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Protesters in Berlin on 29 February 2020 at the annual Black community's demonstration for the erection of a monument to the memory of African victims of slavery, colonialism and racism/Photo: Femi Awoniyi

Nationwide protests against anti-Black racism in Germany hold on Saturday

Since George Floyd was killed by a policeman on 25 May in the city of Minneapolis, people across the United States have been protesting anti-Black racism and police violence. In solidarity, members of the Black community in Germany will rally nationwide on Saturday to register their protest against racism not only in the US, but also in Germany and globally.

Organisations of people of African descent in Germany will hold nationwide silent peaceful protests against racism on Saturday, 6 June in reaction to the death of the African-American George Floyd in US police custody on 25 May.

Oury Jalloh died in police custody in the eastern German town of Dessau on 7 January 2005. Campaigners believe that Oury Jalloh was murdered by the police. Until today, the truth of what happened to Oury Jalloh is yet to be fully officially unearthed / Photo: Oury Jalloh Initiative

 

The event, tagged NO TO RACISM – Silent Demos which will hold in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt among other towns and cities across the country, also seeks to draw attention to racism against Black people in Germany and across the globe.

“With regard to the current killings of several African-Americans without criminal consequences for the perpetrators, we are showing solidarity with our fellow human beings in the United States and all victims of racism around the world with the Silent Protest,” the organisers said in a press release.

“Discrimination, social and economic exclusion as well as physical attacks and even the murder of people with Black skin are a global problem!” the statement added.

George Floyd (backing the camera) being arrested without resistance moments before his death/Photo: Screenshot/Security camera

 

“Our collective anger, sadness and helplessness leave us speechless, which is why we launched the Silent Protest in Germany to collectively set an example,” the organisers said.

“We clearly distance ourselves from hatred, violence, ignorance and denial and fight together for peace, justice and tolerance,” organisers said, calling on participants to conduct themselves orderly and peacefully during the rally.

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Organisers encourage participants at the rally to wear black T-shirts and jeans and don face masks in compliance with anti-corona containment measures in force in the country.

 

“Try to keep your distance, wear masks, don’t share your drinks, bring disinfectants and be careful!” organisers appealed to participants.

In a related development, leading migrant organisations launched a campaign tagged Aktion #beiunsauch (Action #samehere) against anti-Black racism in Germany on Monday (1 June).

The campaign, an initiative of The African Network of Germany (TANG), in collaboration with the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD), Each One Teach One (EOTO), German Dream, BAGIV and more than 100 other migrant organisations, was also inspired by the ongoing protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

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The Silent Demo will take place in the following cities and towns:

• Augsburg – 2pm, Moritzplatz
• Berlin – 2pm, Alexanderplatz 
• Dortmund – N/A (Not yet available)
• Düsseldorf – 2pm, DGB-Haus
• Fulda – 2pm, Uniplatz
• Frankfurt – 2pm, HBF (Main Train Station)
• Hamburg – 2pm, Jungfernstieg
• Hannover – N/A (Not yet available)
• Karlsruhe – N/A (Not yet available)
• Köln – 2pm, Dom (Cathedral)
• Linz – N/A (Not yet available)
• Lippstatt – 2pm, Rathausplatz 
• Mainz/Wiesbaden – 2pm, HBF (Main Train Station)
• Mannheim – 2pm, Schloss
• München – 3pm, Königsplatz 
• Nürnberg – 3pm, Lorenzkirche
• Osnabrück – N/A (Not yet available)
• Saarbrücken – 2pm, Europa Galerie
• Stuttgart – 2pm, Oberer Schlossgarten 
• Würzburg – N/A (Not yet available)

Latest information about the event at: https://nein-zu-rassismus-nbg.de/

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