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#HambacherForest: Solidarity action to commemorate #OuryJalloh

The Hambacher Forest occupations are under immediate thread of eviction. But activists in the forest still found the time for a protest to commemorate Oury Jalloh.

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Call for the 14th anniversary demo to commemorate #OuryJalloh on January 7, 2019 in #Dessau / Saxony-Anhalt

On behalf of the survivors of the Diallo family, especially in the name of the parents Mariama Djombo Diallo and Elhadji Boubakar Diallo, who died without being informed and  getting answers to their legitimate questions about the cruel assassination of their son Oury Jalloh, we invite all solidarians, activists, initiatives and organizations to our annual demonstration to commemorate Oury Jalloh at January 7, 2019 to Dessau, German territory.

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#Germany: New Evidence Suggests Refugee Death in Custody Was Not a Suicide

Fresh evidence in the case of Oury Jalloh, a Sierra Leonean refugee who burnt to death in police custody in Germany in 2005, has revealed that he could not have set himself on fire, as claimed by German police.

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Image: Last week cops removed an Oury Jalloh banner (image below) at the Rote Flora squat in Hamburg. The text on the banner said “Oury Jalloh †7 January 2005. Killed in Dessau by German police officers“ 

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Call: #OuryJalloh – He was murdered!

Call by the Wuppertal group of the Caravan for the rights of refugees and migrants for the demonstration Oury Jalloh – He was murdered! January 7, 2018 Dessau Main Train Station (Hbf), Dessau, Germany.

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#Greece: African Street Musician Assaulted by Racist Cops in #Athens

Cops assaulted an immigrant street musician at Monastiraki, Athens, and at the police department in Omonoia.

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#JusticePourTheo: The French Approach to “Anti-racism”: Pretty Words & Magical Thinking

We reblog an article from March 7, 2015 about racism in France. We do not agree on everything in the article, but still think its an important article to understand a part of the context of the ongoing clashes in France. We don’t agree on using terms like “The French” or “French people”, we believe there is no such thing as “The French or “The Americans”.

I first came to France twelve years ago during my junior year abroad. I was the first person in my family to get a passport and I could barely contain my excitement. In the winter of 2003, two years before the riots that followed the untimely deaths of 15 year old Zyed Benna and 17 year old Bouna Traore, I landed in Paris bright-eyed and bushy tailed, armed with a very shaky grasp of French and a naive fascination with this beautiful country.

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Image: Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré, two teenagers who died on October 27th in 2005 after being chased by police officers.

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1500 People Took The Streets of #Dessau, #Germany to Commemorate #OuryJalloh

On Saturday more than 1500 people took the streets of Dessau, Germany to commemorate Oury Yalloh, who was burned alive in his prison cell on January 7th, 2005.

Written by Riot Turtle for Enough is Enough.

Yesterdays demonstration took place on the 12th anniversary of the day Oury Jalloh died. Oury Jalloh was arrested by Dessau police on January 7th, 2005 for no reason. Jalloh was incarcerated in ceramic tiled holding cell #5 where cops shackled him hand and foot to a mattress.

Unable to move, Oury Jalloh was burned to death. From the beginning, the German.”state of law”reversed the roles of perpetrator and victim, acting against all known facts and up to the highest judicial autgorities, they rubber stamped the un-proven thesis that Oury Jalloh burned himself to death.

12 years have gone since Oury Jalloh’s life was taken, the perpetrators are still being protected by manipulation, tampering of evidence, and such an unbelievable ignorance of the barrage of obvious evidence, that it defies logic. The family and the victim are mocked, and responsibility and justice are still being denied. The German state tries to silence those who fight to clarify the murder of Oury Jalloh with massive repression. 

Video from 2015: Institutional Racism in the State Organs (English & German):

In the summary of „Method critical statement of the fire test by Dr. Kurt Zollinger“ written by Ian Peck on the second of December 2016, Mr Peck wrote: “In an incident involving the death of a human being the wishes of the deceased family and friends ought to be given the highest respect and consideration by the state. In essence the state ought to work for the deceased family and therefore an open and honest examination of the known facts of the case and all hypotheses of how the fire started ought to be carried out and fully explored so that the family and friends can, as far as possible reasonably understand how the deceased died. In the case of Mr Jalloh’s death in police custody, it is our view that the examination of the evidence from the outset has been flawed. The withholding of information regarding the small scale burns, the scientific method, the materials used and the technical and analytical data further enhances this opinion. Perhaps if a more open and honest approach was taken to the examination of the evidence in the death of Mr Jalloh thena more reasoned explanation could be found. At present no meaningful conclusions can be drawn from the results of the test burn as the conditions inside cell 5 at the time of the fire in January 2005 were not replicated. It is our view given the large numbers of variables that the results are invalid.”

Mr. Peck’s summary ended with:”Even though the variables have been changed in what appears to be an effort to provide the maximum fire damage in the test cell, such as having a flow of air in the room and cutting various parts of the mattress, the resultant fire damage did not replicate the damage in cell 5. Therefore assuming this fire was started by the application of a flame to some exposed mattress foam then it does not provide the full answer as to how the fire was started in cell 5. Given this result the introduction of an ignitable liquid onto the mattress must now be considered.”

Yesterdays demonstration was a strong signal to all state authorities that racist murders by state officials will not be forgotten.

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#NYE Extreme Racist Tactics By German Police In Cologne – An Eyewitness Account

On New Years Eve, 1500 cops carried out massive racist operations in Cologne, Germany. Antifascists documented the racist police operation.

Image: Kettle on New Years Eve in front of the main train station (Hbf) in Cologne, Germany.

Parts are translated by Enough is Enough from Linksunten.

We arrived at 08:30 at Breslauer Platz in Cologne. During our journey we already got an impression of the scale of the police operation. Streets and bridges were blocked by police and we saw dozens of police vans, trucks, and hundreds of police officers, some with machine guns. Proverbial on every corner. We also saw many cops in plain clothes, especially inside and in front of the main train station and at Breslauer Platz. We didn’t see a high presence of neo-nazis, although the fascists held a massive mobilisation on social networks. The racist assaults on New Years Eve came from “security” forces.

Situation inside Cologne main train station

After the first few meters inside the main train station, we already noticed two small groups of police officers, who solely approached a “non European looking” male. The procedure of the controls we observed (Chief of police in Cologne, Mathies, later said the police carried out 1700 ID checks) seemed to be targeted. The cops didn’t care if people understood German or not. They asked people in German: “Where do you want to go?” or “Are you passing through?”. Regardless of what people answered, cops checked their ID’s. In about 80% of the cases we observed, people were taken away to have their ID’s checked. We didn’t know where the cops were taking all these people to. Later, we found out that these people were taken to kettles in front of the main train station at Breslauer Platz.

Later that evening we observed again and again federal cops who were waiting for trains that kept arriving, and selected people on the basis of the color of their skin. White people had to leave the platform by one of the stairs that leads to the hall of Cologne main train station. People of color had to take the other stairs, and had to go to the kettle at the back entrance of the main train station. These people had not been checked yet, and were solely selected and kettled on the basis of the color of their skin.

Around 09:00pm we were in the entrance hall of the main train station. Cops started to seal-off both doors at the left side of the main entrance. In front of the main train station cops now started to kettle people. Apart from the fact that the people who were kettled didn’t look like “typical Germans” and were standing in front of the main train station there was no correlation between these people. We dont know if these people where taken from inside the main train station or where already outside. The kettle was growing and growing and we saw cops sending people of color from the other doors to the doors at the left side of the entrance hall, directly into the kettle.

Kettle in front of Cologne main train station and controls at the entrance

The people who were kettled were behaving calmly. We didn’t see any aggression from the people who were kettled. Regardless, chief of police Mathies stated that the aggressive atmosphere was the reason of the police action. A few people who calmly tried to leave the kettle through a gap in police lines where brutally torn to the ground by cops.

In the following minutes the kettle became the scene of various TV interviews with police management. Even as the 300 people in the kettle were abused as decoration for these TV interviews they stayed calm. The police spokesmen declared themselves as saviors.

At the stairs to Domplatte (square in front of the cathedral), there where also racist police operations. People of color were searched by cops. White or German and “European looking” people could pass without being searched or checked. White people were allowed to stay at Domplatte, while cops ordered people of color to move to the square in front of the main train station and to leave Domplatte. Cops grinned when they told us (whites) “You can stay there.”

The massive racist processes continued until midnight. At 00:10am, hundreds of people came from the direction of Domplatte to the main train station. The kettles were released and police lines disappeared.

Kettle at Deutzer train station

At another train station in Cologne 300 more people of color were selected and kettled by police. The people who were kettled between 2 trains reacted calmly. We didn’t see any aggression out of the kettle. At 11:56 the police released the people who were kettled.

Conclusion

On the basis of our observations, we object the description of the events on New Years Eve by the chief of police Mathies of Cologne. There was no aggressive group of men which Mathies used as an excuse for the police operation. In fact, we must assert that the police arbitrarily declared people to be “search relevant clients” (One of the many “impossible” descriptions used by the German state to criminalise people) and kettled them. There were no big groups – the big groups were formed in the kettle because the police kettled more and more people.

In this context the police used the word “Nafris” again. Nafris is an abbreviation which has been used by German police since early 2016 and stands for “North African Intensive Offenders”. On New Years Eve, German police tweeted that they checked several hundred “Nafris” with a picture of the kettle in front of the main train station.

Screenshot of the Tweet by  German police.

In correlation with the arbitrary selection when people deboarded the trains the description by the police of “North-African” is not an ethnic cohesion of a group of people but more a description to legitimize a general suspicion against groups of people. For the police of Cologne black hair, brown eyes and “not European looking” seem to qualify people to be from Northern-Africa. When the term “Nafri” is used by mainstream media, its always used in relation with theft, drug related crimes and police raids. A prominent part of the police operation on New Years Eve was based on racial profiling. Young men between 15 and 30 were arbitrary classified as North-African”intensive offenders,” and kettled for hours on the basis of how they looked. There is no proof of claims by police and several media outlets that the institutional racist police operation prevented excesses and assaults.

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#LampedusaHH #Hamburg #Germany: A right to stay for everybody! – Tonight 22:00

polilogoAt the moment there is a night dance demo against High rents (Dance & Occupy) which started at the university campus in Hamburg. But we also want to protest against the racist controls by cops in the Ottensen and Altona neighbourhood tonight: 22:00 at Spritzenplatz (Altona/Ottensen), Hamburg

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