Who We Are & What We’re Doing!
We are a group of people with a shared understanding of the refugee situation in Turkey and abroad. Between us we are involved in a variety of social justice work, including refugee rights and support. We decided to act on our ideas; to put solidarity into practice.. but we need your support to make it happen!
We are creating a flexible space that can meet the desires and needs of the people using it. This means that it can be a space for women to meet one day and can be a workshop for learning first aid or simply an evening meal on another. The space will not be issue-specific, meaning that if (somehow!) the situation of refugees in Izmir dramatically improves, the space will still be able to function as a healthy and vital place in Izmir. It is ultimately a community space by and for whoever uses it, with particular attention to refugees. Continue reading
The resistance of a group of refugees against the eviction of an occupied school building in Berlin is exemplary of migrant struggles across Europe.
Originally Posted in ROAR Magazine
For eight days, a small group of about forty refugees from different but mostly African countries have been occupying the roof of a vacant school building in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood. The former Gerhart Hauptmann School on Ohlauer Strasse had been home to more than two hundred people since October last year, ever since a nationwide wave of refugee protests culminated in a six-hundred kilometer long protest march from the Bavarian town of Würzburg to the center of the country’s capital, Berlin. The refugees first set up camp at the central Oranienplatz, and later moved on to occupy the vacant school building where they were holding up, awaiting the slow processing of their asylum applications.
Last Tuesday, June 24, the police evicted the majority of the two hundred refugees who had sought shelter in the occupied school, but a group of between forty and eighty refugees and fellow-activists refused to leave the building, instead moving onto to the roof to resist their forced eviction. Some of the refugees have threatened to jump if the police moves in on the building. In the words of 32-year old Adam from Sudan: “There are some people here who have been waiting in centres around Europe for years only to have their asylum request rejected. They stand to lose everything – they’d rather jump off the building than get caught.” Continue reading
(For the latest on the situation in Amygdaleza: ” 10 escape in Migrant Rebellion in Notorious Greek Detention Center ” )
Riots have broken out in a migrant detention center in Amygdaleza, near Athens. The conditions in these facilities are known as some of the worst in the world with regular stories of beatings, torture and deplorable conditions. There are several reports of badly injured refugees and one dead, but none is yet confirmed. 10 police are said be injured. The police allegedly regained control at around 02.00.
From Mainstream media reports:
“Last week, leftist rights group KEERFA said Muslim detainees had been beaten by guards during prayers.”
“In July, the same group reported the death of an Afghan detainee died from a pulmonary infection which prison guards had allegedly ignored for months.”
The Migrants, most of which are unspecified “Asians”, Pakistani, Afghan and Syrian burned containers and mattresses protesting against the police brutality inside the camp, the inhumane conditions and the arbitrary extending of their detentions from 12 months to 18 months simply for being in the country.. Continue reading