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Posts Tagged ‘Rote Hilfe’

Osman Aslan captured in Slovenia and threatened with extradition

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Osman Aslan has been in extradition custody in Slovenia since June this year. He was arrested by police officers because of a Red Notice entry at Interpol. The Turkish regime uses this controversial instrument to be able to harass opposition members who have fled Turkey, even after decades.

Aslan is 50 years old and lives with his family in Bergkamen (NRW, Germany). The 50 year old Kurd has an unlimited residence permit. The permit threatens to expire because he has been in Slovenian detention for over six months now. Since his court hearing on July 30th, he has had to wait for a Slovenian court to examine the documents so he can finally return to Germany.

This is not the first case in which the Slovenian authorities have delayed such a process for months. Last year, Ismet Kilic from Duisburg was arrested and detained at the border. After 80 days and massive protests in Germany and Slovenia the persecuted unionist got released from extradition.

Anja Sommerfeld, member of the federal executive board of Rote Hilfe e.V.=:

Hardly a day goes by without reports of repression against opposition members and refugees from Turkey, even across the European Union. Once again we are dealing with a procedure in which the regime in Ankara exploits the means of Interpol searches to pursue and arrest those who think differently. Mr. Aslan has lived in Germany as a political refugee since 1994 and has a regular residence. The responsible authorities in both countries must deal with the matter immediately. The deportation of Mr Aslan to Turkey must be prevented, as he is threatened with political persecution and imprisonment there. He must be released from prison and be allowed to return to Germany.

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Germany: Federal Minister of Interior plans to ban solidarity organisation Rote Hilfe

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Originally published by Indymedia DE. Edited machine translation by Enough is Enough.

According to a report of German weekly Focus, Federal Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) plans a ban on the solidarity organization Rote Hilfe eV [‘Red Help’]. It is up to you, now you can give back the association the solidarity it deserves.

The only cross-flow organization of the radical left has supported you all, all left-wing activists, that watched your back in recent years. Whether financially, if again existence was threatened because of political activity, a good advice if once again there was a yellow letter (Courts and state prosecuters send their letter in yellow envelope on the German territory, EIE) in the mailbox, a good leaflet at the right time, that you better shut up (Don’t talk with the cops, EIE) or the costs of being imprisoned.

Not to mention that Rote Hilfe e.V. is one of the only left-wing organizations that continuously opposes snooping paragraphs and sharpening of laws by law and order ideologues. And that from a unsellable and incorruptible anti-capitalist position. Where else is there something like this?

Today’s Rote Hilfe e.V. is the direct successor to Rote Hilfe Deutschland, an organization that massively strengthened the anti-fascist struggle until its last ban by the Nazis in 1936. All this with the idea of ​​solidarity – to bolster up each other to maintain the political struggle for a better world. We tie into the struggle on this principle today. The fact that a new ban is pending only shows in what stormy times we are living. (more…)

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Demonstration zum Tag der politischen Gefangenen in Berlin – Demo for political prisoners (Germany)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Freitag, 18. März 2016 um 18 uhr
S-Bhf Sonnenallee
(Siegrief-Aufhäuser-Platz)

Join us for March 18 – Day of action for the liberation of all political prisoners! Resist and fight against the justice system of the bourgeoisie and the imperialist oppression!

Freedom for all political prisoners….

The internationally-operating Rote Hilfe (‘Red Help’) – until present the most meaningful and largest solidarity organisation for workers’ and peoples’ movements – was officially founded not for nothing by the Communist Internationale on March 18, 1923. It was the anniversary of the Paris Commune of 1871 – the first attempt of the working class to take over the power and carry it with the goal of reorganizing the society. France’s and Germany’s ruling classes united to drown in blood this struggle of the oppressed. 30,000 men and women, workers, fighters and revolutionaries were hanged, 363,000 appeared before court. To commemorate this massacre and honour the fallen, this day has been known up until now as the international day of action for the liberation of all political prisoners.

Even today it remains in the nature of things for the universal imperialist system of exploitation to produce copious amounts of hardship, poverty and war, calling forth the exploited and the oppressed to commit to a most decided resistance. To assure their continuous rule and profits, the bourgeois countries, their armed institutions and their justice system resort to various forms of political repression: intimidation, spying, news-baiting, monetary fines, tightened laws, bans, trials, imprisonment, isolation, counter-revolutionary violence, torture, planned disappearances, murder and terror are in the program of the so fully ‘democratic’ dictatorships of the bourgeoisie in the imperialist capitalist system. (more…)

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Report about the hungerstrike of Sadi Özpolat and Gülaferit Unsal (Germany)

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Here in Germany two communist prisoners from Turkey, who had been sentenced according to the “antiterror-paragraph §129b”, achieved victories by means of long hungerstrikes: Sadi Özpolat starved 43 days and Gülaferit Ünsal 54 days. They fought against censorship, prison clothing and intimidation. They didn’t fight in the prison alone. Together with Gülaferit 6 other prisoners starved as well in solidarity.

Taken from one of our speeches (“Network of all political prisoners”, Hamburg) in front of the Berlin prison, where Gülaferit is jailed: (29.5.2015)

“This is a draconic assault to all prisoners. More than 100 yearly commit suicide, living under similar conditions as Gülaferit, without any hope and unwilling to vegetate isolated anymore.”

9 political prisoners of armed groups like RAF, who organised collective resistance against such conditions, didn’t survive in prison in the seventies and eighties.
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