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On the 22nd of September the route went on in Münster City, where we did a demonstration. The first action was giving a speech of refugees about three important issues: We demand the abolishment of all asylum seekers camps in Germany. Deportation is an inhumane law that solely serves the political and economic interests of those who are in power. This law must be abolished. We demand that the law of limited free travelling (so called “residenzpflicht”) of asylum seekers is abolished. Before lunch we did interviews with journalists and we met many people to talk about refugee issues. After they heard what we are doing, they immediately got to the microphone and gave their own opinions. Afterwards we had lunch prepared by a group of germans who supported the refugees. In the night we had a party and accomodation with them. On the next day we went back to Bramsche, in there we had a meeting with another group out of the camp and they were carrying the logos of the demonstration. So we joined them from there and started forming a big group. This group was accompanied by a journalist who covered the demonstration in Bramsche. On the 24th we met with a group from south of Germany to go to Hannover with them and make more demonstrations together. in Hannover we met with local activists who welcomed us. We did a demonstration in the city center together. We gave a speach on refugee problems there too. On the 25th we left to Braunschweig to tell refugees there about the demonstrations we were doing and our demands. Two refugees joined us immediately. On the following day other promised to come so we picked them up – among them the first female refugee on the bus, Napuli. So there were 25 refugees on the bus. Some of them left later to mobilise in the camps they are living in and join the group again in Berlin. On the 27th the bus went to Bremen to visit more refugee camps and meet with journalists when we held a demonstration outside of the Ausländerbehörde (foreign office) and gave speeches there. We were joined by local groups like the caravan and a band. In the evening we went to another refugee camp in Vegesack, to distribute more flyers and then went back to our accomodation place. From Bremen we proceeded to a city called Oldenburg and visited a camp close to the Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof. Then we visited another camp near Oldenburg where we had cake and tee and a speach with people from different geographic backrounds. Afterwards we were also invited by the caravan group for dinner. We had a lot of fun, a firework nearby and a great gathering between bus people and local refugees and supporters. The evening finished at 11.30h – at that point there were 21 activists of the bus, 16 refugees and 5 non-refugees.

29th of September the bus stopped in Hamburg. There was a demonstration joined by around 150 people. There were 3 musical acts and speeches from different groups of refugee activists and supporting activists.

Press release german:

Pressemitteilung Bericht vom Busprotest der Geflüchteten 22.9.-29.9.2012

Am 22. September stoppte der Bus in der Innenstadt von Münster für eine Demonstration. Die neu zur Bustour hinzugekommenen Geflüchteten hielten eine Rede und forderten:

– Die Abschaffung der Lager für Asylbewerber_innen in Deutschland

– Die Abschaffung der Residenzpflicht

– Die Abschaffung von Abschiebung

Sie stellten klar, dass die unmenschlichen Abschiebungsgesetze nur den wirtschaftlichen und politischen Interessen der Machthabenden dienen. Am nächsten Tag ging das Busteam ins Flüchtlingslager Bramsche um sich mit einer Gruppe von Geflüchteten von dort zu treffen. Sie wurden von einer Journalistin begleitet, die auch die Demonstration in Bramsche dokumentierte. Acht Geflüchtete stiegen in der Bustour zu. Am 24.9. hielt der Bus in Hannover, drei Geflüchtete stiegen zu, die Menschen im Bus trafen sich mit lokalen Aktivist_innen und veranstalteten gemeinsam eine Kundgebung im Stadtzentrum. Am 25.9. besuchte der Bus das Zentrale Aufnahmelager in Braunschweig, zwei Geflüchtete schlossen sich der Bustour an. Am 27.9. kam der Bus nach Bremen, besuchte mehrere Lager, unter Anderem in Vegesack und traf sich auf einer Demonstration vor der Ausländerbehörde mit Pressevertreter_innen. Am 28.9. hielt der Bus in Oldenburg und traf sich mit Geflüchteten in einem Lager in der Nähe des Oldenburger Hauptbahnhofs. Gestern, am 29.9., hielt der Bus in Hamburg und wird von dort aus morgen, am 1.10. wieder fahren. Die Anfangskundgebung am Hamburger Hauptbahnhof dauerte mehr als eine Stunde, etwa 150 Personen nahmen teil. Neben Redebeiträgen verschiedener Gruppen von Geflüchteten und unterstützenden Aktivist_innen gab es drei Musikbeiträge. Heute, am 30.9.2012 trifft sich die Gruppe gemeinsam mit lokalen Aktivist_innen im Erstaufnahmelager in Horst.

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