Leipzig and Vienna showed us how to do it – in Berlin we want to follow their example. Together with many international friends, comrades and other people we will help refugees to cross the borders. Instead of only watching, we want to practically support the refugee struggles on the European borders by organizing shuttle service.
While still talking of welcoming culture, the closure of the border was already being prepared. The armed federal police closed the border in Bavaria while the humanitarian catastrophe in the border areas of Serbia and Croatia, in the camps of Hungary and along the transit routes intensified. This closed border policy inside the Fortress Europe will not stop anyone from fleeing, but will lead to even more misery, fear and death. In this moment, it becomes obvious that the warm words of welcome of these last days were of little value. Therefore, our answer can only be practical help to cross the borders!
Similar to 20 years ago we have constate racist agitation everywhere in Germany. Not only the NPD but also racist groups and civil initiatives agitate against giving refugees a place to live in their neigbourhood. They try to prevent places for refugees with hundrets of signatures, flyers and petitions or even juristic actions. Refugees are called with the common prejudges such as parasite, imposter or criminals and this way they get discriminated and criminilized. That these words are followed by concrete action prove the attacks with firework explosives towards refugee-camps in Güstrow in Oktober 2012, short time later in Waßmannsdorf (Brandenburg) or just recently in Arnstadt (Thüringen). The offenders often leave threats like „Lichtenhagen comes again“ or „Rostock is everywhere“ that refer directly to the racist progroms 21 years ago in Rostock-Lichtenhagen.