Stonewall against Refugees – Residents Force City of Munich

Munich citizens and refugees cheer as the hard journey finds an end.
Refugees arriving at Munich Central Station.

More then one year ago the city of Munich presented itself to the world as a harbor for stranded refugees. Angela Merkel asked Hungarian and Austrian politicians to let through asylum seekers desperately looking forward to a better future. Those who fled were warmly welcomed by Munich citizens. One year later though in November Munich citizen’s once again show how they like refugees to be treated. Six neighboring parties filed a law suit against the city of Munich forcing a ‚noise-protection-wall‘ to be built to protect themselves from refugees that are supposed to move in next door.

Wall against refugee shelter in Munich
Construction worker looks through one of the holes in the wall.

The first snow has fallen in Munich. Refugee Struggle for Freedom activists were evicted on November 5th. A picture shows up on Munich regional newspapers: A wall. Snow is falling in front of it. Angry neighbors have forced the city to build a wall between them and a future refugee shelter. The neighbors pretend that this is just a ‘noise protection wall’. The wall is four meters of height, built out of metal cages with filled with small stones. The last pieces still have to be put together. Small holes are left to look through. Between the next houses and future refugee shelter there is an old train track covered up by bushes und trees. Whilst documenting the wall two camera teams showed up. Their interview partner: One of the six neighbors filing the law suit. Stefan Reich, judge at the  Landesgericht – state’s supreme court. Explaining widely that this has nothing to do with racism and that he just wants that it stays as peaceful as it is when ‚they‘ arrive. 

The housing units are almost finished. First unaccompanied minor refugees are supposed to move in this week. The wall has been hit by spraypainting. One can hardly read what it says. Construction workers have covered it with euro-pallets. 

Eviction of hunger strike refugee camp at Sendlinger Tor in Munich
The wall was hit by spraypainters. The Graffito was hidden by the construction workers.

 According to pictures published by newspaper Abendzeitung the Graffito says: ‘RASSISMUS PUR’. In the area around the future wall racist and far-right stickers of the Identitarian movement can be found. They start at the bus stop and lead into the neighborhood. 

Civil courage is needed to prevent that the already worldwide in newspapers reported about racist incident stays unanswered. Munich activists have filed an online petition against the wall.

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Non-Citizen’s Protest March Reaches BAMF in Nuremberg

After 11 days of hiking the Non-Citizen’s protest march arrives in Nuremberg. The march followed a camp at Sendlinger Tor in Munich that was pointing out the still bad situation for refugees already in Germany, but also demanding free movement for all people and options for a save passage to Europe for all people fleeing. The BAMF is the german Federal Office for Migration and Refugees which also organizes deportations. 

Route of Protest March

The route taken by the non-citizens involved more than 230 kilometers of hiking, passing by bigger cities of Bavaria like Freising, Landshut, Regensburg, Neumarkt and Nuremberg. The activists participating held rallies and demonstrations along the way. Pictures and videos can be watched on https://refugeestruggle.org/ .

Arrival in Nuremberg

 

The group arriving in Nuremberg seemed in a binary state of mind. On one hand activists seemed eager to reach their goal to rally against asylum politics in Germany. On the other hand the group also seemed exhausted from walking a that long distance in rainy weather.

Picture Gallery of Beginning and End of Protest March

 

AfD holds rally in Geretsried – thousand protest against it

Following debates about refugees and migration the far right political party ‘AfD’ held a rally in the small southern-Bavarian town of Geretsried. Approximately 350 participated in the ‘AfD’ rally and 1000 demonstrated against the event.
Several known neo-nazis as well as the ‘Identitary Movement’ participated in the rally and where warmly welcomed by AfD functionaries. Identitary movement members shouting ‘Lügenpresse, Lügenpresse’:

The event focused on topics like: asylum seekers, membership in the European Union and Islam in Germany, as well as elections in some German counties today. Rapper Chris Ares performed two songs. After leaving the demonstration early with ‘bodyguards’ – usually operating as marshals at PEGIDA Munich. Chris Ares then returned running to pick up his payment from the AfD:

Police seized participants before entering the demonstration area and confiscated pepper sprays and several knives.

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End-of-year review 2015

This year is almost over. Below I collected a few of my pictures documenting protests, neo-nazis gathering, racists marching, refugees arriving and just some snapshots of 2015.
Most recent pictures are listed up top.

 Thanks to all the colleagues I worked with the past year and everybody following and supporting my work.