Germany: Protestors Battle Cops To Stop Eviction and Deportations

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Protestor arrested for trying to stop the cops illegally evict a resident of Cologne, Germany.

A powerful solidarity mobilization of 300 people in Cologne, Germany, battled cops while trying to stop a eviction of a man who was illegally thrown out of his home by a landlord. Cops beat and injured a demonstrator, refused him medical assistance, and arrested several others.

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300 people from many cities in Germany mobilized to defend a tenant from the State’s injustice. Pic via Enough is Enough

Karl-Heinz Gerigk had lived there for 32 years, and always paid his rent on time. He was living in an apartment which the Courts allowed somebody else to own, under the condition that the owner will not sell it. After the owner announced Karl-Heinz Gerigk that he must go, he put the apartment on sale on the internet – he did not have the right to do this. Cops came to defend this injustice, the protestors tried to stop it.

 

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Cops arrested the area of the planned illegal eviction, to stop protestors defending the tenant. Pic via Enough is Enough.

Hours before the planned eviction, cops erected blockades sealing off the entire area. Some demonstrators managed to break through the blockades, after the other protestors confused the cops by changing routes frequently. But the army of cops were still able to kick Karl-Heinz Gerigk out on the streets, thus protecting an illegal action by the owner.

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After the eviction, and after they made sure that the injured protestor got to the hospital, in spite of cops, the 300 demonstrators regrouped and took it to the streets of Cologne for a spontaneous demonstration.
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The police attempted to impose their control over the demonstration, but protestors ignored them splendidly each time, until cops gave up. Cops had to make the incredible effort of running so they could get in front of the demonstration.
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Protestors stopped at the main train station where some of them informed the residents of Cologne of what happened and explained them why what happened to Karl-Heinz Gerigk was an injustice that should not be tolerated. Cops reacted by surrounded the protestors with 25 police busses. Gerigks’ case became known as #AlleFuerKalle (“All for Kalle”) and had been reported nationwide. Police’s first eviction attempt in February was prevented, when 300 protestors blocked the apartment.
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The injustice done to Karl-Heinz Gerigk became known in Germany as the movement “Alle fur Kalle” (All for Kalle). In February protestors managed to stop the cops from evicting him. pic via strassenstriche.net

“The eviction in Cologne stands for many exemplary of the displacement of long-established tenants from the inner cities of metropolitan areas. The activists criticize that “real estate companies, banks and well-heeled homeowners make their pockets full and displace tenants from coveted residential areas. Their protest is directed against rent and luxury renovations.” Source

In Wuppertal there will be massive actions and protests against a city sponsored construction project.
“Locals fight to stop the privatization (of the houses) and the rising rents, and the additional cost for the construction project at Döppersberg… All fights could gain strength through mutual support…. Long before the initiative “Döpps 105″ was created, people were committed against the money-eating project “Döppersberg”. This was by the then Coalition Basta pushed, in which the Autonomous Centre was represented. 
The city belongs to us all!  
Out to Autonomous May 1st!” Source 
Refugees repression
The struggle for the right to the city is not just for residents, however, but for refugees too. For the last call demonstration in Duesseldorf, 120 people gathered at the city airport to stop a mass deportation, but cops blocked them.
Last week cops attacked the demonstration trying to stop the eviction of a refugee camp in Berlin.
A  woman from Africa took refuge from the cops in a tree. Covered only in a blanket, and surviving with a bottle of water, Napuli Langa resisted in the tree for five days and five nights, chanting relentlessly: “We will fight. We will fight.”  For days, the police tried to convince her to climb down from the tree. She was made to climb down in the end, and was deported back to Sudan.
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Napuli Langa fled from Sudan and had to take refuge in a tree to defend herself from the state of Germany. She tried to stop the police deport the residents of a refugee camp in Berlin. She and them were cruelly deported. Cops brutally attacked protestors who tried to save the refugees from them. 

In Sweden, passengers on a flight from Östersund to Stockholm succeeded in stopping the deportation of an Iranian father of two. If the State had deported him to Iran, chances are that he would never have seen his kids again: he was a member of the Kurdish Democratic Party and fought against the Iranian government with a guerrilla army in Northern Iraq. Passengers on the plane went on strike and refused to buckle their seat belts after activists handed out pamphlets and informed them that the State was deporting Ghader Ghalamere back to Iran. Pilots had no choice but to cancel the flight. Now Ghalamere is at a migrant detention center in Gävle, Sweden where he has embarked on a hunger strike after receiving a new deportation order by the state. No human is illegal – the struggles to smash fortress Europe have intensified.
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Protester holds a flyer “Don’t make Miran fatherless, stop the deportation of Ghader Ghalamere”. Photo: Håkan Lundqvist, Radio Sweden

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