On April 23rd the first round of the eleventh election of the Fifth Republic of France was held. Polls suggested several different possibilities who could reach the finals. With 93 percent of all constituencies counted Macron and LePen will run for a final. They are both closely followed by Fillon and Mélenchon.
Armed police guard poll site.
Poster of two in the final round – destroyed
A person picks a piece of paper for voting.
Mélenchon leaves a voting site – shortly after voting
Riots as First Polls are released
Demonstrators gathered at night in front of the opera at Place de la Bastille in the center of Paris. As soon as the first statistics were released and Macron and LePen were leading protestor occupied the Place de la Bastille. The protest was announced with the name ‘Nuit des Barricades’ – Night of the Barricades. After some protestors ripped big peaces of wood from a construction site in the middle of the square police came close. They surrounded a part of the group protesting. One girl was pushed by a policeman and was injured seriously at the throat and bleeding. A big group split off to rally through the area around Place de la Bastille. This group of maybe two-hundred built roadblocks, smashed bank widows and attacked police car. As the group returned to Place de la Bastille riots kind of ended for a moment.
Later at night some clashes were also happening at Place de la Republique where another group of people gathered. Police deploayed tear-gas.
In an area a little north of the protest two cars were set in fire.
All in all the fact that LePen made it to the finals is a bad sign for France and all of Europe. People seem very angry and disappointed by the fact that Macron and LePen are going for the finals. Protest might continue on April 24. Check our blog for new info.
Spontaneously antifa activists gathered to demonstrate against an election party of the AfD held due to elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As the demonstration approached the restaurant “Portugal” in the disctrict of “Berg am Laim” in Munich where AfD gathered, known activists such as Chris Ares – a far-right rapper, Lukas Bals – already spotted with the leader of the Bavarian Afd trying to disturb a colleagues talk, Rick W. and other activists tried to stop the rally. Violence erupted as the demonstration approached. Chris Ares called out activists for fighting with him in the middle of the street. Cussing, spitting and hitting the group violently attacked the demonstration. Rick W. hit a journalist’s head as the demonstrators had already left the site. Lukas Bals spit at a journalists leaving as the situation got dangerous. Chris Ares jumped into a journalists head, and tried to kick a photographer of 24mmjournalism. Photojournalist Anne Wild documented the attacks by Chris Ares:
Spontaneous demonstration against election party of AfD in Munich.
Participant of AfD election-party pushes into demonstration.
Chris Ares – has played at AfD rallies and is a nationalist rapper- hits into banners.
An elderly man tries to hold back Ares.
Spontaneous demonstration of antifa activists arrives in front of restaurant.
Lukas Bals formerly engaged with neo-nazi party Die Rechte shouts at participants and takes a photo tweeted minutes later.
Bals after missing with a hit.
Rick W. and Chris Ares attack an activist. Ares is hidden by W.’s back.
Chris Ares on the left just before hitting activists.
Chris Ares trying to pull away banners.
By now [Tuesday, September 6] several newspapers have reported the incident. Chris Ares has announced to sew 24mmjournalism for publishing this pictures and taken down his Facebook page stating that he is a “Person Of Public Interest”. His private Facebook profile has been taken on- and offline several times. Only minutes after the first publication of this article Ares posted on his profile:
This post has been edited later on more than once. By now it is deleted, as newspapers and -pages have reported about the reaction.
AFD denies connections in Newspaper – Thugs participate in Election Party
By Tuesday September 6, an AfD spokesman has given an interview to local newspaper Abendzeitung about the thugs and the escalation in front of the restaurant. In the statement Wilfried Biedermann denies that the AfD has any connection to the persons that started beating up antifascists in front of the restaurant. Also Biedermann states that every person participating and entering the restaurant ‘Portugal’ was controlled and their ID was checked. The inside of the restaurant can be seen in a video uploaded to the party’s own YouTube-Channel AfD Television. In the video Lukas Bals, Chris Ares and another thug can be spotted:
Video from Inside – In the back near the entrance: Chris Ares
On the left in the black and white T-Shirts: One of the thugs
Recognizable by his red ‘NewBalance’ shoes and his shirt: Lukas Bals entering the restaurant
On the left just seconds later: Lukas Bals watching the election
To prevent further vain attempts of the party to deny a connection and the thugs participation after the beatings in front of the restaurant: The videos where taken as there is already predictions about the quote AfD took in the election polls. As usually in Germany the first predictions where published a 6PM on the evening of the election. This is at least twenty minutes after the beating took place. This once more proves that the thugs participated in the election party.