Pressemitteilung der Flüchtlinge aus der Gerhard-Hauptmann-Schule, 02.07.2014

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Seit neun Tagen setzen uns die Polizei und der Bezirk psychologisch massiv unter Druck, indem sie die Räumung der Schule immer wieder ankündigen und dann wieder zurückziehen. Während dieser gesamten Zeit harren wir auf dem Dach aus, werden von teilweise über 1700 PolizistInnen aus allen Bundesländern sowie der Bundespolizei umzingelt und bereiten uns emotional darauf vor, unsere FreundInnen jederzeit sterben zu sehen.

Am 01. Juli haben wir einen Twitter der Polizei gelesen, in der diese mitgeteilt hat, dass sie sich bis um 12 Uhr zurück gezogen haben werden, wenn nicht vom Bezirk der Befehl zur Räumung kommt.

Aufgrund dieser Informationen fand ein Gespräch mit unseren AnwältInnen statt, wie die Schule in Zukunft organisiert werden könnte. Erste Ideen wurden besprochen (Lösungsstrategien bezüglich Drogen und Sicherheit sowie zukünftige Projekte, die in der Schule realisiert werden könnten). Auch wurde über die Weiterführung des Protestkampfs gesprochen.

Aus den Ergebnissen dieses Gesprächs haben wir in einem zweiseitigen Schreiben 10  Forderungen formuliert, die in schriftlicher Form von unseren AnwältInnen an Herrn Panhoff übergeben wurden. Unsere Voraussetzung, um über diese Forderungen in Verhandlung zu treten, war der Abzug der Polizei. Nach Information unserer AnwältInnen hat Herr Panhoff  es allerdings abgelehnt über diese Forderungen zu sprechen. Er erteilte stattdessen der Polizei die Entscheidung zur Räumung, deren letzendliche Ausführung nur noch durch ihn freigegeben werden müsse. Als unsere Anwältinnen mit der Absage von Herrn Panhoff bereits zurück in der Schule waren, rief dieser an und teilte mit, dass er doch bereit sei, über die Forderungen zu verhandeln.

Wir haben nochmals deutlich gemacht, dass wir nur dann in Verhandlungen treten, wenn die Polizei abzieht und die Räumung beendet wird. Zwischenzeitlich haben wir neben den bereits 10 existierenden Forderungen eine weitere Forderung aufgestellt: Sowohl wir als auch unsere UnterstützerInnen, die sich mit uns hier in der Schule befinden, sollen nach Findung einer für uns akzeptablen Lösung nicht juristisch belangt werden. In einer mündlichen Zusage sicherte Herr Panhoff uns zu, dass diese Forderung keinen Streitpunkt darstellen würde.

Bezüglich aller Forderungen haben wir von Herrn Ströbele, der vermittelnd für Herrn Panhoff auftritt, in den späten Abendstunden des 01. Juli eine Email erhalten. Darin hat er mitgeteilt, dass über die einzelnen Forderungen verhandelt werden kann, wenn folgende Vereinbarung geschlossen wird: Das Räumungsersuchen würde zurückgezogen werden, wenn wir das Dach und die Fluchtwege freiräumen. Uns wurde bis heute, den 2. Juli 2014 Zeit gegeben, um dies umzusetzen. Ob wir diese Auflage tatsächlich nachkommen, würde von zwei MitarbeiterInnen des Bezirksamt überprüft werden.

Daran anschließend würden die Renovierungsarbeiten beginnen, während derer wir laut Ströbele in der Schule bleiben dürften, sofern wir uns auf die 3. Etage beschränken. Die Bauarbeiten würden in der ersten Etage beginnen, wozu die Fenster verriegelt werden müssten. Der Zugang zur Schule würde während dieses Zeitraums von einer neuen Security-Firma geregelt werden, die von der Polizei unterstützt werden könnte. Es wurde sich zu unseren aufenthaltsrechtlichen Forderungen ebenso wenig geäußert wie zu den anderen Punkten, die wir gefordert haben.

Das Ignorieren unserer Forderungen seitens der politisch Verantwortlichen wird so weiter fortgesetzt und damit der Eindruck bestätigt, dass kein ernsthaftes Interesse daran besteht, für uns zufrieden stellende Lösungen zu finden. Vielmehr besteht ihre Strategie weitestgehend darin, uns – wie oben beschrieben – unter permanenten psychologischen Druck zu setzen. Unser Vertrauen gegenüber Herrn Henkel, Frau Herrmann und Herrn Panhoff, die wir im schlimmsten Fall für unseren beziehungsweise den Tod unserer FreundInnen verantwortlich machen würden, ist daher bereits sehr gesunken.  Nichtsdestotrotz haben wir den Eindruck, dass es die Möglichkeit gibt, die Situation auf dem Verhandlungsweg zu lösen, auch wenn dieser problematisch zu sein scheint. Wir bedauern sehr, dass die PolitikerInnen zwar untereinander in Gesprächen sind und in letztere Bewegung zu kommen scheint, wir aber als Betroffene in diese nicht einbezogen werden. Von unserer Seite gibt es die Möglichkeit, unter den bereits bekannten Nummern unsere AnwältInnen, Berenice Böhlo und Ralph Monneck, die zugleich unsere VerhandlungsführerInnen sind, zu kontaktieren.

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Press release from the roof, July 2, English

For nine days the police and the Bezirksamt (district council) have been massively pressurizing us psychologically by repeatedly announcing and withdrawing the eviction notice. While this is happening we are holding out on the roof, surrounded by more than 1700 police officers from many federal states as well as the German Federal Police Force, and emotionally preparing ourselves to see our friends die at any moment.

On July 1st we read on the police twitter account that they would withdraw by 12pm, if they did not get an eviction order from the Bezirksamt officials.

In light of this information a discussion with our lawyers took place about how the school could be organized in the future. Initial ideas were discussed (strategies regarding any drugs and safety issues, as well as future projects, which could be realized in the school). How the protest struggle could be carried on was also discussed.

From the outcome of this discussion we formulated 10 demands in a two-sided text, a written version of which was handed over to Mr Panhoff by our lawyers. Our pre-requirement in order to enter into negotiations was that the police withdraw. According to the information from our lawyers, Mr Panhoff declined to discuss these demands. Instead, he handed over the eviction order decision to the police, whereas the ultimate execution has to be approved by him. After our lawyers had already returned to the school with Mr Panhoff’s decline, he called, informing us that he would agree to negotiate about the demands.

Once again we made clear that we would only enter into negotiations if the police withdrew and the eviction was terminated. Meanwhile we have made an additional demand to the 10 already existing demands: We, as well as our supporters who are with us in the school, shall not be prosecuted after a solution is found which is acceptable for all of us. In an oral commitment Mr Panhoff assured us that this demand would not constitute an issue of dispute.

Regarding all demands, we received an Email in the late evening hours of July 1st from Mr Ströbele, who is mediating for Mr Panhoff; in which he informed us that it would possible to negotiate over the individual demands, if the following agreement is met: The eviction order can be withdrawn, if we clear the roof and the emergency exits. We were given time until today, July 2nd 2014, to realize this. Whether we actually comply with this condition, would be verified by staff from the Bezirksamt.

Afterward, the renovation works would begin; during these we are supposed to be allowed to stay in the school according to Mr Ströbele, provided that we restrict ourselves to the 3rd floor. The renovations would start on the first floor, whereby the windows would have to be secured. The entrance to the school would be regulated by a new security firm which could be supported by the police. Our demands regarding our legal residence permit issues have not been addressed and neither have the other demands we made.

The people politically responsible continue to ignore our demands which reaffirms the impression that there is no serious interest in finding an acceptable solution for us. Furthermore, their strategy consists of – as we have described above – putting us under permanent psychological pressure. Our belief in Mr Henkel, Ms Hermann and Mr Panhoff has drastically declined, and in the worst case we would hold them responsible for our deaths or the deaths of our friends. Nevertheless, we have the impression that it is possible to solve the situation through negotiations, even if these have appeared to be problematic. We greatly regret that the politicians are in talks with one another and these seem to be progressing, however, we, as those affected, are not included in these. From our side there is the possibility to contact our lawyers Berenice Böhlo and Ralph Monneck, who also act as our negotiators – through previously mentioned numbers.

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7 thoughts on “Pressemitteilung der Flüchtlinge aus der Gerhard-Hauptmann-Schule, 02.07.2014

    1. apios

      kommt glaube ich grad niemand zu.
      wenn du kannst/willst schreib hier rein dass dus machst und welche sprache.

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  1. r_ogman (@r_ogman)

    Press Statement of the Refugees from the Gerhard Hauptmann School, July 2, 2014

    Since 9 days, the police and the district government is placing us under enormous psychological pressure, in that, they repeatedly announce the eviction and then again retreat. While we’re holding out this entire time on the rooftop, we are surrounded by sometimes over 1,700 police from every federal state (of Germany) as well as from the federal police, and are preparing ourselves emotionally, at any time, to see our friends die. [Translator: Refugees have expressed their readiness to take their own lives by jumping off the roof if police try to evict them.]

    On July 1st, we read a tweet from the police, where it was said that they will have retreated by noon, if the district does not give the eviction order.

    Based on this information, there was a meeting held with our lawyers, how the school building would be organised in the future. Initial ideas were discussed (solution strategies about drugs and security, as well as future projects, which could be materialized in the building). Also discussed was the continuation of protest camps.

    From the results of this discussion, we formulated a 2-page list of 10 demands, which was delivered by our lawyers to Mr. Panhoff. Our condition, for the negotiations about these demands, was the withdrawal of the police. According to the information from our lawyers, Mr. Panhoff refused to discuss these demands. Instead, he issued the eviction order to the police, the ultimate decision for which lay with him. As our legal council already returned to the school with Mr. Panhoff’s rejection, he called and said that he is actually ready to negotiate about the demands.

    We made again clear that we will only move to negotiations once the police have retracted and the eviction was ended. In the meantime, we added an additional demand to the 10 already existing ones: Neither we nor our supporters who are in the school building with us, should face legal prosecution following the reaching of a solution that is acceptable to us. In a verbal confirmation to us, Mr. Panhoff said that this demand would not be a point of contention.

    Concerning all of these demands, we received an email in the late hours of July 1st from Mr. Ströbele, who appeared to mediate for Mr. Panhoff. In it, he notified us, that the individual demands could be negotiated, when the following agreement is made: the eviction request would be recalled, when we clear the roof and the building’s escape routes. We would be given until today, July 2, 2014, time to do this. Two employees of the district authority would assess whether this has been completed.

    Renovation would then begin, during which – according to Ströbele – we would be allowed to remain the school building, as long as we remained on the third floor. The renovations would begin on the first floor, where the windows must be bolted. Entry to the school would during this time, be arranged by a private security company, which could be supported by the police. There was just as little said about our demands for the right to residency, as about our other demands.

    The political authorities would continue to ignore our demands, and thereby confirm the impression, that there is no genuine interest in finding a solution that is acceptable to us. Rather, their strategy remains – as described above – of placing us under permanent psychological pressure. Our trust in Mr. Henkel, Mrs. Herrmann, and Mr. Panhoff, which we see, in the worst case scenario, as responsible for our death and of those of our friends, is thus already very reduced. Nevertheless, we have the impression, that there is the possibility of resolving the situation through negotiations, even if this appears to be problematic. We regret very much, that the politicians are discussing amongst themselves, and appear to be set in motion, but we – the effected people – are not included. From our side, there is the possibility, to contact our legal council, Berenice Böhlo and Ralph Monneck, under the already known telephone numbers, who are our negotiating representatives.

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