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Call after Cops killed Mikael: We demand clarification: Why did Mikael have to die?

On Saturday, 27.04.2019 from 14:00-17:00, we want to hold a rally in Willy-Brandt-Platz in Essen (German territory) to commemorate Mikael Haile and call for a clarification of the circumstances of his death.

Originally published by Aufstehen gegen Rassismus Essen Facebook event page.

Note: Enough 14 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.

Mikael was a young man from Eritrea, who was shot on 26.04.2017 during a police operation for an alleged disturbance in his home in Altenessen. His friends, however, described him as a quiet, friendly and rather slender man, a devout Christian who did not drink alcohol and did not even have radio or television in his apartment. It is still unclear how the killing by the police, being shot directly into his heart, took place. His friends and relatives were harassed by the police after his death, waiting for answers two years later and feeling abandoned by the authorities and the public.

That’s why we want to commemorate Mikael, express solidarity with his relatives and friends, and lend weight to the call for an explanation.

We also criticize (institutional) racism at all levels! We put this case in connection with other unsolved deaths, such as those of Oury Jalloh from Dessau or Amad Ahmad from Kleve, both of whom were burned in police or JVA cells. Also, in view of the NSU scandal and the announcement of more and more entanglements of authorities in right-wing networks, the question arises, who are they actually helping.

Come to the commemoration, show solidarity and help us to make the case finally public!

Saturday, 27.04.2019 at 14:00
Willy-Brandt-Platz, Essen (Germany) main train station (Hbf).


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