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November 15, 2009

Austrian students\’ protests expanding through Europe

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Austrian students’ protests expanding through Europe

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Front of occupied lecture hall, Dresden TU
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A Europe-wide student movement, started in the Austrian capital of Vienna, is developing. It started on 28 October 2009 and met with the discussions following the Conference of the Ministers for Education and Cultural Affairs in Germany on 15 October. For Tuesday 17 November — the 70th anniversary of the international students’ day — a nationwide education strike in Germany has been announced. Radio Deutsche Welle reported in English about the demonstrations.

Speakers of the actions said, students are complaining that universities are underfunded and understaffed. The students’ protest concerns the Bologna reforms and the tuition fees.

On Wednesday, 11 November some 600 students at the Free University of Berlin had occupied the largest auditorium of the central building of the humanities in the suburb of Dahlem. Afterwards actions took place in Tübingen, Munich and Basel, each with hundreds of participants.

The Potthoff building, a lecture hall of the Dresden TU has been occupied since Monday, 9 November. Actions also took place in Utrecht, Turin, Rome, Lublin, London and Birmingham.

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  • “Austrian students protest new government’s student fees plan” — Wikinews, Monday, January 8, 2007

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March 25, 2009

Authorities search home of owner of German Wikileaks domain

Authorities search home of owner of German Wikileaks domain

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German authorities have searched the homes of Theodor Reppe, a 32-year-old student who owns the “wikileaks.de” domain. Reppe has homes in Dresden and Jena in Germany. Wikileaks describes itself as an “uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis.”

The police report obtained by Wikileaks states the reasons for the raid were “distribution of pornographic material” and “discovery of evidence”. Wikileaks, however, asserts that the raid was in connection to Wikileaks hosting “censorship lists” of websites blocked by governments in Australia, Denmark, and Thailand. Wikileaks most recently published an alleged list from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The list contains thousands of URLs that are blocked when internet service providers use the government’s software. Most URLs are alleged child porn sites and gambling sites. One of the blocked URLs on the ACMA’s list included an image previously hosted on Wikimedia Commons. Wikileaks does not host and has never published child pornography.

Wikileaks goes on to allege that Mr Reppe was not properly informed of his rights when the searches were taking place. According to Wikileaks, authorities demanded the German domain be shut down and asked that passwords for the domain be handed over to them.

The ‘wikileaks.de’ domain is a mirror of ‘wikileaks.org’, and had been registered to Mr Reppe since at least November 2007. As of this report the website was still operating. Reppe and Wikileaks have not been charged with any crimes and no arrests have been made. Wikileaks also says that Reppe refused to sign any documentation from authorities “due to its inaccuracies”.



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August 4, 2006

Swan in German zoo tests positive for H5N1 virus

Swan in German zoo tests positive for H5N1 virus

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A “highly pathogenic strain” of the H5N1 Avian Flu virus has been detected in a dead Australian black swan, floating in a pond located at the Dresden Zoo in Dresden, Germany. Conflicting reports say that the swan was found on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The Friedrich Loeffler Institute which specializes in animal diseases confirmed the test results.

“We can confirm that this is the highly pathogenic strain,” said a spokesperson for the institute.

Officials have blocked off an area of Dresden approximately 1.9 miles (3km) from the site where the swan was found and have posted observation areas at approximately 6.2 miles (10km) outside the area as a precaution.

For the moment, all birds in the zoo have been confined to their cages and viewing of birds by the public is no longer permitted. The zoo still remains open for business and cleaning efforts have been intensified. Officials have also restricted cats and dogs from roaming areas nearby. There are at least 112 different species of birds, totaling 720, located at the zoo.

In April, H5N1 was first discovered in Germany in a domestic fowl and in wild birds. The last case of H5N1 to turn up in Germany was on May 12, 2006.

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April 2, 2006

TV stations are watching the flood in Dresden

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TV stations are watching the flood in Dresden

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Sunday, April 2, 2006

RTL Übertragungswagen in Dresdener Altstadt

Not only do the citizens of the cities near rivers with rising water in Germany have sleepness nights – the flood also means more work for TV and radio stations as well. At 04:00 UTC the river Elbe had risen to a level of 7.36 meters, with the river continuing to rise. RTL, a local news agency, along with several other agencies have positioned themselves at critical points along the river in order to provide TV and radio users with information.

The media can be found at these critical points along the river where they expect something unusual to happen, or where efforts are being made to protect cultural assests of the city. Equipped with satellite uplinks, video editing tools, and other means to make the filmed clips ready for broadcasting, RTL has positioned itself near the “Radeberger Schankwirtschaft” at the Brühlsche Terrassen. Helpers there have tried for the past few days to keep the water away from the restaurant, using a dam of sandbags.

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June 25, 2005

Dresdener Elbe Valley becomes UNESCO World Heritage site

Dresdener Elbe Valley becomes UNESCO World Heritage site

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Since July 2, 2004 the Elbe Valley near Dresden has been in the process of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Friday saw the hand over of the documents in Castle Albrechtsberg confirming the status. Today, mayor Roßberg and Professor Bandarin will unveil a plaque in the church of Loschwitz – starting the Elbe Valley celebrations.

The cultural landscape consists of an 18 km long strip along the Elbe between Soebrigen and the Dresden bridge Flügelwegbrücke. It includes the ancient city of Dresden, the many castles along the river Elbe, the town centres of the small villages near the river as well as the very famous Castle Pillnitz.

The city of Dresden sees the status as an internationally-effecting advertisement for investors and tourists in the acknowledgment as a site of world heritage. By this status it will give no further restrictions for the UNESCO. The possibility “of a developing culture landscape” granted itself.

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March 31, 2005

Dresden city council wants DNA matching for doggy-doo

Dresden city council wants DNA matching for doggy-doo

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Thursday, March 31, 2005

DNA from registered dogs would be collected from blood or saliva for the “genetic fingerprinting” service. (Wikimedia file)

Councillors at Dresden City Council in Germany would like to match doggy-doo left by pets on the sidewalk and in parks, against a DNA database storing profiles for all of the city’s 12,000 registered dogs. Karl Jobig, a Christian Democrat politician in Dresden, was surprised when his proposal received a majority vote.

“In this way, Dresden will once again be one of the cleanest cities in Germany,” Roland Putzger, the leader of the local council, told The Guardian.

DNA from registered dogs would be collected from blood or saliva for the “genetic fingerprinting” service.

Saxony‘s data protection commissioner, Andreas Schurig, ruled that dogs had no rights over their data and could not object to the compulsory tests.

The proposal will be binding if the council passes it by majority vote in May.

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  • Another article, with comments and discussion by readers, in German:
freenet.de. “Der Kampf gegen den Hundehaufen” — freenet.de, March 30, 2005
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