Ten activists who participated in the embassy occupation were
arrested by the police as well as 13 activists who protesteted outside
in front of the embassy-
Amongst the ones arrested inside the embassy were Rex Osa from the
VOICE Refugee Forum as well as activists of the Caravan for the Rights
of refugees and migrants and activists of the protest tent. The police
took away two cameras from the press team of the
protestmarch/protestcamp and one tablet computer. One person was beaten.
The arrested were taken to cells in Tempelhofer Damm. They had to
undergo identity control. 10 of them are now together in one cell,
others are being kept in single cells.
The police also brutalized the activists protesting outside the
embassy building by using pepperspray. At least two were also arrested.
Amongst them is Mbolo Yufanyi who was brutalized outside the embassy
building. His arrest took place after he entered the building to meet
the leader of the police group to denounce the police and come out
again. He had to be treated in an ambulance car.
There was a spontaneous solidarity demonstration of more than 100
people from the Nigerian Embassy to Oranienplatz where the protest camp
is. Police even went inside the demo in order to arrest people. There
are still lots of police car around the protest camp at Oranienplatz at
According to camp activists the number of persons arrested at the embassy protest and during the demonstration is 23 altogether.
To ask for more information and to protest the arrest, please phone:
Platz der Luftbrücke 6
Report by The VOICE Refugee Forum Jena
Press Information: Nigeria Embassy Occupation in Berlin
Counter Offensive to the Nigerian Government Role in the brutal
deportation of African Refugees, Nigerian and Non Nigerian Activists
have taken to Occupy the Nigerian Embassy Berlin to demand the
cancellation of all deportation agreement with the German State.
Deportation is only possible if a state is ready to „take back“ the
person concerned and for this purpose, the German authorities would do
anything to obtain traveling certificates to deport Refugees to any
Country wherever they could be accepted.
Refugees are constantly summoned to forced deportation hearings where
they are interviewed by Embassy Officials who would have to confirm
their origin and identity through Physical appearance to aid the
issuance of traveling certificates as a legitimation for their
These forced deportation hearing are randomly conducted in different
German City on a monthly basis in an atmosphere of massive Police
presence and abuses - From Halberstadt to Koln, Bielefeld to Karlsruhe,
Dortmund to Munich, Ludwigsburg to Dusseldorf.
Enough is Enough as we have reached an Offensive threshold to say No to
deportation threats and abuses because deportation is Colonial Heritage
and Persecution. We are therefore provoked to unlash appropriate action
against such acts that continues to traumatize and destroy Migrants and
Refugees in Germany
Refugee and non-Refugee Activist have for many years condemned this
routine deportation collaboration between the Nigerian Government and
the German European Government through the enforcement of militarized
Frontex - "Frontex being the boarder Watch dog of the European union
with extended artificial Borders up to Refugee Home Countries is
mandated with the responsibility of chartered deportation operations
The January 2012 agreement between the Nigerian Government (Nigerian
Immigration Boss - Mrs. Rose Uzoma)and Frontex stands as a renewed
legitimation to the brutal deportation practices thus causing many
deaths and Trauma for Refugees thus requiring an immediate cancellation
because the same European Government who has made us refugees must be
ready to take the responsibility of their act.
It is based on this Position that we are calling on President
Goodluck Jonathan to take immediate step to cancel all deportation
agreements and collaboration between Frontex with the German State.
The obvious habit of ignoring the call for human rights can no longer
be tolerated hence the decision of Nigerian Refugees occupation of the
Nigerian Embassy in Berlin as a signal to more offensive counter action
against their deportation collaboratory role.
As first step to cooperation, We demand a Stop to the routine
practices of Forced-Mobile deportation Hearing with immediate effect
(i.e.) 16.10.12 to 19.10.12 deportation hearing planned to take place at
the State Police Premises, Alte Weingartner Str. 49, 76227
Furthermore, we are undertaken an investigation in connection with
suspicion of free access for the German Immigration Service to access
Biometric Data of Nigerian Passport Holders - a development from the
current act of criminalization of Nigerian migrants with a direct call
for President Goodluck Jonathan to withdraw in case there is any of
We denounce every form of deportation collaboration because
deportation itself is a form of racial persecution and elimination and
exists on basic distinction of Europe being the progressive and
developed while Africa is defined as backward.
We say No to all forms of deportation collaboration
Contact: Tel.: 017610447292
The VOICE Refugee Forum