Call to Action – Against authoritarian politics in Saxony

Aufruf Polizeigesetz Stoppen #Sachsen #noPolG

Say NO to the new police law for Saxony! #NoPolG

The Saxonian state government of the CDU and SPD coalition seeks to expand possibilities for government and police intervention through their draft for a new police law. This law, which may be seen as coming from a direct line of former CDU-led authoritarian-style governments, will greatly diminish democratic rights and liberties. We will take a stand against these developments! We reject the drafts for a new police enforcement and police agency law and demand of parliament not to pass these laws under any circumstances!

We criticize the following aspects of the laws:

1 Expansion of video surveillance including facial recognition

The law will allow the expansion and blanket coverage of public spaces with video surveillance technologies. In addition to that, the installation of automatic license plate scanners in a 30 km radius to the Polish and Czech borders will be allowed. Through this measure, entire cities such as Zittau and Bautzen may be put under full surveillance, which will include the possibility of creating detailed movement profiles of subjects. Videography of border areas will include creating video material of any citizens as well as drivers and passengers.

2 Measures against so-called dangerous subjects (“Gefährder”) as well as their contacts

All persons who police consider may possibly commit a felony or terrorist act at some point in the future will be at risk of additional measures through the new police law. Police will be able to give out orders pertaining the place of residence and restrict or prohibit contact to certain other persons. Long-lasting surveillance measures including surveillance of telecommunication data will be possible as well. Persons considered “suspicious” may be forced to wear electronic ankle bracelets as a preventive measure. Anybody coming in contact with “suspicious” or “dangerous subjects” may become subject to surveillance measures themselves. The new law will allow police to put apartments of acquaintances, friends, and family members of any “suspicious” person under surveillance as well. As the last years have shown, Saxonian police are unfortunately quite happy to quickly and indiscriminately use measures similar to the ones mentioned above. Several preliminary investigations against democratic activists as well as soccer fans that had included a huge surveillance effort of the defendants and their personal contacts had to be cancelled when it became clear that allegations of creating a criminal organization could not be verified or proven in any way. In the past, even the requirement of a judicial decree could not stop such events from happening.

3 Re-definition of concepts of “danger”

Police are responsible for averting all dangers. What police are permitted to do depends on the kinds of dangers they may be dealing with, such as abstract or concrete risks or dangers. During the last years, concepts of what is considered a risk or a danger have been expanded, allowing for police to apply a wider range of interpretations of these concepts, usually leading to earlier interventions and police measures. Usually there is no set definition of what a “danger” actually means. This also applies to “abstract dangers”, allowing police to rate a situation as fitting a “typical danger-set”. Aligning with the expansion of who or what a “dangerous subject” may be, police would be able to take action long before a concrete danger may be predicted. Criteria for individual actions that may be considered “dangerous” by police have not been made public so that anybody might become a target of police actions.

4 Preventive surveillance of telecommunications

During preliminary proceedings of felonies or similar crimes, it is already possible currently for police to listen to and record communications such as phone calls, texts, etc. With the new police laws, police will be permitted to listen to and read communications if they think a crime may be committed in the future – concrete or reasonable suspicion will no longer be necessary. This applies to data such as name and birth-date, as well as connection data and phone records.

5 Armament and militarization of police

Special police squads such as SEK (“Spezialeinsatzkommando”) will be permitted to use hand grenades and machine guns. As the armored police vehicle Survivor R has already been set with a machine gun mount, the growing militarization of police has become apparent. Furthermore, special police squads such as SEK have repeatedly been used to monitor public demonstrations. This can no longer be considered reasonable as it blurs the lines between police and military and prevents civil protests as the public will be intimidated by the way police present themselves. This could be seen during the protests in Wurzen of September 2017. Riot police have been part of the growing militarization as well. The new “police agency”, as the Departments for Public Order are now called, have already received further permissions: in addition to being permitted to verify a person’s identity, they are now permitted to use force and will be permitted to use clubs and tear gas or pepper spray.

6 Weakening of secret carriers’ protections

People who are protected according to laws of professional secrecy such as medical doctors, psychologists, or journalists, will have less rights with the new police laws. With the new laws, people who may claim professional secrecy may be targets of surveillance without being informed long before any crimes have been committed. In the past, police in Saxony has been know for ignoring the rights of professional secrecy.

Stop the way towards an authoritarian regime – claim democracy and freedom for Saxony!

The new police laws will cut back on our basic rights and may target all of us. You may just have to be at the wrong place at the wrong time to become a target. However, some groups will be targeted first and hardest: groups that have already been targeted by police action. The expansion of dragnet controls combined with AI video surveillance and preventive measures against certain groups will make racial profiling easier. Homeless people, people with mental illnesses, political activist, drug addicts, workers on strike, soccer fans, and many other groups will be targeted even more. New judicial terms that are not clearly defined and may be interpreted freely by police add to this risk.

2017 saw the lowest crime rates for Germany of the last 25 years. Nevertheless, new police laws have been passed very quickly in several German states, moving the country more and more towards a surveillance state. State governments claim vague fears of terrorism or general threats of crime to expand all laws that will permit blanket surveillance. Other important issues such as shortage of teachers and nurses, affordable rent in the cities, the lack of infrastructure in rural areas, as well as growing disparities in society have remained unsolved for years. However, when it comes to racist attacks and Nazi riots, police and the Department of the Interior of Saxony have consistently failed to act. Organizations of the public sphere have been left alone to deal with the issues while the state government cozies up to right-wing voters using law and order rhetorics.

Through the new police laws, the Saxonian state government, similar to other state governments and the CSU-led Federal Department of the Interior, seek to make their mark and demonstrate their capability to act. This paves the way for an authoritarian police- and surveillance state! People who are subjects of constant surveillance are no longer free and change the way they act.

We fight for freedom without surveillance. We need a different style of politics in Saxony as well as democratic measures to control police! We want a fair society and socially minded answers for the issues we are facing instead of an authoritarian security apparatus!


→ sign the call to action


Polizeigesetz stoppen! (Stop the police law!) as an alliance calls for all civil organizations and persons in Saxony to sign the call to action and support our protest. The following organizations are part of the alliance „Polizeigesetz stoppen!“:

Aktionsnetzwerk Leipzig nimmt Platz
AKuBiZ e. V.
Antidiskriminierungsbüro Sachsen
Antifaschistischer Aufbau Zwickau
Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Arbeitnehmerfragen Leipzig
Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Arbeitnehmerfragen Sachsen
Autodidaktische Initiative e. V.
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Chemnitz
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Leipzig
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Sachsen
Bündnis Privatsphäre Leipzig
Bündnis Sachsens Demokratie
Café Connect
CopWatch Leipzig
Die Linke. Erzgebirge
Die Linke Leipzig
Die Linke. Sachsen
Die Linke.SDS Leipzig
Digitalcourage e.V.
Erich-Zeigner-Haus e. V.
Grüne Jugend Basisgruppe Leipzig
Grüne Jugend Sachsen
Initiative für Versammlungsfreiheit
Internationalistisches Bündnis Leipzig
Jusos Sachsen
Kritische Einführungswochen
Kritische Jurist*innen Leipzig
Kritische Lehrer*innen
Linksjugend [’solid] Erzgebirge
Linksjugend [’solid] Sachsen
linXXnet e. V.
Macht Los e.V.
Naturfreundejugend Leipzig
Piraten Sachsen
Prisma – Interventionistische Linke
Republikanischer Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein e.V. (RAV)
Rote Hilfe – Ortsgruppe Leipzig
say it loud e. V.
Selbstorganisierte Basisgewerkschaft (SelBa)
Solidarische Jugend [Le]
Stadtbezirksverband DIE LINKE. Leipzig-Süd

other 69 signing organizations

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Organisation
Ort
Website
14
Freifunk Dresden e. V.
Dresden
https://freifunk-dresden.de
48
Internationalistisches Zentrum Dresden
Dresden
http://www.iz-dresden.org
204
Undogmatische Radikale Antifa Dresden
Dresden
http://ura-dresden.org
205
Critique'n'Act
Dresden
http://critiquenact.blogsport.eu
254
Klub Solitaer e. V.
Chemnitz
http://www.klub-solitaer.de
266
Kay Hanisch
http://www.neuerichtung.de
300
Gerhild Krebs
66111 Saarbrücken
http://www.saarland-filmarchiv.de
476
Die Urbane-eine Hip Hop Partei Landesverband Sachsen
Dresden
http://www.die-urbane.de
484
GG/BO Soligruppe Leipzig
Leipzig
http://www.leipzig.ggbo.de
493
Sozialistische Jugend - Die Falken, Landesverband Sachsen
Leipzig
http://www.falken-sachsen.de
522
Grüne Jugend Basisgruppe Chemnitz
http://chemnitz.gj-sachsen.de
606
Linksjugend [’solid] Meißen
Meißen
655
HausundHof e.V./Hospi30
Görlitz
http://hospi30.blogsport.de
656
Bündnis Polizeigesetz stoppen Oberlausitz
Ostsachsen
658
AJZ Chemnitz
Chemnitz
https://ajz-chemnitz.de/
696
Black Wok – KüfA Kollektiv Dresden
Dresden
https://blackwok.noblogs.org/
697
Ende Gelände Dresden
Dresden
https://twitter.com/dd_ende
698
BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN in Dresden
Dresden
http://gruenedresden.de
710
Ende Gelände Leipzig
Leipzig
https://www.facebook.com/Ende-Gel%C3%A4nde-Leipzig-286052808874449/
717
freiheitsfoo
Hannover
https://freiheitsfoo.de/
763
Kardamom Kollektic e.V. / Café HotSpot
Görlitz
764
Wächterhaus Am Postplatz 6 e.V.
Görlitz
774
AZ Conni
Dresden
http://azconni.de
781
zickzack-kollektiv / kolle-mate
Dresden
http://kolle-mate.de
784
BO Wilder Osten
Leipzig
786
Autodidaktische Initiative
Leipzig
http://adi-leipzig.net/
790
RM16 Wohn-und Kulturprojekt
Dresden
http://rm16.de/
803
Michael Lutz
http://www.umweltgewerkschaft.org
812
linksjugend ['solid] Sachsen
Sachsen
http://www.linksjugend-sachsen.de
824
WHAT
Dresden
https://www.stura.tu-dresden.de/referat_wissen_handeln_und_aktiv_teilnehmen
831
Kontaktcafé für Geflüchtete
Dresden
850
Mangelwirtschaft
Dresden
http://hausprojekt.blogsport.de/
862
Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat
Dresden / Chemnitz
http://www.sfrev.de
866
Chaos Computer Club Dresden
Dresden
https://c3d2.de/
868
Henriette e.V. , Wohnprojekt
Leipzig
879
Bündnis Nazifrei! Dresden stellt sich quer, Gruppe von Einzelpersonen
Dresden
http://www.dresden-nazifrei.com
880
Casablanca e.V.
Leipzig
882
Piraten Zittau
Zittau
https://www.dfbzittau.de
904
3.Etage Filmproduktion
Dresden
http://ww.dritte-etage-film.de
906
Hochschulpiraten Dresden
Dresden
http://hopidd.de
908
Student_innenRat der Universität Leipzig
Leipzig
https://stura.uni-leipzig.de/
920
Gerd Hommel
Dresden
http://www.rfb-online.org
943
SchönerHausen GmbH
Leipzig
http://www.schoenerhausen.org
969
Christoph Töpfer
Dresden
http://sabotage-dresden.de
1130
KritMed Dresden
Dresden
https://www.facebook.com/KritMed-574376872919669/?ref=br_rs
1153
Protest LEJ - Aktionsnetzwerk gegen Abschiebungen
Leipzig
1210
Die Linke.SDS Chemnitz
Chemnitz
https://www.facebook.com/DieLinkesdsChemnitz/
1257
Ermittlungsausschuss Dresden
Dresden
https://ea-dresden.site36.net/
1288
Augen auf e.V. Oberlausitz
Zittau
http://www.augenauf.net
1360
Seebrücke Dresden
Dresden
1384
Anja Kuehnel
Unterschleissheim
https://www.facebook.com/DiEM25.Muenchen/
1433
Recht-Auf-Stadt Gruppe Löbtau „Unsere Straße - Unsere Stadt“
Wernerstraße 21 01159 Dresden
1460
Spektrum360 - Libertäre Linke Erzgebirge
Erzgebirge
http://spektrum360.noblogs.org
1488
PlatzDa! - Nachbarschaftstreff Dresden-Löbtau
Dresden
https://platzda.space/
1546
Bündnis gegen Rassismus
Sachsen
http://www.buendnisgegenrassismus.de
1551
Hole of Fame e. V.
Dresden
http://www.holeoffame.de
1622
Infoladen "Tierra y libertad" Plauen
Plauen
https://infoladenplauen.noblogs.org/
1652
Roter Stern Leipzig '99 e.V.
Leipzig
https://rotersternleipzig.de/
1673
RAA Sachsen e.V.
Dresden
http://raa-sachsen.de
1674
Kulturbüro Sachsen e.V.
Sachsen
https://kulturbuero-sachsen.de
1729
Nav-Dem e V.
Demokratisches Gesellschaftszentrum der KurdInnen in Deutschland e. V.
http://www.navdem.com
1733
Entwicklungspolitisches Netzwerk Sachsen e. V.
Dresden
http://www.einewelt-sachsen.de
1748
Leipzig postkolonial
Leipzig
http://www.leipzig-postkolonial.de
1759
Helpline Dresden
Dresden
https://raa-sachsen.de/helpline-dresden.html
1818
Zentralwerk Dresden
Dresden
http://www.zentralwerk.de
1843
Freak Out Connection (FOC)
Hamburg
https://facebook.com/fochamburg
1891
BEL - Beratungszentrum Ess-Störungen Leipzig
Leipzig
http://www.bel.jetzt
1931
Ausländerrat Dresden
Dresden
http://www.auslaenderrat-dresden.de
1956
objekt klein a
Dresden
http://www.objektklein.com

further 1900 signing persons

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