On Ohlauer Strasse in Berlin there is a building that once housed a co-educational high school. Later it stood empty. Now refugees live in it. Behind a gate with two guards, under constant surveillance.
‘No, no! You can’t take photos here. Outside the bars you can,’ I hear a few seconds after I decide to enter the school area. Alongside the guards I also see a smiling man coming towards me. He wears a winter cap and a light down jacket. His name is Alnour Ahmad-Hassan, a resident of the school. He calms the guard down.
‘Okay, let’s get out of here. At the corner there is a café. We can sit there and talk in peace,’ Alnour suggests.
‘So this is how it is here now?’ I ask, surprised.
‘Yes, more or less. You see, they are isolating us here completely.’
‘What would you like to know?’ asks Alnour several minutes later, sipping his black coffee.
‘If everything, it would be good to start at the beginning.’
we have emergency situation again concerning the woman, who was “silently” evicted from Ohlauer school two and a half month ago. From tomorow we don’t have any further solution for her. We are asking you again to show your strong solidarity and offer her a soli accommodation if possible. Thanks.
Solidarity greetings Schlafplatzorga OPlatz
Newsletter May/ June
we want to give you a small overview on the current situation concerning the activities of the soli accommodation group at Oplatz. In the last two months we had 19 supporters who have offered soli accommodation for refugees, 8 of them are available at the moment on our request. Most of them are able to offer temporary accommodation either for one night, few days or, pretty rarely, for one week. Others already host people on a longer basis, or have announced to be available only in some weeks.
Daily we have at least three refugees who are searching for a place to stay, recently we had even 10 requests in one day. We are not able to meet all requirements because of the current small number of offers. For one or two refugees daily we mediate places in emergency shelters, though very reluctantly.
Thanks to our network with the solizimmer group and valuable information they provided, we have managed to mediate one long term offer recently and possibly some more in the future.
At the moment only five of us are covering the daily shifts (Monday-Friday from 6 – 8 pm), we are under the heavy load trying to organise our small group in the best way. We need definitely additional strength and recources. Please join us, if you can imagine to contribute anyhow to our work. We have a regular open meeting each wednesday from 8 pm at Oranienplatz. Thus, we would be very glad, if we can split the various tasks concerning the soli accommodation activities: public relations work, coordination, networking, mediation, crowding campaigns, projects development, etc.
You can reach us easily on our info number: 0176 – 37 32 54 99 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to stay in the school, but self-organized!
Never try to fool, the people from the school!
We, the inhabitants of the Gerhart-Hauptmann-School in Kreuzberg, want to make again clear that we want to stay in that half of the school building that was promised to us in the agreement of the roof occupation (July 2014).
The administrative court in Berlin confirmed on the 25th of May that we have the right to live in the school!! Therefore, the plans of the district to evict us, have been also blocked by a official German court!
Still the district is continuing its ignorant and racist policies against us. Just after the publication of court decision, the district stated that the living conditions in the building are so dangerous because we would cook over open fire?! We are not cooking over open fire! We do not have enough to eat, so we cannot even think about how we want to prepare our food!
We are here to fight for our human rights.
Here in the school the politicians try to isolate us – no visitors, not eve lawyers, doctors, not even international activists like Angela Davis, not even our friends and supporters. Shame on them!
The politicians in Berlin try to kick us out and stop our struggle – but we continue to fight for our rights
We are fighting as part of the refugee protest movement.
We had the march to Berlin, and the the protest camp at Oranienplatz for 2 years.
We had the March for Freedom from Strasbourg to Brussels. Continue reading
“Can someone explain to me why can’t I go inside the school?” asked Angela Davis on the 14th of May, during her meeting with activists in the Werkstatt der Kulturen, in Berlin. “Is it a school or a prison?” To which people from the audience replied: “Yes”. Angela Davis and Gina Dent wanted to visit the refugee occupied school in the Ohlauer Strasse and were denied access by the District authorities. The day after, on the 15th of May, Angela Davis and Gina Dent met again with refugees and migrants at the Jockel Biergarten. This time to listen, understand and discuss how the struggle for the rights of all people to move freely and have a dignified life is going in Germany.
We, from the International Women Space, were present in both meetings and stressed about the importance of the women’s struggles inside the movement of the people seeking asylum.
Check out the video we made of Angela in Berlin: