Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Refugee Protest March to Berlin 2012


The human being’s mission to achieve freedom is not to stand in line but to disrupt the queue.

You, all the asylum seekers that live under inhumane conditions in Germany and see your lives and the lives of your children going through a gradual death, you who like prisoners are kept in asylum seekers’ camps, facing all the Apartheid discriminatory conditions that treat you like second class citizens, you who expect your deportation order to arrive at any moment, you who stand at the lowermost layers of the society, carrying all the weight of the unfair society on your shoulders, whilst the only thing you are allowed to do is to obey the cruel and inhuman rule of limited travelling range, NOW is the time to rise up against all this!
NOW is the time of our uprising because we do not want to passively witness the death of one of us, since the inhumane treatment of the asylum seekers in Germany can lead any human being to a gradual or a sudden death. Now after 5 months since the start of the asylum seekers’ protest in Germany, that began on 19th of March 2012 in Würtzburg and inspired asylum seekers of other cities to rise up, the movement strengthened by the resistance and perseverance of the asylum seeker is going to aim for a much bigger step.
We will NOT respect the laws that do not respect us as human beings!
The striking asylum seekers all over the Germany who have initiated a strong and coordinated joint protest, have decided to launch a new action on 8th of September: on this day asylum seekers will move towards Berlin from 2 different routes and after gathering in this city they will show to the German government that any action towards implementation of the inhumane deportation law will be responded back by the asylum seeker’s movement and will not remain unopposed. They will shout louder than ever that they will continue their struggle until the asylum seekers’ camps with their catastrophic conditions are abolished. In fact by gathering in Berlin, the asylum seekers will actively disobey the discriminatory law of limited travelling range, which forces the asylum seekers to remain within a certain area. This well coordinated action, which is solely organized by the asylum seekers themselves and is independent of any political party or group, will be a way to strongly voice the opposition against the ‘limited travelling range’ law.
As mentioned before, the march towards Berlin will start simultaneously from 2 separate routes:  one in which asylum seekers will walk from Würzburg towards Berlin and the other where they will use transportation means and will pass through west of Germany. The two marches will arrive at the same time in Berlin and will join each other. This action will first  be launched by the asylum seekers from two provinces of South Germany (Bayern andBaden-Württemberg), but will not remain limited to only these two provinces. All asylum seekers living in camps and places that are on the way to Berlin will be visited and they will all be invited to join the protest.
We call all the asylum seekers who like us will no more bear the inhuman conditions and have in different ways revolted against them, to join us so that by uniting our forces we can bring the decades of struggles for the asylum seekers’ rights to its long awaited goal.
In Berlin we will stand hand in hand and in solidarity and we will once more announce our legitimate demands;
- we demand the abolishment of all the asylum seekers’ camps in Germany
- deportation is an inhumane law, a law that solely serves the political and economic interests of those who are in power, this law must be abolished
- we demand that the law of the limited free travelling of the asylum seekers is abolished.
To all asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in Germany:
we have all left our countries for different reasons, and we all came to this country hoping for a better and safer life. Most of us have come from thousands of kilometers away to this place, going through all sorts of  agony, danger and suffering to get here. We have tolerated all the hardship hoping for a better life in future. It is perhaps now the time to wear the same shoes we were wearing when we crossed all the borders on the way to here, it is perhaps now the time to travel for some more tens of Kilometers ahead, this time not alone but all together towards creating a better world.
To the asylum seekers of southern provinces: on 8th of September we will all gather in Würtzburg and will be looking forward to all and each of you joining us.
The asylum seekers of other provinces who share our concerns: we will do our best to come to your camps and to move together with you towards Berlin.
For more information please contact:
Contact for South and East Germany
Tel: 017679837911
Contact for North and West Germany
Coordinating committee of the strikning asylum seekers  in Germany

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Declaration of Solidarity with the Refugees on Hunger Strike in Ankara (Turkey)

Declaration of Solidarity with the Refugees on Hunger Strike by the Coordination Committee of Refugees in Protest in Germany

We speak to you by the powerful voice of a five months long resistance.

Dear Comrades,

we support your protest and resistance by the whole of our hearts and powers. The fascist and racist attitude of the state of Turkey against Kurds is obvious for years now. There are many of us who have also lived in Turkey as refugees and can therefore completely understand your situation. You shall know that we will put representative institutions of Turkey in Germany under pressure, just like we already do with the German state. This resistance cannot be limited to one place or a country but it is bad for all capitalist countries in the West. Problems of bad politics are always shoved on the oppressed in capitalism - and in these countries the lowest strata of the proletariat is composed of refugees.

We don`t care about the problems of those despised capitalists. But now we say a few words to them: It is you who made the world as it is today. By your exploitation, you force people to leave those regions where they were born. You have pushed us into this situation - you are responsible for our problems! So do at least your duty by your signature under the Human Rights Convention. If won`t do your duty, we will do our historical duty. Potential for struggle and resistance is already there, as you can see. Do your task, otherwise we will do ours. And we are many.

Now we talk to the Turkish state and the UNHCR. Refugees are humans. Refugees have the same human rights as everyone else. You should be happy that it was not us who wrote the Human Rights Convention, this contract between capitalistic countries. And you all have put your signatures under it. Keep your promises and practice what you preach. Otherwise it`s just a fraud.

We have already said it once in history: struggle and resistance.
And we still say today: struggle and resistance.
We keep our promises.

Big solidarity with the refugees on hunger strike in Turkey. We won`t allow anything happen to you. We are with you.

August 15th, 2012
Refugees on strike in Germany
(Aub, Bamberg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Nürnberg, Passau, Regensburg, Trier, Würzburg)

Monday, August 13, 2012

First press release by the striking refugees in Nuremberg

145 days ago the protest of refugees against the inhuman german asyl politics started in Würzburg. From there it spreads to several cities. Right know there are protest camps in Aub, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Passau, Regensburg, Würzburg and finally also in Nürnberg.
On friday (10.8.2012) at 12 o`clock a group of refugees will start their protest at Hallplatz/ Pfannenschmiedgasse. This is the way we would like to get in contact with the people to inform them about our problematic situation and to talk with them.
9.08.2012,The striking refugees of Nürnberg

145 روز پیش اعتصاب پناهجویان بر علیه قوانین غیرانسانی پناهندگی آلمان در ورتسبورگ آغاز شد. از آنجا به شهرهای دیگر منتشر شد و امروز شاهد چادر های اعتراضی در شهرهای آوب، دوسلدورف، پاساو، رگنزبورگ، ورتسبورگ برلین و در نهایت در شهر نورنبرگ هستیم.
درساعت 12 روز جمعه (10.08.2012) گروهی از پناهجویان در تحصن خود را در هال پلاتز شهر نورنبرگ آغاز خواهند کرد. این راهی است که ما می خواهیم از طریق با مردم ارتباط داشته باشیم تا آنها را از شرایط مشکل خود آگاه کنیم و با آنها سخن بگوییم.
09.08.2012 پناهجویان متحصن در نورنبرگ
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