Tag: Support

Bass Down Borders #3

Wann: 7. Juni um 22:00 – 8. Juni um 12:00

Wo: Mensch Meier, Storkowerstraße 121, 10407 Berlin

[DE]:
(english Version below)

Tanz deine Revolution? Deutschland kaputt raven? Bass Down Borders?!
…Uns ist natürlich bewusst, dass sich etwas so widerliches wie Nationalgrenzen oder ein „Heimatminister“ nicht einfach so wegbassen lassen. Trotzdem wollen wir mit unserer Veranstaltung einen Beitrag leisten, um die alltäglichen Kämpfe von geflüchteten Menschen für bedingungsloses Bleiberecht und eine solidarische Gesellschaft zu unterstützen.

Mit jeder Menge Techno, saftigem Downtempo, Ravepunk und einer guten Prise Drum n Bass wollen wir gemeinsam eskalieren, um uns dem rassistischen Normalzustand für eine Nacht so weit es geht zu entziehen und unser antirassistisches Solikonto zu füllen. Die Gelder gehen dieses mal an die Unterstützung von individuellen Bleiberechtsupport und an die Soligruppe #freeDW32, die weiterhin in Bayern Geflüchtete nach gewaltvollen Polizeirazzien in verschiedenen Lagern im Umgang mit Repressionen unterstützt.

ERMÄßIGTER EINTRITT VOR 0 UHR

In diesem Jahr stehen wir in inhaltlicher, kreativer und solidarischer Kooperation mit der Love Foundation Berlin Crew, welche für euch dann ab Samstag Mittag direkt im Anschluss Musik, Workshops und Inputs bereithalten (https://www.facebook.com/events/856850717993035/).

Auf unserer Veranstaltung gibt es keinen Platz für rassistisches, sexistisches Homo- und Trans*phobes Verhalten, sowie weitere diskriminierende Ismen.
Wir möchten das unsere Veranstaltung ein Safer Space für FLTIQ*s ist. Everybody is welcome!

[EN]:
Dance your revolution? Rave germany to pieces? Bass down borders?
…we know, that something disgusting like national borders or a so called “minister of homeland” cannot be bassed down or away. Nevertheless we want to make a contribution with our event to support the daily struggles of refugees for freedom of movement and for a society based on solidarity.
Together we want to escalate for one night with a lot of techno, juicy downtempo, resistant Ravepunk and a pinch of drum n bass, in order to elude the racist normality as far as possible and to fill our antiracist solidarity-account.

The money will be delivered this time to people who need support for their individual asylum cases and to the group #freeDW32. #freeDW32 are a bunch of people, who continuously supports refugees that suffer from state repression after police raids in different refugee camps in Bavaria.
Solidarity and resistance – bass down borders!

CHEAPER ENTRANCE BEFORE 0:00

This year we cooperate with the Love Foundation Berlin crew regarding content, creativity and solidarity. Their event will smoothly start saturday noon and we invite you to stay for their various program with music, workshops and inputs (https://www.facebook.com/events/856850717993035/).

In our Event we won’t have space for racist, sexist, homo- and transphob behaviour. Neither is any other discrimination tolerated.
We want our Party to be a safer space for FLTIQ*s. Everybody is welcome!
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Line Up:

LIVE (Ravepunk) ab 22 Uhr:

Infant Sanchos, BLN, https://infantsanchos.bandcamp.com/

Alles.Scheisze, BLN/KLN, https://allesscheisze.bandcamp.com/

HC Baxxter, HNVR, https://hcbaxxter.bandcamp.com/

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DJ*s ab 0:00 Uhr

Jaamann b2b The Relative Zero [Tiefdruckgebeat, BLN]
https://soundcloud.com/jaamann, https://soundcloud.com/therelativezero

Moji [Rebellion der Träumer*, BLN]
https://soundcloud.com/moji-taali

Lucinee [PAL // NACKT // Lucid, HH]
https://soundcloud.com/lucinee]

V—NYC [ebb + flow // Berlin Invasion // Kybele, BLN]
https://soundcloud.com/cyantifik

Nova Gravity [BAR72 // Kolorado Festival, BUD]
http://soundcloud.com/nova_gravity

Katzenohr [PRIZM:Berlin // RSNZRFLXN, BLN]
https://soundcloud.com/katzenohr]

Crille & Tamalt [eq:booking // minibar // slowereastside, BLN]
https://soundcloud.co/crilleundtamalt]

Wardita [kopfueber // eastern disco // Tonleiter Records, BLN]
https://soundcloud.com/wardita]

Kaleidoscope [BLN]
https://hearthis.at/laura-salamanca/]

Lady Tracy [BLN]
https://soundcloud.com/lady-tracy]

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Our extra Gadgets:

Soak [Crach Records & Subtrakt, BLN]
https://hearthis.at/soakdnb/

Hardcorn Vibes aka eCorn Olsen [Mensch Meier, traumsucht, BLN]
https://soundcloud.com/ecornolsen

Bibad Ebu [BLN] https://soundcloud.com/user-350961502]

Aufruf zur Unterstützung des Festivals “Building Bridges” auf den Oplatz Berlin

[ ***german below***]

Dear friends & supporters,

From 26.-29.July, we from Women in Exile & Friends are inviting to „Bulding Bridges“ Festival in O-Platz Berlin. The festival is for refugee women* (individuals and refugee women groups) and women* working with and for refugee women* issues. We will have different interesting activities like workshops, discussions, cultural and artistic stage programm etc.

Here more infos and our call in various languages: https://www.women-in-exile.net/en/building-bridges-festival-26-29-07-2019/

To make the festival a succes, we are asking for your support in the following areas:

setting up the Festival

child care

night shifts

kitchen

floater

If you have time and energy to support, please write us a mail on which days you are available or which shifts are possible to make. Also if you would like to have more information, just write to: support@women-in-exile.net

We are happy about every helping hand and are very thankful for your support!

(the festival participation is limited to refugee women* and women*in solidarity but supporting the festival and enjoying the stage programm is open for everyone)

For this we warmly invite you to our supporter meeting on friday, 7th June at 18h in K9, Kinzigstr. 9 (near U5-Samariterstr.). Please let us know if you can come.

We are looking forward in realizing a great festival together!

Solidarity Greetings

Women in Exile & Friends

* * *

Liebe Freund*innen und Unterstützer*innen,

Vom 26.-29. Juli laden wir, Women in Exile & Friends, Flüchtlingsfrauen*
aus Berlin/Brandenburg sowie ganz Deutschland und ihre Verbündeten zum
„Building Bridges“ Festival auf den O-Platz ein. Es wird viele
verschiedene interessante Aktivitäten, wie Workshops, Diskussionen und

ein künstlerisch-kulturelles Bühnen-Programm geben (Programm folgt in
Kürze).

Um das Festival auf die Beine stellen zu können, suchen wir tatkräftige
Unterstützung, vor allem für folgende Bereiche:

Auf-/Abbau des Festivals
Kinderbetreuung
Nachtwache
Küche
Springerin

Wenn Ihr Zeit und Lust zum Unterstützen habt, schreibt uns gerne eine
Mail, am besten anwelchen Tagen/welche Schichten ihr machen könnt,
oderauch wenn ihr mehr erfahren wollt, schreibt an:
support@women-in-exile.net support@women-in-exile.net>

Wir freuen uns über jede helfende Hand und sind Euch sehr dankbar!

(die Festivalteilnahme ist nur für Flüchtlingsfrauen* und solidarische
Unterstützerinnen aber mithelfen und das Bühnenprogramm genießen, darf
jede*r)

Außerdem laden wir euch herzlich zum Unterstützer*innen-Treffen am
Freitag den 7.6. um 18Uhr in die K9, Kinzigstr. 9 (nahe
U5-Samariterstr.) ein.

Sagt bitte Bescheid, ob ihr kommen könnt.

Wir freuen uns, zusammen ein tolles Festival zu realisieren!

Solidarische Grüße,

Women in Exile & Friends

21.03.19 – Vortrag und Podiumsdiskussion: Ankerzentren – Isolation, Entrechtung und Gewalt

von Karawane München

mit Bewohner*innen aus verschiedenen bayerischen AnkER-Zentren und der Sozialwissenschaflerin und Justizwatch-Aktivistin Aino Korvensyrjä

Donnerstag , 21.März 2019, 19:00 Uhr
Café des Bellevue de Monaco, Müllerstrasse 2-6, München

Bayern ist bundesweit Vorreiter bei der Unterbringung von Geflüchteten in sog. ‚AnkER-Zentren‘. Seit dem 01. August 2018 werden alle neu ankommenden Flüchtlinge in den AnkER-Einrichtungen untergebracht. AnkER-Zentren sind große Lager, oft ehemalige Kasernen, in denen eine große Zahl von Menschen auf engstem Raum, isoliert von der Gesellschaft, zusammengepfercht werden und schutzlos der Behördenwillkür, Security- und Polizeigewalt ausgeliefert sind.

Der ehemalige bayerische Ministerpräsident und jetzige Bundesinnenminister, Horst Seehofer, will die AnkER-Zentren zum Modell für alle Bundesländer machen. Bisher folgen jedoch nur Sachsen und das Saarland diesem bayerischen Weg der Abschreckung von Geflüchteten.

In den AnkER-Zentren werden die Geflüchteten von der Gesellschaft isoliert. Die Lager sind in der Regel von hohen Zäunen umgeben. Die Zugänge werden rund um die Uhr von Security-Diensten kontrolliert. Beim Einlass werden die Privatsachen der Bewohnerinnen durchsucht, da die Hausordnung z.B. verderbliche Lebensmittel oder elektrische Geräte verbietet. Flüchtlingshelferinnen und anderen Besucherinnen wird der Zugang verwehrt. Journalistinnen und Pressevertreter*innen können zu festgelegten Terminen (ca. einmal im Jahr) an Lagerführungen teilnehmen.

Das Leben im Lager besteht aus zahlreichen Schikanen. Es kommt immer wieder zu überfallartigen Zimmerkontrollen durch die Security. In überfüllten Mehrbettzimmern werden bis zu 16 Personen untergebracht, die Zimmer und Gemeinschaftswaschräume lassen sich nicht abschließen. Eine Privatsphäre existiert nicht!

Es herrscht zudem ein strenges Sachleistungsprinzip. Die Bewohnerinnen werden drei mal am Tag zu festgeschriebenen Zeiten mit eintönigem Kantinenessen versorgt. Kochendes Wasser zur Zubereitung von Babynahrung ist lediglich zu diesen Zeiten verfügbar. Eigenständiges Kochen ist ihnen strengstens verboten. Ebenso ist die medizinische Versorgung stark eingeschränkt. Kinder können in der Regel keine normale Kita oder Schule besuchen. Für den persönlichen Bedarf erhalten die Geflüchteten lediglich ein geringes Taschengeld, so dass sich viele eine anwaltliche Vertretung nicht leisten können. Umverteilung oder Leistungskürzungen werden immer öfter durchgeführt, ohne dass ein Bescheid ergangen ist. Wer sich öffentlich über die Missstände beschwert oder sich politisch organisiert wird in ein anderes Lager verlegt und durch diverse Maßnahmen eingeschüchtert. Alle diese Bedingungen zielen auf eine systematische Entmündigung und Zermürbung der Bewohnerinnen ab.

Die Lager werden in den letzten Monaten zunehmend von Orten der Entrechtung, zu Orten der systematischen Gewalt. In zahlreichen bayerischen Lagern, wie Donauwörth, Bamberg, Deggendorf und Fürstenfeldbruck kam es in letzter Zeit zu brutalen Übergriffen von Mitarbeitern privater Security-Dienste auf Bewohner*innen. Die Geflüchteten sind diesen Angriffen weitgehend schutzlos ausgeliefert. Wird die Polizei eingeschaltet, dann ermittelt sie in der Regel ausschließlich gegen die Opfer der gewalttätigen Übergriffe. Nach Konflikten mit den Security-Diensten kommt es regelmäßig zu großen Polizeirazzien in den Lagern, an denen sich oft mehrere Hundertschaften in voller Kampfausrüstung und unter Einsatz von Hunden beteiligen. Geflüchtete werden aufgrund willkürlicher Vorwürfe inhaftiert und mit schweren Anklagen wie Landfriedensbruch, Körperverletzung und Widerstand überzogen.

Die martialisch inszenierten Razzien der Polizei unterstreichen in der Öffentlichkeit das Bild von den gewalttätigen Flüchtlingen und den Lagern als gefährlichen Orten. In den Medien werden in der Regel nur die Polizeiberichte wiedergegeben, die stark durch rassistische Stereotype gekennzeichnet sind. Die Gewalt von Security und Polizei wird nicht thematisiert. Die Geflüchteten selbst kommen nicht zu Wort. Die AnkER-Zentren werden so zu Orten des institutionalisierten Ausnahmezustandes und zu Experimentierfeldern bei der Umsetzung des neuen repressiven Polizeigesetzes.

Die alltägliche Repression stößt jedoch auch auf Widerstand bei den Geflüchteten. In vielen Lagern haben sich Geflüchtete selbst organisiert und spontane Protestformen entwickelt. Wir solidarisieren uns mit dem Widerstand der Geflüchteten gegen die alltägliche Gewalt und Repression in den Lagern und die Form dieser Unterbringung an sich. Gemeinsam wollen wir der Kriminalisierung und Entrechtung Geflüchteter entgegentreten.

Zusammen mit Betroffenen aus verschiedenen bayerischen Lagern laden wir deshalb zu einer Podiumsdiskussion ein. Geflüchtete werden dort über ihre Erfahrungen mit den alltäglichen Schikanen und der systematischen Gewalt berichten. Die Sozialwissenschaftlerin Aino Korvensyrjä promoviert zum deutschen Abschieberegime und zur Kriminalisierung der Migration. Als Aktivistin von Justizwatch beobachtet sie die massiven Polizeieinsätze in den süddeutschen Aufnahme- und Abschiebelagern und dokumentiert die Angriffe des Wachpersonals in unterschiedlichen Lagern. Sie sieht in dem Vorgehen eine neue Strategie staatlicher Gewalt zur Einschüchterung der Geflüchteten und Kriminalisierung jeglicher Solidarität.

DEMO – politisch motiviert Gewalt gegen Geflüchtete in Ellwangen am 9. Mai um 17 Uhr

Ellwangen Demo Refugees4Refugees

Ellwangen Demo Refugees4Refugees

 

Wir treffen uns am Mittwoch, dem 9. Mai um 17:00 Uhr an der Ellwangener LEA  Georg-Elser-Straße 2, 73479 Ellwangen (Jagst) 

12:00 Mahnwache am Marktplatz 
Kommt vorbei, wenn ihr hören wollt, was tatsächlich passiert ist.

17:00 Kundgebung und Demonstration vor der LEA Georg-Elser-Straße 2, 73479 Ellwangen (Jagst)

Die Refugee-Bewegung am 1. Mai 2017 in Kreuzberg / The Refugee Movement on 1st of May, 2017 in Kreuzberg

Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde,

lasst uns den revolutionären 1. Mai feiern und weiterkämpfen! Wir laden Euch herzlich zu unseren Ständen rund um das Myfest in Kreuzberg ein. Am Oranienplatz gibt es ab 12 Uhr einen Stand von Aktivist*innen der Bewegung. Napuli Paul Langa und Turgay Ulu werden auch auf der dortigen Bühne sprechen. Am Mariannenplatz (vor der Thomaskirche) bieten die Bewohner*innen und Aktivist*innen der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule aus der Ohlauer Straße ein Soli-Essen an und informieren über die aktuelle Situation in der Schule. Vor dem Refugee Office in der Waldemarstraße 46 gibt es ab Mittags außerdem einen Stand von WeAreBornFree! Empowerment Radio und der Schlafplatzorga. Für Essen und Trinken ist auch da gesorgt. An allen Orten wird man auch die Daily Resistance finden.

Dear friends,

let’s celebrate the Revolutionary 1st of May and keep on fighting! We cordially invite all people to our stands on the Myfest in Kreuzberg. On Oranienplatz there will be a stand of movement’s activists, starting from 12. Napuli Paul Langa and Turgay Ulu will also give a speech there on stage. On Mariannenplatz (in front of Thomas Church) the inhabitants and activists of Gerhart Hauptmann School from Ohlauer Str. will offer food on a soli basis and inform about the current situation in the school. In Waldemarstr 46, in front of the Refugee Office, WeareBornFree! Empowerment Radio and the Sleeping Place Orga will be present from noon, as well. Foods and drinks will be provided. You can find the newspaper Daily Resistance at all these places.

COURT HEARING TODAY COULD OVERTURN APPEAL DENIALS FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

Statements from Mobilization4Mumia in Philladelphia USA on the occation of the anniversary of his arrest 35 years ago and his birthday

Today, April 24, 2017, Mumia’s Abu-Jamal’s 63rd birthday, there is a court hearing on his PCRA (Post-Conviction Relief Act) petition in the Pennsylvania courts. This is a new legal action to overturn State Supreme Court decisions from 1995-2008 that denied him freedom despite his innocence. Mumia’s appeals asserted the police and prosecution manufactured the proof of his guilt and suppressed evidence of his innocence. Abu-Jamal was scheduled for execution in 1995 and 1999 but was saved by mass international protests. In 2012 he was re-sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. 

This new legal action can open the door to Abu-Jamal’s freedom, overturning the denials of his appeals. A dozen other men who were prosecuted by Castille and then denied appeals, will also be heard in court. We need to show the courts of injustice that Mumia and other prisoners should not spend another day on “slow death row.” All of these unjustly-incarcerated men should be immediately released from prison! 

VICTORY: Judge Orders Treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Yesterday, Federal Judge Robert Mariani ordered the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to immediately give Mumia Abu-Jamal the life-saving latest direct-acting antiviral medications that have a 95% cure rate!

After a year and a half of constant legal battling, near death hospitalization, and agonizing chronic sickness, Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and attorney Robert Boyle, and thousands of activists, on behalf of Mumia, have prevailed.

Mumia: Hepatitis C Gets A Knock Out Punch
Mumia’s Reaction After Court Orders DOC to Provide Care

From Bret Grote
Abu-Jamal v. Wetzel – Court orders hepatitis C treatment for Mumia!
Victory – late this afternoon Judge Robert Mariani of the federal court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ordered officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to treat Mumia Abu-Jamal’s chronic hepatitis C with the latest direct-acting antiviral medications that have a 95% cure rate.
This is the first case in the country in which a federal court has ordered prison officials to provide an incarcerated patient with the new medications that came on the market in 2013.
We expect an appeal, but for now this is a major victory.
Very honored to represent Mumia along with the impeccable Robert Boyle.
Much gratitude to the family and friends and supporters of Mumia who have rallied and fought for his health and his freedom – Pam AfricaJohanna FernandezSuzanne RossKeith CookWadiya Jamal, Noelle Harrahan and so many others.
Hasta la victoria siempre!

Right to stay for Hikmet! Bleiberecht für Hikmet!

Alle bleiben Freiheit für Hikmet

Hikmet’s is getting the answer about “Bleiberecht” from the “Petition Office” Dec. 1. if he doesn’t get it he is threatened with deportation. And the oldest of his two brothers is also being threatened with deportation.

Wir alle hoffen jetzt auf ein “Bleiberecht”, die Anhörung ist am 1. Dezember. Inzwischen droht ihrem älteren Bruder dasselbe Schicksal…Abschiebung.

Please sign also these petitions: FOR THE RIGHT TO STAY FOR ROMA IN GERMANY

https://www.change.org/p/bleiberecht?utm_source=embedded_petition_view

http://www.bundesromaverband.de/hier-ist-jetzt-die-englische-version-der-petition-bitte-breit-verteilen-und-bitte-unterschreiben-now-also-in-english-please-spread-widely-and-sign/

Support in front of lager in Bornitzstr. Berlin

Refugee Protest Bornitzstr.Update by abriraqui

122 people in #Bornitzstr. Lager are not receiving food since Thursday.

Today a group of volunteers went to the Lager to give warm food outside here a short video taken:

Giving food at Bornitzstr102 Lager – Berlin from abriraqui

 

Update Monday, 10.10.2016

At Bornitzt Lager people were asked to go to Lageso, but in between employers in the Lager have told the people they would throw their stuff outside, so they’ve stayed inside their rooms. They’ve also threatend them with taking the beds and blankets ways from them.

All these plus the fact they are receiving no food. Any support in site, would be great 🙂

 

Update Tuesday, 11.11.2016

After a weekend of tension and without food. What’s next in #Borniztstr102?

 

Monday came and with it, the stress of the possibility of being thrown out of the Lager, the place where many have lived for more than one year or at least several months. The eviction could happen at any moment.

At 7 o’clock the workers of the lager, started waking everybody up, they had to remove their stuff from their rooms, they even said they had to bring out the beds and blankets. Only astonishment came from the side of the people living in the lager, why should be treated like that?, they are just asking that decisions are communicated in advance, so that they can organize things, they just want to understand why in 24h they have to leave for no reason, just one reason, none were given until now.

The more close to a reason was when someone said, “well Lageso realised that is not really legal to have you so crowded, so now they want to apply the law, for their own safety”. As I heard this I really wondered if someone could really accept that as an argument, all lagers are not at any point fulfilling human conditions, crowed, with no good hygienic conditions, food is shit (literally), many times there is no medical support, social workers who are not really doing their job, no places for study, without talking about how they are many times treated with disdain, ignored, etc, etc. but the German government is paying lots of money to these companies so that all needs should be covered, but everything is just a bunch of business interests in all sides, except in the refugee side.

One of the facts of what is going on at Bornitzstr 102 is that PeWoBe has been asked to leave this management of the Lager and another company should take care, PeWoBe looks like does not want to give up, so now is a duel between companies. Maybe is good to remember the PeWobe scandal, I’ll just cite DW article from August 2016:

“Far beyond gallows humor
Now that the internal correspondence full of macabre remarks has merged, professionalism is the last thing that comes to mind in connection with PeWoBe. Via email, several senior employees discussed what they should do with a 5,000 euro ($5,600) donation.

A sandbox was out of the question because the residents “would quickly turn it into an ashtray or a local toilet,” wrote Peggy M, director of one of the shelters. Instead, she suggested getting a “child guillotine.”

Berlin minister Mario Czaja canceled the company’s contract
Oher employees sent her photos of guillotines and decapitated heads. Beheadings are so messy, another female colleague warned: “There’s always splatter.” They also discuss a crematorium for which they would award an environmental certificate because the waste heat “is used for a cause.”

“We’re so good,” the employee concluded, adding that the “maximally pigmented” refugees could do the cleaning up.

The email correspondence was leaked to the city of Berlin, and over the weekend, the media began to pick it up.”

And this company got the contract because of direct contacts with Berlin’s Department for Health and Social Affairs, that is called corruption, a word that in Germany is still not too used, but which is also full of.

So, although most of the people in the morning were decided to go to Lageso/Laf, to check what was going on and what were the possibilities, once they were out, some people that stayed ended up calling because the workers were starting to move their things out ( — you know “it’s their job”, they get paid to do anything the boss says –), so everybody back to the rooms to resist this way of being thrown out, like animals.

So most of the people stayed, but a group of people went to Lageso to talk and see what options were possible.
In between I got some more information of what was happening, they removed the locks from the doors and they cut the electricity of certain rooms. Of course still no food for those “in the list”, it does not matter if there would be enough or not, is just a question of punishment.

The rest of the day, was more or less “calm”, this calm tension of uncertainty, of feeling not worth even an explanation, knowing that somewhere there is legal battle to keep the business of a NUK, and that there is no political action to prevent this situation.

Inside, we were able to chat, have a cup of tea, and see some photos of how beautiful is Syria, talk about friends, family, differences in Europe, we are able to laugh, and enjoy despite the situation. Moment like this are better than gold.

At the end of the day, a couple of buses parked outside the Lager, and took some people to Spandau.

 

Update, Thursday, 13.10.2016

One week of harassment at #Bornitzstr102 Lager #Berlin

 

Now is one whole week, since the people at Bornitzstr 102 Lager have suffered daily harassment from the workers and management of PeWoBe company. The ways have been multiple, from the basics of not giving them food, to waking up early in the morning saying they had to leave and that there things would be thrown to the streets. Menacing with removing beds and blankets, to actually remove locks from doors, cut of light in rooms. Also large amount of meetings have been hold with management, Lageso delegation (officially they don’t recognize pressure or negotiations have been going on), there was only one mission, to transmit people living in the Lager, that the only option was to leave the Lager, to transfer to another Lager (by the way in much worse conditions and far away from the city center).

What is said “there is no other option”, it has to do with the fact that PeWoBe is in the middle of a legal fight with Lageso, to keep the management of the Lager, although the racist mails exchange between the bosses was made public a couple of months ago. So the decisions rely on the private interests of companies, while Lageso/LAF and the Job Center, institutions in charge of the well being of the refugees, just deny any possibility of action on behalf of refugees.

Whole week long refugees, have gone to Lageso and to Job Center to ask for an explanation of what is happening. Today, one person who went to Job Center, received as an answer “you have to stay until the end of the month where you are since your costs have already been paid“, to this, the person asked, “yes, but PeWoBe is throwing me out“. In a moment of reaction, Job Center, tries to call Bornitzstr Lager, impossible to reach, none of the phones were working, no even the fax, so communication with the Lager was not possible. To that Job Center said, “you have to deal yourself with PeWoBe“. Also today, some other people went to Lageso, and also ask “what’s going on?”, the response was also, we don’t know, the only option is to transfer to another Lager, to which people opposed, since for the moment, only KopenicerAllees seems to be the only option, a crowded Lager with around 1000 people.

Meanwhile, inside the Lager, the harassment continued, this time, the women room was the target. Security from the Lager (6 men), a social worker and someone from the management, went inside the women’s room and wanted to force them to leave the Lager. As one women started screaming, the rest of the people in nearby rooms, run and gathered around the security. The question was “why do you want to force these women to leave?”, not being able to continue with the force eviction, the workers had the great idea of calling the police, so that the police threw people out. Police came, asked what was happening, if there was a fight or a quarrel or a strong discussion. None of that was taking place. Workers had to admit that there was nothing happening, an astonished police asked “then why do you call?”, workers answered “we want that you throw this people out”.

Police got annoyed and said “to move out people that have done nothing, is not our business, that you have to deal it with Lageso, Job Center …”, then they started taking the names of the workers that had by far exceeded their competences. And also the police asked the women, what had happened.

Also in the morning, the 4th and 5th floor have been opened, and families have been moved to the upper floors. In between new people are entering the Lager (it happens daily), with staying permission of 6 months, so, what are the criteria followed?.

As times passes it gets more clear, that everything is a mess, what is happening around Bornitzstr Lager is unclear, irregular, suspicious, there is no clear mandate from Lageso / Job Center of how the situation should be approached, and everything wants to be silenced.

In the background goes violation of human rights, corruption, business with human lives, indifference.

Securities trying to evict women using force #Bornitzstr102 #Berlin from abriraqui

Private security from PeWoBe are trying to evict by force the women staying in Borniztstr Lager. After hearing woman’s scream the other refugees came to the room, to prevent the eviction and throw the security out of the room

 

Update, Thursday 13.10.2016

Between embarrassment and disgust of what’s going on at #Bornitzstr102 Lager #Berlin

 

In the evening, I decided to go out and take a bit of fresh air, so I went to visit my friends at  #Bornitzstr102 Lager. Is not too far, and what they are going through there deserves some company and everybody to know. That people are invisible in a country just because is not their country, to be threatened permanently, to feel voiceless because there is no-one around , is something that basic makes me feel embarrassed. How can we turn our heads and look to another place, how can it be ignored the abuse on refugees, on extreme their fragile circumstances, for the sake of money, of profit, how can a country as Germany be so hypocritical and talk about a welcoming culture, when almost one million people are suffering on their daily basis.

This week I’m reporting what’s going on at #Bornitzstr102 but is just one of thousand cases. But maybe looking closer at it, it can be understood what means the psychological abuse at what refugees are submitted. As said I went to visit, to chat, to know what was happening since in the morning several incidents had taken place, the main one related on how the security men from the Lager went to throw out the women of the women’s room.  Also in the morning took place another incident, where security went inside of another room, and started throwing the things out of the room, but the people inside said they wouldn’t move, the security tried to provoke the people, with no luck, nobody reacted, so they stayed. It’s clear they are trying by all means, that people let themselves go a bit, to then accuse them of violence. When said by all the people I’ve talked to, there has been no violent incident between people living inside the Lager, at least the year+ they’ve been there.

Another meeting was about to take place, it starts to become quite hilarious the fact that the meetings are done between people that have no competence to change the current situation in the Lager, that is translators coming from Lageso, refugees and some person belonging to PeWoBe. They can talk as long as they want, the situation won’t be clarified, negotiations will not take place, is just to give the people the run around, tire them, lie to them, create confusion and fear.

The attitude of Lageso translators, is embarrassing,  people who’s task is supposed to be only, to transmit messages, not to build them and manipulate them.

First they simulate that they hear people’s complaints, that is, people who got a paper from Lageso on Monday saying they could stay in Bornitzstr 102 for the next two months, two days later, they find themselves in the list of people to be transfered to another Lager. So PeWoBe accepts any new registration (that means get the money for one person) and then throws out the person, so where is the money ending? and the person? where are the person’s rights? being on the list means not getting food, although not even people who are not in the list get the food, since due to having to go to courses or the school, they don’t have their food when they come back, which means that most of the people are only getting 2 meals instead of 3 (saving money, where is the money ending?) where are the rights of the people to get what they already have assigned?
Other person stands up and says “we are just money for you“, as he shows a 1€ coin, then there is a general complain about the heating, the Lager is cold, in between the translator says, well they are going to cut the electricity of the first floor, so you have to leave. Then another person takes the turn and says but I’m not in Lageso, I’m in the job center. Of course, no answer. A girl, one of the ones that were to thrown out in the morning, stands up and says, “My mum is old, she cannot walk too much, how can she go to a Lager where the toilets are 10 minutes from the room? how can she go to a place where she has to walk 15 minutes to the first bus stop?“. No answer. The next one says, but I have my school 10 minutes from here, how I move to a place where it takes me more than an hour to come here? No answer. (a side note, many of them have got a school to learn German or do an Ausbildung after 4-5 months fighting it.) Another turn says, we don’t want to go to KopenickerAllee because there are nazis around and we know they are attacking refugees. No answer. One key point in not wanting to move, is that some people get the complete amount of money from Lageso (~360€) ,that is the food is not deduced, this enables families to survive in some other country, without it, it would mean starvation for women and children back at home.

Some other interventions went on. But after getting no answers. The translators just kept repeating, as a mantra, you have to leave, you have to leave, you have to leave. Leave to where and why?, if it was clear Lageso would not be sending people day after day to this Lager, if it was clear they would be able to issue a document specifying the transfer, if would not say to people that they are lying when they are telling that they are getting no food. As people continued asking, protesting and saying they won’t move from Bornitzstr102, the translaters attacked again by saying, if you don’t leave, it will affect you asylum process, it can mean that you will not be accepted to stay in Germany. Then it came to me the disgust, no comments. Another hand was raised, No that’s not true, what happens here has nothing to do with our asylum processes. Then the translator had to rephrase what she wanted to say. But will this trigger  the fear of being punished just because they are just asking what is the reason of the transfer, why to certain people, why are people being cross out with no reason and others added with also no reason?

At the end of the session which seemed to be some kind of boss, that didn’t introduce himself, address to the people, and cynically, he said that he wanted that everything evolved with no violence, that they wanted a calm dialogue, and that for todays things would remain like that but tomorrow they will continue, probably he meant, they would continue harassing people.

 

Meeting at Bornitzstr102 with lageso translators, and PeWoBe staff from abriraqui

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