Call to Demonstration
7th January 2017 Campaign
#Burning #Cover_up #Concealing #Juridical #Repression
OURY JALLOH: #NoIsolatedCase!
THIS WAS MURDER! #NoIndividualPerpetrators!
The 7th of January 2017 will be on a Saturday. It is the 12th anniversary of the day OURY JALLOH died. First the police took his freedom, then his ability to defend himself and finally, took his life in the most brutal manner!
On 7 January 2005, the Police Department of Dessau-Rosslau arrested Oury Jalloh, without cause, then took him into custody without cause, incarcerated him in a ceramic tiled holding cell #5 where they shackled him hand and foot to a fireproof mattress.
Unable to move, Oury Jalloh burned to death. His body was unrecognizable. From the beginning, the German “state of law” – in true racist tradition – reversed the roles of perpetrator and victim, acting against all known facts and up to the highest judicial authorities, they rubber stamped the un-proven thesis that Oury Jalloh burned himself to death. To this day, the perpetrators are still being protected by manipulation, tampering of evidence and such an unbelievable ignorance of the barrage of obvious evidence, that it defies logic. The family and the victim are mocked, and responsibility and justice are denied! Meanwhile they try to silence those who fight to clarify the murder of Oury Jalloh with massive state repression!
We invite all those who want to prevent more racist murders by state officials, (in or out of uniform) who act with hypocritical scorn for human life, to support our action in memory of Oury Jalloh on 7 January in the city Dessau-Ross and thereby demonstrate a powerful sign, to all state authorities and ministries – beyond Germany – beyond Europe. But Germany plays an active role in the death of “foreign” human beings all over the world:
as Nazis who set fires or incendiary politicians, as populist enviers or merchants of death in pin-striped suits, as “concerned” fear mongers and “un-involved” observers…
COME TO DESSAU-ROSSLAU ON JANUARY 7, 2017
OURY JALLOH IS NOT AN ISOLATED CASE – WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
RESPECT OUR EXISTENCE – OR – EXPECT OUR RESISTANCE!
As inspiration we want to present a text written by The VOICE Refugee Forum together with the Caravan for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants which was first published in 2007, during the first phase of the trial against two Dessau policemen. Today there is still very little to add, except for our continuing resistance against the repetition of such crimes again and again:
“Those who understand the brutality of the South African apartheid regime, understands this situation all too well: A black person, bound hand and foot, lies on a flatbed with a fire-resistant mattress. Hours later the man is dead. His body is burned to a cinder, his fingers dried to the bone. The official theory: suicide.
Oury Jalloh died under exactly these circumstances in Dessau on January 7, 2005.
On the same day, a second African life was extinguished while under police custody. His name was Laye Konde, he had fallen into a coma after being forced to swallow a substance used to induce vomiting. He also died on January 7, 2005. Not one of the police officers responsible has been convicted.
Within the structures of colonial rule, human life has no value, especially for non-Europeans. Powers that have systematically ripped out our hearts, deafened us to the ever-growing barbarism and inhumanity of power – including our own power. The privileged [class] who are sponsors of these crimes against humanity are an essential part of what appears to be an eternal chain of dehumanizing slavery.
But we cannot just blame the Power or some “Others”. We are involved ourselves in the barbarianism and many people in this society have readily accepted it – many perhaps accepted it unconsciously. It is not something that comes naturally to any group of people or a particular nationality. It is systematically integrated into the culture of our daily life. We don’t see it, we don’t understand it and we don’t feel it either (except when we find ourselves, personally effected by oppression). In societies such as Germany, this condition is self-evident, and the people who question it, are seen as “risks” or “dangerous” to the social order at every level.
It is the inhumanity of a sick and dangerous social system that gives some people privileges while they accept, or even demand, that others live with submission, exploitation and fear. This is complete lack of respect for human life and human dignity – and it is systematic murder. It seems as though the social order is written in stone and there is nothing more to question. Not to mention the belief in [racial] superiority, no matter what position we may have tomorrow, we are all live within this “normality”.
While the crimes against humanity continue, the torture and cruelty don’t stop, the brutality of deportation increases just as the number of people, who drown and die on the outer borders of Europe and the USA … we just watch and seem to be helpless. Certainly: We have become complicit in a murderous normality.
We should earnestly ask ourselves, why human rights are denied to black people everywhere in the world without exception? Where was and is the solidarity from those people who profit from this barbarianism? Where are these people in Dessau (and beyond Dessau)? Was Oury Jalloh’s life worthless?
… AND THE PURPOSE OF APARTHEID: THE UNIMAGINEABLE BECOMES NORMAL
Human rights were never meant for people like Oury Jalloh, never meant for the colonized and slaves. Very few people from the so called “First World” have even seen those who are colonized as people, i.e. as human beings. That’s the way it was and still is today. It is our normality, no matter if we want to admit it or not.
Whether forced to perish under military or economic policies of the western countries and their executioners or be marginalized, abused, deported, and murdered (as happens almost daily in Europe and the USA) the colonized are excluded from the protection of international agreements and from the right to a right to live in dignity which applies to people of European origin.
If we like it or not, the solidary of white people has always been very limited – when it exists at all. Historically, there are so many examples, that it is indisputable. Whether in South Africa, during the long-standing story of racist violence and segregation which continues to these days in the USA, in the criminal destruction and division of Africa or when fugitives and migrants are severely mistreated or killed – just to call a few examples from more than 500 years of barbaric inhumanity.
The so-called progressive sectors of German society (and all the other colonizing societies) do not want to join in the struggle against this inhumanity, let alone to respect and support the colonized in their struggle for freedom. This is our reality and leads again and again to divisions, separations and apartheid. The colonial power has always tried to keep people separate. And white solidarity is limited mainly to charity, if at all. And those whites who stand up against their peers pay high prices to serve as examples so that the others keep away and remain silent.
At the end it comes down to one thing: Being human. We all suffer, albeit in different ways, from this barbarism of slavery, deportation and dehumanization.
It is inevitable that we first become aware of the seriousness of the situation and the pathological destruction of our human condition, in which we all play an important role.
Whether we agree or disagree, the chains that bind us to the somewhat privileged or underprivileged parts of the chain must be broken. We will either stand together, or drown together like x-thousands of people in the Mediterranean Sea.
WHY WE MUST FIGHT – NOT JUST RAISE QUESTIONS AND PROTEST
We have not given up our struggle for truth and justice. We are still as determined as ever. The struggle for the truth and justice for Oury Jalloh – and Dominique Koumadiou, Christy Schwundeck, Laye Alama Conde, N’deye Mareame Sarr and many more – is a question of our survival.
The arrogance and the lack of humanity – especially for people of non-European origin – especially amongst policemen but also within society in general, allow people like Oury Jalloh to die such horrible deaths. The fact that this is systematically and historically is one of many reasons why it is justified to say the death of Oury Jalloh was murder.
That means that we have to do much more than simply protest or question the derailing official versions about the murders of Oury, Dominque, Christy, Laye, Mareame and many others.
We cannot and will not accept a life where we just continue functioning within the framework of this criminal normality – complicit with persecution and our own death.
If we don’t break the silence, if we suppress our opinions, we participate in the continuation of our common suffering.
We refuse to be silent and we refuse to continue to participate in our own oppression!
We will neither be silent nor allow ourselves to be silenced!
That time is over!”
When the above text was written, the existence of the NSU was not yet “exposed” and these state assisted executions were cynically called “Dönermorde” [donner Kebab murders]. Christy Schwundeck had not yet been shot by a policewoman. Mohammad Sillah had just died due to denial of medical care and untold thousands of refugees had not yet drowned between all those Frontex Ships in the Mediterranean Sea …
These continuing crimes against the lives and dignity of people who are defined as “foreign” is met by the majority of German society, the “worried” and “democrats”, with an ignorance, that simply has to be described as an Eurocentric contempt of humanity. There is a historically grown hubris in most of white cultures though slavery and colonial crimes, continuous war-crimes all over the world and the “obvious” racist crimes within their very midst. We have to counter this with our solidarity of equality, responsibility and justice for victims of state-sponsored crimes!
We have come to understand that we have to investigate of the murder of Oury Jalloh ourselves, because no prosecutor or judge will do this. We have shown that persistence and a broad-based solidarity can generate enough pressure, that Oury Jalloh and the many other victims, will never be forgotten.
Our fight for truth and justice stands as a symbol for every single racist murder from Dessau to Ferguson and includes, not only protests in the court rooms or in the street. It is an existential part of our lives, so long as we live in a society where these crimes are considered “status quo”.
Be part of the solution – not part of the problem!
TOUCH ONE – TOUCH ALL!
See you January 7, 2017 in Dessau
End Racist Conditions like Dessau — Everywhere!