News of Berlin Refugee Movement – from inside

Abolish Residenzpflicht! Abolish ‚Lagers‘! Stop Deportations! Right to Work and Study!

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Story by Dawid Krawczyk of Krytyka Polityczna on the Refugee Movement Berlin: “Not everything works out as planned”

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.’

fot. Andrea Linss
Entrance gate of Gerhart Hauptmann school at Ohlauer Straße, Berlin. 2 July 2014 © Andrea Linss


‘What would you like to know?’ asks Alnour several minutes later, sipping his black coffee.

‘Everything, basically.’

‘If everything, it would be good to start at the beginning.’

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exhibition / exposition / Ausstellung – 16.7. – 25.7.

Open every day 9am – 9pm / ouvert chaque jour 9 – 21 heures / Öffungszeiten jeden Tag 9-21 Uhr
for free – Eintritt frei- gratuit


WE WILL RISE كُلّه ما تَمامْ
Exhibition and Archive in Progress / Ausstellung und Archiv im Prozess / Exposition et archives en cours
المعرض‭ ‬والأرشيف‭ ‬لحركة‭ ‬احتجاجات‭ ‬الاجئين‭ – ‬العمل‭ ‬مستمر
16 – 25 july 2015
RLS Tent / RLS-Zelt / la tente RLS, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, Ostbahnhof
Contact / Kontakt / Contact / للاتصال :

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WE WILL RISE gives a space for reflection for the people of the refugee movement aswell as an exchange with people who are not (yet) part of the movement. It is a growing exhibition and archive. It focusses especially on the time since the tent actions and the protest march from Würzburg to Berlin, the protest camp on Oranienplatz and the squatting of Ohlauer school. It has the aim to make history visible and accessible and to use it for the present and the future. The exhibition and archive is just a beginning. It can only grow if you take part in it and add what is important to you. We want to struggle together with you for a permanent place for this work.

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Statement from Refugee Activists from Ohlauer School

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

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Bündnis gegen Rassismus: Statement zum Tod von Sista Mimi und den Festnahmen von Bewohnern der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule

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Nicht mal vor einer Trauerfeier machen sie halt Wir sind entsetzt und wütend über die jüngsten Ereignisse rund um die Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule (GHS) und verurteilen das Vorgehen vom Kreuzberger Bezirksamt und der Berliner Polizei aufs Schärfste.

Am Morgen des 10.12.14, dem Internationalen Tag der Menschenrechte, drangen Polizei und Bezirksamt ohne Absprache oder Vorankündigung um 5 Uhr morgens in die GHS in der Ohlauer Straße ein. Mit Gewalt brach die Polizei Türen zu Schlafräumen auf, verwüstete die Zimmer der Bewohner*innen und verhaftete 3 Menschen aus dem Bett heraus.

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*In remembrance of our friend Sista Mimi*

*In remembrance of our friend Sista Mimi*


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Tagesspiegel: Neues


Today, Saturday, the 13th of December, at 14h we are holding a march for our beloved Sista Mimi who passed away on Wednesday 10th December, 2014.

We will start at Oranienplatz and walk to the Info Point of the school, where we will have a press conference.

Sista Mimi died last wednesday afternoon peacefully at a friend’s house. She had been battling an illness for already sometime. And although physically she was not in her best form, she has never stopped participating in all political activities or voicing her anger and discontent against this unfair world we are trying to transform into a better place.

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We are one – against racism and police brutality

 Saturday 13.12.2014 at 2pm we are holding a commemomeration march for our beloved Sista Mimi who passed away on Wednesday 10th December, 2014. It is as well the date of the International Human Rights Day.
The march will start at Oplatz and end in front of the school with a press conference.

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Großaufgebot der Polizei in der Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule

Pressemitteilung Ohlauer Infopoint – 10.12.14 16:00

Seit heute Morgen, Mittwoch den 10.12.14, um sechs Uhr ist das Bezirksamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in der Schule, begleitet durch ein Großaufgebot der Berliner Polizei. Diese twitterte, sie „schütze das Bezirksamt bei der Untersuchung des Brandschutzes und der Fluchtwege“.

Dabei werden zahlreiche Türen in der Schule gewaltsam durch die Polizei geöffnet und es kommt zu massiven Verletzungen der Privatsphäre der Bewohner*innen der Schule. Continue reading

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Call for sleeping places

Schlafplätze gesucht: Wer einen Schlafplatz für obdachlos gewordene Refugees bereitstellen kann, melde sich bitte bei der Schlafplatzorga unter 0176 37325499. Danke!


if you can provide a sleeping place for homeless refugees please call us at:
0176 37325499
xxx thanks!