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Demo am 13.10. Berlin: Solidarität mit den kämpfenden Flüchtlingen

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Published on Oct 8, 2012

http://www.facebook.com/Refugeemarch
http://refugeetentaction.net/

English version:

On the 27th of January the refugee Mohammad Rahsepar, who had been housed in mass accommodation in Würzburg (Bavaria), committed suicide. He had been driven to despair by the way the state is dealing with asylum seekers. The refugees in Würzburg who realized that --finally -- something needed to be done started a boycott of the food packages they had received by the authorities. On the 18th of March some refugees started a public hunger strike in the city centre of Würzburg. Since their three main demands (abolishment of all mass accommodation, free choice of residence; abolishment of deportation laws; abolishment of residence requirement) had not been met, some of them even sewed their mouths. In Würzburg the striking refugees would have been able to achieve a right to stay -- if they had stopped their protest; that was the offer by the authorities, which the refugees rejected. In July the protest spread to several other cities, there were self-organised refugee protest tents in Aub, Bamberg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Passau and Regensburg.

After half a year of day and night protest in the cities, the refugees decided to organize a protest march from Würzburg to Berlin starting on the 8th of September. Together with supporters they marched through rural East German backwater and sometimes even made camp in fields for the night. Shortly after the start they tore their identity papers in pieces. Furthermore, all marching refugees violated and are still violating the law of residence requirement, which only exists in Germany and refuses refugees to leave their rural district, which often is a radius of only 30 km. Violation can be punished with up to one year in prison and is often used by authorities to legitimate deportations. Simultaneously to the protest march other activists organized a bus tour through Germany, in order to draw attention to their cause.

Since the 6th of October, the refugees are camping at Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg. They are calling for a demonstration on the 13th of October, starting at their camp at 3 pm. Although it is obvious that some of the demands, such as the stop of all deportations, are rather utopian considering present circumstances of society which deportations are an immanent part of, we can nonetheless show our solidarity with all refugees and go on the street with them to fight against inhuman conditions, deportations, nationalism, the state, and all the other pieces of shit. Because it is clear: the world would be a nicer place without them.

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