Some days ago we visited Ahmed in jail, which is absorbing the massive heat of the current period, especially the cells facing the sun, like Ahmeds.
The prison administration has introduced a new prison online-shopping system, so that relatives and friends cannot send packages to the people in prison any longer. Only goods that are purchased in this privately-owned online shop will be forwarded to the inmates. Thereby the shopping guidelines allow only one unit of honey or 5 chocolate bars per purchase. Absurd, but nonetheless the logical consequence of a neoliberal prison complex, producing, restricting and at the same time profiting of the prisoners.
Of course the variety of products is minimalistic. Ahmed drew the conclusion: "they don't let us have the food we need, because they don't want us to feel human in here."
We talked about the upcoming trial on September 20th 2018 and Ahmed pointed out its political character: "I just realized why they are doing it: If they can punish me, they can punish everyone. Through this trial they create a new law. I was just one person in a crowd of many people and they punish me for terrorism. If they do this to me, they can also do this for any other people in a crowd in the future." But also aware of the racism within Europe he added: „Though I wonder, would they do the same to a EU citizens? to a German? or an US citizen? Would they? I don't think so! They can just do this to me because I am from Syria."
After our visit, Ahmed was expecting a visits from a journalist. Media outlets do not visit in the common visitation room with glass in between and neither in Ahmeds cell, he tells us. Interviews with journalists always happen in a nicer cell in a another block, which is presented as his own.
On Aug. 7, after being postponed twice, the trial for the riot in Harmanli started. We are sharing the call for solidarity from Sofia here:
This letter is addressing the Hungarian Ambassador in Switzerland. The letter is written by the European Civic Forum. They are calling to send the letter also to other Hungarian authorities.
You can download their prepared letters here (German, French, English).
See below the Hungarian translation.
Dear all who supported Ahmed H. financially at the last crowdfunding!
As some of you might have seen, the amount that you donated was transferred back by Indiegogo to you bank account. Unfortunately, Generosity, the website we used for the crowdfunding campaign was devoured by another international corporation called GoFundMe, and all the money that was not withdrawn from the website was sent back to the donors. It means, the campaign lost the whole amount of the second crowdfuning campaign ("Justice for Ahmed H. - Foundraising for the lawyer), which is 2650 $. The money would have been used directly to finance the lawyer, whose fee is a large amount of money and is still not completely covered. If your financial capacities still allow you, we'd like to ask you to donate the money again on the bank account mentioned below. Ahmed H. and his family still really needs your support and solidarity!
Free the Röszke 11 Solidarity Network
Account holder: Rote Hilfe e.V. Ortsgruppe Frankfurt
Catchword: Röszke 11
IBAN: DE24 4306 0967 4007 2383 90
The following statement was written from memory about the talks with Ahmed during a visit to him inside prison and is therefore more a summary of some parts the conversation than a complete statement written by him. Also he continues to be isolated from the outside world: Although at least the officially accepted 'contact persons' should be allowed to send letters to him, at the moment all letters are hold back from him. He is told, that only postcards are allowed, however, also they don't reach him. The picture shows him with one of his daughters several years ago, before he was confronted with the EU's criminalization of migration and protest.
"I am so much tired of all this process and waiting. Now the only important thing for me is to see my family again. I need to be patient and strong. It is very hard for me to wait the next month for a further trial in second level court. But if it’s like this I will be strong enough to accept. I am working on the application to go to Cyprus after the verdict.
Now the second level court has to decide. I still have the idea that something good will happen. The judge of the last trial said basically to me you are not a terrorist, but part of the crowd who was rioting. So it is only a game, for the election, for political power.
How can they still say I am a terrorist? All the court process showed that they have no evidence against me really. All we watched was video material where I did nothing. On the border they attacked us. You can see on the video we are even shouting that we love Hungary. And now, we are the terrorists?
I have a big pain in my heart. Because people have only hatred. People wear like blinders, they don’t see reality, they only see their prejudice. There is just hatred, hatred every day. Why they have this image of muslim that they are terrorist? They just have some picture in mind, that they spread. For me Islam is the religion of peace and love. Ok, they have an interests and that’s why they used my case to show that all muslims are terrorist. It’s for a political reason. But now they reached their aim, why don’t they stop? Why do they want to destroy me, a father of 2 kids? They want to play God?
We are all humans. We should see society like a garden. A mix of all kind of flowers, of all kind of colors. That is what creates a beautiful garden."
Today the court trial against the MORIA 35 started in Chios Island. To show solidarity with them, a banner was dropped in Thessaloniki (Greece):
Here is one text from Ubuntu-Wahada about the current cases of criminalization of migrant protests in Greece taken from their website:
On July 18, 2017, migrants in the Moriah camp went on protest against the awful conditions that continue to prevail. The cops attacked them and the protest ended in beatings and arrests.
35 people were arrested (all of them of African origin) without any evidence or criteria, except for the color of their skin. They are charged for: (a) Arson by intent from which a hazard may arise for a person, jointly. (b) Dangerous physical harm, attempted as well as executed to the detriment of police and fire brigade officers, jointly and repeatedly. (c) Damage in form of arson of foreign ownership and of an object that serves a common benefit, jointly and repeatedly. (d) Resistance performed by more than one person, who had their faces covered and carried potentially dangerous objects. 30 of them are imprisoned in the prisons of Avlona, Korydallos and Chios, where they will be detained until their trial, which will take place on April 20, 2018. In addition, two more migrants are detained on similar charges (for a revolt that took place in Moria on July 10, 2017) and will be tried on May 11, 2018. Eight more migrants are detained in various prisons around the country, on heavy charges and will go on trial on April 27, 2018, because a year ago and after months of detention they dared to ask how long they would remain in administrative detention at Petrou Ralli.
FREEDOM NOW FOR “MORIA 32” & “PETROU RALLI 8” DETAINED MIGRANTS!
NO CHARGES FOR THOSE WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS
OPEN BORDERS FOR ALL MIGRANTS
TRIAL OF MORIA 35: APRIL 20, CHIOS ISLAND
Also here you can find more information about three cases of migrants protest criminalization in Greece & an Overview about the upcoming dates:Trial of the Moria 35: April 20, Chios island.
Trial of No Lager 3: April 23, Courthouse of Drama
Trial of Petrou Ralli 8: April 27, Athens
Trial for the July 10 (2017) riots in Moria: May 11, 2018.
Also there is a call out for transnational solidarity actions!
Our solidarity is stronger than their prison walls and fences!
Free all prisoners of Fortress Europe!
On March, 14th the court of Szeged comfirmed Ahmed to be a "terrorist" and sentenced him to seven years of prison - three years less than in the first verdict. We didn't expect a fair trial and unfortunately the verdict proved it. It was a ridiculous theatre: After the final speeches of prosecutor and defence at the same day the verdict followed. The court did not even try to avoid the impression of a directed show: the verdict obviously was rendered and written long before: No need to keep up the appearance of a formal correct procedure. The judge perfectly assisted Orbán and his gang. Just a few weeks before the Hungarian elections and in the eve of Hungary's National Day this verdict fit perfectly in the government's election campaign. One day later tens of thousands applauded to Orbán's speech in front of the National Parliament, listening to his fairy tales about Soros and the 1 Million African Migrants.
The prosecutor according to his own words "focused just on the act of terrorism": Ahmed's only aim had been to violate the border. All his actions and movements and thoughts were based only on one aim: violating the border. The defense required to leave aside any political impact and to decide strictly juridical. Instead he asked the court to take into account Ahmed's aim to accompany his parents and his brother's family and also the highly emotional situation at the border. "No matter what he may did, there is no proof of any aggressive words directed to the Hungarian police". Barandy's strategy of leaving out the political meaning of the trial obviously didn't work out: Ahmed was found guilty in "complicity in an act of terror” and “illegal entry as part of a mass riot” and was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and expulsion from Hungary for 10 years. Seven years of sentence minus the prior detention mean two more years in prison. Both sides appealed the judgement - The show must go on.
#Rage and Anger!
#Freedom for Ahmed!
Here is another report about it in Arabic (Radio Interview from Radio Corax) and a statement in German (the by the NGO Grundrechtekommittee).
في الرابع عشر من آذار 2018، أي بالأمس تماماً، كان آخر حكم على آخر الأشخاص والذين عرفوا بأسم روشكا 11 الشاب السوري أحمد حامض هو آخر الأحد عشر شخصاً الباقين في السجن، والذين تم اعتقالهم من قبل الشرطة الهنغارية أثناء تدفق المهاجرين عبر حدودها في أيلول عام 2015. تحدثنا مع والد أحمد وايضا مع إحدى الناشطات في قضية أحمد
في أسفل الصفحة تجدون الروابط التي تطلعون من خلالها على القضية أكثر، وكيفية الدعم بطرق عديدة
LINK to the Radio Podcast
The last part of the showtrial is going to end: On March, 14th the pleas are expected, on March, 19th the verdict will be announced. That's the right moment to show solidarity and to support Ahmed at court! Scene is Szeged Court (Szeged, Széchényi tér 4.). You have to register to attend the trial.
To attend the trial you have to register with an e-mail until the 10th of March 12:00 o'clock with your name and official organization. You can send this e-mail to the court:
Also if you don't manage to register, the last times it was possible to register spontaneously at the court right before the trial started if there are free places inside the court room.
Here you can download posters and flyer for the upcoming trial.
If you want to come, you can contact us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on Twitter: @freetheröszke11
Interview with one activist from the Röszke 11 campaign about the last trial by the group 'You can't evict solidarity':
"We want to do an interview with an activist from the FreeTheRöszke11-Solidarity Campaign in Hungary. And we are the Can’t Evict Solidarity Campaign, we’re doing financial support and public work on repression and trials throughout the Balkanroute."
Radio podcasts by the free radio station Radio Flora (Hannover, Germany):
"Seit 2,5 Jahren befindet sich Ahmed H. in Ungarn im Knast, er wurde 2016 dort als „Terrorist“ zu zehn Jahren Haft verurteilt.
Hintergrund des Urteils ist die Schließung der Balkanroute zwischen Serbien und Ungarn. In Ungarn trat zum15. September 2015 über Nacht ein Gesetz inkraft, das die »illegale Einwanderung« als Straftat mit bis zu fünf Jahren Haft kriminalisierte.
Doch aus Serbien erreichten weiterhin tausende Menschen die Grenze und stauten sich dort. Auf heftige Proteste für das Recht auf Bewegungsfreiheit folgten Szenen von Polizeigewalt.
Ahmed soll die Unruhen angeführt und die Polizei zum Öffnen der Grenze aufgefordert haben. Nach ungarischem Recht kann dies als „terroristischer Akt“ ausgelegt werden.
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20th of September
Re-Trial of 2nd level court
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