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Statement on police brutality in the reception center in Donauwörth on 14th of March

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On Wednesday, 14th of March, police forces showed extreme brutality towards the inhabitants of the reception center and arrested at least 29 persons. This happened after a legitimate protest against an attempted deportation. The location of those who were arrested is still unclear. There was no violence against humans on the side of the refugees. The charges of “breach of peace” and “grievous bodily harm” are utterly unfounded and constructed and will need independent evidence.

Refugees and human rights organisations have been criticising the inhuman living conditions in the reception centre (EA) in Donauwörth for months. The minister of the interior, Herrmann, used the false accusations against refugees spread by police as a pretext to personally travel to Donauwörth on Friday to continue his electoral campaign with right wing demands such as more police and more deportations.

The refugees in the EA of Donauwörth have released a statement (see below), in which they reject the unfounded accusations against them, demand the release of the prisoners, the recognition of their asylum applications, working permits and protection from the police.

Antiracist innitiatives and human rights organisations are stating their solidarity with those involved and with their demands. In addition to this, these groups demand the dismissal of the social workers who have violated their mandate towards the refugees in the EA.

We, the refugees of Donauwörth, demand that the unfounded claims, that we used violence against the police and that we threw furniture out of the windows, are withdrawn immediately. The police came to deport our colleague and began knocking at the doors to all our rooms between 3 and 4 in the morning, as they could not find him in his own room. Around 100 people of different nationalities woke up and demanded with their voices to immediately stop the deportation. At around 2 pm more than 50 police vans and over 200 special police unit officers entered the camp armoured with pistols, tear gas, batons, knives, ropes, rifles, dogs and pepper spray. They locked us in our rooms and barred the main entrance. Everywhere in the house they blocked the passages while taking our personal details and searching our rooms. They were seeking at least 29 people with a list of names, which had been obtained that morning with the help of the social workers and security personell. They threw tear gas canisters into the camp and sprayed pepper spray into some rooms as well as into our eyes. Some people fainted, others jumped out of the windows to save themselves. Window panes had to be broken to allow fresh air to enter the rooms, as all the windows in the EA are locked.

The demands of our previous protests have been, and remain, the recognition of our asylum applications, the closing of the transit camps of transfer to private appartments and the right to participation. Furthermore we demand the release of the prisoners.

Solidarity with the Strike in Donauwörth, 12th of Feb. 2018

Refugee protest in Bamberg Januar 2018

by Refugee Struggle for Freedom

Donauwörth means deprivation of freedom and exploitation – for those who live there, or have to live there. In Donauwörth, the administrative district Donau-Ries, there is a reception center/ “Erstaufnahmeeinrichtung” (EA). According to the law, people have to stay there for up to two years. They are systematically deprived of all rights in order to force them to leave the country. Officially, it’s called “voluntary return.” No freedom of movement: Residence obligation (1). No freedom over the choice of daily food: canteen food. Massive exploitation through 80 cent jobs in the reception center. Deprivation of the right to work, instead: Reduced or canceled pocket money. Deprivation of the right to education. Deprivation of the right on health care, instead completely inadequate medical care.

Strike of the 80 cent job – the alleged aid organization Malteser reacts to this with threatening to reduce the pocket money. This means, on the one hand, that the right to strike is not accepted and on the other hand, that the pocket money, independent from the sallery, will be reduced.

People from Gambia from the reception center packed their stuff to go to Italy by train. Voluntary return? This is a cynical expression of the meticulously planned German racist system, that is supposed to force people to leave the country as quickly as possible.

The journey to Italy has been stopped. As far as Germany wants to throw people from the Global South out of the country, it is also forbidden to let them go. The Germanwide monopol for trains, “Deutsche Bahn” stopped the traffic around Donauwörth. Racist reactions, that it would have been the fault of the refugees, followed.

It is not their fault if they are on strike with the unworthy working conditions with a “sallery” of 80 cents per hour (2). It is the necessary consequence in the fight for an end of racism and thus the right to stay. It is not their fault that “Deutsche Bahn” stops the traffic. It seems more like a last attempt to exercise power, to prepare the ground for hatespeech against refugees and to avoid a scandal. Wouldn’t it been scandalous if people had traveled against the European Dublin law, under the eyes of German policewo*men?

Detained in a camp until the deportation is “allowed”. At the same time leaving the administrated district is prohibited. Working for 80 cents an hour. Canteen food. Poor medical care. Characteristics that are strongly linked to conditions in prisons. Waiting two years until Italy and Germany agreed on deportation to Italy. Loosing two years from your own life.
The strikers from Donauwörth announce that they will take action again, unless positive changes occur in the forthcoming talks with the authorities. Also last week they went on protest and sit ins.

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(1) German law (§ 56 AsylG, § 61 (1) AufenthG) that forces asylum seekers to stay inside the district of the foreigners’ registration office.

(2) The Bavarian integration law created these working conditions for non-citizens, apart of the minimum wage for citizens.

We are refugees, not prisoners! Bamberg AEO camp demonstration 17th Jan 2018

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Solidarität mit dem Streik in Donauwörth, 12.02.2018

Donauwörth bedeutet für viele Menschen, die dort leben, d.h. leben müssen, Freiheitsberaubung und Ausbeutung.
In Donauwörth, Landkreis Donau-Ries, steht eine Erstaufnahmeeinrichtung (EA). Laut Gesetzt müssen Menschen dort bis zu 2 Jahre ausharren. Sie werden systematisch sämtlichen Freiheiten beraubt, um so eine Ausreise zu erzwingen. Offiziell heißt das dann “Frewillige Rückkehr”.

Keine Freiheit über das tägliche Essen: Kantinenessen
Keine Bewegungsfreiheit: Residenzpflicht (1)
Massive Ausbeutung durch 80 Cent Jobs in den EA’s
Beraubung des Rechts auf Arbeit, stattdessen: Gekürztes oder gestrichenes Taschengeld
Beraubung des Rechts auf Bildung
Beraubung des Rechts auf Gesundheit, stattdessen vollkommen unzureichende medizininische “Versorgung”

Streik des 80 Cent Jobs – Das vermeintliche Hilfswerk Malteser reagiert hierauf mit einer heute ausgesprochenen Drohung zur Kürzung des Taschengeldes. D.h. zum einen werden weder Streikrechte gehalten, zum anderen wird das davon unabhägige Taschengeld gekürzt.

Menschen aus Gambia aus der EA in Donauwörth, packten ihre Sachen, um mit dem Zug nach Italien zu fahren. Freiwillige Rückkehr? Das ist ein zynischer Ausdruck für das penibel geplante deutsche, rassistische System, welches Menschen zur schnellstmöglichen Ausreise zwingen soll.

Die Fahrt nach Italien wurde gestoppt. Sowie Deutschland Personen aus dem Globalen Süden aus dem Land schmeißen will, verbietet es ebenso die Bürokratie sie gehen zu lassen.

Die Deutsche Bahn lies den Verkehr auf Gleisen um Donauwörth einstellen. Rassistische Reaktionen, dass es die Schuld der Geflüchteten sei, folgten hierauf.

Es ist nicht ihre Schuld, wenn sie unwürdige Arbeitsbedingungen bei einer “Entlohnung” von 80 Cent pro Stunde (2) bestreiken. Es ist die notwendige Konsequenz im Kampf um ein Ende von Rassismus und damit Bleiberecht.

Es ist nicht ihre Schuld, dass die Deutsche Bahn den Verkehr einstellt. Es scheint, eher wie ein letzter Versuch Macht auszuüben, Hetze gegen Geflüchteten den Boden zu bereiten sowie einen Skandal zu vermeiden. Wäre es doch skandalös, wenn Menschen entgegen dem europäischen Dublin-Gesetz ausgereist wären, unter den Augen von deutschen Polizisten.

Festgehalten in einem Lager, bis die Abschiebung “erlaubt” ist, sowie gleichzeitig die Ausreise und das Verlassen des Landkreises verboten sind. Arbeiten für 80 Cent. Kantinenessen. Schlechte medizinische Versorgung. Eigenschaften, die stark an Bedingungen in Gefängnissen, anknüpfen. Zwei Jahre warten bis Italien und Deutschland der Abschiebung nach Italien zustimmen. Zwei Jahre vom eigenen Leben verlieren.

Die Streikenden aus Donauwörth kündigen an wieder in Aktion zu treten, sofern nach den vergangenen sowie in den kommenden Gesprächen mit den Autoritäten keine positiven Veränderungen eintreten. Bereits letzte Woche fanden Proteste und Sitzstreiks in Donauwörth statt.

1 Residenzpflicht = § 56 AsylG, § 61 (1) AufenthG “Die Aufenthaltsgestattung ist räumlich auf den Bezirk der Ausländerbehörde
beschränkt, in dem die für die Aufnahme des Ausländers zuständige Aufnahmeeinrichtung liegt.”

2 Das bayerische Integrationsgesetzt unter Nahles und de Maizière schaffte diese Arbeitsbedingungen für Nicht-Bürger*innen, abseits des Mindestlohnes für Bürger*innen.