A Police democratises itself

Diskussionskommando Berlin

Richard Löwenthal, Professor at the FU, Political Sciences, in 1979:

"What began as a long march through the institutions, has long since become a process of the integration of the former revolutionaries by the institutions."

Kurras after his first acquittal

"I am sorry that a student died there, but there were so many facts contributing to it which I alone could not control." <Kurras after being declared not guilty for negligent homicide in November 1967. In a second trial in 1979 he was sentenced to two years of prison, served but four months and remained an active cop within West Berlin police until retirement in 1987. Despite his proven Stasi collaboration he enjoyed the full pension until his death in 2014. Whereas police officers with no criminal record who had to retire ahead of schedule for health reasons received just 56% of their pension lifelong.>

Götz Aly in his book "Unser Kampf 1968 - Ein irritierter Blick zurück" (Our fight 1968 –

A Puzzled Look Back), 2008:

"Lust for violence became overly clear after the Easter revolt following the attempted Dutschke assassination on April 11, 1968. Turmoil broke out the very evening, with 5,000 and 18,000 young people participating every day in 26 cities of the Federal Republic. During the siege of the Buchgewerbehaus (Booktraders' House) in Munich, where the local issue of BILD-Zeitung is printed, Rüdiger Schreck, a student, and Klaus Frings, a press photographer, were fatally hit by stones. With a probability bordering on certainty and despite the opposing assumptions of an APO fact-finding committee these stones had been  thrown by demonstrators."      Peter Horvath, historian, in an interview with "Die Welt" (a Springer publishers Berlin daily), 2009: "Dutschke championed the foundation of an independent Freistaat West-Berlin as early as 1967 in an article. Parliament, political parties and the executive authority were to be abolished, politicians and public servants were to be deported to Bonn. That was fully in line with Nikita Chruschtschow's 1958 statement renouncing the Berlin Agreement. It was evident to everybody with a political mind that such a separation form the Federal Republic would be the end of West-Berlin. It's getting clearer by the day that an orchestration of reality compliant with communist propaganda and ideology was going on. The West-Berlin police was orchestrated as fascistoid, "executing" students from behind. The campaign against emergency legislation accused the Federal Republic of moving towards a dictatorstate of emergency. In my view 1968 was not a revolt born out of an inner need. Instead, an inner need was orchestrated and provoked in order to lead to the revolt."     

Piere Paolo Pasolini 1968

"The sons of the bourgeoisie throw stones on the sons of the poor people, the policemen."  
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68th Revolt

A Police democratises itself