The feckless politicians are head over heals tripping themselves on the way to see who can wear the badge of ‘the nastiest’ to the refugees. They are racing to the rotten bottom in condemnation of a legitimate resistance to oppression, violence and inhumanity in the name of rechtsstaat and hospitality that ‘must not be trampled on’. How cynical, disingenuous and hypocritical of you to even mention rechtsstaat and hospitality with your ‘lager’ mentality and how you treat refugees in those filthy camps. We are not even going into your shameless, dubious and corrupt collaboration with dictators all over Africa including Togo where this refugee fled from in the first place. You are so upright with your rechtsstaat that you reach agreements with and pay these dictators who in turn employ militias to brutalise and maim men, women and children seeking refuge from the dangerous situation that you facilitate with your economic interests. If the experience in these camps is what you define as hospitality, we heartily invite you to check into one of these camps (yes, there is still enough space for you and your family) and enjoy it. If you are too cowardly to take that offer, we ask you in very clear terms to take your hospitality and shove it!!! The allegation of aggression, attack and violence by the police as widely reported in the media is so far, nothing more than a bogus claim as there is up till the moment of writing, no evidence to substantiate those claims. While the police managed to misinform and the press ran with the misinformation that the refugees injured scores of police officers – supposedly, officially the Police could only confirm that only one officer was slightly injured. Worse still is the allegation of weapons that the refugees supposedly had which also turned out to be flatly false. Unable to prove that the refugees were violent as alleged, the Police resorted to redefine and equate violence with coercion. Perhaps the Police need to be reminded of what violence is: violence is when you chained Oury Jalloh to the mattress in a police station in Dessau and burned him alive. Violence is when you forcibly pumped emetics into Laye Conde and killed him in a police station in Bremen, just as Achidi John in Hamburg. Violence is when you fatally shot Dominique Kumadio near his apartment in Dortmond just like you shot and killed Christie Schwundeck at the Job Centre in Frankfurt, and Mariamme Sarr in Ascherffenburg. Violence is when policemen raped women (who were to be deported) and filmed it, in police station in Bremen. Got it? The list goes on!!! In our view, two things are particularly worth noting here. First, it is important to put these into some perspectives and understand that this is a carefully pre-planned and coordinated effort by the authorities to break the resistance of refugees to deportation. Moreover, it is to provide a political cover, legitimisation and justification for the unwarranted violence and brutality that the police are most likely to exert in any future deportation attempts. They have admitted this much in public and their action on Thursday confirms this. But it remains to be seen if the public will rise in support of human decency and respect of the vestiges of refugee rights in this country or they will submit to manipulation and be conned by these sinister machinations. For anyone who has been invested in any way in the pervasive and now-fading refugees welcome, it is time to shed that superficiality and get real and show some solidarity with these maligned refugees.

The VOICE Refugee Forum in A Very Big SALUTE to the Refugee Resistance in Ellwangen (Oplatz.net)



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