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#RefugeesSRB We Are Still in #Serbia

We are still in Belgrade. One of us joined the Cars Of Hope Wuppertal team, who are working with refugees and support the Soul Welders projects in the Serbian capital. Another short impression from Belgrade.

Written by Riot Turtle

Solidarity not charity! The situation in Belgrade changed since the last time I was here. The conditions people are forced to live in due to border closures are dehumanizing and many people work hard to stop that.

Yesterday there was a demonstration against Refugee detentions in Hungary and border closures in Röszke, at the Hungarian/Serbian border.

röszke protest Hungary

Image: Demo against Refugee detentions and border closures in Röszke, Hungary on Saturday. Image by Twitter account freetheroszke11

I had actually planned to go to the demonstration but changed my mind as we are leaving Belgrade in a few days and there are loads of work to be done here.

Yesterday we supported the shower truck of Soul Welders again. This time at the barracks behind the main train station of Belgrade.  Many refugees in Serbia live outside or in abandoned buildings and have no access to running water. Refugees can take a shower in the shower truck and get a clean towel, a t-shirt, socks and underwear. Soul Welders also distribute soap, shampoo, tooth paste and tooth brushes. The truck drives to Belgrade, the Serbian/Croatian border and the Serbian/Hungarian border. Soon we will publish an interview with Soul Welders activists about this great project.

Nobody knows how much people are living in and around the barracks. I guess there are about 1500 people here. Many people here are nervous, because they are afraid to be evicted soon. The huge construction site of the “Belgrade Waterfront” gentrification project is coming closer and closer to the barracks.

We observed that Serbian police is doing a lot of ID checks around the main train station in Belgrade. Much more compared to the last time we were here (February 2017). We also spoke with people who were intimidated by Serbian cops, especially close to the borders. People who are supporting refugees there hear sentences like: ‘The next time we see you here, we will arrest you! ”

That makes the conditions people are working in even more difficult, but the motivation to continue the work with refugees is high.

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Grenzregime 3: Der lange Sommer der Migration

 Der lange Sommer der Migration Grenzregime III Buchvorstellung – Grenzregime 3 in Berlin

Dienstag, 28.02.2017 – 19.30 – k-fetisch (Wildenbruchstraße 86, 12045 Berlin)

Buchvorstellung und Diskussion

Grenzregime 3: Der lange Sommer der Migration

Im Jahr 2015 spitzten sich jene Verhältnisse zu, die bereits zuvor das europäische Grenzregime gekennzeichnet hatten: Die Risse des Dublin-und Schengensystems, die Widersprüche zwischen europäischen Abschottungsversuchen, erstarkendem Nationalismus und auf der anderen Seite lokalen Solidaritätspraxen und der Bewegung der Migration.

Der Sammelband Grenzregime 3 hat zeitnah aktivistische und wissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Verschiebungen im Grenzregime an den verschiedenen Orten in und außerhalb Europas entwickelt und gebündelt. Auf der Buchvorstellung haben wir Gelegenheit Einblicke in die Perspektiven der Autor*innen Chandra-Milena Danielzik und Lina Ewert sowie Mathias Rodatz und Stefanie Kron als Mitherausgeber*innen zu nehmen und zu diskutieren: Welche Entwicklungen des Grenzregimes können wir rekapitulieren? Wie können diese Widersprüche zugespitzt werden? Welche alternativen Visionen von Europa werden in diesen Kämpfen sichtbar?

Stefanie Kron und Mathias Rodatz rekapitulieren den langen Sommer der Migration und die Krise, Rekonstitution und ungewisse Zukunft des europäischen Grenzregimes.

Lina Ewert erörtert Chancen und Grenzen zivilgesellschaftlicher Seenotrettung am Beispiel der Organisation Seawatch.

Chandra-Milena Danielzik blickt auf die Willkommenskultur, die Geflüchteten-Bewegung und die Suche nach Gemeinsamkeiten der Kämpfe um Rechte.

Eine Veranstaltung des Berlin-Knotens von kritnet (Netzwerk kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung) in Kooperation mit der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

Brandenburg – Neuer Erlass zu Opfern von rassistisch motivierter Gewalt?

Gemeinsame Presseerklärung von International Women’s Space und Women in Exile

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Wie alle GruppPresseerklärung von International Women’s Space und Women in Exileen, die in Brandenburg mit Geflüchteten arbeiten, freuen wir uns über den neuen Erlass des Landes Brandenburg zu Personen, die Opfer von rassistische motivierten Gewalttaten wurden und abschiebebedroht sind.¹ Es ist ein erster Schritt, denen ein Bleiberecht zu geben, die von Nazis attackiert wurden und dies beweisen können; die schwer verletzt wurden und die aufgrund niemals wieder voll genesen werden. Aber was ist mit den anderen?

Rassismus auf der Straße, Beleidigungen und Einschüchterungen von Neonazis sind weiterhin tägliche Erlebnisse von Geflüchteten. In einem Fall bedrohte ein Mann zwei Frauen aus Henningsdorf in einem Supermarkt, indem er mit einer Schreckschusspistole auf sie zielte. Solche Vorfälle zu beweisen bedeutet einen komplizierten Prozess, der weiteren Stress und Traumata bei den Betroffenen auslöst und sie zwingt, die traumatischen Erlebnisse noch einmal zu durchleben.

Weiterhin erleben viele Flüchtlingsfrauen, die in Lagern erleben täglich physische und sexualisierte Gewalt, sowohl innerhalb also auch außerhalb des Lagers.Hinzu kommt die psychische Gewalt des Lebens unter beengten, unhygienischen Umständen in geschlechtergemischten Unterkünften, bewacht von meist männlichem Sicherheitspersonal, die jede Bewegung kontrollieren.. Einen weiteren Ausgangspunkt von sowohl psychischer als auch physischer Gewalt stellt die neue Angst vor unangekündigten Abschiebungen dar – meist in der mitten in der Nacht.Diese Gewalttaten werden vom deutschen Staat selbt verübt, der sein Unterdruckungssystem durch brutale Polizeigewalt durchsetzt. In aktuellen Fällen erzwungener Abschiebeversuche in Hennigsdorf und Cottbus wurden Frauen ernsthaft verletzt und wurden traumatisiert. Wir glauben nicht daran, dass der Staat warten sollte, bis Geflüchtete für ihr Leben lang beschädigt oder (re)traumatisiert sind, bevor ihnen ein Bleiberecht zusteht!

Women in Exile und International Women’s Space haben viele Frauen unterstützt, die innerhalb und außerhalb des Lagers angegriffen wurden. Einige der Fälle wurden der Polizei gemeldet. Gewalt gegen Frauen ist Gewalt, ob sie von einem anderen Flüchtling, der Polizei oder Neonazis ausgeht. Deshalb fordern wir:

Bleiberecht für alle!

Entschädigung für alle Opfer rassistischer Gewalt!

Lasst uns auf allen Ebenen gegen Rassismus kämpfen!

 


Brandenburg – new decree on victims of racist motivated violence? Joint Press Release by International Women’s Space and Women in Exile

Like all the groups in Brandenburg working with refugees, we are happy to welcome the new decree of the state of Brandenburg on persons who are victims of racially motivated violence and are subject to deportations.¹ It is a first step to grant a right of residence to persons who were attacked by Nazis and who were able to prove it; who were seriously injured and will never fully recover from that attack. But what about the others? Street racism, abuse and threats from neo-Nazis are still a daily occurrence for refugees.

In one case, two women from Hennigsdorf were threatened by a man pointing a gun at them in a supermarket. But to prove such assaults is a complicated process that causes further stress and trauma to the victims who are forced to relive their traumatic experiences.

Furthermore, many refugee women living in lagers experience physical and sexualized violence every day, both from inside and outside the lagers. Added to this is the psychological violence of living in crowded, unsanitary conditions, in mixed gender camps, guarded by male security staff who control their movements. Another source of both psychological and physical violence is the new threat of unannounced deportations, often in the dead of night.

These violences are perpetrated by the German state itself, which reenforces its system of oppression with police brutality. In recent cases of forced deportation in Hennigsdorf and Cottbus, women suffered severe injuries and ended up traumatized. We do not believe the state should wait until refugees are maimed or (re)traumatized before they are granted the right to stay!

Women in Exile and International Women’s Space have assisted refugee women who have beenattacked outside and inside the lagers. Some of these cases have been reported to the police. Violence against women is violence, whether it is coming from fellow refugees, the police or neo-Nazis.

That is why we demand:

Right to stay for all!

Compensation for all victims of racist violence!

Fight racism on all levels!

 

Contact and further information:

Elizabeth Ngari / Women in Exile e.V.,

Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße 164, 14482 Potsdam

info@women-in-exile.net

/ 0331-24348233 /

 

Greece: Hunger Strike in Elliniko Camp in Athens

Hunger Strike in Elliniko CampInfomobile Information with, about and for refugees in Greece

On 5th February 2017, most of the adults among the 711 refugees residing in a state-run Camp in the former Athens National Airport (Camp Elliniko II), in the majority coming from Afghanistan, started a hunger strike to protest against their degrading living conditions demanding for their transfer to homes, papers and freedom of movement for all. As reported by one of the refugees, it is very likely that residents of the two other camps in Elliniko (the nearby Olympic baseball and a hockey stadiums) might join in the protest tomorrow.

Among the 1,600 refugees living in the three camps of Elliniko there are some who are there already since one year. Elliniko Camp was opened already back in autoumn 2015, in a period where thousands were arriving to Greece and many stayed homeless in the parks and squares of Athens.
Planned as a temporary solution to ‘clear’ the capitals’ streets from the many homeless and repeatedly announced to be closed as belonging to one of the most infamous camps in Greece, it still stayed open until today, but always portrayed as ‘provisory’ under the UNHCR-category ‘informal site’.

Refugees used to live in the former airport throughout 2016 for months suffering under overcrowdedness, filthy insufficient toilettes and showers, inadequate food and without any information or legal aid. While the population has been reduced visible, the camp still is inadequate to host refugees and living conditions remain poor. Many highly vulnerable people still stay there. There are elderly, pregnant women, single mothers, people with mental health problems, people with chronic and
heavy diseases etc. In the meantime, many refugees are living there since one year.

Amongst others, refugees who started the protest complained about the quality of the food, lack of basic needs as for example milk and diapers for babies and toddlers, no hot water, no laundry, lack of translators for sick persons who have to go to hospital and no coverage of their transportation there. It is matter of survival, they state. They do not care about having more clothes or more food. But: food which doesnt’ make sick. Enough food, in order not to be hungry. Heating in order not to freeze.

“There are only a hand full of persons among us who speak English
and who can translate. They have to accompany anyone who gets sick to
the hospital, as the authorities and NGOs do not provide us with
translators for these purposes nor are there translators found in the
hospitals. We don’t even get the transportation costs re-funded for the
public transport used while accompanying some sick person. Some of us
got fined more than 30 times already for using the public transportation
without tickets. We will have severe problems in our asylum procedure,
to get an ID and passport, if recognized, if we have open fines to pay.
And they will increase successively if unpaid.”

Refugees living in Elliniko are suffering also mentally from the living conditions in the camp and their insecure situation in Greece and Europe.

“There are often fights. No one feels safe. People are in a
miserable state. they don’t know what to do. Many fear to stay forever
in Greece, where even Greek people cannot survive. There are no jobs,
there is no future. We fear European policies, which aim to increase
deportations of Afghans. Some of us have their relatives back in
Afghanistan. They cannot sleep at night, because they left them back in
conflict. There are people staying here who drink and fight. There is no
safety in the camp. There is no survival in Greece and there is no
safety in Afghanistan.”

More than 60% of the refugees in all three Elliniko Sites are women and
children

Amongst the refugee population in the camp are women with their kids awaiting their transfer to another European state where their husbands are. There are small kids with Asthma, like this 4-year-old girl who has to go to hospital almost every single night. People lock the doors to protect the salon from the cold, so no fresh air can enter. Many people smoke inside, others cook. The sewage water from the toilettes smells. So many get problems to breath. There is also a young man who had so
severe psychological problems, that he had to be transferred into the psychiatric clinic for a month. He was paranoid, thinking at any point someone wanted to kill him. He is taking medicaments now, but he is back in the camp, staying among 700 persons with his family. There is this pregnant lady in her 6th month, who often gets pains and has to visit the hospital again and again. She still lives there. Another woman just gave birth in there one month before. She is also still there.

Now, the refugees are trying to rase their voices to the world. They are already self-organised, having elected five representatives and holding plenaries since months. Now they want to provoke change, as they cannot suffer any longer.

“I am in danger in Afghanistan. I am even in danger in Greece. I was
told to get myself an appointment at the Asylum Service via Skpye, but
Skype isn’t responding.”

A woman holding a speech on the protest today said:

“We left Afghanistan because of the life-threatening situation and
for a future for our children. You closed the borders in front of us.
You locked us up in Greece. Now you are responsible to provide us with
what is needed to survive at least. Our children get sick here, and the
one doctor we have here for a few hours a day doesn’t give them medicine
but tell them to go an drink some water or some juice. We have the right
to have a good doctor, to have medicine. Even a pregnant woman gave
birth here, because the ambulance came so late.”

“There are mice in here. There is so much garbage outside. People
get sick from being here.”

Most adult refugees living in the camp attended the hunger strike today and plan to continue until the authorities, UNHCR and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) who are responsible in the camp listen and react to their demands:

– Open homes! Open the cities! Immediate evacuation of all into
dignified living conditions!

“We need to stay in the city and in our own rooms or flats. We don’t
want to be transferred to just another tent camp or prefab camp at the
margins of society! We want our children to go to school and we want to
go to work and earn our own living by ourselves in order to build up our
lives independently. We want to be free and participate in daily life as
all others do in this country.”

– Give papers and residence to stay to all refugees and allow anyone who
wants to move to another country to relocate legally and to join their
relatives! No discrimination of certain nationalities!

“The relocation program is discriminative. The right of free
movement should be given to all refugees. Many have their mothers,
fathers, brothers or sisters, their children or grandparents abroad.
Everybody has the right to be with his or her families. All people have
the right to live and work, somewhere, where it is possible to survive.
Even Greeks are searching for jobs outside of Greece. They are surviving
by returning to stay with their families. We have no one to help us
here, no one to open his or her house for us or to give us food. If
there is a chance to survive here, to find a job here, then we will
stay. As long as there isn’t, we should be allowed to move on legally.”

– Stop deportations to Turkey! Stop deportations to Greece! Stop
deportations to Afghanistan! Stop deportations to any unsafe countries!
The right to life for all!

“We fight for our rights. We fight for the rights of the others too.
The ones who are on the islands now, should be allowed to come to the
mainland, to seek asylum here, to stay here. Currently, people hardly
arrive to Greece anymore. The Turkish and the Greek Coast Guard,
together with the European Coast Guard fight refugees back on the sea
border. They stop them, from arriving to a place for asylum and
protection. The few who still come should be given a chance to stay.
Some of them who were allowed to move to the mainland arrive to Athens
without a place to stay. They are not permitted in the camps. Others
come to Athens without permit. They even have to return to the island.
We want freedom for all.”

“They want to start returning refugees who have been fingerprinted
here after March 15th of this year, back to Greece. No one can survive
here. We like to be in Greece. There are some nice people here, the
weather is good and the mentality of the Greeks is a little bit like our
own. But there are no jobs and there is no help for us. So how can we
find a home? How can we secure food for our kids? We also liked much
more to be in our homes in Afghanistan. But there is so safety but but
only war.”

“Europe is talking about the deportation of Afghans. Some countries
started already to return our people back even though their lives are in
danger in Afghanistan. Our president has signed a deal with Europe to
get money in exchange for taking refugees back. But our own politicians
keep their families in Europe for their own safety. European governments
advice their own citizens not to visit our country for safety reasons.
If we go back, we will die. Everybodys’ lives matter!”

Press Statement of the Associaton of Bridging Peoples to Trump’s Travel Ban 1.2.2017

Protest against Trump's immigration ban at JFK AirportTrump’s order is a big danger for refugees as well as for human rights.  We are genuinely horrified and worried on the first 10 days of Government of the new US president. We condem Trump’s executive order.

The USA is mainly responsible from the chaos in the Middle East, in the Africa and in the Asia with military, political and economic interventions. Thus, the USA is mainly responsible from the refugee/immigrant crisis in the world.

As we all know migration is an unstoppable and inevitable natural phoneme. Human beings have always migrated and therefore this is not new. History has shown us that migration, which has lead to multicultural societies all over the world like USA. It is possible to have numerous cultures living side by side. Immigration is politically and socially controllable but the wars is turning immigration into a tragedy.

Since April 2011 approximately 7 million Syrians were forced to migrate as the civil war was intensified with the intervention of several states including the USA. The Syrian uprising has followed a number of other uprisings in the Arab world. We witnessed as the uprising turned into a proxy war with sectarian overtones. The People of Syria was not defeated in Syria and eventually forced into massive migration, instead, the People of Syria was defeated in Washington, Paris, Riyad, Ankara, Doha, Moscow etc; in the competitive nature of the power struggle in an increasingly volatile international system. This system is marked with an uncheckered drive to grab markets, establish zones of influence, plunder energy and natural resources, control energy routes, and maintain the “realisation-evaluation” cycle in military industry.

Who are these migrants? They are those who are stateless; those who lost their houses, jobs, and does not have a future in their homelands; those who are marginalized under the economic, political and cultural pressures enforced by neoliberal policies and have to leave their homes. 63.5 million people who have been displaced because of war, poverty, climate change, neoliberal policies, mass displacements, and cheap labor work transfers (slave trade) are defacto refugees who do not have a refugee status.

Yet the UN and EU continue in their failures to take any action to provide a life in dignity for these people. Just the opposite: Frontex (EU border security forces) and NATO ships forced refugees to the death boats or going back to their countries to die in the ongoing wars. This is a secret war by the richest of the world against the poorest of the world!

But migrants are fighting back! They demolished the borders, Lisbon Agreement and Schengen. And the most importantally of the movement is social solidarity networks. Despite Europe’s migrant policy, people from Greece to Germany supported and aided refugees to cross the borders in a serious and unexpected way. This solidarity movement is another reason for the fear of the coming of the refugees inside the EU. Now this solidarity is happening in the USA. Peoples of USA are running to air-ports to tell to migrants wellcome and to tell to Trump no!

The Anti-migrant wave in Europe and in the USA is not a new phenomenon. Perceiving refugees as a threat to security by criminalising them, militarisation of the borders, transferring refugees to subcontractor are the anti-migration policies in Europe and in the USA that have been lasting for years. This is what has been going on with Libya and Pakistan for years.

Solidarity of the people and the public friendship will be an obstacle towards the anti-migrant atmosphere in Europe and in the USA which/that causes fascist organisations to grow.

We must  defend absolute and unconditional hospitality for immigrants and refugees.

We must express our desire to establish a relationship with migrants, refugees, oprressed and  marginalised beyond and above the legalistic and institutional view of the world. By doing so, we can open a path for struggle against all oppression and exploitation.

We must say “welcome” to all migrants and refugees without ifs and buts.

We must welcome migrants and refugees unconditionally!

The ‘right to rights’ of these people who striped off from all basic rights is a right to exist without being pushed around or absorbed by dominant politics and powers. It is in fact a right to self determination and political existence.

No government including the USA can be allowed to strip off the refugees from their political rights and take away their existence as their own political subjects.

We must believe that being a political subject begins with having the right to self determination of ones own life.

We were all foreigners at some stage, and in future we could be foreigners in another country. That we were born on this land does not make us the owners. All land is for all people. Hence, real hospitality is about internationalism.

We must reject the definition of citizenship as being part of national identity.  We also must reject the ethnic and religious totalitarianism of nation states. Instead we must see nations as a political form that intends to live together in a diverse society and that welcomes the newcomers. “Civilization” began with settlement. By taking away someone’s right to settle down you take away their humanity. A nation is a collective of people settled together. Newcomers are not a danger or threat to the nation but an enrichment.

[Testimony] The symbol of the Refugee Black box: Break the silence, break deportation by Regina Mauricia Kiwanuka

Original source: The voice forum

Break the silence, break deportation by Regina Mauricia

Some say that the Africans must try and forget or accept the calamities that befell the African continent. “Stop singing colonial injustices, stop singing the slave trade slogan,” they say. We all know that these calamities have not only ravaged other lands in other continents, they have succeeded in eliminating populations over populations of various nations in the course of escaping the detritus left behind by the aggressors. Today, a refugee is either burned alive in cell number 5 and forever silenced, or brutally deported and left for dead, or they are dumped here in asylum camps with horrible conditions.

That is the situation at home and abroad, and that is why refugees shall never forget and or try and accept the calamities because the old ones are being replaced with fresh ones. Refugees are ambushed here and also at home with the injustices in our homelands and the ones here in Europe.

Witnessing our brothers and sisters getting kidnapped from the shores of the African continent and dragged to faraway continents to enslave and abuse them in the most inconceivable manner that shall haunt and torment the Africans for generations to come is not something that leaves one´s memory. As if that was not enough, before the poor African peasants
could recover from the first dreadful trauma, the very same people returned in another form of enslavement known as colonialism.

The continent was demarcated to satisfy the colonial masters´ tastes and likings. The demarcation separated the populations under the divide and rule policies of the masters. Before the African people picked up the pieces to try and reorganize their continent, the resilient leaders of the continent that were to guide it back to its tracks, were killed off one by one by the same aggressors. Thomas Sankara (Burkina Faso), Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana), Patrice Lumumba (Congo), Ben. Kiwanuka (Uganda),
Stephen Biko (South Africa), the list is endless.

This confusion resulting from the selfish intrusion that tore the African continent apart during the masters´ conflict among themselves for ownership of various lands and regions, is the same tyrannical operation imposed on the minorities in the name of deportation here in the federal republic of Germany. This collision that impacted the African continent and spread on to other lands in various continents has compounded us together in a form of the minorities of the western hemisphere.

The black box symbolizes the subsequent transparency expected to emerge from all the atrocities imposed on the refugees in Europe and especially here in Germany. The black box must be broken to reveal and to correct all the wrongs subjugated to that fateful Airplane. The Airplane was enormously tampered with and killing many in the process, that reads our homelands. We are the refugees, the minorities that should be compensated within the human rights horizons, compensated for the afflictions that befell us in accordance with the black box´s findings.

The aggressive deportations, the inhuman conditions in the asylum camps, the social exclusions that shall always remind us of the apartheid, the burning of refugees like Oury Jalloh in cell number 5 in Dessau. The brutal killings of refugees within the police brutality in the form of serving and protecting the citizens, the various forms of psychological torment are all patterns of brutal and greedy exploitation.

This interprets that the Berlin conference of 1884 to 1885 that begun the colonial journey is tantamount to the FRONTEX. The FRONTEX is the killer whale to the refugees, just as the horrible nightmare of colonialism affected all refugees and destroyed their countries. FRONTEX is another REPRODUCTION of the same exploitation and infringement, because this time the invasion to our numerous countries whether colonized or not has a different formula.

Silence is not an option, it is a non-existing phrase in our understanding. The ancestors in those days had no voice, they were
attacked and destroyed right before their very eyes, some were even caught unaware. This is another generation that is expected to respect humanity for proper reconstruction and to eradicate the ignorance of the society on the abuses and crimes of the deportation regimes and to unfold the colonial injustices of the system up to this day. Regina Mauricia Kiwanuka, Oldenburg The VOICE Refugee Forum – Refugee Community Network

Spenden für die Kampagnen der Flüchtlingscommunity zur Beendigung von Abschiebungen und sozialer Ausgrenzung

http://thevoiceforum.org/node/3915

About the wind as our companion and the deportation prison in our heads. Looking back on two months of protest

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The time has come to take stock of our struggle over the past two months, to know where we have been succesful and where we have lost time. This is the moment of truth.

I took part in the demonstration of 07.09.2016 which marked the beginning of our protest actions not only as a member of Refugee Struggle for Freedom but as a person, as a human being, but mainly because I belong to this world that belongs to nobody and that no one has contributed to create. You can talk about borders or illegal entries, but what about the overexploitation of our natural resources, what about Western puppet-politicians who are governing our countries and what about all that which exists but does not belong to us? No one talks about it, nobody, because we are used as objects when there is a need us – for example as cheap labor force, or as a scapegoat for social conflicts. But when there is no more need for us, we become the misery of the world.

At Sendlinger Tor, I felt very integrated because we were able to experience the realities of life outside the camps, with people of good will who supported us. Even though we had to deal with Nazis and other troublemakers, it was better than being locked up in the camps.

The walking route to Nürnberg made me and many others come to life again. We were able to savor nature, far from everything, with the pure wind, which knows neither race nor nationality and who has guided us with its rhythmic breath through the cities of Germany. Crossing these cities was like crossing borders. If only the world could be like that! For all the benefits of the world are created for humans. Birds know no boundaries, but we, human beings with consciousness, deprive other human beings of their right to move, to come and go freely, and this leads to fear of being arrested or mistreated.

On our return from Nürnberg, we had to go on hunger strike because it was the only way to make ourselves heard. It was a lot harder because there are a lot of ill people among us who, despite their illnesses, went on a hunger strike even though it could have had an adverse effect on their health. On the fifth day we announced that the next day we would also stop drinking. That same afternoon, the police came suddenly with 600 police officers to end our strike. Some of us stayed, others went to the other side of the street and climbed the trees. As those who stayed there, how could we have resisted 600 policemen? We, 60 refugees at the end of their forces?
On the other side of the street I could hear the cries of my friend who had been kicked by the policemen. And as if the brutal repression of the police was not enough, each refugee who took refuge in the trees will be liable to a very high fine.

It was to be expected that the police would suddenly come to put an abrupt end to our hunger strike, we had to expect to be held responsible for all the problems of others simply because we opposed to all the German institutions that want to destroy us or have already destroyed us for quite a long time. It is always said that solidarity must be lived together. That is what we did. We fought alongside unions and independent social groups without asking for anything in return. Now we need you. So, help us!

I have my own problems, my own worries, but it is nothing compared to the daily difficulties my brothers encounter. They are afraid to start a new life from zero in another country. They are afraid of being expelled and confronted with their past. And this fear is well founded. One of our brothers was deported to Afghanistan, another to Senegal, a third has left on his own, and seven others have been transferred to the Bamberg camp.

Even though we are not in detention camps in order to be deported, our thoughts and daily fear is worse than a modern prison. What have we done? What is our sin? Is it a crime to flee from war, misery, poverty, repression? Do people deserve this condemnation and the exclusion from all systems?

We, the people of the Global South, are the victims and the scapegoats of all time. We were sold as slaves, forced into the liberation of Europe during the two wars, colonized and stripped, and yet our zest for life is stronger than all the evil we have been subjected to in the past and that we still suffer today. You may find it difficult to put yourself in our place, to listen to our voices, to feel our suffering, to understand our struggle “Freiheit – freedom, kein Mensch ist illegal”. We do not want to be concentrated in camps like a herd that is given the opportunity to drink, we want to be an integral part of society with the right to go and to come, the right to education but also the right to work. We all know that with all these rights inequalities will still be visible to the eyes of all. Like the struggle of women against sexual inequalities. That is why we will continue to fight. The truth is that having a residence permit does not mean you’re off the hook. On the contrary, it is only the beginning of the fight against inequalities.

In conclusion, let me say that leaving borders open means giving back to humanity its right to free movement everywhere on earth, but first of all let’s open our hearts and free them from racism, colonialism and trivialities of this world such as money and power.

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Du vent comme notre compagnon aux centres d’expulsion dans nos têtes. Rétrospective sur deux mois de protestes

Le moment est venu de faire le point sur notre combat des deux derniers mois, de savoir où on a réussi et sur quoi on a perdu notre temps. C´est le moment de vérité.

J´ai pris part à la manifestation du 07.09.2016 qui a marqué le début de nos actions de protestation non seulement en tant que membre de Refugee Struggle for Freedom mais en tant que personne, en tant qu´être humain, mais surtout parce que j´appartiens à ce monde qui n´appartient à personne et que personne n´a contribué à sa création. Vous pouvez parler de frontières ou d´entrées illegales, mais qu´en est-il de la surexploitation de nos ressources naturelles, qu´en est-il des politiciens occidentaux, marionnettes régissant nos pays et qu´en est-il de tout ce qui existe et qui ne nous appartient pas? Personne n´en parle, personne, parce qu´on nous utilise comme des objets quand on a besoin de nous – par exemple comme main d´oeuvre bon marché ou comme bouc émissaire des conflits sociaux.  Mais quand on a plus besoin de nous, on devient la misère du monde.

A Sendlinger Tor, je me sentais très intégré parce qu´on a pu vivre les réalités de la vie en dehors des camps avec des gens de bonnes volontés qui nous soutenaient. Même si nous avons eu à faire á des nazis et autres faiseurs de troubles, c´était mieux que d´être enfermés dans les camps.

La route à pied jusqu´à Nürnberg m´a fait revivre ainsi que beaucoup d´autres. On a pu savourer la nature, loin de tout, avec le vent pur, qui, lui, ne connait ni race, ni nationalité et qui nous a guidé avec son souffle rythmique à travers les villes d´ Allemagne. En traversant ces villes, c´était comme si nous traversions des frontières. Si le monde pouvait être comme ça! Car tous les bienfaits du monde sont crées pour les humains. Les oiseaux ne connaissent pas de frontières mais nous, êtres humains dotés d´une conscience, nous privons d´autres êtres humains de leur droit de bouger, d´aller et de venir librement et cela entraine la peur d´être arrêté ou maltraité.

A notre retour de Nürnberg, on a dû entamer la grève de faim parce que c´était le seul moyen de se faire entendre. C était très plus dur parce qu´il y a beaucoup de malades parmi nous qui, malgrès leurs maladies, ont fait quand même la grève de la faim alors que ça pouvait nuire d`avantage à leur santé. Le cinquième jour, nous avons annoncé que le lendemain, nous arrêterions aussi de boire. L´après-midi même, la police est arrivée subitement avec 600 policiers pour mettre fin à notre grève. Certains d´entre nous sont restés sur place, d´autres sont allés de l´autre côté de la rue et sont montés dans les arbres. Nous qui étions restés sur place, comment aurions-nous pû résister face à 600 policiers? Nous, 60 refugié(e)s à bout de forces?
De l´autre côté de la rue, je pouvais entendre les cris de mon ami qui avait reçu des coups de pied des policiers. Et comme si la répression brutale de la police ne suffisait pas, chaque réfugié s´étant réfugié dans les arbres sera passible d´une amende très élevée.

On devait s´y attendre que la police arriverait soudainement pour mettre fin de façon brutale à notre grève de la faim, on devait s´y attendre d´être pris comme responsable pour tous les problèmes des autres, simplement parce qu´on s´est opposé à toutes ces institutions allemandes qui veulent nous détruire ou qui nous ont déjà détruit depuis bien longtemps. On dit toujours que la solidarité doit se vivre ensemble. C´est ce qu´on a fait. On s´est battu aux côtés de syndicats et de groupes sociaux indépendants sans rien demander en retour. Maintenant nous avons besoin de vous. Alors, aidez-nous!

J´ai mes propres problèmes, mes propres soucis mais ce n´est rien par rapport aux difficultés quotidiennes que rencontrent mes frères. Ils ont peur de recommencer leur vie à zéro dans un autre pays. Ils ont peur d´être expulsés et d´être confrontés à leur passé. Et cette peur est bien fondée. Un de nos frères a été expulsé en Afghanistan, un autre au Sénégal, un 3ème a quitté le pays par ses propres moyens et 7 autres ont été transférés dans le camps de Bamberg.

Même si nous ne sommes pas dans des camps de rétention afin d´être expulsés, nos pensées et la peur quotidienne est pire qu´une prison moderne. Qu´avons-nous fait? Quel est notre péché? Est-ce un crime de fuir la guerre, la misère, la pauvreté, la répression? Mérite-t´on cette condamnation et l´ exclusion de tous les systèmes?

Nous, les gens du Grand Sud, nous sommes les victimes et les boucs émissaires de tous les temps. Nous avons été vendu comme esclaves, emmenés de force dans la libération de l´Europe pendant les deux guerres, colonisés et dépouillés et pourtant notre joie de vivre est plus forte que tout ce mal qu´on nous a fait subir par le passé et que nous subissons encore aujourd´hui. Vous avez peut-être du mal à vous mettre à notre place, à écouter nos voix, à sentir notre souffrance, à comprendre notre combat „Freiheit – liberté, kein Mensch ist illegal“. Nous ne voulons pas être concentrés dans des camps comme un troupeau que l´on abreuve, nous voulons faire partie intégrante de la société  avec le droit d´aller et de venir, le droit à l´éducation mais aussi le droit de travailler. Nous savons tous qu´avec tous ses droits il restera encore des inégalités visibles aux yeux de tous. Comme le combat des femmes face aux inégalités sexuelles. C´est pourquoi nous continuerons de nous battre. La vérité est que le fait d´avoir un titre de séjour ne veut pas dire qu´on est tiré d affaire. Au contraire, ce n´est que le début du combat face aux inégalités.

Pour terminer, je veux vous dire que laisser les frontières ouvertes, c´est redonner à l´humanité son droit à la libre circulation partout sur terre, mais tout d´abord ouvrons nos coeurs et libérons les du racisme, du colonialisme et des futilités de ce monde tel que l´argent et le pouvoir.

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Vom Wind als unserem Begleiter zum Abschiebeknast in unseren Köpfen. Rückblick auf zwei Monate Protest

Jetzt ist es an der Zeit auf unsere Aktionen der letzten zwei Monaten zurückzublicken um zu sehen wo die Erfolge waren und wo wir unnötig unsere Energie verschwendet haben. Es ist die Zeit der Wahrheit.

Ich habe an der Demonstration am 07.09.2016, mit der unser  Protest seinen Anfang nahm, nicht nur als Mitglied der Bewegung Refugee Struggle for Freedom sondern auch als Person, als Mensch teilgenommen. Als Mensch gehöre ich zu dieser Welt, aber diese Welt gehört niemanden, sie wurde nicht von Menschen erschaffen. Ihr könnt über Grenzen und illegale Einreise reden aber was ist mit der Ausbeutung unserer Bodenschätze, was ist mit den Marionetten westlicher Politik, die unsere Staaten regieren, was ist mit all dem, was unser ist, uns aber nicht gehört?  Niemand erwähnt das, niemand. Wir werden wie Objekte benutzt wenn man uns braucht – zum Beispiel als billige Arbeitskräfte oder als gesellschaftliche Sündenböcke. Wenn man uns aber nicht mehr braucht, werden wir zum Elend der Welt.

Am Sendlinger Tor habe ich mich sehr integriert gefühlt, weil wir zusammen das Leben außerhalb der Lager erleben durften, mit Unterstützer*innen und Menschen mit guten Absichten. Obwohl wir auch mit Nazis und Anderen mit weniger guten Absichten konfrontiert waren, war es auf jeden Fall besser als in den Lagern eingesperrt zu sein.

Der Weg nach Nürnberg hat mich und viele anderen wieder zum Leben erweckt. Wir konnten die Natur spüren, weit weg von allem, mit dem Wind als Begleiter, der keine Grenzen und auch keine Staatsangehörigkeit kennt. Er hat uns durch deutsche Städte geführt und es war, als ob wir über Grenzen gingen. Wenn die Welt so sein könnte! Sie ist für uns Menschen erschaffen worden. Vögel haben keine Grenzen aber wir, Menschen, obwohl wir einen denkenden Verstand besitzen,  entziehen anderen Menschen das Recht auf Bewegung, auf freie Wahl des Aufenthaltsorts und so entsteht Angst vor Repression und Festnahme.

Nach unserer Rückkehr aus Nürnberg haben wir den Hungerstreik angefangen. Es war für uns die einzige Möglichkeit. Es war sehr hart weil viele von uns krank sind. Trotz ihrer Krankheit haben sie beim Hungerstreik mitgemacht, auch wenn dies ihrer Gesundheit geschadet hat.
Am fünften Tag haben wir angekündigt, am Tag darauf auch auf das Trinken zu verzichten. Am Nachmittag kam unerwartet die Polizei mit 600 Polizisten um den Hungerstreik zu beenden. Manche von uns sind da geblieben wo sie waren, andere sind auf die andere Straßenseite gegangen und auf Bäume geklettert. Wir, die geblieben sind, wie hätten wir uns gegen 600 Polizisten wehren können? Wir, nur 60 Asylbewerber*innen am Ende ihrer Kräfte.

Von der anderen Straßenseite konnte ich die Schreie meines Freundes hören, der die Tritte der Polizei abbekommen hat. Zusätzlich zu der brutalen Auseinandersetzung mit der Polizei erwartet jeder von denen, die auf den Bäumen waren, eine hohe Geldstrafe.

Wir hätten wissen können, dass der polizeiliche Angriff, also die Räumung des Hungerstreikes, die darauf folgende Repression plötzlich kommen würde. Wir hätten wissen können, dass wir als Schuldige für alle Probleme aller hingestellt werden würden, aus dem einzigen Grund, dass wir es gewagt haben gegen die deutschen Behörden zu protestieren. Gegen die Behörden, die uns vernichten möchten und auch seit langem bereits vernichtet haben. Es wird immer gesagt, dass Solidarität gelebt werden muss. Wir haben darauf geantwortet. Wir haben an der Seite von Gewerkschaften und gesellschaftlichen Gruppen gekämpft ohne etwas im Gegenzug zu erwarten. Jetzt brauchen wir Sie. Mögen Sie uns nun zur Seite stehen!

Ich habe meine persönlichen Problemen aber sie sind nichts im Vergleich zu dem Leid, das meine Schwestern und Brüder täglich erfahren. Sie haben Angst, ihr Leben in einem anderen Land von Null wieder anzufangen. Sie haben Angst, abgeschoben zu werden und mit ihrer Vergangenheit konfrontiert zu werden. Und tatsächlich wurden in den letzten Wochen ein Bruder von uns nach Afghanistan abgeschoben und einer in den Senegal, ein anderer hat aus Verzweiflung das Land selbst verlassen. Sieben weitere Freunde wurden in das Abschiebelager nach Bamberg gebracht.

Aber schon bevor wir in Gefängnisse und Abschiebelager eingesperrt werden, leben wir in einem modernen Gefängnis. Der Abschiebeknast in unseren Köpfen, der uns jeden Tag begleitet und in uns arbeitet, ist der schlimmste. Was ist unser Vergehen? Was haben wir getan? Ist es ein Verbrechen, dem Krieg, dem Elend, der Armut, der Gewalt entkommen zu wollen? Ist es gerechtfertigt, uns deshalb aus allen Systemen auszuschließen?

Wir, Menschen aus dem Globalen Süden, sind die Opfer und Sündenböcke aller Zeiten. Wir wurden als Sklaven verkauft, gezwungen in den beiden Weltkriege für die Befreiung Europas zu kämpfen, wir wurden kolonialisiert und geplündert. Unsere Lebensfreude ist aber stärker als alle Demütigungen, die wir in der Vergangenheit und bis heute noch erfahren. Es ist für Euch vielleicht schwierig uns und unseren Schmerz zu verstehen, unsere Stimmen zu hören, unser Kampf und Motto „Freiheit – liberté, kein Mensch ist illegal“ nachzuvollziehen. Wir möchten nicht wie Tiere in Abschiebelager eingezwängt und gefüttert werden, wir möchten ein vollständiger Teil dieser Gesellschaft sein, wir möchten das Recht haben, uns zu bewegen wo wir hin möchten, wir möchten das Recht auf Bildung aber auch das Recht auf Arbeit haben. Auch wenn wir diese Rechte genießen werden noch Ungerechtigkeiten in der Welt bestehen. Wie der Kampf von Frauen gegen Geschlechterungleichheit. Deswegen werden wir weiter kämpfen.  Die Wahrheit ist, dass eine Aufenthaltsgenehmigung nicht die Lösung unserer Probleme ist. Es ist nur der Anfang des Kampfes gegen Ungerechtigkeiten aller Art.

Zum Schluss möchte ich euch noch sagen, dass wenn man die Grenzen öffnet, bekommt die Weltbevölkerung ihr angeborenes Recht auf Bewegungsfreiheit wieder zurück. Dafür müssen wir aber erst unsere Herzen öffnen und von Kolonialismus, Rassismus und Belanglosigkeiten wie Geld und Macht befreien.

Demo “Keine Abschiebung nach Afghanistan”

Keine Abschiebung nach Afghanistan Demo BerlinDemonstration in Berlin Keine Abschiebung nach AfghanistanBerlin 10.12.2016

Mindestens 1000 Menschen demonstrierten zur Stunde auf der Turmstr. in Moabit gegen ihre drohende Abschiebung nach Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan ist kein sicheres Land!”

Rund 400 Demonstranten protestierten am Frankfurter Flughafen ebenso. Das Aktionsbündnis „Gegen Abschiebung Rhein-Main” hatte zu dem Protest am internationalen Tag der Menschenrechte aufgerufen.

Reactions to the break out of the Lager at Osloerstr. 23

After the rise up of the people living in the Lager at Osloerstr. 23 two weeks ago (link), a lot of things are happening in a very short time: the company administrating the lager, BTB Bildungszentrum, and LAF (the new LAGeSo) are really afraid about the propagation of these protests, and here we share with you and make public some of the consequences of this first protest. First of all, the supporters of the protest organized by the people living in the Lager are getting bans (Hausverbot) that don’t allow them to visit the families and play with the children, as they have been doing for over a year. The families and the children are very angry with the administration of the Lager, specially with Mark Held, the Heimleiter. Mr. Held is lying all the time to everybody: for example, he says to the people from Lager Mobilisation Group that now they are asking everybody who wants to visit a friend to sign a contract, but when someone not belonging to the group tries to enter, no contract is required. Prohibiting the entrance of the friends of the people living in the Lager only segregates them even more, and goes against the integration principles that are supposed to guide the work of the companies administrating the Lagers.

osloerstr lager protest

Secondly, the company BTB Bildungszentrum is having now emergency meetings: they are afraid of loosing a big business with the administration of the Lager that gives them around 100 000 € of benefits per month (after paying costs, salaries, etc.), and yesterday, on Wednesday the 8th of December, the boss of the company, Frauke Behrens, was visiting the Lager to see what’s going on.

But she was not alone in the Lager: also workers from the state like Noemi Majer (Koordinatorin für Flüchtlingsfragen Integrationsbüro) and Sascha Langenbach (second hand of the president of LAF -the new LAGeSo) where also visiting the Lager with translators, so that they could talk directly with the people living there.

After their visit to the Lager, we were able to talk a little bit with them. This was very productive: for example Mr. Langenbach thought that BTB earns 15 € per person and day. He is wrong: BTB actually earns 47,28 € per person per day, which makes over 1400 € per person every month (!). We can multiply by the 130 people that are living in this Lager to get an idea of the nice business that this Lager is for the company BTB. Another thing that Mr. Langenbach was saying is that he doesn’t understand how this situation, with thousands of people living in NUK (and this are just the numbers of Berlin), is not escalating and propagating to different Lagers. They are aware that this will happen soon, and that’s why they are all afraid.

The people living in the camp just want this horrible Lager in Osloerstr. 23, ran by Mark Held from BTB, to be closed. They are suffering a lot of pressure, their living conditions are more and more stressful, and the only thing they are asking for is having a place were they can stay peacefully, rest after the horrible experiences that they had to live (not only in their country and in their way to Germany, but also here), and start integrating in the society. In this link one can read their concrete demands.
So the questions are: when will this business finish? When will a real process of integration start?

soap bubbles at osloerstr lager

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