Michael Trammer

Photojournalist / Mediadesigner Picture & Sound
   
Protest gegen IAA
Location: Hanover, Germany
Nationality: German
Biography: Freelance journalist based in Hannover. Searching for calmness among chaos. My work is mainly focused on social movements, breaking news, politics, far-right extremism and humanitarian crisis. I like multimedia storytelling and photo-essays. 
Public Story
Protest gegen IAA
Copyright michael trammer 2021
Updated 09/21/21
Location Munich
Zum ersten Mal fand in diesem Jahr die Automesse "IAA" in München statt. Neu war neben dem Veranstaltungsort der Namenszusatz "Mobility" und das Konzept neben einem Messegelände die Innenstadt als Ausstellungsfläche zu nutzen. Die Stadt überließ großen Autoherstellern die prominentesten Plätze, die in so genannte "Open Spaces" verwandelt wurden. Mehrere Bündnisse hatten zu Protesten und Störungen der Messe aufgerufen. Die Polizei war im Großeinsatz.

Am ersten Messetag seilten sich Aktivist*innen von Autobahnbrücken und Schildern rund um München ab und legten den Verkehrsfluss lahm. Während Massenaktionen zivilen Ungehorsams stürmten Aktivist*innen Messestände in der Stadt und das Bündnis "No Future for IAA" besetze ein seit mehreren Jahren leerstehendes Gebäude in der Karlstraße 20, unweit des Open Space Königsplatz. Ziel sei gewesen einen "Open Space for Future" zu eröffnen und das Gebäude nachhaltig non-kommerziell zu nutzen. Bei einer Großdemonstration kletterten Aktivist*innen auf Bäume, um ein Banner zu entrollen. Die Polizei ging mit Pfefferspray und Einsatz des Schlagstock in die Demonstration. An einer Radsternfahrt beteiligten sich laut Veranstalter*innenangaben mehr als 20.000 Menschen.

All dieser Protest wurde von Kontrollen und Repression durch die bayerischen Behörden überzogen. Es war der größte Polizeieinsatz Münchens der letzten 20 Jahre mit einer so genannten null Toleranz Strategie. Kletterer*innen wurden beispielsweise in Präventivhaft genommen, später kassierte ein Gericht die Entscheidung. Unzählige Personen mussten stundenlang in Gefangenensammelstellen bleiben und erhielten Betretungsverbote für Messestände in der Innenstadt.

Eine Bildstrecke über die Proteste. Auf den letzten Slides findet sich gesammelte Berichterstattung von Katharina Schipkowski und mir für die TAZ, über Proteste gegen die Messe und weiterführende Links.

This year, the "IAA" auto show was held in Munich for the first time. In addition to the venue, the name addition "Mobility" and the concept of using the city center as an exhibition area in addition to the trade fair grounds were new. The city let major car manufacturers use the most prominent squares, which were transformed into so-called "Open Spaces". Several political groups had called for protests and disruption of the fair. Police were on full-scale deployment.

On the first day of the fair, activists roped themselves off highway bridges and signs around Munich, paralyzing the flow of traffic. During mass civil disobedience actions, activists stormed booths in the city and the alliance "No Future for IAA" squatted a building that had been vacant for several years in Karlstraße 20, not far from the Open Space Königsplatz. The goal was to open an "Open Space for Future" and to use the building sustainably and non-commercially. During a large demonstration, activists climbed trees to unfurl a banner. The police went into the demonstration with pepper spray and use of the baton. According to the organizers, more than 20,000 people took part in a bicycle ride.

All this protest was subject to controls and repression by the Bavarian authorities. It was the largest police operation in Munich in the last 20 years with a so-called zero tolerance strategy. Climbers for example were taken into preventive custody, later a court overturned the decision. Countless people had to stay in detention centers for hours and were banned from entering booths in the city center.

Photo gallery of the protests. The last slides contain collected reporting by Katharina Schipkowski and me for the TAZ, about protests against the fair and further links.

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