State of exception? First Aid by Street medics

Street medics provide medical first aid to the participants of demonstrations, often having to stay close to clashes to case their help is needed. During G20 protests some became victims themselves, as the legal aid reports.

In a press release the legal aid (Ermittlungsausschuss) mentions (Press release #14):

“During the afternoon, street medics were called to tend to the injured on the Fischmarkt. In the Hafenstrasse, the paramedics got caught in a police control, but could pass after alerting the police of their function as street medics. After not finding any injured person, the paramedics stopped about 500 meters from clashes between protestors and police. 20 minutes later a large police unit (Hundertschaft) came running and pulled the driver and her passenger out of the car. The police held the passenger in a headlock, threw the driver to the ground and stepped on her head and shoulder. She was bruised on the collar bone, upper arm and shoulder and needed to be treated in hospital. Her glasses had fallen to the floor and were crushed by police. While the police took the details of the street medics, they themselves refused any identification.”

 

Staying close by

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Street medics keep their position close to the first block so the Welcome to Hell demonstration, while the police is breaking up the demonstration. By leftpictures@yahoo.de