Waiting sentence

Uncertainty is an emotion that amplifies during a pandemic. This is a written text on my experience with the asylum process in Germany. Living in exile and reminiscent of memories. A deteriorating sense of self that the waiting game produces.

I have been in my asylum process for 24 months, that is still ongoing. I had the police come into my home, twice to detain and deport me while I was under a Dublin deportation order. I was not at home. For 6 months, I had no legal documents and had to seek protection from the church. I had no health insurance, no access to the job market. I was in constant distress and walking outside became intolerable with fear. I began to isolate myself from my friends and retreated indoors, the only place where I felt safe. I told myself, it was only 6 months. After 6 months, I would be able to live a life where I have rights, as opposed to them taken away.

Six months pass by and Germany handles my asylum case. I receive a temporary residency permit valid for a year while the case is still in process. Mondovì The fear that I thought I had left behind, only reinforced a foundation of despair. Moving to a country where you have to learn the language from scratch. Leaving your family behind and not knowing when you would be able to meet again. Having to deal with authorities that constrict your movement and rights. Finding safe housing in a city. Not knowing when the police will show up—again—at your place to detain you while you’re still in your asylum process. https://gaboardi.net.br/15-cat/dating_46.html Living in a constant state of terror that starts to erode any sense of safety.

On August 4th 2020, an explosion took place in Beirut, Lebanon, that was caused by 2,750 tonnes of cargo containing ammonium nitrate that was stored in the capital of Beirut’s port, for six years. Minutes later, I tried to get into contact with my family back home. The phone lines were down and could not reach them. My cousin worked ten minutes away from the port at the time. In an hour of waiting for anyone to respond, the worst possible scenarios were going through my head.

I was thinking that either my family had died from the explosion or were severely injured. Thankfully, my family was safe with minimal injuries. They were lucky. The others, not so much. 207 deaths, 7500 injured. Streets were filled with blood and decapitated bodies as people rushed into the overcrowded hospitals. Doctors were forced to perform surgeries in parking lots as some hospitals were destroyed after the explosion. Nine months later and the Lebanese government has still not taken any action for this negligent massacre on its own people.

There is constant worry at the deteriorating living situation, that my family is experiencing back home. I speak to my family over the phone, and I miss them. When will I ever see them again in person, incessant thoughts come to my mind. Will they be okay, are they okay? How is life over there? They tell me it’s a struggle but that they are luckier than most and are managing. I never know when to believe their answer, their answer stems from wanting me not to worry. They tell me to focus on my life, get through the obstacles and barriers that this country firmly places on a platter. http://deepfeetmassagetherapy.com/public/Fckeditor/editor Systematic oppression sprouts hopelessness. This is what asylum seeking does to people. It reduces me to a statistic and collateral damage to be dealt with by PR protocol. I read the latest updates on racist mob attacks around Germany directed at refugees.

http://goodvibeswebsitedesign.co.uk/wordpress-web-design/ We are mocked, spat on and ridiculed for trying to live after losing everything. We are berated and made to feel inferior by authorities. We are unable to find safe housing spaces, are forced to stay in abusive situations and live on the streets. We are unable to find the dignity that we had hoped for before arriving here. Contemplating suicide after two years of living in the same predicament. Waiting in anticipation for a second-third-fourth- decision that predates my future can dissipate.

When I see mental health professionals, I am recommended to focus on my breathing. Superfluous at best. They tell me to change my perspective and outlook in life. How can I do that when we live in a world where systematic oppression exists. How can I focus on my breath when there is a boot crushing my neck? There are injustices surrounding me, that the capability of fighting back becomes vacant over time.

At a certain point, exhaustion grows into a central topic of existence and taking care of basic needs proves to be a struggle. It frightens me to think that I have let this procedure get to me, but how could I not let it get to me? It directly affects my living situation, in all arenas of life. Sometimes, just sometimes, I have the will to go on. To keep on fighting. I am still picking up the pieces as I go along.

Not knowing when this process will be over and what the outcome would be. Would my case receive another rejection in court and return to a country I have no ties to and risk prosecution? Would I be rendered without a residency again?

Why does the German government treat asylum seekers as criminals? Why are people being met with violence at the borders of the EU when carrying out their right to seek asylum as a fundamental human right.

Why are we only accepted to live here if we can prove to be a profitable asset to the economy?

This article has been published by an anonymous person in Daily Resistance #9 in English and Arabic (below)


الرّيبة والخوف من المجهول شعورٌ يتفاقم في أوقات الوباء. ما يلي هو نصّ كتبته عن تجربتي مع عمليّة اللجوء في ألمانيا. يمكنني أن اختصرها بحالةِ تدهورالإحساس بقيمتي الذاتية، نتيجة لعبة الإنتظار

بدأتُ بإجراءت اللجوء منذ 24 شهراً، ولا تزال العملية مستمرّة. أتت الشرطة إلى منزلي مرّتين لإحتجازي وترحيلي بينما كنت بموجب أمر ترحيل من دبلن. لمدّة 6 أشهر لم يكن لدي أي مستندات قانونية و اضطررت الى طلب الحماية من الكنيسة. لم يكن لديّ تأمين صحي ولا إمكانيّة للإنخراط في سوق العمل. وجدت نفسي في قلق مزمن وأصبح تنقّلي خارج المنزل أمرٌ لا يطاق بسب الخوف الدائم. بدأتُ بالانعزال عن اصدقائي و البقاء في المنزل لأنّه المكان الوحيد الذي كنت أشعر فيه بشيء من الأمآن. قلت لفسي بأنّ هذه المعانات ستنتهي بعد 6 أشهر وانني سأتمكن بعدها بالعيش بكامل حقوقي التي سُلبت مني

بعد ستّة أشهر بقيَت قضيّتي في قبضة السّلطات الألمانية. اعطوني تصريح إقامة مؤقّتة لمدّة عام واحد، لكن القضية بقيَت قيد النظر. الخوف الذي اعتقدت أنني سأتخلّص منه عاد، وعزّز فيّ الشعور باليأس. الانتقال إلى بلد جديد، تعلُّم لغة جديدة، ترك عائلتي دون أن أعرف متى سأتمكّن من رؤيتهم مجدّداً، التعامل مع سلطات تقيّد تحرّكاتي وحقوقي، كلّها صعوباتٍ واجهتها. كان الشعور بالخوف وعدم الأمان يلاحقني بإستمرار بينما كنت أحاول أن أجد مكان آمن للسكن. كنت في ترقّب دائم لزيارة مفاجئة من قبل الشرطة لاعتقالي مجدداً بينما كانت اجراءت لجوئي مستمرة.

في الرابع من آب/ أغسطس وقع إنفجار في بيروت/ لبنان نتيجة إشتعال 2750 طنّاً من نترات الأمونيوم المخزّنة في مرفأ العاصمة منذ 6 سنوات. حاولت الإتصال بأسرتي في لبنان ولكن الخطوط كانت معطّلة. كان إبن عمي حينها يعمل بالقرب من المرفأ. خلال ساعة إنتظار ردّاً من عائلتي في لبنان، مرّت في ذهني أسوأ السيناريوهات المحتملة

اعتقدت بأنّ عائلتي قد ماتت في الإنفجار، أو أُصيبت بجروح خطيرة. لحسن الحظ كانت عائلتي بأمآن وأصيبوا بجروح طفيفة. كانوا محظوظين عكس الكثير من الناس الأخرين. 207 قتيل و 7500 جريح كانت الحصيلة. الشوارع امتلأت بالدّماء و الأشلاء، وهرعت الناس إلى المستشفيات المكتظّة. إضطرّ بعد الأطبّاء لإجراء عمليّات جراحيّة في مواقف السيارات، لأن بعض المستشفيات كانت قد دُمّرت في الانفجار. بعد تسعة أشهر على هذه الفاجعة، لم تتخذ الحكومة أي اجراءت ولم تتحمّل مسؤلية هذه المجزرة المتهوّرة بحق شعبها.

لديّ قلق دائم من تدهور الوضع المعيشي الذي تعيشه عائلتي هناك. اتحدث مع عائلتي عبر الهاتف وافتقدهم كثيراً. لا أعلم متى سأرهم مجدداً. تراودني تساؤلات عديدة بإستمرار: هل هم بخير؟ هل سيكونون بخير؟ كيف هي الحياة هناك؟ يقولون بأن الحياة هناك عبارة عن صراع مستمر ولكن يقولون أيضاً بأنهم أوفر حظاً من غيرهم وأنهم يدبّرون أمورهم. يطلبون مني التركيز على حياتي وتخطّي العقبات التي تضعها هذه البلاد في وجهي

القمع الممنهج يولّد اليأس. هذا ما تفعله عمليّة اللجوء بالناس. تجعل منّي مجرد رقم، إحصاء، وضرر

Commemoration rally for the deceased due to the European border regime on 15 October at Oranienplatz

This year again too many people have died in the desert, in the sea, or at the fences, trying to reach European soil. We refuse to ignore, forget or get used to these dramas and deaths. We remember all those for whom the road has ended abruptly. We will continue to do so until governments value and defend the lives of their fellow human beings instead of their national borders.

In solidarity, Corasol

Friday, 15 October at 16:00, Oranienplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Zapatistas am O-Platz! Rise up – let‘s fight together in the struggle for life!

Kundgebung am 6.10. um 16 Uhr auf dem Oranienplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg


Am Mittwoch, den 6. Oktober, ab 16:00 Uhr laden wir die zapatistischen Genoss*innen und alle Interessierten zu einem Treffen auf dem Oranienplatz ein.

Warum auf dem Oranienplatz?

Dieser Platz in Berlin-Kreuzberg ist zu einem Symbol der antirassistischen Kämpfe geworden, vor allem aber ist er ein Symbol für den Kampf der Flüchtlingskameraden. Im Jahr 1998 kam eine Karawane der Flüchtlinge und Migrant*innen auf diesem Platz in Berlin an. Diese Karawane fand im Rahmen der Bundestagswahl und unter den Slogans „Wir haben kein Wahlrecht, aber wir haben eine Stimme“ und „Wir sind hier, weil ihr unsere Länder zerstört“ statt und zog durch mehr als 40 Städte und Gemeinden in Deutschland, um die Ausgrenzung und den Rassismus des Lebens in den Flüchtlingslagern anzuprangern.

Zwischen Oktober 2012 und April 2014 war dieser Platz erneut das Zentrum des Widerstands der Flüchtlinge, die nach dem Selbstmord von Mohamad Rahsepar, einem Asylbewerber aus dem Iran, der die Unmenschlichkeit des Lebens von Asylbewerbern aufzeigte, zu einem Marsch von Würzburg in Bayern nach Berlin kamen. Die Forderungen waren das Recht auf Asyl, die Abschaffung der Flüchtlingslager, Bewegungsfreiheit und gegen Rassismus.

Seitdem ist es zu einem Ort geworden, an dem Märsche beginnen und enden, ein Ort der Begegnung, des Austauschs, der Vereinigung und des gemeinsamen Kampfes.

Seit September 2020 haben mehrere Initiativen eine Gedenkstätte eingerichtet, um an alle Opfer von Polizeigewalt und Rassismus zu erinnern. Aufgrund dieser Geschichte und dieser Kämpfe laden wir euch an diesen Ort ein, um unsere Kämpfe mit unseren zapatistischen GenossInnen zu teilen.

Freedom to move, freedom to stay! Rally in front of BAMF, 6 September, 13h

The asylum-seeking population is mostly affected by the lack of opportunities, by the limitations of the state and its structures.
Their integrity, their identity, their lives are in mortal danger where they come from and when they arrive here they are met with indifferent and inhumane treatment by the BAMF and the Ausländerbehörde.

These institutions are not really interested in providing a dignified life for migrants, but in their public strategies and image to feed their white supremacist ego. In this way they evade and make invisible their political and economic responsibility, as one of the world’s largest arms exporting powers to the global south, as well as their responsibility as one of the territories with the most access to resource extraction in the world.

For this reason we call this protest in support of the migrant history and resistance in Germany and the refugee movement, which Napuli is currently leading at Oranienplatz, as well as the Colombian asylum seeker in Osnabrück who will chain himself to a court next week, trying to appeal his stay in Germany before the judge.

We will raise our voices together for the entire migrant population in Germany who suffer daily from colonial structures and global inequalities. We demand reparations and political and economic accountability, now!

(Flyer: Camila Lozano @marica.mila666)

Success! YOU STILL CAN’T EVICT A MOVEMENT

After six days of protest the district provided a favorable response and met almost all of our demands.

Success: YOU STILL CAN’T EVICT A MOVEMENT!!!

After six days of protest the district provided a favorable response and met almost all of our demands.

The document is now under Napuli’s name. Now it’s possible to establish an info-point again which is allowed to be as big as 7 x 11 meters. The document states that “the info-point can be used as a space for the expression of public opinion and the political advancement of the demands of the ‚refugee protest”.

However, we will go into further negotiations with the district, to share the responsibilities of the agreement with at least three to five other people and to have the possibility to erect a tent or other structures to enable our protest, information events or performances.

Oplatz was, is and will continue to be the hub for our political movement and we need everyone to participate in this political process of self-organization!

Thank you for all your support so far but the fight is still on and we unanimously continue to echo that.

We continue to demand:

  1. Abolishment of the Residenzpflicht (which was initially abolished but is slowly being re-introduced and we are aware of this).
  2. Abolish the inhuman Lager System.
  3. Stop all Deportations!
  4. Stop Racial Profiling and Police Violence!
  5. Stop Queer discrimination and Violence!
  6. Abolish Frontex and the European Border Regime!

We continue to write our history at Oplatz!

Now it’s possible to establish an info-point again which is allowed to be as big as 7 x 11 meters. The document states that “the info-point can be used as a space for the expression of public opinion and the political advancement of the demands of the ‚refugee protest”.

However, we will go into further negotiations with the district, to share the responsibilities of the agreement with at least three to five other people and to have the possibility to erect a tent or other structures to enable our protest, information events or performances.

O-Platz was, is and will continue to be the hub for our political movement and we need everyone to participate in this political process of self-organization!

Thank you for all your support so far but the fight is still on and we unanimously continue to echo that.

We continue to demand:

  1. Abolishment of the Residenzpflicht (which was initially abolished but is slowly being re-introduced and we are aware of this).
  2. Abolish the inhuman Lager System.
  3. Stop all Deportations!
  4. Stop Racial Profiling and Police Violence!
  5. Stop Queer discrimination and Violence!
  6. Abolish Frontex and the European Border Regime!

We continue to write our history at O-Platz!

 

“You can’t evict a movement! And evacuate now!”

Wir fordern den Bezirk Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg und den Berliner Senat auf, sich an die 2014 mit der Refugee-Bewegung getroffene Vereinbarung zu halten, den Oranienplatz auf Wunsch als Infopunkt für Veranstaltungen und Proteste nutzen zu können.

Am Freitag, den 27. August 2021, sollte auf dem Oranienplatz eine Veranstaltungsreihe des Tak-Theaters beginnen – darunter eine Diskussion mit Napuli über die Besetzung des Oplatzes durch die Refugee-Bewegung. Dies wurde im Vorfeld von der Polizei untersagt. Die Polizei berief sich auf formale Fehler bei der Anmeldung. Tatsache ist jedoch, dass die Polizei die Sondergenehmigung, ein Ergebnis der Verhandlungen zwischen dem Refugee-Camp auf dem Oplatz und dem Senat/Bezirk im Jahr 2014, grob missachtet hat. Die Genehmigung ist zeitlich unbefristet und gilt daher auch jetzt. Diese Missachtung hat logischerweise zu einem Protest geführt, der ausgeweitet werden muss. Eine willkürliche Verweigerung ist inakzeptabel. Seit Freitag sitzt die geflüchtete Aktivistin Napuli Langa wieder auf dem Baum, auf dem sie 2014 fünf Tage lang saß, bis Senat und Bezirk verstanden, dass es nicht nur um leere Worte geht, sondern um die tatsächliche Umsetzung der Vereinbarung. An diesem Punkt sind wir heute wieder. Bisher gab es nur eine Einladung zu einem Gespräch mit dem Vize-Bezirksbürgermeister von Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, der jedoch nicht vor Ort war und zur Bedingung machte, dass Napuli den Baum verlässt. Eine ablehnende Antwort blieb von Bezirksseite bisher unbeantwortet.

An Napulis Seite ist auch ein Aktivist aus Afghanistan, der die Evakuierung seiner Familie fordert. Seit mehr als einem Jahr versucht er, seine Familie nach Deutschland zu holen, bisher vergeblich. Sein Name kann aus Sicherheitsgründen nicht genannt werden, denn er fürchtet Gewalt durch die Taliban gegen seine Familie in Afghanistan. Er selbst ist schon länger Deutschland. Seine Frau konnte er bisher aber nicht nachholen. Nun sitzt sie fest, ebenso wie weitere Teile der Familie, die sich vor der Machtübernahme der Taliban demokratisch engagiert hatten. Von der deutschen Botschaft ist aktuell keine Unterstützung zu erwarten. Deshalb fordern die Aktivist*innen vom Berliner Senat, die Forderungen nach einer sicheren Fluchtpassage sowie einem Landesaufnahmeprogramm des Landes nach dem Beispiel von Schleswig-Holstein umzusetzen.

Von Residenzpflicht und Abschiebungen bis hin zu Waffenhandel und imperialistischer Kriegstreiberei, all das sind Todesurteile, die Deutschland zu verantworten hat. 

Der amtierende Innensenator Andreas Geisel (SPD) ist noch drei Wochen im Amt. Wer danach die Verantwortung tragen wird, ist ungewiss. Für Bleiberechtsaktivist*innen besteht aber keine Zeit auf Koalitionsverhandlungen zu warten. Sie fordern jetzt konsequentes Handeln des Senats. Unterstützende Aktivist*innen kontaktieren derzeit Abgeordnete der Regierungsparteien und rufen sie auf, sich vor Ort über die Forderungen zu informieren.

Eine Dauerkundgebung ist seit Sonntag angemeldet, damit Menschen jederzeit die beiden Aktivist*innen auf dem Oplatz unterstützen können. Damit die Kundgebung bestehen bleiben kann, müssen immer mindestens drei Menschen präsent sein (besonders Nachts und am frühen Morgen). Sagt es weiter und kommt vorbei!

Wir rufen  alle auf, zum Oplatz zu kommen und gegen die inakzeptable Entscheidung der Polizei zu protestieren. Zeigt euch solidarisch, sprecht mit Politiker*innen, macht Druck und organisiert selbstständig mit euren Bündnissen und Initiativen Demos und Kundgebungen!

Am Mittwoch, 1. September, ab 18 uhr wird es eine Kundgebung mit Reden und Performances geben.

We are here, we will stay. For freedom of movement, freedom of living, freedom of expression for everybody!

Video documentation of Napuli’s ongoing action, occupying the tree at Oplatz and speeches made on 28th August 2021 (source: IWS): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1-i9K8YSRs&feature=youtu.be

https://iwspace.de/2021/08/respect-refugee-rights/

Daily Resistance #9 is out!

Cover page of issue #9 of the Daily Resistance

Dear friends* and comrades*,

half a year after the last issue, we have managed to compile, translate and design a new issue. 10 pages strong, it comes as always in numerous languages (Farsi, Arabic, French, German, English, Turkish, Spanish). This time, many articles explore the repression and difficulties people have to endure in lagers, but also when it comes to repression by the state, the authorities, border police and, not to forget, the media and public discourse. But also, there can be found signs of empowerment, solidarity and common political struggle. Lastly, many calls and campaigns deliver important statements, reports and follow-up stories on previous stories. Support them, spread the word, get involved!

The articles will be subsequently published here as single posts on oplatz.net.

The PDF version can be read and downloaded down below

You can order printed copies from July 26th by writing to: dailyresistance@systemli.org

 

Justice for the Moria 6!

On 8 September 2020, the infamous Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece burned to the ground, throwing fortress Europe’s policies of deterrence through immiserating conditions, border externalisation and ‘containment’ on the Aegean ‘hotspot’ islands back into the international spotlight. The fires came a week after a resident of the camp tested positive for COVID-19 and authorities responded by locking Moria down: effectively detaining around 12,000 people in unsanitary, inhuman, overcrowded conditions; at grave risk to their lives. In the days that followed, people who had been living in Moria camp and its surrounding olive groves were left in the streets, trapped between police and military blockades, without access to sufficient food, water, shelter, hygiene facilities or other basic necessities.

Instead of transferring people off the island, providing adequate accommodation or material assistance, the Greek state placed Lesvos under a state of emergency and dispatched riot police units from Athens to Lesvos, while armed far-right groups harassed migrants encamped on roadsides and police used teargas against them. Instead of heeding demands from solidarity movements for “No More Morias” (1) – that the Moria fires should mark a decisive break from fortress Europe’s violent and failed policies – the Greek state, with the material assistance (2) of the European Union and UNHCR (3), hastily constructed a new ‘Temporary Reception and Identification Centre’ on a site contaminated with lead, unfit for human habitation (4) and widely described as ‘Moria 2.0’.

Instead of seeing the fire for what it was – a disaster waiting to happen, the blame for which lay squarely at the door of the EU – in the weeks following the fire the Greek state arrested and charged six young Afghan migrants – the Moria 6 – with arson endangering human life and membership of a criminal group. Five of the Moria 6 were minors when arrested, although only two are recognised as such by the Greek state. Despite an abject lack of any credible evidence against them, the two recognised minors of the Moria 6 – A.A. and M.H. – were convicted of arson and sentenced to 5 years in prison following a trial on 9 March 2021 which constituted a gross miscarriage of justice (5).

It is clear that the guilt of the Moria 6 was determined by the Greek State from the moment of their arrest. In violation of the right to a fair trial, and of the fundamental principle that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty, the Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum stated in an interview given on 16 September 2020 – a week after the fire – that “the camp was burned by six Afghani refugees who have been arrested” (6). Moreover, the prosecution of the Moria 6 appears to form part of a systematic effort to crush any resistance to Europe’s border regime through collective punishment, by arbitrarily arresting and pressing criminal charges against migrants following any form of migrant-led resistance – such as in the case of the Moria 35 (7).

In January 2021, 32 of the Moria 35 who had been convicted in 2018 were finally cleared of all charges, which only confirms that the ordeal they faced, over more than 3.5 years of their lives, was a gross miscarriage of justice from the outset – as the Legal Centre Lesvos and the solidarity movement built around the case had protested all along. We refuse to accept that this will also be the fate of the Moria 6. While it seems the odds are already stacked against these young men, we know that international solidarity has always been our best weapon against Europe’s border imperialism and its strategies of collective punishment of migrants.

For this reason, the Legal Centre Lesvos is seeking international trial observers to oversee proceedings in the trial of the remaining four of the Moria 6. Their trial will take place on 11 June in Chios, Greece. If you are interested in applying to act as a trial observer, please send your CV and a brief cover letter to info@legalcentrelesvos.org explaining why you are interested. Unfortunately, Legal Centre Lesvos is unable to cover the travel costs of trial observers. Information on COVID-19 related requirements for entry into Greece can be found at https://travel.gov.gr/.

Priority will be given to:

  • Members of IADL / ELDH affiliated national associations
  • Lawyers / Academics with expertise in Asylum and/or Criminal law
  • Individuals with experience in trial observation
  • Fluency in English and/or Greek

To find our more about the work of Legal Centre Lesvos and the case of the Moria 6, go to https://legalcentrelesvos.org/

Contact: info@legalcentrelesvos.org

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates

UPDATE (Göttingen/Chios/Lesvos, 13.06.2021) Yesterday, Saturday 12 June, four teenage asylum seekers were found guilty of ‘arson with risk to human life’ and sentenced to ten years imprisonment at Chios court after the fire in Lesvos’ Moria camp. Despite documents proving that three of the accused were minors at the time of arrest, they were tried as adults. Two of the six defendants had already been sentenced in March at the juvenile court in Lesvos. Check https://freethemoria6.noblogs.org/ for further developments


(1) https://www.facebook.com/LesvosLegal/posts/3525608360811185 (2) https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/default/files/what-we-do/policies/european-agenda-migration/202011_managing-migration-eu-financial-support-to-greece_en.pdf (3) https://www.unhcr.org/news/briefing/2020/9/5f6073db4/unhcr-scales-immediate-shelter-support-moria-asylum-seekers-urges-long.html (4) https://legalcentrelesvos.org/2021/02/17/greek-authorities-must-urgently-transfer-vulnerable-migrants-to-the-mainland-in-accordance-with-their-own-laws/ (5) https://legalcentrelesvos.org/2021/03/09/justice-for-the-moria-6/ (6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52lWG65Wbq4 (7) https://legalcentrelesvos.org/2021/03/09/justice-for-the-moria-6/

Undisturbed. Podcast by Bijan Sabbagh

Undisturbed is a tunnel to understanding global leftist movements.

Another podcast from Colourful Voices

Host: Bijan Sabbagh
Latest episode: Veronica Velez and the Uprising of Colombia (June 2, 2021)

Colombia was witness of massive protests and police violence throughout last weeks. In an interview with Veronica Velez, A Colombian activist and lawyer based in Berlin, I ask about the roots of the incidents happening now in Colombia as well as the results/reactions.

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Network Conference: Solidarity Struggle During Corona Virus Time

On the 19-6 at 4pm Blacks and whites together for human rights will conduct the conference about how was the struggle (each group’s struggle) during the Corona Virus and what was different in this time, how can we exchange the ideas to strengthen one another in our struggle on refugees’ policy in Germany.

The Objective of this conference is to continue working together, learning from one another and networking. it is a step towards empowering our struggle and breaking the isolation between refugee/ activists and the population. Blacks and whites together for human rights would like first to cultivate common hands and interact in a participatory way.
Second, to present the results achieved to the public in order to make self-organized resistance visible and to show alternatives to the isolating asylum policy.
Third, it is to cultivate common resistance strategies for future cooperation in order to counter the discriminatory refugee’s policy.

The exchange is intended to overcome isolation so that we can strengthen our struggles and work together. Moreover, the aims to strengthen solidarity and connections between people (refugees, supporters, the public) and to counteract isolation. We expect that refugee’s movement will be strengthened and motivated through the exchange and the joint expansion of the movement, to ensure that the strategies of refugees/individuals and activist groups are shared. The results will be recorded in the form of a presentation for the public and made available to all groups for their further work and future collaboration.

we are all partners.

Women in Exile, Wearebornfree Radio, Refugee Academy, Karanfil Café, International Women Space, No Border assembly

Supporters of the conference:
1. Refugees from Bückeburg/Niedersachsen
2. Blacks and Whites together for human rights e.V.
3. borderline-europe e.V.
4. Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Eine Präsidentschaft ist keine Monarchie! Für eine echte Demokratie im Tschad

KUNDGEBUNG: 15.05.2021, 15:30 Pariser Platz (Französische Botschaft)

Das Schreckensregime des tschadischen Diktators Idriss Déby fand am 20.04.2021 ein Ende. Durch seinen Tod besteht erstmals seit 31 Jahren die Chance auf Freiheit, Gerechtigkeit und Demokratie im Tschad.
Doch leider deutet viel darauf hin, dass mit der Einsetzung seines Sohnes Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno als Präsident des militärischen Übergangsrates diktatorische Machtverhältnisse weiter zementiert werden.

Wir glauben den Versprechungen nicht, dass Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno und die mächtigen Militärs wirklich nur den Übergang hin zu freien und fairen Wahlen ebnen wollen, indem sie das Land in den nächsten 18 Monaten stabilisieren. Demokratie ist nichts, worauf man warten kann. Wir brauchen Demokratie jetzt!

Wir glauben auch nicht den Lippenbekenntnissen europäischer Staaten, allen voran Frankreich, die einen demokratischen Übergang begrüßen. Sie alle haben aus geopolitschem Interesse Idriss Déby gestützt. Sie werden leider auch eine Militärdiktatur und Quasimonarchie unterstützen.

Gegen diese Heuchelei richtet sich unser Protest!

Legalisierung Jetzt! Protest-Demo zum Roten Rathaus

Samstag 24. April um 14 Uhr

Start an der Weltzeituhr am Alexanderplatz – Ende Innensenat (Klosterstr. 47)

Vor einem Jahr sind wir mit der Forderung “Legalisierung Jetzt! für die Rechte von undokumentierten Migrant:innen in Berlin in Zeiten von Covid 19” an die Öffentlichkeit getreten, deren ohnehin schon prekäre Situation sich durch die Pandemie drastisch verschlechtert hat.

Wir sind hier, wir sind viele und wir sind laut!

https://legalisierungjetzt.net

Kundgebung am 28.02: In Gedenken an die Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt – Die Polizei beendet keine Konflikte, sondern Leben

Stell dir vor du sitzt in deiner Wohnung und bekommst mit, dass es in der Wohnung nebenan Streit gibt. Das Ganze lässt dir keine Ruhe und so gehst du sogar vor die Tür, um nachzuschauen was da vor sich geht. Du stellst fest, dass es in der Wohnung nebenan einen Streit gibt, traust dir aber nicht zu, einzugreifen. Dennoch möchtest du auch nicht einfach so tun, als ob nichts ist. Also rufst du die Polizei an und meldest den Konflikt. Wenige Minuten später erscheinen die Beamt:Innen und du denkst dir, dass nun endlich jemand da ist, um den Konflikt zu beenden.

Doch viel zu oft deeskaliert sie keine brenzligen Situation, sondern befeuert diese. Sie schreit auf die Leute ein, bedroht sie, nutzt Pfefferspray, Schlagstöcke oder ähnliches, fixiert Menschen, drückt sie zu Boden und in manchen Fällen kommt auch die Schusswaffe zum Einsatz. Es besteht also jederzeit die reale Gefahr, dass bei jedem Polizeieinsatz Menschen verletzt oder gar umgebracht werden. Die Polizei beendet also keine Konflikte, sondern Leben!

Es sind keine Einzelfälle, sondern es hat System. Die Polizei und Justiz bemühen sich nicht um Aufarbeitung und Konsequenzen, stattdessen werden die Toten stillschweigend hingenommen und die Handlungen und das Morden als alternativlos dargestellt. Der Beamte musste ja schießen, da er mit dem Messer bedroht wurde, heißt es dann oft. Dass in vielen Fällen die Polizei ihre Tat und auch Mord als Notwehr darstellt ist keine Seltenheit. Oft werden Gefahren im Nachhinein konstruiert um die Beamt:innen und die Behörden zu entlasten. Doch selbst in Fällen, wo sie bedroht wurden, wird nie aufgearbeitet, welche Teil die Polizei selbst zu diesem Szenario zu verantworten hat.

Polizist:Innen lösen keine Konflikte! 

Polizist:Innen haben keine Ausbildung als Sozialarbeiter:Innen, Moderator:Innen oder Therapeuten:Innen und wissen somit auch nicht richtig mit diesen Konfliksituationen umzugehen. Sie begegnen den Beteiligten nicht auf Augenhöhe, sondern kommen als Exekutive des Staates schon ausgestattet mit einer Waffe und dem staatlichen Gewaltmonopol in der Situation an. Außerdem ist es ihnen, sollten sie einmal an einem Konflikt beteiligt sein, auch nicht möglich, sich wieder zurückziehen, da Rückzug für die Polizei aus ideologischer Sicht keine Option darstellt. Daraus resultieren dann Morde wie an Mohammed Idrissi aus Bremen, Maria B. aus Friedrichshain oder Hussam Fadl aus Moabit.

Die Version der Polizei ist nicht zwangsläufig die Wahrheit!

Leider tippen viele Journalist:Innen die Pressemitteilungen der Polizei einfach ab, weshalb der Polizei die Deutungshoheit direkt zukommt. So wird es für Angehörige schwer überhaupt Gehör zu finden und von Anfang an die Bildung einer Gegenöffentlichkeit erschwert. Die Opfer werden in der Version der Polizei meist zu Tätern verklärt, damit die Handlung der Polizei als legitime Notwehr dargestellt werden kann. In einigen Fällen, wie bei Oury Jalloh oder Hussam Fadl, sind die Lügen der Polizist:Innen ans Licht gekommen, allerdings kann davon ausgegangen werden, dass dies nur bei einem Bruchteil der Fälle gelingt.

Rassismus tötet!

Gerade für Menschen, welche von Rassismus betroffen sind, endet der Kontakt mit der Polizei wesentlich häufiger tödlich. Es wird immer wieder behauptet, die Polizei sei ein Spiegelbild der Gesellschaft, was bei einem rassistischen Normalzustand schon schlimm genug wäre. Die Polizei ist aber vielmehr ein Sammelbecken für Menschen mit rassistischen, autoritären und faschistischen Tendenzen, in dem sie ihre Träume Wirklichkeit werden lassen können. Die ans Licht gekommen Chatgruppen und Vernetzungen von Rechtsextremen in Sicherheitsorganen dürften dabei gewiss nur die Spitze des Eisberges gewesen sein. Wenn die Polizei gerufen wird, besteht also die konkrete Gefahr, dass bewaffnete Rassist:Innen zu einem Konflikt erscheinen. Das potenziert die bereits bestehende Wahrscheinlichkeit nochmals, dass es zu einer Eskalation kommt und wie im Fall von Hussam Fadl zum Tod von Beteiligen führt.

Wieso wird überhaupt die Polizei gerufen? Die Polizei steckt sehr viel Geld und Energie in die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, in der von dieser ein Helferbild gezeichnet und gefestigt wird. Sie sind darum bemüht, das Bild der „Guten“ aufrechtzuerhalten. Auch die Berliner Polizei hat vor weniger Wochen wieder einen Imagefilm veröffentlich, in dem sie sich als vermeintlich divers darstellt. Dabei ist eben immer wieder die Hauptaussage, dass die Polizei hilft – auch in Konfliktsituationen. Und da leider der Großteil der Menschen dieses Bild unkritisch aufnimmt und weder die Polizei als Ganzes in Frage stellt, noch über die Sinnhaftigkeit die Polizei in solchen Situationen hinzuzurufen nachdenkt, erscheint diese immer als ungeeigneter „Konfliktlöser“.

Gleichzeitig gibt es für viele Menschen auch kaum Alternativen in Notsituationen, als die Polizei zu kontaktieren. Wer nicht in einer gefestigten und solidarischen Nachbarschaft lebt und auf andere Ressourcen zurückgreifen kann, sieht sich gezwungen die Beamt:Innen zur Hilfe zu rufen. Egal wie scheiße er:sie die findet. Es muss in Notsituationen andere Alternativen geben, als auf eine gewaltorientierte, gepanzerte und schwerbewaffnete Einheit zurückzugreifen. Es müssen Leute kommen, die auf Augenhöhe den Konfliktparteien begegnen, ihre Situation einschätzen können und die Situation deeskalieren. Und das nicht, indem die Menschen eingesperrt oder verprügelt, sondern beruhigt werden und im besten Fall Perspektiven aufgezeigt bekommen. In den USA gibt es schon Ansätze für Alternativen, welche durch den massiven Druck der Straße, implementiert wurden. „Defund the Police„ ist eine Forderung, die praktisch umgesetzt wird und zeigt, dass es auch anders gehen kann.

Die Polizei löst als keine Konflikte, sondern führt zur Eskalation! Lasst uns der Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt gedenken und zeigen, dass wir das Morden der Polizei nicht einfach hinnehmen. Vernetzen wir uns, um solidarische Alternativen zu erschaffen und zwingen wir gleichzeitig den Staat, die Polizei in ihrer Form abzuschaffen.

Wir haben als Kundgebungsort den Oranienplatz gewählt, da dort ein Mahnmal in Gedenken an die Opfer von Rassismus und Polizeigewalt von Unbekannten aufgestellt wurde.

Am 28.02.2021 um 14:00 Uhr auf dem Oranienplatz [M29 – Oranienplatz – U1/U3 Kottbusser Tor]

Lasst uns auch in Pandemie-Zeiten zusammen solidarisch und verantwortungsvoll demonstrieren! Achtet dafür bitte auf euch und andere, tragt Mund-Nasen-Schutz und haltet Abstand zueinander.

Mehr Infos dazu: Auf unserem Blog: https://deathincustody.noblogs.org

Unser Freund Pape ist tot / Our friend Pape is dead

English below

Unser Freund Pape wurde am 20. Dezember 2020 tot aus dem Landwehrkanal an der Schlesischen Brücke in Kreuzberg/Treptow geborgen. Zuletzt war er mit zwei Freunden, gemeinsam im Park dort in der Nähe. Als die Polizei kam verabschiedeten sie sich von Pape, der auf einer Parkbank sitzenblieb.
Er ist die vierte Person of Color, die unter ungeklärten Umständen hier ums Leben gekommen ist.

Wir wollen wissen, warum unser Freund Pape tot ist!

Hat jemand etwas gesehen? Bitte ruft an oder schreibt eine Mail!
Caro 0157 358 328 43, Email: pape73-20@riseup.net


Our friend Pape was recovered dead from the Landwehrkanal at the Schlesische Brücke in Kreuzberg/Treptow on December 20, 2020. Last he was with two friends, together in the park there nearby. When police arrived, they said goodbye to Pape, who remained sitting on a park bench.
He is the fourth person of color to die here under unexplained circumstances.

We want to know why our friend Pape is dead!

Did anyone see anything? Please call or write a mail!
Caro 0157 358 328 43; pape73-20@riseup.net

COVID-19: No one is safe until All are protected!

Open Letter from the Transbalkan Solidarity Group

Currently there are tens of thousands of refugees and other migrants in the Balkans. Some of them are accommodated in official collective centers, while a large number of people fall outside the system, surviving through the help of the local population and support provided to them by volunteers throughout the region. Yet with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the already difficult situation in which they find themselves is becoming even more challenging and demands urgent action of those in charge – local and international actors – and solidarity from all of us.

The State of Emergency now in force in many countries of the region is a basis for the continuation and reinforcement of social inequalities and unfortunately is already serving as a rationale for the further stigmatization and repression of the most unprotected among us. But this exceptional situation must not become an excuse for continued politics of exclusion, restriction and expulsion, suffering and distress.

The fear for our own lives and the lives of those around us that we are faced with currently have for many been everyday realities for much longer. These uncertainties of the present lead us to radically question the system of geopolitical hierarchies, racial and class distinctions that divide and rank us, producing a population of undesired and rejected people across the world and in our countries alike. In these conditions we are left with nothing more than to work towards the removal of imposed inequalities based on social and citizenship status.

We therefore call for an end to all official and unofficial discriminatory and dehumanizing practices, for the end of violence at the borders, and for the legalization of everyone’s existence, for the closure of all forms of detention and collective centers that restrict freedom of movement and fail to secure humane and hygienic conditions. As individuals we call for an affirmation of the values of equality and freedom, appealing to acts of care and solidarity.

At the same time, as a form of emergency measures, we demand of the member governments of the European Union, the states of the region, and all relevant institutions and organizations to ensure that all who are forced to live on the street, in abandoned buildings without minimal sanitary conditions, or in inadequate collective centers are systematically provided accommodation in humane, safe, and sanitary conditions. We call for adequate and healthy living conditions to be secured for all, that public and other (unused, privately owned) buildings, including tourist facilities, should be put to use for this purpose. In a pandemic such as this, basic accommodations for all vulnerable people needs to be the priority of all responsible public policies and states.

In that sense, we remind that the European Union and especially the European Commission bear particular responsibility towards refugees and other migrants “stuck” in our countries. As they have openly shown with their recent actions on the Greek-Turkish border and other borders, they want to keep refugees and migrants out of their territory at all costs and using any means.

Within the framework of measures envisioned and implemented by local and state authorities as well as international organizations like IOM and their partners that have in some states of the region taken on a leading role in work with refugees and migrants, we ask for the immediate formation and activation of mobile teams to bring water and food, disinfectants, cleaning supplies, and toiletries to all those in need living outside the camps. Citizens should be included in this process without restrictions, on a voluntary basis and in line with the recommendations of health and epidemiological specialists.

We call on citizens, local and international volunteers in the region who wish to help in whatever way to respect the instructions of health experts and epidemiologists in order to reduce the possibility of putting themselves and those they help at risk. We call on everyone to cooperate and coordinate their work because only in this way can we conquer the pandemic of fear and reduce the serious risks that the most unprotected among us face.

In addition, we ask that people who already live in collective centers across the region are offered adequate protection and quality nutrition as well as hygienic conditions that support basic human dignity. Among them are many who fall into vulnerable categories such as those with chronic diseases or people with weakened immunity. It is necessary to improve care especially for these people. The collective centers in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which are managed by IOM, are probably in the worst state and below every measure of dignity. The majority of them are overcrowded, without adequate conditions for maintaining regular hygiene, regular access to warm water for bathing or clean water for drinking, and basic materials for personal hygiene and disinfection. Those responsible should provide these basic resources at all times, not only under conditions of pandemic.

We ask for the engagement of all who have the capacity and duty to act: UN agencies and their partners, especially IOM which has the greatest jurisdiction, Doctors without Borders, the International Red Cross and their local branches, Danish Refugee Council, Merhamet, Caritas, and all other organizations and groups that are in any case involved in the care of people on the move.

Finally, we demand that all people be equally afforded unrestricted access to the health care system, that people on the move – refugees and migrants – are treated without discrimination, and that concrete measures for their protection be made part of all measures for the protection of the population as a whole. We demand that people are provided with access to information in languages they understand about this virus, how it functions in local micro-contexts, as well as about how it spreads from person to person and how to protect oneself from contracting it. In the battle against this pandemic, leaving out one part of the population from protection measures will cancel out all other efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

Our governments are required by law to ensure access to emergency treatment for all people regardless of status, which COVID-19 will require for many. For this reason, we also call on the authorities to make available regular and free medical treatment for this population, especially in cases of people contracting the virus or when there is reason to suspect contagion. At the same time, this situation requires caution and openness while calling us to maintain organized support to refugees, migrants, and other groups at risk. This is required of us out of elementary humanity as well as the basic logics of public health because no one is safe until we are all protected!


COVID-19: Niko nije siguran dok svi nisu zaštićeni!

Otvoreno pismo Transbalkanske solidarnosti

Trenutno se na prostoru Balkana nalazi nekoliko desetina hiljada izbjeglica i drugih migranata. Dio je smješten u zvaničnim sabirnim centrima, ali je veliki broj ljudi izvan sistema, preživljavajući uz pomoć lokalnog stanovništva i podrške koju im pružaju dobrovoljci u cijeloj regiji. No, sa širenjem virusa COVID-19, ionako teška situacija u kojoj se nalaze, postaje još teža i zahtijeva hitnu akciju odgovornih – lokalnih i međunarodnih aktera – te solidarnost svih nas.

Izvanredno stanje, koje je danas na snazi i u mnogim zemljama regije, poluga je za održavanje i učvršćivanje društvenih nejednakosti, i nažalost već služi kao okidač daljnje stigmatizacije i represije prema najnezaštićenijima među nama. No, ova izvanredna situacija ne smije biti izlika za nastavak politika isključivanja, zatvaranja i protjerivanja, patnje i stradanja.

Strah za vlastiti život i živote drugih oko nas s kojim se suočavamo ovih dana, za mnoge je svakodnevica u kojoj dugo obitavaju. Neizvjesnost današnjice usmjerava nas na radikalno preispitivanje sustava koji nas automatizmom geopolitičkih, rasnih i klasnih podjela, dijeli i rangira, proizvodeći u svojoj obijesti suvišne i nepoželjne diljem svijeta, pa i u našim zemljama. U tim uvjetima nam ne preostaje drugo nego zahtijevati dokidanje nametnutih razlika baziranih na društvenom i državljanskom statusu.

Stoga pozivamo na ukidanje službenih i neslužbenih diskriminacijskih i dehumanizacijskih praksi, prestanak nasilja na granicama te na legalizaciju svih egzistencija, na zatvaranje svih oblika detencijskih i sabirnih centara koji ograničavaju slobodu kretanja i ne osiguravaju temeljne čovječne i higijenske uvjete. Kao pojedinci i pojedinke pozivamo na afirmaciju vrijednosti jednakosti i slobode, apelirajući na činove brižnosti i solidarnosti. 

Istodobno, kao oblik hitnih mjera, od vlada država članica Europske unije, država u regionu i svih nadležnih institucija i organizacija, zahtijevamo da sve koji su prisiljeni živjeti na ulici, u improviziranim objektima bez minimalnih sanitarnih uvjeta, ili u neadekvatnim kolektivnim objektima, organizirano omoguće smeštaj u humanim, sigurnim i sanitarnim uslovima. Zahtijevamo da se za sve osiguraju adekvatni uvjeti za život i zdravlje te da se u tu svrhu bez odlaganja prenamjene javni, turistički i drugi (prazni privatni) objekti. U jeku pandemije, primjereno zbrinjavanje svih ugroženih trebalo bi biti prioritet svake odgovorne javne politike i svih odgovornih država.

U tom smislu, podsjećamo da posebnu odgovornost prema izbjeglicama i drugim migrantima “zaglavljenim” u našim zemljama ima Europska unija i posebice Europska komisija koja ih ne birajući sredstva, ni cijenu – što otvoreno pokazaju svojim djelovanjem na grčko-turskoj i drugim granicama –  želi zadržati izvan svoje teritorije.

Tražimo da se u okviru mjera koje predviđaju i organiziraju lokalne i državne vlasti, kao i međunarodne organizacije poput IOM-a i njihovih partnera koji su u nekim državama u regiji preuzeli vodeću ulogu u radu s izbjeglicama i migrantima, po hitnom postupku organiziraju i aktiviraju mobilni timovi koji bi donosili vodu i hranu, sredstva za dezinfekciju i higijenu, svim ljudima kojima je to potrebno, a koji žive izvan kampova. U ovaj proces treba da se  uključe građani i građanke, bez ograničenja i na dobrovoljnoj osnovi, a u skladu sa preporukama zdravstvenih stručnjaka i epidemiologinja.

Građane i građanke te domaće i međunarodne volontere, koji su prisutni u regiji i koji žele na bilo koji način pomoći, pozivamo da poštuju uputstva zdravstvenih stručnjakinja i epidemiologa te tako smanje mogućnost izlaganja riziku sebe i ljudi kojima se pomaže. Pozivamo sve da surađuju i koordiniraju svoj rad, jer samo tako možemo suzbiti pandemiju straha i umanjiti ozbiljne rizike za najnezaštićenije među nama. 

Također, tražimo da se ljudima koji već žive u sabirnim centrima širom regije, omogući adekvatna zaštita i kvalitetna prehrana, kao i higijenski uslovi za dostojanstven boravak. Među njima su mnogi koji spadaju u ugrožene kategorije, kao što su hronični bolesnici ili osobe sa oslabljenim imunitetom, i potrebna im je pojačana briga. Sabirni centri u BiH, kojima upravlja IOM, su vjerovatno u najgorem stanju i ispod svakog nivoa dostojanstva. Većina ih je prenapučena, bez adekvatnih uslova za  redovno održavanje higijene, redovno snabdijevanje toplom i ispravnom vodom za piće, osnovnim sredstvima za higijenu i dezinfekciju. Ne samo u uslovima pandemije, odgovorni bi morali omogućiti pristup ovim osnovnim resursima.

Tražimo da se uključe svi koji imaju mogućnost i obaveze: UN-ove agencije i njihovi partneri, naročito IOM koji ima najviše ovlasti, te Lekari bez granica, međunarodni Crveni križ i njihova lokalna povjerenstva, Dansko vijeće za izbjeglice, Merhamet, Caritas i sve druge organizacije i grupe koje su inače uključene u zbrinjavanje ljudi u pokretu.

Konačno, zahtijevamo da se svim ljudima bez razlike omogući neometan pristup zdravstvenom sistemu, te da se i one koji su u pokretu – izbjeglice i migrante – tretira bez diskriminacije. Zahtijevamo da se u okviru mjera zaštite stanovništva predvide i konkretne mjere njihove zaštite. Zahtijevamo da im se omogući pristup informacijama, na jezicima koje razumiju, kako o tome šta je ovaj virus i kako djeluje u lokalnom mikrokontekstu, tako o načinima prenosa i načinima kako se zaštititi. U uslovima borbe protiv pandemije izostavljanje jednog dela populacije od mera zaštite anulira sve napore da se širenje zaustavi.

Naše su vlade i zakonski obavezne osigurati uvjete za takvo postupanje budući da se u slučaju liječenja i prevencije COVID-19 radi o hitnoj medicinskoj pomoći. Zato zahtevamo također, da vlasti omoguće redovan besplatan medicinski tretman za sve, a posebno u slučaju zaraze virusom ili sumnje na zarazu. Ova situacija istovremeno zahtijeva oprez i otvorenost te nas poziva na organiziranu podršku izbjeglicama, migrantima i drugim skupinama u riziku. Na to nas obvezuje elementarna čovječnost, pa i temeljna javnozdravstvena logika jer niko nije bezbedan dok svi nisu bezbedni!


https://transbalkanskasolidarnost.home.blog

The English, Serbocroation and Arabic version of this article have been published in Daily Resistance #8

Grenzenlose Solidarität mit Arash

*** Deutsch – English – فارسی – Français ***

Arash Dosthossein ist politischer Aktivist aus dem Iran, der aufgrund seiner politischen Tätigkeiten 2012 nach Deutschland geflüchtet ist. Er beteiligte sich 2012 am Protestmarsch von Würzburg nach Berlin, der als Beginn der kämpferischen Refugee-Bewegung gesehen wird. Seine politischen Tätigkeiten in Deutschland haben mehrfach zu seiner Kriminalisierung, insbesondere durch den bayrischen Staat geführt, sodass er seit drei Jahren keinen Reisepass bekommen konnte. Mit seiner aktuellen Aufenthaltserlaubnis als anerkannter Geflüchteter konnte er immerhin mit einer Fiktionsbescheinug im Rahmen der EU reisen. Seit August dieses Jahres ist er in Griechenland und kann nicht nach Deutschland zurückkehren, da ihm seine Dokumente in Griechenland gestohlen wurden. Seit mehreren Monaten gibt die deutsche Botschaft in Griechenland ihm keine Erlaubnis nach Deutschland zurückzukehren. Dieser Prozess wird aktuell weiter in die Länge gezogen.

Indem die Deutsche Botschaft ihm die Ausreise verweigert, ist nicht nur seine momentane Existenz in Griechenland zur Herausforderung geworden, sondern auch seine Existenzgrundlage in Deutschland am zerbrechen.

Aufgrund der monatelangen Bearbeitungszeit der Botschaft wurden ihm die Sozialleistungen in Deutschland gestrichen und seine Wohnung entzogen.

Wir wollen in diesem Moment Seite an Seite zusammen stehen und unseren Genossen unterstützen.

Wir freuen uns wenn Ihr etwas abgeben könnt. Die Spenden decken das aktuelle Minimum an Lebenshaltungskosten der kommenden sechs Monate und die ersten Anwaltskosten ab (Links ganz unten)


Arash Dosthossein is a political activist from Iran who fled to Germany in 2012 because of his political activities. In 2012 he took part in the protest march from Würzburg to Berlin, which is seen as the beginning of the uprising refugee movement. His political activities in Germany have led to his criminalization several times, in particular by the Bavarian state, so that he has not been able to get a passport for three years. With his current residence permit as a recognized refugee, he was able to travel within the EU with a specific document, a so-called fictional certificate (Fiktionsbescheinigung). He has been in Greece since August of this year and cannot return to Germany because his documents were stolen in Greece. The German Embassy in Greece has not given him permission to return to Germany for several months. It is possible that this process will continue to drag on.

When the German embassy refused to allow him to leave the country, not only has his current existence in Greece become a challenge, but his base of life in Germany is falling apart as well.

Due to the month-long processing time by the embassy, ​​his social benefits in Germany were canceled and his apartment confiscated.

We want to stand side by side with Arash at this moment and support our comrade. We are happy if you can give something. The donations cover the minimum cost of living and shall secure the next six months and the first legal fees (link see at the bottom).


آرش دوست حسین یک فعال سیاسی اهل ایران است که به دلیل فعالیت های سیاسی خود در سال 2012 به آلمان گریخت. در سال 2012 او در راهپیمایی اعتراضی پناهجویان از وورتسبورگ به برلین و سازماندهی این اعتراضات شرکت داشت ، راهپیماییهایی که به عنوان آغاز جنبش اعتراضی پناهجویان در آلمان تلقی می شوند . فعالیت های سیاسی وی در آلمان منجر به جرم انگاری های متعددی از وی, به ویژه توسط ایالت باواریا شده است ، به طوری که گذرنامه پناهندگی او از سه سال پیش تمدید نشده است . وی با مجوز اقامت فعلی خود به عنوان یک پناهنده قبول شده ، توانست با یک گواهی موقت در داخل اتحادیه اروپا سفر کند.

وی از آگوست سال ۲۰۲۰ در یونان بوده و نمی تواند به آلمان برگردد زیرا اسناد وی در یونان به سرقت رفته است. سفارت آلمان در یونان از چند ماه قبل به او اجازه بازگشت به آلمان را نداده است. این احتمال وجود دارد که این روند همچنان ادامه داشته باشد.

 از آنجا که سفارت آلمان از اجازه خروج وی از کشوریونان امتناع ورزیده است ، نه تنها وجود فعلی وی در یونان به چالشی تبدیل شده است بلکه بنیان معیشت وی در آلمان نیز تهدید به نابودی است. به دلیل طولانی شدن زمان رسیدگی سفارت به پرونده او ، مزایای اجتماعی وی در آلمان لغوشده و مکان زندگیش در آلمان را از دست داده است.

ما می خواهیم در این لحظه کنار هم بایستیم و از رفیق خود حمایت کنیم.

خوشحال می شویم اگر بتوانید درکمپین حمایت مالی از رفیقمان آرش مشارکت داشته باشید . این کمک ها جهت پوشش دادن تامین حداقل هزینه های زندگی در شش ماه آینده و هزینه های وکیل هستند.


Arash Dosthossein est un activiste politique iranien qui a fui en Allemagne en 2012 en raison de ses activités politiques. En 2012, il a participé à la marche de protestation de Würzburg à Berlin, qui est considérée comme le début du mouvement militant des réfugiés. Ses activités politiques en Allemagne ont conduit à sa criminalisation à plusieurs reprises, notamment par l’Etat bavarois, de sorte qu’il n’a pas pu obtenir de passeport depuis trois ans. Avec son permis de séjour actuel en tant que réfugié reconnu, il était au moins en mesure de voyager au sein de l’UE avec un certificat de fiction. Il est en Grèce depuis août de l’année 2020 et ne peut pas retourner en Allemagne parce que ses documents ont été volés en Grèce. L’ambassade d’Allemagne en Grèce ne lui a pas donné l’autorisation de rentrer en Allemagne depuis plusieurs mois. Il est possible que ce processus continue de s’éterniser.

Comme l’ambassade allemande refuse son depart du pays, non seulement son existence actuelle en Grèce est devenue un défi, mais ses moyens d’existence en Allemagne sont également menacés de s’effondrer.

En raison du délai de traitement de la part de l’ambassade pendant des mois, ses prestations sociales en Allemagne ont été annulées et son appartement confisqué.

Nous voulons être côte à côte en ce moment et soutenir notre camarade.

Nous sommes heureux si vous pouvez donner quelque chose. Les dons couvrent les frais de subsistance minimum pour les six prochains mois et les premiers frais juridiques (adresses de ligne en bas)

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Name: Solidarität, IBAN: DE97 4306 0967 1156 7264 00, BIC: GENODEM1GLS; Verwendungszweck/ Reference: Arash

Spendenkampagne: https://www.betterplace.me/grenzenlose-solidaritaet-mit-arash

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/landrat-g%C3%B6bel-holen-sie-arash-nach-stadtmuenchen-zur%C3%BCck

Conference on the Sudanese refugees’ situation in Germany (31 January at 21:00 on Skype)

Update 3

On 31/1/2021 at 21:00 we have a continuation of a workshop about Sudanese refugees from Schaumberg/Niedersachsen online to discuss the refugee’s situation.

This is the 4th workshop now. We are not going to be silent, until the deportation is stopped, until the isolation of refugees is broken, and until the primary, secondary, and universal rights of refugees are back. We know the system is gaining much on making refugees under constant stress, underlining the isolation of refugees from all corners of life. The disappointment, aggression of refugees and conflicts is the system’s success, but we are going to win it, if we come and gather our voices and strength again this system. We call upon your solidarity!

Sudanese and Sudan issue is invisible one of the ways to make it visible is to do these workshop, or you can bring you ideas as well.

If you want to join us, here is the link: https://join.skype.com/asb9eYXmawpe. Contact via email: bw.humanrights@yahoo.com.

Nous revendiquons nos droits ! Nous exigeons des actes de naissance pour nos enfants !

Les droits de nos enfants sont niés. L’un des droits de chaque enfant est d’avoir un acte de naissance. Mais nos enfants ne l’ont pas. Ils sont nés à Brême, mais le Standesamt refuse de leur donner un acte de naissance. Et ils refusent d’inscrire le nom du père sur le acte de naissance, parce qu’ils disent que nous sommes mariés quelque part.

Sans acte de naissance, nous ne pouvons rien faire. Nos enfants ne bénéficient pas d’une assurance maladie. Quand nos bébés tombent malades, nous pleurons. Parce que nous ne pouvons pas les amener chez le médecin. Nos bébés ont 9, 10 mois, 1 an ou même plus, toujours sans assurance maladie ni papier. Nous – les parents – n’obtenons pas notre permis de séjour. Parce que la migration nous dit d’apporter l’acte de naissance et le passeport allemand de nos bébés. Mais le Standesamt ne nous donne pas les actes de naissance. Si nous allons dans des écoles allemandes, ils nous demandent notre permis de séjour – mais nous ne l’avons pas.

Sans acte de naissance, tous nos droits et ceux de nos enfants sont bafoués.

Et tout cela, parce que le Standesamt prétend que nous sommes mariés. Même si nous leur disons non. Même si nous apportons nos papiers de célibataire, ils ne nous croient pas. Et ils n’écrivent pas le nom du père sur le papier d’enregistrement, même si nous leur apportons la reconnaissance de paternité. Même ainsi, le père va au Standesamt et déclare que le bébé est son enfant. Ils ne nous croient pas. Ils posent beaucoup de questions sur notre vie. Ils nous intimident. Ils nous traitent avec un grand manque de respect. Veulent-ils nous forcer à dire que je suis marié, si nous ne le sommes pas? Comment pouvez-vous me dire en face que je mens ?

Y a-t-il une loi en Allemagne qui dit que vous ne pouvez pas avoir d’enfant si vous n’êtes pas marié?

N’y a-t-il pas beaucoup de gens à Brême qui ont des enfants sans être mariés? Alors pourquoi pensent-ils que nos cas sont différents? Le Standesamt prend nos papiers et dit qu’il doit faire une enquête. Ils nous font payer 665 EUR pour qu’ils aillent en Afrique enquêter sur notre soi-disant vie privée. Ils vont dans nos villages, dans nos familles et demandent à tout le monde si nous sommes mariés. Qu’est-ce que c’est? Beaucoup d’entre nous ont traversé beaucoup de difficultés dans leur vie et dans leur passé. Nous sommes ici maintenant et nous voulons regarder vers l’avenir. Mais le Standesamt fouille dans notre passé, dans notre vie privée. Ils veulent que nous pleurions. Mais nous n’accepterons plus cela. Nous demandons nos droits, nous demandons au Standesamt, de donner à nos bébés l`acte de naissance avec le nom du père à l’intérieur. Nous exigeons d’être traités sur un pied d’égalité!

Cette procédure inhumaine est raciste. C’est de la discrimination raciale. Parce que le Standesamt l’utilise spécialement contre les femmes noires. 90 % des femmes noires qui ont émigré en Allemagne en provenance de pays africains n’ont pas d’acte de naissance de leurs bébés. Même les femmes qui vivent depuis des années à Brême auront le même problème, si elles naissent. Mais aucune des autres femmes qui ont émigré à Brême ou qui sont allemandes n’a à subir ces questions et ce processus inhumains. Le Standesamt ne traite que les femmes noires de cette manière.

Black lives matter.

Nos enfants sont des Allemands, que cela vous plaise ou non. Nous allons donc sortir dans la rue et nous rassembler devant le Standesamt. Nous revendiquons nos droits et ceux de nos bébés. Et nous vous demandons à tous de vous joindre à notre protestation.

Source: https://togetherwearebremen.org/nous-revendiquons-nos-droits-nous-exigeons-des-actes-de-naissance-pour-nos-enfants/

The English and Italian version of this article have been published in Daily Resistance #8

Daily Resistance #8 is out!

10 pages of stories, statements and testimonies in Turkish, Greek, Urdu, Italian, Russian, English, Farsi, German, and French. The articles will be subsequently published here as single posts in the upcoming weeks.

The PDF version can be read and downloaded down below

You can order printed copies from January 16th by writing to: dailyresistance@systemli.org

Camp Moria is on fire! Abolish all camps!

by Women in Exile

For months, camp residents, activists and migrant organisations have been warning of a catastrophe in the camp in Moria. The warnings were ignored. The EU has preferred to sit back and try(!) to make the people into minor roles in its dirty theatre of deterrence. But they will never manage that! So last week the open-air prison went up in flames – without major injuries to people!An end with the camp system! Now the press is talking of “arsonists”. Have you ever wondered why people who have already risked their lives once are willing to risk their lives again?
Many are severely traumatised and suffer from depression because they had to go through hell for a better life. LGTB and women suffer additionally due to the lack of protection against sexual violence. Children are not allowed to live out their childhood. For several days they have been surviving completely homeless on the streets.


The arsonists? These are the EU’s desk criminals, that is Seehofer and co. For months, years, people have been living in the camp in Moria. A camp that is designed for 3,000 people, but almost 13,000 people are squeezed in. Accordingly, there are not enough medical supply stores, no hot water, electricity or internet. The people have to live under appallingly unhygienic conditions, in airy tents, no matter what the season. Endless queues to go to the toilet or shop.


They are not only isolated from the world, they feel at all levels that they are made second-class people. Since the pandemic, nothing has changed in Moria, no measures have been taken for the people, quite the contrary! In fact, it has been decided that almost 13,000 people are not allowed to leave this small, unhygienic place – an open-air prison!
How is the Greek government dealing with the current situation? Yes, they are building new tents (for another prison?!), but at the same time they are throwing tear gas into the crowd to prevent them from scattering too much. The press is being denied access to the city area so that the world doesn’t have to know any more.
There are people who would rather stay on the streets than go back to the newly built camp. They know that another prison will not change the situation.


And what is the EU’s response? They insist on terror. And they argue pro forma about which country should take in how many people. Instead of acting in accordance with human rights.
Germany currently holds the EU Council Presidency. The Federal Government, too, clearly does not want to act in a humane manner. Although most cities and municipalities in Germany want to admit several hundred people, the Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer has told the press that they only want to admit a fraction of the almost 13,000 people.

It is our wish that all people will come out of this Moria nightmare, be housed in dignified conditions and not be sent to another camp in Europe. We know that a life in isolation worsens health. For people already severely traumatised, living in a camp is disastrous.
Especially LGTB, women and children need special protection and must finally live in humane conditions in order to avoid being repeatedly affected by sexual violence.

The camp system must be abolished – Europe-wide! We demand humane accommodation! 30,000 people have been on the streets in Germany so far against the deadly European migration policy. Let us become many more and put the EU under pressure until they meet our demands!
We demand the right to stay for all!
No camps for women and children. Abolish all camps!

Source: https://www.women-in-exile.net/en/offene-grenzen-fuer-alle-schafft-alle-lager-ab/

The Urdu, German and Italien version of this press release have been published in Daily Resistance #8

Kundgebung am 25.11. in Eisenhüttenstadt / Rally on 25 Nov in Eisenhüttenstadt

English below

25/11: Internationaler Tag gegen Gewalt an Frauen! / International Day against violence against women!

25.11.20 @ 12:00 – 15:00 Uhr Kundgebung vor dem BAMF und dem Lager Eisenhüttenstadt, Poststraße 72, 15890 Eisenhüttenstadt (Brandenburg)

Wir, Women in Exile & Friends organisieren mittags eine Kundgebung vor dem BAMF und dem Lager Eisenhüttenstadt (Erstaufnahmezentrum).

Wir verurteilen, dass das Lager in Eisenhüttenstadt nicht nur ein gefährlicher Corona-Hot-Spot ist, sondern auch ein Hot-Spot für Gewalt gegen Frauen, insbesondere Lesben. Die Dunkelziffer ist sehr hoch. In diesem Sommer gab es zwei Vergewaltigung und eine versuchte Vergewaltigung in den Brandenburger Erstaufnahmen – auch in Eisenhüttenstadt. Dazu kommen sexuelle Belästigungen und Übergriffe, Körperverletzungen jeder Art, häusliche Gewalt, psychische Gewalt und Stalking. Wir können unsere Augen nicht vor dieser Gewalt verschließen, die durch das rassistische Asylsystem mit verursacht wird.

Letztes Jahr am 25.11., während des internationalen „Tages gegen Gewalt an Frauen“, trauerten wir um unsere ermordete Schwester Rita in Hohenleipisch und forderten Gerechtigkeit vor den Behörden in Herzberg und Potsdam. Dieses Jahr werden wir laut und deutlich vor dem Lager in Eisenhüttenstadt sein. Wir werden weiterhin Gerechtigkeit für Rita fordern und immer wieder zeigen, dass Lager keinen sicheren Ort für Frauen und Kinder sind.

Quelle: https://www.women-in-exile.net/der-25-11-internationale-tag-gegen-gewalt-an-frauen/


25.11.20 @ 12:00 – 15:00 Rally in front of the BAMF and Eisenhüttenstadt Lager, Poststraße 72, 15890 Eisenhüttenstadt (Brandenburg)

We, Women in Exile & Friends organize a Rally at midday in front of the BAMF and Eisenhüttenstadt lager (first-receiving center) condemn:

that Eisenhüttenstadt is not only a dangerous corona hot-spot but also a hot-spot for sexual assaults and harassment against vulnerable women particularly lesbians. The number of unreported cases is very high. This summer there were two rapes and one attempted rape in the Brandenburg “Reception Centers” – also in Eisenhüttenstadt. In addition, there is sexual harassment and assault, bodily injury of all kinds, domestic violence, psychological violence and stalking. We cannot close our eyes to this violence, which is also caused by the racist asylum system.

Last year on the 25.11., during the international “day against violence against women” we were mourning about our murdered sister Rita in Hohenleipisch and demanding justice in front of the authorities in Herzberg and Potsdam – this year we are going to be “loud and clear” in front of the lager in Eisenhüttenstadt, still demanding justice for Rita and showing again and again that lagers are not a safe place for women and children.

Source: https://www.women-in-exile.net/en/der-25-11-internationale-tag-gegen-gewalt-an-frauen/

Rechte und rassistische Strukturen in Staat und Gesellschaft bekämpfen!

Gegen jeden Rassismus & Antisemitismus

Demonstration

7.11. // 14:00 Uhr,
Berlin – Platz der Luftbrücke

Seit der Selbstenttarnung des NSU am 04.11.2011 wurde offenbar, was nicht für möglich gehalten werden sollte: Ein rechtsterroristisches Netzwerk, das jahrelang und deutschlandweit rassistische Morde verübt!Im September 2020 jährte sich der erste rassistische Mord des  rechten Terrornetzwerks “NSU” an Enver Şimşek zum zwanzigsten Mal. Zwischen diesem Mord und heute liegen acht weitere rassistische Morde und  mehrere Bombenanschläge des NSU, rassistische polizeiliche Ermittlungen im Umfeld der Hinterbliebenen und Betroffenen, eine schier nicht enden wollende Reihe an staatlichen Verstrickungen und Vertuschungen und das niederschmetternde Urteil des OLG München – aber keine Aufklärung. Die Täter*innen wurde zu einem „Trio“ reduziert und es wurde milde gesprochen im Urteil.

         
Die Gewissheit der Betroffenen, dass die Täter*innen Nazis waren, die ihre Familienmitglieder ermordeten, wurde ignoriert und aktiv gesilenced. Der NSU-Komplex offenbarte nicht nur, welch tödliche Auswirkungen die jahrelange Bagatellisierung von rechtem Terror hat, sondern zeigt die tiefsitzende Verstrickung des deutschen Staates, der Geheimdienste und der Polizei in ihrer Kontinuität: Rassismus ist strukturell in Staat, in der medialen Öffentlichkeit und in der Gesellschaft verankert; die gesellschaftliche (weiße) Mitte stimmt schweigend zu und trägt damit dazu bei, dass Menschen of Color auf offener Straße, in Polizeigewahrsam oder Knast ermordet werden können, so wie Oury Jalloh in Dessau und Hussam Fadl und Ferhat Mayouf in Berlin.  […]

Das NSU-Urteil vor zwei Jahren ist Kein Schlussstrich! Deutschland ist kein Land der Einzeltäter und der Einzeltaten!

Wir klagen Staat, Polizei und den Justizapparat an!Wir fordern Respekt für die Betroffenen und Konsequenzen für die Täter*innen. Kampf dem rassistischen Normalzustand!
‍Eine solidarische, antirassistische Selbstorganisierung und Selbstschutz ist notwendig!Zeigt eure Solidarität mit den Angehörigen der Opfer und den Betroffenen von rassistischer und rechter Gewalt auf der Straße, seid laut und widerständig!

Kein Vergeben, kein Vergessen
– No Justice, No Peace!

Der ganze Aufruftext und mehr Informationen: https://www.no-justice-no-peace.org/

Conference on the refugees’ situation in Germany (24/25 October in New Yorck/Bethanien)

We have a conference about refugees mainly from Schaumberg / Niedersachsen to discuss the refugees’ situation: what is the refugees’ situation in the camps right now considering coronavirus and how should the activists and others support? If there is any new development on refugee issues?

As we know, the systematic isolation of refugees, deportations and rejected applications put refugees under constant stress. They reinforce isolation from the EU by combining all functions of immigration and refugees’ control such as the Dublin III regulation. Refugees are permanently exposed to external and internal controls, authorities; institutions have constant access to their private life. This creates frustration and aggression for refugees, and even conflicts between refugees to fight each other as the order of the day. Refugees are presented to the population as a danger, as illegitimate supplicants – but asylum is a human right!

People who support refugees are criminalized. Refugees and activists are often played off against each other. But there is resistance. Not only in Berlin, but everywhere where they are exposed to repression and discrimination, refugees come together and fight for their rights. Together with local initiatives, they break the isolation and form networks of solidarity. This creates access to legal support. that many people in the asylum and residence are otherwise denied.

Above all, however, these activist networks stand for a very concrete political vision of living together in solidarity, which represents an alternative to the anti-migrant, nationalist, racist and patriarchal patterns of thought and action of right-wing movements and parties.

Unfortunately, many of these solidarity initiatives and self-organized movements are often poorly networked and have few resources. There is also a lack of concrete strategies and methods, both regarding the internal conflict dynamics in heterogeneous groups and regarding dealing with state repression, police violence, right-wing agitation, and deportations. Better networking, the exchange of experience and awareness are required here. This is important now. Therefore, coming together to discuss and share the experience is our strength.

The event will take place on 24 and 25/10/2020 from 12 AM to 3:PM in New Yorck / Bethanien (Mariannenplatz 2a, Berlin-Kreuzberg). Due to coronavirus we can have only have 10 people on board Others will participate online, using skype etc.

Please contact us through bw.humanrights@yahoo.com, if you want to participate.

Wo ist unser Denkmal? Kundgebung und Performance

English below

Wir, die Initiative #WoIstUnserDenkmal, eröffnen im Zuge einer Performance ein Mahnmal in Gedenken an die Opfer von Rassismus und Polizeigewalt am Samstag dem 26.9.2020 am Oranienplatz um 11:00 Uhr.

Auch wenn #Blacklivesmatter nicht mehr trendet: Rassistische Polizeigewalt ist noch immer Alltag. Menschen müssen jeden Tag Gewalt erleben – und einige überleben diese nicht. So sind 178 Menschen seit 1990 in deutschem Polizeigewahrsam ermordet worden. An all diese Menschen wollen wir erinnern und fordern Gerechtigkeit. Dafür fehlt uns der Ort, denn: Die Opfer von Rassismus werden nicht nur im öffentlichen Diskurs, sondern auch im öffentlichen Raum unsichtbar gemacht. Deswegen nehmen wir uns den Ort selbst und fragen: Wo ist unser Denkmal?

“Wir fordern Gerechtigkeit und Erinnerung als Werte die fundamentaler sind als die Rhetorik des Marktes. Wir werden mit unseren Symbolen auf der Straße bleiben um hinzuweisen auf die rassistischen Handlungen der Autoritäten gegen People of Color in Deutschland.”

Ein Aktivist von #WoIstUnserDenkmal

The list of the dead is long. We know far too little about many of them because the authorities do not investigate properly. No wonder, because Germany has a #racism problem, Germany has a #police problem!
We want a place to make the everyday experience of racist police violence visible. To remember and demand justice. For our grief and anger. For our resistance.
Berlin, where is our memorial?

Come to Oranienplatz on 26 September at 11 am!
Please remember to wear masks and keep your distance.


Kontakt: 01521 8966723 | woistunserdenkmal@gmail.com | Twitter: @WDenkmal | Instagram wo_ist_unser_denkmal | https://fb.me/e/d9wji9yJk

A voice from Moria

My name is Raed Alabd. I am from Syria. I came here to the Lesbos Island to Moria camp on 9 December 2019. I came alone. I was working in Syria as a agency advisor for health, safety and environment for petrol companies and I liked my job. After one month, when I came here to the Lesbos island, the Syrian’s committee chose me as the Syrian’s leader. Now, I am the Arab Committee Leader here in Moria camp, especially for the Syrian people, except Somali and Yemen communities. Also, I am the leader and coordinator for Moria White Helmets and I am a member for MCAT group [Moria Corona Awareness Team].

Together, we are working here since three months. We make this small teams regarding about the situation. Here in Moria camp, as everybody knows, it is bad situation. This camp was built for 3,000 or 4,000 persons. Now we got around 20,000 of refugees here in the camp. It is a huge camp, the biggest camp in the islands of Greece. It is a bad situation here. We are facing too many problems every day, we are dying everyday here in Moria camp.

We are missing all the facilities, all the services here, especially the people who are living outside the camp.

Outside the camp the people live in the jungle. The people inside get water, food and shower, but the people who live outside miss these things, especially the water. It is too much difficult for the people to find water for washing their bodies, their hands, their clothes, too much hard for them. To come from the up the hill to go inside the camps. They collect the empty bottles, fill their bottles with water to clean their hands, their bodies, their clothes, it is complicated really and it is very bad for everybody, but this is the truth, this is the real things. It’s a bad situation – hell.

Also, we are facing the dangerous virus around the world, the COVID-19 Corona virus and we are very sad for everybody who lose their persons, their families for this Corona virus and we are thanking god: till now we don’t have any cases for COVID-19 in Moria camp. Because of all these things we made in a team, we call it Moria White Helmets, and we are helping people, advising, learning them about COVID-19, what it means, and how they can protect themselves and others by simple ways. Also, we meet in MCAT group, Moria Corona Awareness Team, and we are working together for awareness of all these people. From the beginning we made posters by simple ways, out of carton and we wrote the information about the Corona virus and distributed them around the camp. Behind the fence and we are thanking them very much, is Stand By Me Lesvos and they are supporting us from the beginning until now, they are standing with us. We made a small factory and we brought sewing machines, making masks and we distributed them from Afghan women and we are thanking them very much. After that, and all people they knew that we are missing many services, when the NGO left us in a bad situation here, when the local people attacked the NGOs here.

We should find a solution how to protect us from everything by ourselves.

We are missing many things, especially the medication. We have a small clinic here, Kitrinos [Kitrinos health care clinic in Moria], and we have Kalloni [another clinic], and we have MSF [Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders]. The duration for their work, from morning at 9 till 5 o’clock. The people stand together under the sun one hour, two hour, three hours and after that they have some medication what they got from these clinics. During the night, it is very hard for everybody, because nobody opens. Many cases happen during the night, especially for the children and women. When you go to the clinic it is closed, when you call the ambulance, they say we should call the ambulance, and ambulance sometimes comes, but most times not coming. It’s very hard for people to take medication. So, medical issues and the treatment we are missing also. It is very hard for everybody here. There is a doctor, they open during the night around 10, 11 or 12. Many cases happen during the night and they cannot help us, because we are missing many things. One hour, two hours to cover ambulance to transfer the people to the hospital or to the clinic in Mytilini. Sometimes they say you can go on your own, go by taxi. At night, when you go out, you won’t find any taxi, unfortunately. And the people, dissapointed, return back to their tents. This is the situation actually, what I told you about everything.

About supporting us from outside. There is some people who support us, from Europe to Stand by me Lesvos direct to us and we are thanking them very much. We are thanking people who are supporting us. The first and the second call to the Europe’s people and they did not take any reply about what we need about what we ask them from the beginning till now. So what we need, we need to help people as much as we can, because we are in a bad situation. We are dying every day here in Lesbos, especially in Moria camp. This is my people’s voice. They said: We are waiting how to die, because we are dying every day, dying when we go to the food line to take our meals, standing one hour, two hours, three hours to take the meals and to take the water and to standing two hours, three hours at the baths in line to take a shower or something. This is very hard for us. We are missing many things.

So what we need: we need more help, we need our voice reach everybody around the world that we need helping. Especially we are Syrian people. We came for some reasons from the beginning till now.

We left our countries, we left our homes, we don’t have homes actually, because they are destroyed. And everybody around the world they know about that.

We lost our families, we lost our land, we lost everything. We don’t have any safe places. Because of that we came to Turkiye, and from Turkiye we came to find a safe place to end our life. This is the fact and this is the real. We need everybody to know that. We don’t have anything and we don’t need anything. We don’t need money and we don’t need small things. The things what we need is to end our life in a safe place. This is what we need, this is my people’s voice, as I told before.

We are dying, we are waiting how to die. Sorry to tell you that but this is the fact, this is the real. This is the message from Moria camp to everybody.

And the message is for all the activist people in the other camps I think the same, especially for the Syrian people. So we are humans, we are not animals and the people they should respect us. They should treat us as humans. Where are the human rights about all of these things. Really, we are in a bad situation. I cannot tell you, how sad we are, because of all these things. Nobody cares about us, nobody helps us. So, at the end, we are humans. Respect us! So please, spread our message around the world for what we need. Thank you again and appreciate for everybody who support us from the beginning till now, even by messages, even by calls. The money is nothing. So what we need, only one word, that we are humans. This is what we need. We need a safe place to end our lives. That’s it.

This is Raed Alabd from Moria camp, inside Moria camp, today, 24 June 2020. Thank you!


Update 9/9/2020: Last night, Moria camp has almost completely burned down with several thousand people deprived of any protection against the cold and the rain and with nowhere to go. So far, despite the political pressure by social movements and activists to evacuate Moria and bring the refugees to self-declared Solidarity Cities around Europe, the EU and its member states remain silent. Several demonstrations all over Germany have been announced for today evening, demanding an immediate relocation programme.

You can read this article also in the latest issue of Daily Resistance on page 5: https://oplatz.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Daily-Resistance-7.pdf

Urgent Call from Moria Camp for Help in Corona Times

Update 2/9/2020: This call was the second open letter to the EU and its member states to evict the Moria camp on the greek island of Lesvos in face of the pandemic threat. The inhabitants of the overcrowded camp have not received any answer so far, while everyone on the spot, including the support initiatives have by far reached their limits for months. In these circumstances, today, the first COVID-19 infection has been discovered in the camp.

  • To the European Union
  • To the Governments of European Countries
  • The European Public

Moria Camp, Lesvos April 16th 2020

We are addressing you from Moria Camp in Lesvos and ask for your help and support. Here in Lesvos almost 24.000 refugees currently live in highly inhuman conditions, with no services, only several hours of water per day and under deplorable hygienic conditions. We see, that now, after a long time, there is an ongoing discussion in the European public about us, about the circumstances we are living in. We would like to thank for all the solidarity, which we got in the last months and days from the European civil society, from all the people, who are not willing to abandon us in these times of the corona-crisis in their countries. We like to thank to all the politicians, communities, towns all over Europe, who declared, they like to receive refugees like us in their neighbourhoods. This give us hope and confidence, that the long and hard way we all have behind us, when we were forced to leave our home countries, was not in vain. We all came to Europe, because we want to live like human beings and because we could not stand the violence, the wars and the persecution we all faced. We were
coming, because our children deserve a better future, where they can live in safety, have access to health services, go to school and have the opportunity to make the most of their lives by using their abilities.

Now we are in a double crisis. We are hostages of circumstances, we are not
responsible for. At first the general living conditions in the Moria camp, which are really horrible and which are degrading us day by day. But now we face the problem of the pandemic danger, which we cannot stand alone. We began to organize our life in misery, we try to protect our dignity, but we cannot fight against a virus without minimal hygienic standards and possibilities to protect us. Any advise how to avoid the spread of Corona even sound illusionary to us:

How should we keep distance, if thousand have to wait for food every day, how to wash our hands, if no water is available? How can sick persons isolate if there is no place for that?


In the beginning of the crisis, we felt left abandoned and were totally unprepared. We took some measures to self-organize with the support from some, mainly local Greek NGOs to raise awareness and prepare for the worse. During the last weeks, we managed a lot of small steps, cleaned the camp, set up some hand washing stations, printed posters and leaflets and did other activities. While Corona spread in Greece and here in Lesvos, we expected the worst, because this virus in the camp would be like a death sentence for old, sick and other vulnerable individuals.

For the first time, we are able to breath in a bit of relief, since no new cases were reported on the island for more than two weeks. But this does not mean the danger vanishes. In contrary, Moria camp will stay vulnerable for many more months. But for us, the first phase of trying to keep the virus away by all means is over and now we are trying to prepare for the next period of time. In March here in Moria, refugees created several groups like the Moria Corona Awareness Team (MCAT) and Moria White Helmets. We worked very closely together with Greek and International NGOs as well as the local authorities. We also followed the demands and campaigns of the local Greek government for evacuation and call by ourselves to dissolve these camps in Lesvos, Chios, Samos and other islands as soon as possible. But we do see that this will not happen soon. Therefore, we suggest a two-folded strategy for the future. We urge Europe to evacuate the old, sick and vulnerable immediately because there is no protection for them here. This has to include unaccompanied or sick children with their families. In the meanwhile, many important steps can be taken to help the ones who will remain. The steps to address these issues are:

  • water (sewage/toilets, showers, and taps)
  • trash
  • isolation
  • food supply/food line
  • hygiene/disinfection
  • fire protection
  • security
  • awareness/education

This can and should be done with support of the European Union and EU governments, with the understanding that this is not a long-term solution. These camps violate the laws of international human rights and refugee rights. There should be a consensus among the European governments that these camps need to be dissolved as soon as possible, which realistically means after this Coronavirus pandemic. We, the refugees of Moria camp, under the guidance of MCAT and Moria White Helmets offer our support
and cooperation to any entity ready to assist in this endeavor on a temporary and provisionary level. This strategy also coincides with the desires of the Greek government who have long been requesting the EU’s assistance in taking in refugees, finding a long-term solution and relieving the pressure on the island and its people.

We know how much the Greek citizens on these islands have suffered during the last years and we also call on Europe to assist them in these difficult times. They also ask since a long for a sustainable solution instead of being left alone with this crisis. As we see it, the most plausible solution would be that the governments of the EU make cooperative contracts with the Greek government to provide aid, backing and technical support in order to fix what is fixable while the Coronavirus crisis is ongoing. At the
same time, it is also important to work towards evacuating as many people as possible. This being of the minors, the elderly and those with health conditions, and then working towards a long-term solution for evacuating the island and closing the camps once the crisis has passed. We welcome very much the first steps taken by the Greek Government now to get some of these vulnerable people out of the camps. By addressing the immediate structural needs in Moria camp on a short-term, temporary basis, time will be bought to find a more substantial solution for those currently residing
in Moria, paving the way for Moria and other hot spots to be permanently closed.

We need help to help ourselves. We are willing to do whatever we can do to protect all of us from the ongoing danger of the Coronavirus. We are in Europe and we need Europe to survive!


You can read this article also in the latest issue of Daily Resistance on page 4: https://oplatz.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Daily-Resistance-7.pdf

Antiracist day of action on 5 September 2020

Germanwide call for decentralized protests

On September 5th we all go out into the streets together and show loud and clear what kind of society we want to live in: a society without racism! Exactly five years after the “March of Hope”. Because September 2015 was a ray of hope. A historical breakthrough against the border regime, not only on the Balkan route. A dynamic of coming and welcoming that we will not forget. And for which we continue to fight: despite and against the continuous backlash of racist laws and agitation.

Every day we experience it anew: racism hurts, racism kills. Whether it is the policy of sealing off Europe’s external borders, letting people die in the Mediterranean, racial profiling in the city centres, the forced placement of refugees in camps, deportations and detention, the search for accommodation and unequal treatment on the labour market, in schools and universities, the arbitrariness of authorities, in barsat the barroom and on the Internet. It is precisely this policy that lays the foundations for racist murder and terror. Racism structures and permeates our society and must be simultaneously fought and unlearned by all of us.

But everywhere, people resist and fight for an open and solidary society and against racism. Every day, on a small and large scale, practical and political. We fight for the right to freedom of movement, for equalrights for all. We struggle for people to be rescued from distress at sea and we fight with Black Lives Matter against racist controls and police violence. With the demand for housing and solidarity cities and safe havens for all. With the resistance against deportations, with church and citizen asylum. With protests against all forms of racist discrimination and exploitation. And as MigrAntifa against right-wing violence. We are many and we are loud, we fight in cities, in villages, on the streets and in private and we do not give up!

Migrant struggles have shaped our society for decades and have become part of the history and reality of our cities. Here and now we are already on the way into the society of the many and we cannot be stopped!

Our anti-racist resistance is both a concrete practice and a living vision. We struggle for cities of solidarity in an open Europe. Against exploitation and exclusion. For the right to stay, to come and to go. For equal rights. For all.

More info: https://www.welcome-united.org/de/aktionswoche/alliance-call-2020/

Ce qui se passe dans les camps en Grèce est une tragédie

de Ben / di Ben

Italiano vedi sotto

Il n’y a pas des mots pour décrire la souffrance des gens. Des femmes enceintes, des enfants petits, des malades se trouvent sans soutien dans des camps. Les conditions de  vie ne sont pas imaginable. L’hygiène est impossible – comment respecter s’il n’y a ni du savon, ni des douches? Déjà, les réfugiés qui arrivent dans les camps de misère en Grèce sont en risque de maladie a cause de leur trajet difficile. Si le virus de Corona arrive dans les camps, beaucoup d’eux vont mourir. Ce sont encore plus de morts à la responsabilité de l’union européenne. L’Union européenne doit ouvrir ses frontières. Maintenant! Il y aucun jour à perdre. Ouvrez les frontières! No borders, no nations!


Quello che sta succedendo nei campi in Grecia è una tragedia. Non ci sono parole per descrivere la sofferenza della gente. Le donne incinte, i bambini piccoli, i malati sono senza sostegno nei campi. Le condizioni di vita sono inimmaginabili. L’igiene è impossibile – come si può rispettarla se non c’è sapone, non ci sono docce? Già i rifugiati che arrivano nei campi di miseria in Grecia sono a rischio di malattia a causa del loro difficile viaggio. Se il virus Corona arriva nei campi, molti di loro moriranno. Ancora più persone moriranno per mano dell’Unione Europea. L’Unione europea deve aprire le sue frontiere. Ora, ora, ora, ora, ora! Non c’è giorno da perdere. Aprite le frontiere! Niente frontiere, niente nazioni!

REFUGEES IN CORONA DAYS

Editorial to Daily Resistance #7

This time, we publish our newspaper – which is the own voice of the refugee movement – as a special issue. It was seen during the Corona virus epidemic that again the lowest classes are the most at risk, as in any case.

Refugees were put at risk, were isolated and received racist, discriminatory treatment because of the epidemic. On the border of Turkey and Greece they were reduced to a puppet of capitalist policies. They could make their voices heard outside though thanks to their different kind of actions like in Moria, Halberstadt, Ellwangen. Especially the activities regularly held in Halberstadt refugee camp were effective.

The importance of publishing Daily Resistance and delivering it to refugees was revealed once again during Corona times. The characteristic of capitalism that destroys nature and humans was more visibly questioned. Solidarity networks formed by workers and oppressed people in Corona days came to the fore as an organizational model. The refugee movement takes its place in these solidarity networks with Daily Resistance newspaper.

Turgay Ulu, April 2020, Berlin


KORONA GÜNLERİNDE MÜLTECİLER

Mülteci hareketinin kendi sesi olan Daily Resistance gazetemizi bu sefer özel sayı olarak basıyoruz. Corona virüsü salgınında görüldü ki gene en alt sınıflar her durumda olduğu gibi en çok risk altında bulunanlardır.

Moria, Halberstadt, Ellwangen gibi eylemler sayesinde seslerini duyuran mülteci kampları dışında görünmeyen bir çok mülteci kampında mülteciler korona virüsü nedeniyle riske atıldılar, izole edildiler ve ırkçı, ayrımcı muamele gördüler. Türkiye ve Yunanistan sınırında kapitalist politikaların oyuncağı durumuna düşürüldüler.

Özellikle Halberstadt mülteci kampında daha öncesinden düzenli olarak yaptığımız etkinlikler etkili oldu. Mülteciler seslerini değişik eylem yöntemleriyle duyurdular.

Daily Resistance gazetesinin basılıp elden mültecilere ulaştırılmasının önemi korona virüsü salgını sırasında bir kez daha açığa çıktı. Kapitalizmin doğayı ve insanı yok eden niteliği korona günlerinde daha çok sorgulanır oldu. Korona günlerinde işçi ve ezilenlerin oluşturduğu Dayanışma Ağları bir örgütlenme modeli olarak öne çıktı. Mülteci hareketi de Daily Resistance gazetesi aracıyla bu dayanışma ağlarında yerini alıyor.

Turgay Ulu, Nisan 2020, Berlin

DR #7 in print!

The new issue (#7 !) is finally in print and will be delivered next week.

It consists of stories, statements and testimonies of people who face COVID-19 in isolated European lagers. Languages of the texts this time: Turkish, Arabic, Urdu, Italian, English, Farsi, German, and French. The articles will be subsequently published as single posts oplatz.net in upcoming weeks.

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