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In solidarity with NO PASARÁN Block against the Nazi March in Dresden, 14.02.2009

German Text: In Solidarität mit dem NO PASARÁN-Block gegen den Nazi-Aufmarsch in Dresden am 14.2. 2009
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In solidarity with NO PASARÁN Block against the Nazi March in Dresden, 14.02.2009

Because of several other engagements, many of us have been unable to travel to Dresden to join you in your demonstration today. We hope you can excuse us and will receive our words of support and solidarity.

First of all, in the name of the Initative in Memory of Oury Jalloh, The VOICE Refuge Forum and The Caravan for the Refugee and Migrants in Germany we would like to congratulate each and every one of you who has taken to the streets today in order to demonstrate with your hearts minds and bodies…

NO PASARÁN!

Please know that we accompany you in both your determination and your struggle…

NO PASARÁN!

Yet we are also all aware that to be able to turn our life-long struggle of NO PASARÁN into reality much, much more is needed.

No neo-nazi was needed to take the life of Oury Jalloh, to brutally tie him up at his hands and feet to a fireproof mattress only to claim suicide when his charcoaled body was finally discovered.

No NPD was needed to take the life of Layé Konde, Dominique Koumadio, Amir Ageeb, John Achidi, Mohammed Silla, N'deye Mareame Sarr, Halim Dener, Zdravko Nikolov Dimitrov, Arumugasamy Subramaniam or some many others.

It hasn't taken Hitler to drown tens of thousands of African and other immigrants out of the shores of Europe, buried deep in the waters of the Mediterranean, their lives washed away together with their hopes of a better life.

The National-Socialists haven't had to be in power in order to legalize racist police controls, obligatory residency laws or leathal acts of deportation.

As refugees and migrants, we stand beside you today in saying NO PASARÁN. Neither Nazis nor their anti-human ideology are acceptable at any time. They represent the worst elements, the most poisonous and despicable type of human beings on this planet. Their simple existence is an offense to humanity.

Yet we still must do so much more to awaken our consciousness. For too long the very foundations of facist thought are continuously gaining hold throughout Europe. Both societies and governments are becoming ever more intolerant and even approving of anti-human policies at home and abroad.

For too long we refugees and migrants have been beaten, humilliated, controlled, excluded and spat upon, our rights as human beings equal to any and all others trampled upon to such an extent that the very thought that we are equal human beings doesn't even exist in the minds of many.

But we, like you, have taken the decision to stand up, to break the silence and to say no more.

In doing so, we strongly believe that one of our fundamental challenges is to stop the impunity which permits abuses to continue to be committed against refugees and migrants.

This impunity is the life support of the injustice and oppression we face. Because of it, both neo-nazis and the police feel they can often hunt us down as if we were animals without fearing any consequence.

It's true.

If we get attacked by Nazis and call the police, the police come and we are the ones who get arrested.

If we are walking down the street amongst hundreds of other people, normal human beings just like you and me, the police come and attempt to control our papers. If we challenge their racism, we are likely to be taken to jail and maybe even beaten.

Fortunately, burning to death while chained to hands and feet to a fireproof mattress doesn't happen all the time.

But it has happened. And it could have happened to any one of us.

And such acts of inhumanity only serve to strengthen those who would like to rewrite Germany's history and to present themselves as the victims rather than the victimizers.

The impunity of those committing these crimes against refugees and migrants continue to facilitate the survival of such racist, anti-human and anti-semitic ideologies as National-Socialism in Germany.

So by standing together with you here today and saying

NO PASARÁN

We are also extending you our hand as well as our call to

BREAK THE SILENCE!

We must join together to ensure that humanity is never again denied to any human being, to guarantee that the right to life, to survival, to human decency is something enjoyed by everyone and not by an undeserving privileged few at the expense of the overwhelming majority of humanity.

In doing so, perhaps one day we will be able to join together no longer only in protest but also in victory…

NO PASARON!

THEY DIDN'T GET THROUGH!

Until then, please join us in speaking truth to power:

OURY JALLOH! DAS WAR MORD!

In Solidarity We Remain

Lets Keep on Trucking

NO PASARARAN Call for demonstrationon 14th of February 2009 in Dresden

Salomon Salomon Wantchoucou from the Refugee Heim in Möhlau (Sachsen-Anhalt)
The VOICE - Refugee News Network (RNN)

Initative in Memory of Oury Jalloh
http://initiativeouryjalloh.wordpress.com/
The VOICE Refugee Forum,
http://www.thevoiceforum.org

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