Freedom for the Imprisoned Munich Squatters!

On the 27th of June 2007, Steffi, Sven, and Lukas (all at that time between 17 and 19 years old) were stood in an empty building in Westendstraße in Munich. The majority of the houses located in this street have been uninhabited for a long time, and some of them are used by punks and others to gather. Since this day these three people are in jail, and at the end of January this year they were sentenced to five years in prison, because of throwing stones which was classified as attempted murder.

In the evening a unit of the Bavarian police special forces stormed the house without any warning. The social workers, which were coming regularly to visit the punks, were forced to keep silent. The three defended the house with stones against the armoured and armed cops. The stones had been collected in the house earlier in preparation against a possible eviction. One of the cops was injured with a slightly broken vertebra vertebra of the chest which allegedly came from the thrown stones. An expert report found that the injury resulted from jumping over a wall and not from thrown stones.
The prosecutors classified the throwing of stones not as a breach of the peace and assault, as usually is the case, but as attempted murder. It was after the violent demonstration on the 2nd of June 2007 against the G8-Summit in the north-german town of Rostock, that the calls for harsher sentencing began. At this demonstration a huge battery of stones was thrown against attacking cops. With this judgment, the state is attempting to set a legal precedent. This
will have sweeping consequences for all of us. It also sends a message to society that resistance is useless, and that every perpetrator of violence will get his/her just punishment.