Berlin: The squatted school by refugees in danger of eviction

Comrades, companer@s y companer@s,

In december 2012 refugees occupied an empty old school in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Now the green government of Berlin- Kreuzberg want to evict the 50 still remaining refugees.The ultimatum to leave the school voluntarily ends on october 31 friday, 2014.

A violent eviction now is very much possible.

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Stop the eviction of the refugee -school in Berlin.

Watch the video in english. “Nine days on the roof”
Videoo by Denise Garcia Bergt

IN the summer 2014, some 50 refugees on the roof and inside the building of the squatted Refugee Strike House (the former school Gerhardt-Hauptmann), resisted a siege and eviction attempt by police who had deployed daily some 500 officers for nine days.

On June 24th, 2014 at 10 am in the morning, some 900 police officiers went massively to the squatted school, blocked various important streets of the neighbourhood and prevented public access to the adjoining streets of the refugee strike house. With the police were also members of the district council, which is governed by the Greens (Die Grünen), with the intention of evicting and completely vacating the building The district had always spoken about a “voluntary moving (move/relocation)” of the squatters of the school, in which the occupants would be transfered and relocated to refugee homes outside of the city, because officialy an order of eviction did not exist. But nevertheless, due to the high pressure and the threat of an eviction, 208 inhabitants did agree to the move. Nevertheless, around 50 refugees and some activists remained on the roof of the building, resisting the eviction and demanding a permit of permanent residency for themselves and for all of the refugees in Germany; to maintain the occupied school for themselves as an autonomous, self-managed
place, and for living, permission to work, no accomodations in Heim or Lager, the abolition of the Rezidenzpflicht and finally, for an end to the deportation policy.

The situation ended finally with an agreement between the refugees and the district council of Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain, which is now broken by the green government.

​On the 24th of June, 2014 the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg made an operation called “voluntary moving”. The idea was to empty the former Gerhart-Hauptmann school, occupied by refugees since December 2012. The procedure involved over 1000 police officers and blocked the complete neighbourhood. From the 300 of the school’s inhabitants, around 40 people didn’t accept to leave. Instead they stayed inside and resisted for 9 days on the roof of the building.