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Ahmed H.’s trial, act two

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Ahmed H.’s trial, act two – 2nd instance court decides Ahmed H.s terrorism charges need to be re-consider due to “lack of reasoning and interpretation”

Two days ago, on the 15th of June 2017 in Szeged, Hungary, Ahmed H. had his second instance trial, after being sentenced to 10 years of prison on the 30th of November 2016 for committing an “act of terrorism“.

The prosecution, obviously, emphasized that the first instance hearings followed European law guidelines. They demanded a higher sentence for Ahmed H., close to 17,5 years. The new lawyer, P. Bárándy – former minister of justice of the socialist-liberal coalition – seemed well prepared and questioned many contradictory interpretations of the first instance judgment.

The defense argued that the verdict is faulty, using “special” words to create a “certain” atmosphere, containing non-relevant information (for example Ahmed H’s religious affiliations) and that “there are about 200 technical errors”. The evidence, according to the defense, was used selectively to support the argument of Ahmed H. being a terrorist.

The judge decided to refer the case back to the first instance court, claiming that although the evidences were properly established, there was a lack of reasoning and interpretation. The judge also suggested, that the first instance court needs to set up if Ahmed H’s acts (especially the alleged stone throwing) were a “deliberate attempt of forcing the state” or an act of “despair” or “anger” in order to determine if the terrorism accusation is correct.

A couple of days ago, Orbán responded to the criticism of the EU parliament regarding the trial of Ahmed H., saying that “the obvious lies of Ahmed H.” are more important to Brussels than the security of Hungarians, since they ignore the “fact” that “Ahmed H. had seven passports and he convinced other migrants to break through the border.”

In the end it is necessary to doubt in the first instance court-decision and support the efforts of Ahmed H’s defense. But should we rest our hopes in the Hungarian legal system and believe in their independence? Didn’t the whole Röszke trials expose the Hungarian legal system as the willing servant of the government’s ambitions? We think that the “new” first instance trial will be as much dependent on the political atmosphere as the previous ones. In the end it is not a question of “law” and “objective reasoning” but rather a political struggle. We believe in a world of equality, dignity and freedom for all. We will keep on fighting until Ahmed H. is free and we will not fall for the attempts of creating a fiction of legality.

Sadly, we are not financed by Gyorgy Soros, even though some honest and truthful politicians are claiming otherwise. So we still rely on your donations to help to cover the lawyer costs.

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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.

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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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ZINE: FREE the röszke 11 Imprisonment of Migrants and Repression against Movements in Hungary and Beyond

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We published a zine about the Röszke 11, that provides an overview and gerneral analysis. It summarizes the story of the Röszke 11, the political context, and similar cases of criminalization in Greece and Luxembourg. You can download it when you click on the pdf-signs above or below. The version above is the smaller web-file, the one below is the large file for printing, the cover (front and back) and the rest of the zine are in 3 separate files. Spread and print it!
Resistance and struggle continues!


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Demonstration “Free the Röszke 11 – Solidarity with Ahmad and all of the accused

Solidarity Demonstration Free Röszke 11Friday, October 28 // 7:00 PM / 19.00 o´clock
Unter den Linden 76 (close to the Hungarian embassy) // Berlin

After the hungarian government closed their borders to migrants in September ’15 people started a protest at the border crossing Roeszke which got trapped by police. They caught 11 persons who couldn’t come away fast enough.

One year later: Ten people got 1 to 3 years prison without probation. The prosecutor already announced to go into revision: he considers the sentences as too weak and demands harder punishment.

One is missing – Ahmad H. Because of video footage, showing him holding a megaphone and throwing a stone, he is accused for terrorism, facing no less than 20 years of prison.

At the 28th October he has his final trial. Get active and creative, show your solidarity and join our demonstration!

No evidences, no fairness — let’s raise our voices!

Free the Röszke 11!

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Solidaritäts-Demonstration “Freiheit für die Röszke 11 – Solidarität mit Ahmad und allen anderen Angeklagten”

Freitag, 28. Oktober 2016 // 19.00 Uhr
Unter den Linden 76 (nahe der ungarischen Botschaft) // Berlin

Nachdem die ungarisch Regierung im September ’15 die Grenzen nach Serbien geschlossen hatte, wurden bei einem Protest am Grenzübergang Röszke 11 Menschen, die nicht schnell genug welaufen konnten, verhaftet.

Ein Jahr später: Zehn Menschen wurden zu ein bis drei Jahren Knast ohne Bewährung verurteilt. Die Staatsanwaltschaft hat Revision angekündigt: Die Strafe sei nicht hart genug.

Aber eine Person fehlt – Ahmad H. Wegen Videomaterials, auf dem man sieht wie er ein Megafon hält und – genauso wie viele andere – einen Stein wirft, wird er des Terrorismus angeklagt. Die Anklage fordert mindestens 20 Jahre Haft.

Am 28. Oktober ist der letzte Verhandlungstag. Seid aktiv und kreativ, zeigt Solidarität und kommt zur Kundgebung!

Keine Beweise, keine Gerechtigkeit – lasst uns die Stimme erheben!

Free the Röszke 11!

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Hungary closes its borders

On October 15 2015 Hungary finally decided to close its border passage Botovo with Croatia, where the “more formal  coridor” for the flow of people, temporary established by inter-governmental agreements, took place, changing the direction of the so called balkan route. Instead of going through Croatia to Hungary the route is redirected to Slovenia, where people are registered, before taken to Austrian border (slov. Šentilj/ ger. Spielfeld).

Karta Slovenije

Info: use map for traveling through Slovenia.

Activist which are at the Slovenian borders and registration camps are reporting, that the authorities are taking fingerprints from the incoming people at the Gruškovje registration camp, but not at Petišovci. This information is not entirely clear, but it is worth to take into account that your fingerprints can be sent to EURODAC. Because of this, predominantly non-Syrians, can be effected by the Dublin convention – this means: if you claim asylum in other EU country, they can return you to Slovenia.

Who can be affected:

  • your fingerprints were taken in another country (and stored on a common European database called EURODAC)
  • you admit that you have been to, or travelled through, another country, even if you didn’t give your fingerprints
  • it can be shown by some other source of evidence that you have been to, or travelled through another country
  • it can be shown that you were previously issued a visa for an EU country
  • you tell the authorities that you wish to join your spouse, who is an asylum seeker or a refugee in another country

In case this happens to you and if you are non-Syrian citizen, you will need legal aid.

Situation in Slovenia (18.10.2015), reports from activists:

Our group on the field successfully set up an Info point in Petišovci. It is located next to the big registration tent. The situation regarding the access to the registration centres is varying. While there were no bigger problems in Petišovci, nobody external was allowed to enter the registration centre in Središče ob Dravi.

The other type of centres are accommodation centres. One is located in Šentilj (Spielfeld), the other in Gornja Radgona. These ones are being used at the moment, there are roughly about 20 more all over Slovenia which can be used if needed. These are being managed by the Civil Protection (Civilna zaščita), while the registration centres are being managed by the police. In addition to the registration centres in Petišovci and Središče ob Dravi there are more registration centres in Obrežje, Gruškovje and Dolga vas.

It seems the access to both types of centres might become an issue. Volunteers would be able to enter the accommodation centres via the Slovene Philanthropy and NGO Adre. This does not apply for the registration centres, where the access is even more restricted.

Based on the conversations with the refugees they mostly need information and the possibility to communicate. They fear what fingerprinting them means, whether it serves as a ground for deportation, they don’t know where they are and would like to inform their families regarding their situation. There’s no wifi network, chargers, multiple socket outlets, etc. in none of the centres. The medical staff in Petišovci complains that they aren’t allowed to hand out warm milk to the kids. One Austrian group offered to cook tea, with hesitation the head of the Red Cross agreed. This group already leaves today.

In short, the government agencies are declining external independent help. As a result of their limited capacities regarding the reception of refugees the flow has been slowed down, so they get stuck on the Balkan route, subjected to the cold and abuse and being blocked to to leave hazardous zones.

Dramaturgy of safe corridor through the Balkans

The category of Border monitoring will be used to give reports about the flow of people throught the borders of the so called “Balkan route”. The route watch will mostly include borders and registration centers between Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.

All information will be first-hand and forwarded from the groups of activists and volunteers (from sites such as Anti-Racist Front Without Borders from Slovenia, Open Borders Caravan that are located on the borders. The aim of the Border monitoring is not only to report on happening on mentioned borders and to give coordinates for the humanitarian aid, but also to make the recent flow of people (what the EU, its member states and mainstream media calls ‘refugee crisis’) a politically relevant question which adresses the discriminatory and xenophobic imigration and asylum policies within the EU, as well as its connection with the neoliberal developments. Open borders for all!

First post will outline the thoughts by some activists from the Anti-Racist Front Without Borders (Slovenia), who were in the past month present at the Slovenian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian and Hungarian borders.

international solidarity! let’s break all these borders together!

Syrian Refugees Slovenia

Refugee protest in Slovenia

19. September, 2015

At the border at Rigonce (Slovenia/Croatia) there where first bigger waves of refugees. At 17.30 and there were around 100, but 3 hours later, there were at least 500-600 at that small border. At the Bregana border crossing there were already 800 people and up to today there are around 2000-3000.  They are already transported to Slovenian asylum centers, camps etc.

Slovenian side of the border was packed with 100-150 robocops and they didn’t let anyone through. Slovenian government gave a clear massage that it closed it’s borders, even before people came. They also used teargas once and their batons.  Currently they are letting inside families, mostly women and children, and are separating men from them. People are tired, but extremly filled with positive energy, they showed that struggle for freedom is unstoppable.

Activists are really organized, but situation changes from hour to hour.

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Protest in Slovenia

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Al Jazeera News 20/21 Sep 2015 – Refugees stuck at Croatia’s border with Slovenia

Refugees at Croatia – Serbia border

Croatia ‘forcing’ Hungary to take in refugees

Hungary: Refugee riot in the closed detention camp Békéscsaba

Most of the asylum seekers in Hungary are kept in closed camps, forced to wait in detention for the result of their asylum claim. There are also so called “open camps”, where asylum seekers are placed[1]. The decision on whether a refugee will be brought to an open or a closed camp, depends on her or his country of origin but also on the gender. Generalizing the cases of persons from same countries, refugees from states that have better chances to get asylum in Hungary (like Eritrea, Afghanistan and other countries) are ‘accommodated’ in open camps for asylum seekers, whereas others, whose asylum chances are considered to be bad due to their state of origin, are kept in detention for a uncertain period of time. The capacities of the immigration jails are: around 200 in Debrecen, around 200 in Békéscsaba, and around 130 people in Nyírbátor. This is a permanent violation of human rights by the Hungarian state and the European Union.