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Mehr als ein halbes Jahr Proteste: Demonstration am 6. Juni




Terminankündigung: Podiumsdiskussion

Das Recht auf Asyl – Hintergründe, Realitäten und Problematiken
Montag, 3. Juni 2013, 19:00
Depot (Breite Gasse 3, 1070 Wien)

Recht auf Asyl, Genfer Flüchtlingskonvention, Asylantrag, Erstaufnahmestelle – welche konkrete Bedeutung
haben diese aktuellen, im öffentlichen Diskurs häufig verwendeten Begriffe? Welche Strukturen stehen hinter dem Asylwesen in Österreich, welche Problematiken ergeben sich daraus und wie sieht die Realität all jener Menschen aus, die davon betroffen sind?
Der Abend wird Raum bieten, um Fragen zu stellen, Neues zu erfahren und Meinungen Kund zu tun.

Am Podium:
Mir Jahangir und Khan Adalat, Refugee Camp Vienna
Mag.a Nadja Lorenz, Menschenrechtsanwältin
Michael Genner, Asyl in Not

Die Diskussion wird geleitet vom Amnesty StudentInnen-Netzwerk Wien.

Actions on Friday 24th – Refugee Protest Call

Half a year after the march from Traiskirchen to Vienna – 6 Monate Refugee Protest(camp)

Kundgebung 11-12h vor dem Parlament, ab 13h Infotisch im Votivpark

„From the beginning of the Refugee Protest in autumn 2012, the government did not react to our basic demands for human rights in the Asylum System. On this half year anniversary, we invite you all to join us

–          in a rally in front of the parliament from 10.30 to 12.00 o’clock, where the protest of the refugees has started on the 10th of October 2012, when the Somalian Community raised their tents and stood protesting for 5 days. They raised urgent demands, as did the march from Traiskirchen to Vienna and the Refugee Camp in Sigmund built up in Freud-Park. The demands for a fair and human treatment have been handed over to the members of the parliament have been without reply. We will have an open microphone to present again our demands and the unbearable situation of the Austrian and European asylum system; and

–          at an Infopoint starting at 1.00 o’clock in the Refugee Protest Park (Sigmund Freud Park), where information material will be distributed, you can have a chat and learn more about why we seek asylum and the help of the local society.  Cool music will be played, so enjoy spring weather in the green park and meet new people!

Come and join us at these two actions on the half year anniversary of our protest!


Testimony by a man in the group of people deported to Guinea


Interview (also as audio): here

Hello, you were deported on the collective flight in April 2013, weren’t you? Can you tell us what happened?

Yes I was. Well, it happened on the Tuesday. I didn’t even know I had a flight. So, on Tuesday around 1 p.m. the guards came into my room to tell me that I had been called to the office.  I didn’t know why. I was on hunger strike so I thought that might be the reason.

Was it in the 127bis detention centre?

Yes it was. I stood up and followed them into the office where I found my assistant. One guard shut the door and my assistant said ‘OK, you are travelling tomorrow, you have a special flight.’ I answered ‘but why a special flight, why must I leave tomorrow, I have been here for all this time, and you did not inform me?’
She said that’s how things were, and that they would send me to another isolated room where I would have to stay until the following day.

– ‘I’ll go and get my luggage so we can go wherever you want me to go.’

– ‘No I’m afraid you can not go back to your room, we will deal with that ourselves.’

I insisted ‘but listen, I’ll go and fetch my clothes, there is no problem, I’ll take what’s in the wardrobe and that’s it!!’.

– ‘No, tonight you are coming with us, one way or another…’

– ‘Listen, you’re going to take me with you, but I’m not going there of my own free will…’

They sent me to a room where I was undressed, naked, they checked I wasn’t hiding anything. They saw there was nothing. Then they sent me to another room where there was another guy. Actually, they sent all the people from the other centres – Vottem, Bruges, Antwerp- to the detention centre here.
We spent the night there. I stayed for a while in that room with the guy. Then the social assistant came to show us the video explaining deportations on a special flight.
I watched the video. I asked them if I could ring my country to check if someone would be waiting for me at the airport because I didn’t know where to go at all once back there.
They said ‘OK, no problem, we’ll give you a telephone, you will call later’. Then they said that I could not call them from Belgium but from Guinea only. I asked several times but they kept saying ‘wait, you will call, don’t worry’. I insisted each time until they told me at some point ‘No, the telephone is broken, you can not call anyone anymore…’.

Then the guards supposedly went to arrange my luggage… They took whatever… because when they arrested me at the Immigration Office I had nothing, only what I was wearing plus pants… They took everything and put it in my bag.
The day after they came to wake me up, they took the sheets etc. They were taking one person at a time. When my turn came, we went downstairs to meet the policemen who were going to escort us. They brought us to a small room where we got undressed, naked, again, supposedly because I could still be hiding something despite having spent the night with them and they had searched me the day before!!!!

I undressed, they did not find anything. Then they handcuffed me like everyone else. They sent me to the bus with two policemen, then to the airport. A police car came and we were escorted as if we had committed a crime. We left for the airport, they made us get out of the car one by one to go to the plane. Once in the plane, you are put in the middle, two policemen sit either side of you, a third one across the aisle just in case one of them needs to go to the bathroom he can be replaced. So, three policemen per person.

Were you still handcuffed?

Yes we were. When the plane began to move, I often asked until when we would remain handcuffed. One policeman said ‘we’ll wait for the take off, it is the big boss who decides…’ He showed me the big boss and told me it is him who would decide, they can not do anything… maybe when the lights of the security belt are switched off…’. We stayed like that for one, even two hours with our handcuffs on the plane. Then they removed them to give us food. When we landed in Conakry, at around 3 p.m., there was someone representing Guinea, maybe from the government, I don’t know.
Each person was called, you hear your name and you go. Men in uniforms were waiting for us downstairs, aligned in two ranks, we had to pass through the middle and enter the bus that was there for us. Once everybody was in the bus, they drove us to the national airport because we did not exit at the international airport, they sent us to the other side. We stayed there in a room for a while, then they said let’s go and we went to recover our luggage.

Did they give the asylum requests to the authorities? 

No they didn’t. The things we had sent, they gave them back to us on the plane. For me for example, they gave me back the proof I had sent on the plane, with the telephone we had, etc. before we got off the plane. They did not control that. I think everything had been clarified to make it seem like the government did not know anything.
A few days later I was listening to the radio, a government representative said he did not know anyting about the special flight from Belgium to Guinea.
However there were people waiting for us when we arrived…

Then you got released and everyone went back home?

Yes, they released us, one by one… I think nobody could inform anyone to be there to welcome them at the airport.

And some of the others got into trouble, didn’t they?

No, this I don’t know anything about…

When we came out of there, we all split up. I think there was no retaliation because the government certainly had to have an argument… in order for the people not to know they are busy repatriating nationals. Therefore, they preferred to let us go like that, so they can really protect themselves. After that I listened to the radio and they were saying they really didn’t know anything about this flight… however, when one knows the procedure, one can see everything was extremely well arranged. When you go to the embassy with no identity card, no name card… and the ambassador allows you to get a pass, it means that all has been pre-arranged… so if they say they do not know anything… at least we understood why there was no retaliation when we arrived, because we were extremely worried about that…

And were some of you mistreated before the departure?

Yes they were. At least they were determined to mistreat some but… in the end I don’t know if there was violence because they sent us one after the other so I don’t know what happened to the others. When they come to pick you up, you are alone. In the small room where you get undressed there are policemen, then when you leave that room you go to the bus, so the one who follows me… I don’t know what is going to happen to him… unless you tell your friend what happened to you, you will  never know.

Thank you

Exhibition & Refugees Open house – „I haaß Kolaric, du haaßt Kolaric. Warum sogn ́s zu dir Tschusch?”

Open doors SPECIAL this friday: 17/05/ 2013 / 7pm:
Exhibition Opening: „I haaß Kolaric, du haaßt Kolaric. Warum sogn ́s zu dir Tschusch?”

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Opening of the exhibition that shows posters that adress the Austrian migrant regime from the 1970ies on. The exhibition will be hosted at the refugee protest camp until summer. Vernissage with wine/drinks and cheese

Refugee Protest Camp Vienna, Servitenkloster
Eingang: Müllnergasse 6, 1090 Vienna
COME AND JOIN THE REFUGEES MOVEMENT IN VIENNA, bring your friends and spread!
Every friday from 7p.m. meet the refugees, chat, eat + have fun together! Public film screening. Bring food+drinks!

Jeden Freitag gibt es ab 19 Uhr einen Abend mit Diskussionen, Workshops+Filmen, wechselnden DJs und Spaß – bringt was zu Essen und Trinken mit! Jede/r ist dazu herzlich eingeladen.
Immer wieder wird im Servitenkloster betont, man brauche vor allem den seelischen Beistand der Menschen, wolle mit Leuten sprechen, brauche sie auch, damit ihre Notsituation aus dem Kloster in der Gesellschaft bekannt wird. Denn wenn Recht zu Unrecht wird, wird Widerstand zur Pflicht!

Recht auf Arbeit für AsylwerberInnen: Diskussion mit „ProGe“ und Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten

Right to work for Refugees? Open discussion with the Unions GPA and ProGe on
Wednesday, may 15th, 7-10p.m. — English below —

Der Refugee-Protest in Wien ist noch lange nicht vorbei! Am Mittwoch, 15.05., 19:00 bis 22:00h findet eine Veranstaltung im Servitenkkloster über den Kampf der Flüchtlinge um das Recht auf Arbeit statt – unterstützt von den Gewerkschaften ProGe und GPA-DJP!

Es diskutieren:
– SprecherInnen der Flüchtlinge im Servitenkloser
– Manfred Anderle, Geschäftsführer der „ProGe“
– Christian Paolo, Vorsitzender der GPA-DJP-Gruppe work@migration.

Hinkommen, Flüchtlinge unterstützen, aktiv werden!
Im Keller des ehemaligen Servitenkloster- 1090 Ex-Servietklostrer/Engang Müllnergasse Meeting at the basement of the Serviten Monestary

Die Gewerkschaften „ProGe“ und die Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten GPA-DJP haben sich schon vor längerer Zeit mit dem Flüchtlingsprotest solidarisiert. Am Mittwoch den 15.5 kommen VertreterInnen beider Gewerkschaften ins Servitenkloster. Wir wollen gemeinsam mit den Menschen vor Ort über die Forderung nach der Öffnung des Arbeitsmarktes für AsylwerberInnen diskutieren.
Die „ProGe“ vertritt ArbeiterInnnen aus der Metallindustrie, der chemischen Industrie, der Lebensmittelproduktion und vieler anderer Bereiche. Rund 260.000 ArbeiterInnen sind in der „ProGe“ organisiert. In der GPA-DJP haben sich Angestellte (vom Handel bis zum Sozialbereich), DruckerInnen und JournalistInnen zusammen geschlossen. In der GPA-DJP sind über 300.000 Menschen Mitglied, Der Abend soll auch dazu dienen, die aktuelle politische Situation zu besprechen, und auszuloten was Gewerkschaften und Refugees gemeinsam machen können.
Es diskutieren: SprecherInnen der Flüchtlinge im Servitenkloser, Manfred Anderle, Geschäftsführer der „ProGe“ und Christian Paolo, Vorsitzender der GPA-DJP-Gruppe work@migration.
„How can Unions and the Refugeemovement fight togehter for the Right to work for Refugees?“

The Union of Whitecolarworkers -GPA-DjP and the Union „ProGe“ suporting the refugeemovement since the start at the Votivpark. The ProGe“ is a bluecolarworker union, which organizes workes from the metalworkers, the chemical workers and others. It hats around 260.000 members.
The whitecolar workers union organizes retailworkers, socialworkers and many others, it has around 300.000 members. On this evenig we want to talk about the, right to work for refugees and the way we can achive it. We also want to talk about the general situation and what unions and the refugeemovement can do together. Speaking: Represantetives of the Refugeemovement, Manfred Anderle, Organizer from the ProGe, and Christian Paolo from the GPA-DjP.

Spanien verwehrt Richtern Besuch eines Auffanglagers

Granada – Am 9. Mai wollten 24 Richter und fünf Staatsanwälte das Immigranten-Auffanglager Barranco Seco auf den Kanarischen Inseln inspizieren, doch das Innenministerium verweigerte die Bewilligung. Die Vereine „Richter für die Demokratie“ und „Union der progressiven Staatsanwälte“ kritisieren die Entscheidung scharf: „Der Entscheid lässt große Zweifel daran aufkommen, dass geltende Gesetze dort Anwendung finden.“

Spanienweit existieren acht dieser Lager, wo Immigranten ohne Aufenthaltsstatus auf ihre Abschiebung warten. (jam)

(Der Standard, 14. Mai 2013, Seite 7)

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