reacting like this. It is desperately trying to hold a divided and dissolved society together by creating images of deviant subjects wearing veils, being pierced, throwing bricks or just saying 'no'. If they don't exist they are created. Stop, stop, stop. 3. It is necessary to act against the increased repression sweeping across Denmark right now. With the eviction at the Youth House the fight against alternative life forms was once more intensified. The state is no longer covering its repressive nature; it was visible for everybody who participated in the protests following March 1. The brutal militarised face of power manifested itself in front of us during these days. Heavily armed anti-terror units used against groups throwing the occasional brick; demonstrations dissolved with enormous amounts of dangerous teargas; plain clothes cops mixing with protesters attacking selected activists; helicopters hovering constantly above the roofs of the city; houses and homes raided and searched by the police; preventive arrests and several hundreds of people imprisoned in closed jails. Normalisation has shown its real face: repression. 4. The Youth House was torn down on the pretext of private property and principles of the law. Being steeped in tear gas, being raided and searched, being jailed without any reason given, we experienced these principles of the law, principles that make it hard to discern democracy from a totalitarian state. Private property is the most sacred value in a postmodern democracy, much more important than our safety or the civil right to express discontent. They say we live in a constitutional democracy but whose interests does the state represent if selected areas of Copenhagen were declared in a state of exception and the people living there had to refrain from going into the street in fear of being harassed by the long arm of the law? Even our most personal communication and text messages were all of a sudden open for investigation by the cops. No explanations. When the state has to act like this it is a sign of the state's fear of its own population. The state is on the defensive. Following the dismantling of the welfare state it is only the law and its police we meet when we face the state: We are confronted with a state in panic. 5. The police staged a street battle creating images of flying bricks and cars on fire, images that could justify their brutal conduct. The fusion of physical power and spectacle was striking during the course of events following the eviction and the confrontations, with the police hunting people through the city while filming them. The violent and spectacular action where special forces stormed the social centre at Jagtvej 69 inaugurates a new phase in the current cultural battle where no one can be safe. Terrorising is now the behaviour of the state. At Nørrebro and Christianshavn people got a taste of this new regime with declaration of a state of exception between the March 10 and 19: body searches and identity checks could hit you anywhere. That there had been no confrontations and protests for more than a week revealed the true purpose: to create fear. 6. The events in Copenhagen are connected to a broader global development. The repression sweeping across Copenhagen is just the latest step in a much more extensive campaign. Since the early 1970's we have been confronted with a conscious counter offensive against the last great working class resistance manifesting itself in the 1960's. The period after 1973 has been characterised by the emergence of neo-liberalism and it took almost 30 years before a new resistance was able to manifest itself again and challenge neo-liberalism. In the late 1990s it was no longer just one class fighting. The UPS strike in the States in 1997 and the protests of the counter globalisation movement in London and Seattle in 1999 opened a new frontline that was broadened with the wave of strikes spreading across Western Europe and the United States. The 'state of war' that the American president declared after 9/11 is an attempt to counter this development and as such it represents yet another turning point. With 'the war on terror' the repression that is organised in accordance with the needs of the economy is permanent everywhere through peacekeeping missions, police actions and humanitarian aid. In this world there is no difference between peace and war. We now live in a permanent state of exception, a kind of generalised civil war. 7. We expect nothing from the representation in the media. No matter what is being uttered; when passed on it will be a distortion. For the media it is of pivotal importance who says what: has-been artists or opportunistic academics cannot represent the plurality of voices that are slowly making themselves audible. We are many and our cacophonic voices all of a sudden shatter what is called the public sphere but which is in reality nothing but a closed circuit of spin, advertising and detached political phrases. Remember: We are more than they say and we say something they don't understand. We are negative. Imaginary Fraction, MayDay 2007 # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: [EMAIL PROTECTED] and "info nettime-l" in the msg body # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: [EMAIL PROTECTED]