facebook feed fist header movement-text refugee-movement-text twitter youtube
Uncategorized

Mali ambassador refuses to address demonstrators on alleged deportation deal

14.03.2014, Berlin, 6.30pm

Press Statement from FREEDOM MARCH TO BRUSSELS/BERLIN

freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org

At 11 AM on 13.03.2014, when our demonstration was scheduled to begin in front of the Embassy of Mali in Berlin located on the first floor of a commercial building in Kurfürstendamm 72, there were merely one or two visible German police officers stationed in front of the entrance and only few more were nearby. This was a notable contrast to the majority of registered demonstrations by refugee protests in Berlin. Even as groups of mostly young and outraged demonstrators started to pour in over the course of the next hour, the police neglected to upgrade the security at the entrance. It should have been little surprise to anyone when approximately a third of the 60 protesters went into the building, in an attempt to ask the highest representative of Mali in Germany to issue a public statement on an alleged deal between the two governments: “development aid” in exchange for “deportation aid”. A controversial article published on March 5, 2014, on the news site Malijet.com (http://www.malijet.com/actualite-politique-au-mali/flash-info/95195-immigration_en_allemagne.html) accuses her “Excellency” of being complicit in this state-organized human trafficking. According to the journalist, she pushes her most destitute compatriots into signing a voluntary deportation agreement by offering them a ridiculous sum of 800€ and by threatening that if they refuse the offer, they will have to leave Germany.

Only once demonstrators were already in the entrance hall of the building, the police – finally reacting – blocked the door, which led to an almost explosive atmosphere in front of the building. In the ensuing cacophony, the police were shouting in German to demonstrators who answered mostly in French. The police refused to provide translation. As the anger at the police forces blocking the way to the ambassador grew, three persons – one “non-citizen” and two “citizens” – were arrested. The first one was arrested for “civil disorder” (“Landfriedensbruch”) and two more are charged by the police with trying to free their comrade (versuchte “Gefangenenbefreiung”). All three were transferred to a pre-charge detention centre (“Gefangenensammelstelle”). The two citizens were released in the afternoon, while the non-citizen of color was released only after facing a magistrate (“Haftrichter”) on late Saturday afternoon.

A criminal charge of trespassing (“Hausfriedensbruch “) was brought against the person who registered the demonstration, a French citizen. This charge was brought by the police and not by the landlord who, according to the police, withdrew his charge. She was also charged for not preventing 20 persons from entering the building and thus violating the terms of the demonstration.

All four proceedings (“Verfahren”) are still ongoing.

After approximately 45 minutes, massive police reinforcement cleared the building of the demonstrators. Now, there were two walls separating the protesters from their goal: a wall of armed police officers and the words of the President of the Young Malian Association in Berlin. Since the early morning, he had proved enduring, yet unsuccessful, in his attempts to discourage his unprivileged compatriots to cancel their protest, which he deemed to have been ignited by false information.

The ambassador refused to appear to make a public statement. Instead, two subordinates appeared, in a vain attempt to get rid of the noisy protesters. The latter were told they should leave in exchange for the promise of a phone call with her secretary the next morning at 10 am to set up a meeting, in which the ambassador would meet three representatives of the protest.

At 4 PM when the embassy closed, the end of the demonstration was declared after a final call: “We separate now only to unite again soon: on our freedom march from Strasbourg to Brussels in May and June 2014 when we will carry our protest to the European stage.”

By 4:30 PM everything had been packed up and the protesters had peacefully dispersed.

Witnesses or people in possession of witness material (footage, photographs, recordings) are kindly asked to get in touch with us : singenfuerdiefreiheit@hotmail.com


Uncategorized

german wide movement / refugee-struggle / Uncategorized

Call out for big Non-Citizen meeting 6.-7. September 2016 in Munich

Non-Citizens, Refugees and Supporters are invited to join us and become part of the movement! The issue of refugee´s struggle was perhaps always injustice; We left out home countries because of having inhuman laws, injustice kingdom systems have broken the system for a common person life. Life is cheaper than anything, politics is business, religion… Read more »

Featured

News / oplatz

Wegweisendes Urteil gegen den Einsatz für das Grundrecht auf Asyl – Haftstrafen für vier DemonstrationsteilnehmerInnen des March for Freedom

English Einladung zur Pressekonferenz, Montag 22.05.17, 11:00, Waldemarstr. 46 10999 Berlin   3 Jahre nach dem international organisierten March for Freedom wurden vier TeilnehmerInnen einer friedlichen Demonstration in Luxembourg-Stadt zu hohen Geld- und Bewährungsstrafen verurteilt. Der Verlauf des Prozesses und das Gerichtsurteil erscheinen bei nüchterner Betrachtung äußerst willkürlich und keinen rechtsstaatlichen Maßstäben entsprechend. Der March… Read more »

Daily Resistance Newspaper

Distribute the latest edition of Daily Resistance newspaper: Non-citizen Rise Up in Bavaria

Non-citizen Rise Up in Bavaria Dear people of the world, we have published the new issue of the newspaper “Daily Resistance”, and now it’s the time to bring the paper to the hands of people living in the lagers, by you! This issue comes “separately” in 7 languages This issue of Daily Resistance has a… Read more »

Daily Resistance Refugee Protest 2016 Bavaria
News

Information-Comic “Stop Deportation” is out now!

The stop deportation info comic is finished, translated, and ready to spread. You can find it in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, German, Romanes, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and Turkish here: http://oplatz.net/stop-deportation The comic contains useful and important information for people under threat of deportation, but also for people supporting them. Spread it and share the link in your… Read more »

Ways to stop deportation

Recent

berlin news / Lager watch / LMNB - Lager Mobilisation Network Berlin / Women

Das Lager in der Niedstraße ist kein sicherer Ort für Frauen! Von einer Überlebensexpertin aus Berlin, Name geändert.

English Es ist Dienstagnachmittag und ich treffe Nira, um mit ihr über ihre Zeit im Lager in der Niedstraße zu sprechen. Im Rathaus Friedenau werden seit Februar 2016 Frauen und Kinder mit besonderem Schutzbedarf untergebracht. Viele geflüchtete Frauen haben Erfahrungen mit sexualisierter Gewalt gemacht – im Herkunftsland, auf der Flucht oder in Aufnahmeeinrichtungen in Berlin…. Read more »

Niederstr lager front door
News

Next Public Oplatz Meeting: Wednesday, 16 August, 18:00

Reclaim Oplatz! Next Public Oplatz Meeting: Action instead of Bureaucracy! Wednesday 16th of August, 18:00 on Oplatz Let’s make more plans for action and visible resistance. Looking forward to seeing you, Napuli and other Oplatz activists — Oplatz wieder zurückholen! Nächstes öffentliches Oplatz-Treffen: Aktion anstatt Bürokratie! Mittwoch 16.8., 18:00 auf dem OplatzLasst uns noch mehr… Read more »

School

Räumung oder Nachbarschaft? Die Bewohner der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule und die Nachbarschaftsinitiative Ohlauer Strasse nehmen Stellung zur Situation im Kiez und Urteil des Berliner Landgerichts vom 12.07.2017 über eine mögliche Räumung der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule.

  some texts in english further below! Der Bezirk gibt 100.000 Euro/ Monat für Wachdienst aus, die Bewohner der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule haben Besuchsverbot, viele der Leute in der Schule bekommen kein Geld und dürfen nicht arbeiten. Trotzdem haben sie starke Verbindungen aufgebaut und leben seit Jahren zusammen mit den Menschen im Kiez. Obwohl ‘Integration’ in Deutschland… Read more »

picture from a press conference on the situatin in Ohlauer Str.
News

03.08. Soli Crêpes against repressioncrap!

Vegan Crêpes against repressioncrap Wann: Donnerstag, 03.08.2017 ab 19:30 Uhr Wo: B-Lage, Mareschstraße 1, 12055 Berlin (S Sonnenallee)   Bei einer gemeinsamen Aktion werden manchmal nur einige verurteilt. Was nicht heissen muss, dass sie es alleine durchstehen müssen. 2014 während des March for Freedom in Luxemburg, gab es 13 brutale Festnahmen. Die Gefangenen wurden am… Read more »

News / Women / women-in-exile

“Women Breaking Borders” Women* Conference organized by Women in Exile

This year refugee women are getting loud by organizing a national wide meeting on “Breaking Borders”. This was a decision reached during the evaluation meeting of the 2016 national wide summer bus tour of „women in Exile & Friends” and the network of refugee women and groups working with refugee women national wide. As women*… Read more »

Women in exile Women^ conference
berlin news / News / oplatz

Next Public Oplatz Meeting: Wednesday, 2 August, 18:00

Reclaim Oplatz! Next Public Oplatz Meeting: Action instead of Bureaucracy! Wednesday 2nd of August, 18:00 on Oplatz Let’s make more plans for action and visible resistance. Looking forward to seeing you, Napuli and other Oplatz activists — Oplatz wieder zurückholen! Nächstes öffentliches Oplatz-Treffen: Aktion anstatt Bürokratie!Mittwoch 2.8., 18:00 auf dem Oplatz Lasst uns noch mehr… Read more »