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Mass detention after protest in Donauwörth on 14/03/2018

In the early morning of March 14, 2018, a deportation was successfully prevented in the Donauwörth reception centre. Afterwards, a large police operation was carried out in the afternoon. Those residents who were in their rooms were locked in, both entrance and exit doors of the reception centre had been locked as well. Room searches and identity checks were carried out. 29 people were arrested.On the one hand, the police operation in the afternoon of 14 March 2018 has been triggered by the deportation, which was prevented in the morning between 3:00 am and 4:00 am, when approximately 100 people left their rooms in the reception centre and demanded that the deportation be stopped. On the other, there a strike against the 80-cent jobs and the German courses in the reception centre has been going on in the last few months. The refugee activists demand the recognition of their asylum claims, or that they may leave Germany if they do not obtain a right to stay.

The German bureaucracy prevents people from leaving the country and keeps them imprisoned for several years, while forcing them to be inactive through work bans and education bans.

While preventing the deportation in the early morning, no violence, resistance or the like emanated from the refugees. People joined the corridor collectively and demanded to stop the deportation of one person. Despite the legal protest, the names of the activists were recorded, some of them were taken away by police in the afternoon. More than 100 police officers were on duty.

This operation follows a tactics of criminalisation and intimidation on the part of the police, aimed at refugee activists who are fighting for their right to stay.

According to current information, 28 persons are in custody, 1 activist is in detention awaiting trial (“Untersuchungshaft”). They are accused of trespassing and “ringleadership”.