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.
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