Andrej Hunko, German MP and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has spoken out agaisnt what he sees as the criminalisation of international or cross border activist networks.

According to minutes of a meeting of the Council Working Party on “Terrorism”, Europol is holding a conference on “anarchism” on 25 April. The focus of the conference is said to be on countering “left-wing extremism and terrorism” and alleged ‘attacks on rail transportations”. The agenda apparently also flags up a discussion on the ‘no border’ network.

Andrej Hunko stated:

“I am utterly opposed to the criminalisation of international activists.

As was the case with successful summit protests, international left-wing networking is criminalised. Last year, the Federal Ministry of the Interior used the sending of “letter bombs” to justify the international exchange of undercover police agents on the occasion of the G8 summit in Heiligendamm.

According to the Federal Government, the conference on “anarchism” is a workshop for delegates from those countries that participate in Europol’s Dolphin analysis work files. These feature dossiers on individuals and objects concerning “extremist” and “terrorist” activities. The inclusion of left-wing activism in this category serves merely to defame left-wing activists and organisations.

This is particularly the case with regard to Europol’s interest in the no border network, whose fight against racism and militarisation on the external borders of the EU is absolutely essential in the EU Member States.

I therefore call upon the Federal Government to actively oppose the equalisation of left-wing activism with “terrorism” and “extremism”.

I also demand full information about contributions made to the conference by the police forces of EU Member States. International left-wing movements must be treated with respect and appreciation.”