I thought I would make a little post talking about the demonstration I went to last saturday. It was a radfem demo in Berlin, Germany organised mostly by the group Radfem Berlin.
The demo had been planned and announced for a while, keeping the exact location and time secret as long as possible. However as soon as TRAs got word they organised a counter demo close to us. As soon as we made our way to the location of our demo on saturday we were greeted with posters saying 'TERFs fuck off'. Photo
We ended up being somewhere around 90 women. Sheila Jeffreys was there as well as people from GetTheLOutUK, and some known German radfems. Anyone who wanted to speak at the demo had to register beforehand and so we got a number of interesting speeches from various angles. Some about Self ID and its dangers, some about sexual abuse and grooming within trans groups, some about prostitution and the nordic model. We and the counter demo were both being watched by police with about 7 police people standing close to us. The counter demo was at the opposite end of the park we were in, we could only vaguely see them but heard them shouting at times (of course overwhelmingly male voices). Some of them also came towards us at various points to stand close to us and take pictures, but we ignored them and they luckily didn't try to disturb us. Towards the end of the demo we all took each others hands and got in a circle, which resulted in a cool photo.
Since none of us went to the counter demo of course, we can't really know what they spoke about. We just know that apparently they were around 100-120 people so slightly more than us. But I found this great photo of their group. Please pay attention especially to the man holding up a sign saying 'Blow jobs are better than no jobs'.
At one point the police told the organiser that one of us had gone over to the counter demo and physically attacked them. Later we learned that this was in fact a TIM who is against self ID and had gone to the counter demo to discuss with them and got into some kind of altercation there, but had no relation to our group whatsoever. Ironically the TRA side immediately considered him a 'TERF' and on social media continued to spread the lie that it had been a TERF from our group who did this.
At some point towards the end of our time there, three young women drove by us on bikes and threw eggs as well as shouting something noone really understood. Luckily they did not manage to hit anyone and only one egg even burst (harmlessly on the ground). But I bet they felt great about themselves. Police seemed to take it seriously as an attack on us nonetheless and afaik they managed to arrest one of them at least. You can see the hilarious egg throw here.
Afterwards we went to eat and drink together, completely harmlessly. That of course didnt stop the TRAs from speculating wildly, such as warning their side that we would be roaming the streets with 'intent to eliminate' as if we were a rabid group of violent women seeking a TIM to jump and beat up or something.
Anyway, just thought I would give you all a little report. It was the first time I met a larger number of GC/radfem women in real life and it's definitely a motivating experience.