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International Competition: What Exactly is Terrorism?

The Federal Prosecution is after it. The Red-Green Coalition is trying
to redefine it. The Federal Court has to evaluate it and our friends are
to be charged because of it.

The Phantom Called "Terrorism"

The German criminal legislation paragraph 129a enables the prosecution
of terrorist activity or membership in a terrorist organisation, but
even the highest judges of Germany are not quite sure what terrorism
actually is. The Federal Minister for Justice doesn't think that 9/11
was terrorism, but everyone's scared of it. German criminal legislation,
the UN and also the EU have no clear definition of the term "terrorism".
We're now asking: What exactly is terrorism? Who is a terrorist? And
what's a terrorist act?

The Coalition for the Immediate End to the 129a Proceedings is searching
for definitions of terrorism: legal, humorous or political. Entries to
the competition can be in the form of texts, photos, videos, podcasts,
postcards, posters; they can be artistic, intellectual or journalistic.
They can be submitted by individuals, collectives or by anonymous
contributors. The deadline is November 30th 2007.

Submission can be sent by email to einstellung[at], uploaded to
the website directly or sent by regular mail (address below).

An international panel will consider the entries and select the best
ones for awards. At the end of 2007 the best contributions will be
publicly exhibited and celebrated with an award ceremony.

Prizes for the best contributions include:

* Guided tour on the topic of gentrification through Berlin's Prenzlauer
Berg with Andrej Holm and other latently terrorist urban researchers
* Antimilitarist tour of Berlin
* An innocuous meeting (place, time and agenda of the meeting will be
arranged personally) for a reading with the authors of the book
"Autonome in Bewegung" ("Autonomists in Movement"), who are also
suspected of terrorism.
* Helicopter trip to Karlsruhe (Only criminally relevant contributions
will be considered. No legal action permitted)

Please donate more prizes!

Some ideas might be critical academic books (self-authored), wellness
vouchers for victims of repression, a weekend in Barcelona....

Coalition for the Immediate End to the § 129a Proceedings
c/o Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte e.V.
Greifswalder Straße 4
D-10405 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30/20165521
einstellung [at]

Office hours:
Tuesday from 12:00 to 15:00 hours
Friday from 17:30 to 19:30 hours


I started blogging about living with surveillance approx. a month ago,
first mainly for myself, friends and family and recently for a quickly
growing audience of people who are mostly appalled and shocked about
what the German war against terrorism looks like when you're at the
receicing end of it.

Unfortunately I don't find the time to translate into English, but for
those of you who do read German have a look at


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