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Thursday, 31 May 2012

MIGRATION & DEPORTATION


Activists protest the German Police Blockade of Nigerian Embassy and Against Deportation Collaoration in Berlin


Report on the Protest Rally and Demonstration from the Action days which
took place on the 9th to 11th of May against the Nigerian Embassy
Collaboration in Berlin, Germany that was coordinated by The VOICE Refugee
Forum in Stuttgart.

On the 10th of May 2012 in Berlin more than 120 Refugees and non Refugee
Activists stormed the premises of the Nigerian Embassy in Berlin as they
protest the corrupt collaboratory role which they identified as Colonial.
The Transparent that took the order of the day stated “Deportation is
Colonial Persecution“ The Oppressed are bent on taking back Power.

Refugees delegates who participated ranged from Refugee Communities from
Bayern, Baden Wrttemberg,Berlin Brandenburg, Sachsen Anhalt,
Niedersachsen, Thringen, Bremen, Hamburg; Kiel and Nordrhein Westpfalia
who are mostly from Nigeria, Benin Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Camerun,
india, Tunisia, Ghana, Togo, Pakistan, Afganistan, Iran, Syria, and as
well as different Antiracist Activists from Frankfurt, Bremen, Brasil,
Berlin, South Africa, Vienna-Austria and Italy etc.

The action started with speeches from different activists alongside with
protest music of Fela Anikulakpo Kuti labelled “Zombie“ and dancing at the
Front of the Nigerian Embassy with strong Police Blocade/ Presence and by
the demonstration.

During the protest action, the call on the Nigerian Ambassador in Berlin,
Abdu Usman Abubakar to come out with the courage from his office to
address the Protesting Activists was turned down and just immidiately, the
Ambassadors car was driven out with speed through a strong presence of
Police to avoid harrassment.

The Nigerians and African protesters further insisted on getting into the
embassy as they Chanted This is our House and the German Police have no
rights to stop us from entering. The Police informed the protesters that
the Embassy Officials had informed them of their unwillingness to make any
public statement and more also instructed that one of the protesting
persons should be allowed into the embassy premises but after a tense
confrontation from the aggrieved protesters, the police were compelled to
present an Official to officially receive their demands at the least.

To buttress the role of the embasssy in this deportation collaboration, a
refugee victim in the mist was having a letter that instructs him to
appear at the Embassy to identify himself for deportation. He further
expressed his solidarity with the action which caused the Police refusal
to allow him into the Embassy as well as the embassy refusal to confirm
his presence at the Embassy on that day.

A traditional performance to commit the dubious officials to the
Ancesstors by an African traditional Priest, crowned the events in front
of the Embassy as we proceeded to protest on the street to the German
Foreign Affairs Ministry being a major structure of the Colonial
manipualation through dorminating racist and exploitation policies. The
protesting activists identified the Building of the Foreign Affairs as a
symbol of Colonisation.

The Activists demanded:

An immediate Stop to mobile deportation hearing !
Stop to all forms of deportation collaboration !!
Stop to Frontex - Nigeria deportation aggreement !!!
An end to neocolonial exploitation !!!!

The protesters reaffirmed that deportation is not only racist but also a
form of colonial heritage that has to be resisted with a view to the motto
of The Caravan: “We are here because you distroyed our countries“

At the end of the protest-rally and demonstration against the Nigerian
Embassy collaboration for deportation from Germany, more than 300 hundred
activists with the public audience attended the premier of the
Residenzpflicht documentary film, produecd by Denise Garcia Bergt in
Berlin on the early struggles of refugees in Germany against isolation and
restiction of movement against the refugees as part of the continuity of
colonial injustice in Europe. Inputs on the film were also contributed
from the podium by the protagonists of the film and the audience to
acknowledge the offensive position of approach of refugee activist of The
VOICE Refugee Forum on Civil Disobedience against the german state
repression by the residenzpflicht laws. The Resisidenzpfliht Film
screening is now presented in other places and cities. see
http://residenzpflichtdoc.com

As a continuation of the action, the activists met on the 11.05.12 to
evaluate the action against the Coutry embassy collaboration and
structured a continuity through active networking amongst Activists
expecially the refugees in their different regions.

There were also information exchange on the struggles against
Residenzpflicht, Karawane International Trbunal and the Break Isolation
refugee summer camp in Thueringen were highlighted:

Self-organization and Autonomy - how do we organize ourselves to
strenghten our networks in Germany.
- Past engagements and lessons learned
- Exchange of experience with old and new activists within refugees
- Refugees should join networking before their individual problems arise
but this also holds for all activists and not only for new refugees.
- Make .conscious the fear of persecution from new activists and how to
counter this fear and encourage their engagement
- The importance of refugee/migrant solidarity in our fight for unity
- Empower your self determination and Know your laws - Foreigner/refugee laws
- Encourege refugees and those absent that the Berlin action should be
used as a major tool to strengthen and give hope to their struggle to
fight against injustice, police brutality and this can also be put in a
great documentary in order to keep a great deal of a record.
- Documentation and Independent Refugee Media workshop

The Action days have encouraged and inspired African refugee communities
from Sudanese in Nidersachsen and Uganda in Bayern to organize a Refugee
convention on the 23rd of June in Ausburg:

http://thevoiceforum.org/node/2561, including (non refugee) Nigeria
community in kassel with the support of The VOICE Refugee Forum Germany.
As follow up to the grieviances of Nigerians against the corrupt role of
the Nigerian Government, Politicians and Elites as well as the dubious
role of Nigerian diplomats in Diaspora, Different Nigerian community
Networks and individuals under the coordination of Concerned Nigerians in
Kassel would be protesting in front of the Nigerian Embassy on 14.06.12.
The Protest Rally is planned to start at 10am until 6pm. We are calling on
the Entire Migrant communities and Anti-racist movement to support this
action.
 

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We must rise above tribalism & divide & rule of the colonialist who stole & looted our treasure & planted their puppets to lord it over us..they alone can decide on whosoever is performing & the one that is corrupt..but the most corrupt nations are the western countries that plunder the resources of other nations & make them poorer & aid the rulers to steal & keep such ill gotten wealth in their country..yemen,syria etc have killed more than gadhafi but its not A̷̷̴ good investment for the west(this is laughable)because oil is not in these countries..when obasanjo annihilated the odi people in rivers state, they looked away because its in their favour & interest..one day! Samosa Iyoha

Hello from
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I was amazed to find a website for Africans in Hungary.
Looks like you have quite a community there. Here in SA we have some three million Zimbabweans living in exile and not much sign of going home ... but in Hungary??? Hope to meet you on one of my trips to Europe; was in Steirmark Austria near the Hungarian border earlier this month. Every good wish for 2011. Geoff in Jo'burg

I'm impressed by
ANH work but...
Interesting interview...
I think from what have been said, the Nigerian embassy here seem to be more concern about its nationals than we are for ourselves. Our complete disregard for the laws of Hungary isn't going to help Nigeria's image or going to promote what the Embassy is trying to showcase. So if the journalists could zoom-in more focus on Nigerians living, working and studying here in Hungary than scrutinizing the embassy and its every move, i think it would be of tremendous help to the embassy serving its nationals better and create more awareness about where we live . Taking the issues of illicit drugs and forged documents as typical examples.. there are so many cases of Nigerians been involved. But i am yet to read of it in e.news. So i think if only you and your journalists could write more about it and follow up on the stories i think it will make our nationals more aware of what to expect. I wouldn't say i am not impressed with your work but you need to be more of a two way street rather than a one way street . Keep up the good work... Sylvia

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