„We don't want to think, we want you to lead us!“
This is the theme of the „Legion of Surrender“, a section of the hedonist international unbeknown to date, as they came together to give Benedikt XVI. the most devoted welcome on his visit to Berlin. They gathered at the metro station “Olympiastadion”, deeply convinced that the guardian of the holy truth and manful defender of the real catholic virtues deserves a frenetic salutation by his true disciples, who assured him of their total surrender under the papal infallibility.
In the end, they aggrievedly couldn't greet the Holy Father personally, but they could celebrate their beliefs with all the other Catholics who had come to see the pope. The months of preparation proved to be worth it: The enthusiasm with which these young Catholics celebrated their devotedness impressed many believers from all over the world. They were caught by the dense atmosphere of spirituality and joined in the Legion's devotions to the Holy Father. Asked for his opinion on the Legion of Surrender, a member of the famous Pius Brotherhood sent his greetings and assured them of his sympathy.
The burning speeches and ecstatic dances proved to be commanding even to the Ladies and Gentlemen of our sweet and serving federal police. They secretly tapped their feet with the music and seemed to be quite sad when the dedicative legionnaires finally decided to leave the site. Some other demonstrators who showed up at the metro station as well weren't that lucky. They were banned and sent away quickly although they expressed their opinions as peacefully as the Legion of surrender did.
“We hope that our decent presence at the Olympic Stadium had some impact on the young Catholics passing by and that we could convince some of them to follow us in our total surrender to the pope's words”, said legionnaire Eusebia referring to this outstanding day of celebration. For the writers of this little communication, there only one drop of bitterness: They lost some precious seconds of the godly spree that followed the devotions of the day.
When in national headquarters of the Berlin FDP party the 6pm election prognosis is transmitted, cheers broke out. Although the FDP has won only 1.8% and drops out of the House of Representatives of the Berlin Parliament, the result is celebrated, confetti is flying in the air and people are chanting the phenomenal performance of the Free Democrats.
About 50 activists of the Hedonist International, the Party "The Party" and "an unnamed group of guerrilla communication" had put on evening wear and sneaked into the election party, drank a lot of free beer provided by the FDP and celebrate the amazing result wildly.
One activist told the presss pretending to be an FDP fan in an interview: "We had a great tailwind from the German FDP, so we could accomplish this phenomenal vote of less than 2 percent. Without a tough message against Greece this would not have been possible. And so one can say from the result:..the FDP is back ... "
here some press articles (all in German):
Here is some news from the section Minneapolis (USA) which started few days ago with their first action:
First of all, the issue at hand: the government of the state of Minnesota has shut down. Because of the total inability of the two parties to agree on a state budget before the deadline, the government has shut down. However, it isn't exactly an anarchist's paradise -- on the one hand, poor families no longer receive child support; services for the blind and deaf have shut their doors, and thousands of people who work for the state aren't receiving their paychecks. On the other hand, the police are still in full force, and the prisons and courts are operating as normal.
Because we find this totally unacceptable, it was decided to organize a hedonist action to protest the government shutdown. The "Shut Down, Rise Up! Street Party" was born. It took place in Cedar-Riverside, a neighborhood with a radical history but which is now being gentrified and has become the latest hip place for university students.
Around 11:00 PM we met on a street corner and waited for everyone to show up. We had two soundsystems there, the smaller, battery powered "Lorelei" on a bike trailer, and a much larger, generator-powered system. We started the music, and then started heading on the street to dance. Since it was a Friday evening in the middle of a strip of bars, are numbers weren't lacking - approx. 50 people were dancing, with hundreds more watching. For about five minutes we danced in peace, and then the first cops showed up. However, they just provided us with some sweet dance lights for awhile, as their number grew. Eventually, they threatened us with pepper spray, so we moved off the street onto the sidewalk and continued the music and dancing. After about five minutes of this, with about twenty cops assembled, one of them came forward and unplugged the sound systems. The music stopped, but the dancing did not.
There was a bit of unrest as the police attempted to disperse the crowd. One was arrested and charged with "disobeying a lawful order". The police told us that whoever accepted responsibility for the soundsystems would be arrested. Two of us came forward an accepted responsiblity. We were not arrested, however we were both given citations for "Unlawful Assembly" (total bullshit) and our sound systems were confiscated. We should get them back when we pay the fines, which are $180 each. We took a collection and got $125 in donations, and there is a party being planned to help recoup the rest.
All in all: a great success!
Find pictures and videos here:
Of course, we want to give our sincere thanks to all the contributors, technicians and DJs as well, and last but not least to all the folks who just came a few days earlier to help. We thank the musicians and artists for the program filled up with punk rock, rock n’ roll, boom-boom and all kinds of wonderful hippieshit. We are grateful for the people who enchanted the area with beautiful decoration, for the team who did the cinema floor and the kitchen crews who provided us with delicious and healthy food. We bow to serious lectures, philosophy and funny hoax. We are happy that you had so much fun and pleasure. That you pestered the contributors with so many questions and thrilled them with your interest. We are overwhelmed by your determination to join in and make the congress such a special place. We have fallen in love with your spontaneity and the smile in your face that has made others smile as well.
Especially, we would like to give props to the people of the „Traumschule Riebau“, who have invited us to their place and let us „do what you want“. We thank the inhabitants of the village, who endured us (and our music) during all four days without grumble. Such a tolerant place isn’t easy to find – we did not get any complaint at all.
Additionally a little information:
During the next days we will upload some podcasts and sheets of the lectures, too.
There are more photos here.