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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.

If you want to support our work with refugees, please donate.

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

Free the Röszke 11from: Free Röszke 11

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!
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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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