Demonstrators used techno to drown out far-right rallies in Berlin

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The power of techno may have been used for its greatest good yet, as recent rallies in Berlin found far-right protestors thwarted by club beats as they marched through the capital. The self-proclaimed anti-immigrant, anti-Islam political party Alternative for Germany won its first seats in parliament last year, and the recent march marks the first public show of strength by the far-right group since it became the largest opposition to Chancellor Angela Merkel. Luckily AfD was met by the resistance of thousands of counter-protestors including a union of different advocacy groups, civil and student organizations, as well as political parties, lead by an alliance of over 100 clubs from across Berlin.

Packing the River Spree with boats and floats as well as a caravan of DJ-equipped trucks in the streets, Berlin’s legendary club circuit came together to “bass away” the far-right, drowning out “we are the people” calls with proper warehouse fare and “the whole of Berlin is against the AfD” chants. Counter-demonstrators waved rainbow flags, touting signs with messages like, “no to racism” and “No dance floors of Nazis.” A joint statement from the coalition of clubs reads,

“The Berlin club culture is everything that Nazis are not. We are progressive, queer, feminist, anti-racist, inclusive, colorful and we have unicorns.”

Thousands of counter-protestors reportedly joined in the action and police were deployed to keep the demonstrations peaceful. Berlin reportedly deployed 2,000 officers and eventually closed bridges across the city to section off protests throughout the weekend. Don’t make us deploy the unicorns, Nazis. We won’t hesitate to use them.

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Georgian Police Raids Major Club, Protesters Hold Massive Rave In Front Of Parliament

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This week, police in Georgia raided and shut down the country’s largest club. The club known as Bassiani, was renowned as one of the great electronic music venues in the world. It was located in the city of Tbilisi and ravers were immediately outraged, and enraged by the governmental action. Today they formed an absolutely

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EDM Reacts To Trump’s Ban On Muslim Immigration

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The big news of the day is undoubtedly President Trump’s executive order, banning immigration from a select group of countries in the middle east. Many thousands of people across the country have already begun demonstrating at international airport terminals in protest of the decree.

For their part, many dance music DJs have also voiced their concern of the #MuslimBan on Twitter.

 

H/T Dancing Astronaut

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Techno legend Dave Clarke will not perform in the US during Trump presidency

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The unrest felt by much of the world following Donald Trump’s historic presidential win has sparked various forms of protests. Expressions of indignation over the election result range in degree from the globally-reaching Women’s March last Saturday, January 21, to personal acts of rebellion. British DJ Dave Clarke is one of the latest to voice his dissent over Trump’s presidency, by refusing to perform in the United States while the 45th President holds his office.

Dubbed “The Baron of Techno,” Clarke has been a mainstay of international club culture for almost three decades. However, it seems that his performances likely won’t touch US soil for four to eight years. In a post to his Facebook, Clarke stated, “I have maximum respect for the influence of American music and some US culture in my life but I will not be renewing my work visa.”

Clarke remarks that his decision is, in part, due to negative professional experiences he’s had in the US, but quickly notes that “the big picture is undoubtedly political.” The DJ continues his statement:

“I simply cannot consider coming to the US professionally when there is a Misogonyst [sic] Narcissist Racist President in office, and to be fair maybe my work permit would not be renewed due to his “Hire American” policy.
Donald Trump takes Shapeshifting to an art form……….
This is the process of democracy that he is in power, there is no argument there, but my decision is down to freewill.

This is not punishment for those that love my music but a decision that I base on my intuition.

Clarke ends his elocutions with a clarification that, while he will not be performing in President Trump’s America, he isn’t placing a boycott on his support of quality American artists: “Those of you in the US or born there that make great music I will still support you and book you.”

Read Dave Clarke’s full statement below:

H/T: Mixmag

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