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How does cleaning the Lager toilet for 80 Cents per hour integrate you into the society? #modernslavery

INTERVIEW WITH AN ACTIVIST FROM WOMEN IN EXILE

WIE: We hearing that they are forcing people to work in the Lagers, do you have any idea or experience about this?

A:Yes that is very true. They are forcing people to work in the Lagers and I am one of the victims of this policy. They told me I should work in the Lager and that they will pay me 80 Cents per hour. I told them I am going to school, and though I would like to work, I have no time since I cannot combine both. But they said no. I would have to work because if I didn’t they would cut my social money for food. They also said that I have to work because this work would help me to integrate with the society. I said: That’s not true because I know that without the language I can’t interact with the community. I told them to wait until I get done with my language course and then I can come back to work since then I will understand everything in German. But they said no. I would have to work first.

WIE: How long did they say you are going to work?

A: They did not give me an exact time, so I never knew how long it would be.

WIE: So they tried to force you to work? How could they do that?

A: They gave me a sheet of paper to sign. I asked why I should sign it and what it was for. They said that its all about what we have discussed. I said no, I need a translator; or I go home with it so that someone who understands the language better can translate it for me; or I translate it myself using my dictionary. But they insisted I should sign arguing that sheet of paper belongs to the office and am not supposed to take it out with me. I was confused and decided not to sign it since I did not understand the content of the paper.

It turned out that if I had signed the paper they would have had written proof that I refused to work and use that as a reason to decrease my social money.

WIE: Which type of work were they talking about? Can you give as an example?

A: The work is cleaning the Lager especially the corridors, stairs and toilets.

WIE: After hearing all this one starts to wonder: How does cleaning the Lager integrate you into the German society?

A: That’s what I don’t know as well. Because in the Lager you only find immigrants, like me, who also don’t know much and need to learn, like I do.


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berlin news / News / oplatz / Refugee Groups Berlin / Statements

O-Platz wird 10 – Baustelle Migration (5.10. – 9.10.22)

Vor 10 Jahren wurde der Kreuzberger Oranienplatz und später dann auch die Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule in der Ohlauer Straße besetzt. Anlässlich dieses Jubiläums wollen wir uns vom 5.10. – 9.10. auf dem Oranienplatz versammeln und die Geschichte der rebellischen Geflüchteten-Bewegung feiern.

berlin news / Exhibition / International Refugee Movement / News / oplatz

🔥 Der O-Platz lebt! Der Kampf geht weiter!🔥

Eine Ausstellung, um die bestehenden und neuen Kämpfe von Geflüchteten und Migrant*innen sichtbar zu machen. Supportet die Aktionswochen: linktr.ee/oplatz2022 Warum? Im Jahr 2022 jährt sich zum 10. Male die ursprüngliche Besetzung des Oranienplatzes durch Geflüchtete im Jahr 2012, bei der Hunderte von Menschen Protestzelte aufstellten, um sich Gehör und Sichtbarkeit zu verschaffen. Trotz der erzwungenen… Read more »

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February 6th, 2022 – Global Day of Struggle against the regime of death at our borders 

6th February 2022 – MIGRATION IS A RIGHT!A Global Day of Struggle against the regime of death at our borders and to demand truth, justice and reparations for migration victims and their families! Weniger anzeigen Join us this Sunday at 2pm at Oranienplatz to remember those who have died, disappeared or been forcibly disappeared on their… Read more »

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Conference on the Sudanese refugees’ situation in Germany (31 January at 21:00 on Skype)

Update 3 On 31/1/2021 at 21:00 we have a continuation of a workshop about Sudanese refugees from Schaumberg/Niedersachsen online to discuss the refugee’s situation. This is the 4th workshop now. We are not going to be silent, until the deportation is stopped, until the isolation of refugees is broken, and until the primary, secondary, and universal… Read more »

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Daily Resistance Newspaper / News

Daily Resistance Monthly Editorial Meeting continues on July, 9

On July 9, 2018, the current editorial team of >Daily Resistance< will continue its new monthly meeting. It is the third in a series of social and working get-togethers that tries to bring together people who want to share their ideas about the newspaper, who want to contribute and who want to work on upcoming… Read more »

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Kundgebung & Demo zur Räumung der Ohlauer/GHS, 11.01.2018, 7:45

Räumung der GHS am 11.01.2018 – Solidarität mit den Bewohner_innen. Eviction of GHS, 11.01.2018 – Call for solidarity Die Chronologie der GHS auf Deutsch und Englisch Pressestatement der Nachbarschaftsinitiative Ohlauer Straße (NIO), 19.7.2017: Wir kennen die beteiligten Menschen, wir respektieren die Umstände, wir erinnern die Absprachen Solidaritätsaufruf Andere Zustände ermöglichen (*aze) ____ DEUTSCH (English, French,… Read more »

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Programme // O-Platz wird 10 – Baustelle Migration

We invite you to celebrate 10 years of the refugee resistance movement, that occupied Oranienplatz and later the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule in Ohlauer Straße. To mark this anniversary, we will gather at Oranienplatz from 5.10 – 9.10.2022 to celebrate the history of the refugee movement. There will be panels, concerts, photo exhibitions, art performances, a zine workshop and much more! Angela Davis will also be coming to support our local struggles. We will be posting the entire programme over the next few days on our Instagram account and on oplatz.net. Let’s come together, remember, and fight for the fair treatment of all refugees!

Daily Resistance Newspaper / International Refugee Movement / News / oplatz / Statements

In print: #10 of Daily Resistance!

Yesterday morning, 1 October, the 10th issue of “Daily Resistance” was sent to our printer! It’s a special #OplatzTurns10 issue and bigger than usual, devoted to the Refugee Movement from O-Platz/Ohlauer and all movements around the world. Get your copies by writing a mail to dailyresistance(at)systemli(dot)org – and spread them afterwards, so many people can… Read more »

Daily Resistance Newspaper / german wide movement / Karawane / News / Refugee Groups Berlin / Statements / The Voice

10 years of the protest camp at Oranienplatz … No reason to celebrate


I don’t want our history to be falsified: When you commemorate the protest camp on Oranienplatz, which started in October 2012, remember correctly! Remember Mohammad Rahsepar! At the end of January 2012, Mohammad Rahsepar took his own life at a refugee camp in Würzburg. He had already expressed suicidal thoughts in December. Therefore, doctors had… Read more »

german wide movement / News / Support/Solidarity

RIGHT TO STAY for ALL instead of opportunity trap!

Info event: 04 October 2022 | 6 pm | 2. HH – MehringHof – Gneisenaustr. 2a – 10961 BerlinOn the podium: Berenice Böhlo (Migration law Lawyer)Bruno Watara (activist, R.w.A.)Asylum counsellor, KuB: requested Rally: Fr, 7 October 2022 | 4pm | Bundestag The federal government aims to implement its migration and refugee policy promises in the… Read more »

International Women's Space / News / oplatz

Pressemitteilung: Pressekonferenz mit Angela Davis am 06. Oktober 2022 auf dem O-Platz

International Women* Space e. V. veranstaltet vom 05.10. bis 09.10.2022 ein Kunst- und Kulturfestival auf dem Oranienplatz, Berlin Berlin, den 23.09.2022 – Der Verein International Women* Space e. V. lädt ein, die 10-jährige Selbstermächtigungsgeschichte geflüchteter Menschen zu feiern, die in der Besetzung des Oranienplatzes und später dann auch der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule in der Ohlauer Straße ihren… Read more »

berlin news / News / oplatz / Refugee Groups Berlin / Statements

O-Platz wird 10 – Baustelle Migration (5.10. – 9.10.22)

Vor 10 Jahren wurde der Kreuzberger Oranienplatz und später dann auch die Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule in der Ohlauer Straße besetzt. Anlässlich dieses Jubiläums wollen wir uns vom 5.10. – 9.10. auf dem Oranienplatz versammeln und die Geschichte der rebellischen Geflüchteten-Bewegung feiern.