Statement by refugees from Ellwangen after the police raid and questionable mainstream media coverage.
Submitted to Enough is Enough.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Statement by the refugees from Ellwangen, Germany on police-raid
Dear Friends and Friends
The situation in Ellwangen began even before the Razzia last Thursday. Namely, in April 2018:
“We met with the head of the LEA in Ellwangen. We told him about our life in the accommodation and how people feel here, also about of the systems of “Duldung” and “Dublin”.
He promised us that we could talk to the press and politicians about our situation, as he and the property management were not responsible for the conditions. He wanted to take care of everything.
On April 27th we had a joint meeting with the head of the LEA. At this meeting he said we could meet the press on Thursday, May 3rd.
At 3 a.m. on Monday, April 30th, we heard a lot of noise. When we got outside, people complained about the deportation of a Togolese. We saw that the police wanted to force the man to get into her car – he was already handcuffed. And he told the police that he disagreed. So we also said we wouldn’t let the police just take the man out of the accommodation. As they saw more and more people coming out of the house, they withdrew.” We were about 30/40 people at the time.” That’s what the refugees from Ellwangen report. The police already had left when more refugees came to the scene. They only met the man in handcuffs while we told them about the situation.
Media coverage now covers up to 200 people. However, less than 150 African refugees are currently accommodated in the accommodation in Ellwangen. If the accusation that we surrounded the police were true, how would they have been able to withdraw so easily? If the police are so sure, they should be able to provide evidence. The German police is – as we know – very professional in reporting about their control power.
At this point, the racism of the German police authorities seems to be falling on their own feet. “(“Oh, African refugees, they’re aggressive.”)
“After one hour, a security guard came in with the keys to the handcuffs, freed the man and left with the handcuffs. We were surprised when around 10:00 o’clock in the morning, the manager came to us again and asked us to give him the handcuffs. We asked: “Why are you trying to fool us when the handcuff is with the security officer?” We went to the security guard who took the handcuffs. We asked him why he had not informed the head of the facility about the whereabouts of the handcuffs, whereupon he replied that the head of the facility was already informed”.
At this point it was clear to us that something was going wrong. Extortion and intrigues to criminalize us unjustifiably.
“On Thursday, May 3rd, at 5:00 a.m. – the day we should have met the press (organized by the director of the facility) – we heard screams and shouts: “Police! Police!” The police forcibly broke open all the room doors (although the doors in the facility cannot be locked), stormed the dark rooms with bright flashlights and shouted, “Police! Police! Hands up, don`t move! Give me your ID and Camp chip card! Do you have a mobile?” Then we were tied up with cable ties and were supposed to lie down on the floor. After checking the identity cards and camp chip cards to identify the people, the police went on and searched our clothes and entire rooms. Before that, they asked us if we had any dangerous weapons or drugs in our possession. Some of us were naked and were forbidden to put anything on – even with colds. We were forced to be quiet and we were beaten when we dared to ask questions. Our pants and wallets were searched. They took the money away from some of us, who had more than 200,- Euro.
After the raid, 27 people were arrested and taken to another building opposite the police station on the premises of the accommodation. One of the people who was arrested for having unregistered Lyca Sim cards tells how badly they were treated, tied up and left out in the cold.
A young woman who brought clothes to her partner was not allowed to help him wear clothes. But another arrested and tied friend helped him while the police watched her. Another friend of ours was forbidden to use the bathroom by the police chief. The same police chief asked another police officer why a refugee was brought into the line of those arrested without their hands tied with cable ties. He also ordered this refugee to be tied up.
One by one was interrogated – in the presence of almost 20 police officers with dogs. We were also photographed and then taken to the police station on the accommodation site, where fingerprints were taken. Even one of the social workers was shocked that such a process was being kicked off, for example because of the possession of SIM cards.
When the police finally left, there were some wounded who came to the hospital. At the same time some media began to report from outside the accommodation.
We are shocked at how the media have simply taken over the lying police reports without researching the actual events or asking ourselves what happened.
We, the refugees from Ellwangen, are not violent. Even if the police say we attacked them. There was a distance between us and the police during the incident. Our brother in handcuffs stood between us and the police. We have evidence of everything the police have done to us.
Now we have decided to make a demonstration. For us, this is the only way to inform people about what actually happened. The media falsifies our statements and turns them against us.
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