Lampedusa in Hamburg – Solidarity with the refugees of war and their demands!
Manifestation at the SPD Bundestags election event in Hamburg:
Friday, 31.05.2013 | 18.30 PM
In front of the Museum der Arbeit (Wiesendamm 3/ close to the subway Barmbek)
Meeting point for a collective journey to the manifestation:
17.30 PM at the protest-tent at the central station/ Steindamm
Seven weeks ago the administration of Hamburg forced Refugees into homelessness. After three weeks of protest organised by the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” , an association of people who fled from the NATO-War in Libya, the city of Hamburg is under pressure in such an extent, that it is formally making an effort to organise accommodation. But this accommodation will only be temporary and is supposed to provide the basis for the preparation of the return to Italy.
Right from the beginning the refugees made very clear in their protest:
“We are here and we will not go back! We never had the intention to come here. We were on our continent in Libya and our existence there was destroyed by the NATO-states.”
Their demands include the complete recognition of their rights:
- free access to the labour market
- free access to education
- free access to medical care and social provision
- the right to freely choose the residence within the EU
The emergency aid of the city cannot be linked to any terms. The situation we are facing now has not fallen from the sky, it is a direct consequence of the european asylum- and foreign policies which were strongly shaped by the Federal Republic of Germany as one of the most powerful european states.
Germany as well as other european states has participated in the NATO-War in Libya, where it destroyed the existence of those who then had to flee to Europe against their own will. No war remains without consequences, but the german state as the causer of flight denies any responsibility. While the NATO globally leads wars in the name of “human rights and democracy” Refugees on the streets of Europe are being deprived of exactly these rights.
The existing Dublin-system denies the human right to freely choose the place of residence and is one of the causes for the catastrophic situation of refugees in the countries of Southern Europe. Germany is economic-politically responsible for forcing these very countries into the downward spiral of crisis and austerity. Infighting between the european states shall be carried out on the back of the refugees. In this context German politicians even dare to tell refugees that there is a perspective for them in Italy, even though there are numerous expertises and reports by human rights organisations that state the opposite.
Solidarity with the resistance of the refugees – support their demands!
THE DUBLIN SYSTEM MUST FALL!
NO PEACE WITH THE NATO!
Supporters of the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg”
The Refugees from Libya made clear since the beginning of their protest:
„we are here and we will not go back! Because we never had the intension to come here.We lived on our continent in Libya, until the lives we had there were destroyed by the NATO states.“
The demands made by the war refugees are clear and include the full acknowledgement of their rights.
- Free access to the employment market
- free access to education
- free access to medical assistance and social service
- freedom of movement and free choice of residence inside the EU
In a meeting of the city parliament the social democrats claimed to organize medical assistance and humanitarian aid. Meanwhile their staff through some refugees out of a park where they had to sleep due to their disastrous situation. The aid which the city authorities claim to give does not reach those in need. There is reason to doubt that the talking about humanitarian help will be followed by actions.
The direct support of the refugees is organized by the base of the cities population. Especially young people are putting enormous effort in into alleviating the misery and giving practical help every day. While they are left with little time for schoolwork the senate is whining about the incredible hardship of finding a building to be used for accommodation.
A deportation back to Italy or even back to the countries they fled, which some politicians already dream of, is unacceptable. Humanitarian aid in an emergency must not be tied to conditions.
The refugees’ resistance on the streets of Hamburg continues!
Wir brauchen dringend Spenden! We are in urgent need of donations!
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