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May 8, 2020: Germany-wide protest & strike against racism!

Germany. A call for a Germany-wide strike against racism and anti-Semitism, inspired by the >>Ramazan Avcı initiative<< in the speech commemorating the victims of racist terror in Hanau.

Originally published by Antifa Pinneberg

Dear friends, dear comrades,

We migrant self-organisations call on our siblings to join us for a day of enragement and a general strike on 8 May 2020. We call on people with migration heritage, Jewish people, BIPoCs and all people in solidarity to strike with us.

Why the 08 May? The date is considered the day of liberation. But while the war and the Nazi dictatorship came to an end, the Nazi ideology and its representatives lived on and so racism and anti-semitism have a long tradition in Germany. After the end of the Second World War, Germany was at most only symbolically denazified. Former members and functionaries of the NSDAP and SA held political offices here and in Europe after 1945 or ran successful businesses.

Already in the 1950s, there were acts of racist violence. In 1979, Cuban contract workers Raúl García Paret and Delfin Guerra were killed in the GDR during resistance to racist violence. During this time, attacks on immigrants were poorly or not at all documented and so we do not know all the names of victims of racist violence. But the list of names of victims we know is long and apparently endless.

On Thursday, February 19, 2020, nine people with migration heritage were shot dead by a racist in Hanau, five others were injured. The names of the victims are:

Gökhan Gültekin
Ferhat Ünvar
Mercedes Kierpacz
Sedat Gürbüz
Hamza Kurtović
Kalojan Welkow
Vili Viorel Păun
Fatih Saraçoğlu
Said Nessar El Hashemi.

To this day, politics watches as our siblings, friends and our anti-fascist comrades are killed, even in the custody of state institutions, therefore we cannot rely on them. They do not protect us and at the very least since the NSU we know that in Germany, in all likelihood, protection of perpetrators continues.
We are not silent, we are not intimidated, we do not engage in racist discussions, we do not abandon the streets to Nazis. If Germany wants to continue to cosy up to Nazis, we will have no part in it!
Inspired by the Ramazan Avcı initiative, we take our fury and grief to the streets on May 8th. Get organized and call for a strike with us.

Day of Outrage, 08 May, Germany-wide


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