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Iconic Berlin TV tower occupied by 40 refugees seeking asylum in Germany

Published time: July 09, 2014 16:56
Edited time: July 09, 2014 20:35
Photo from Twitter/@slowberlin

Photo from Twitter/@slowberlin

Berlin police used force to evict 40 refugees occupying the city’s landmark TV tower on Wednesday. The demonstrators emphasized their place in German society and called for better political conditions, stating, “We are also people.”

“Everywhere we are rejected. Everyone has the same answer for us, everyone pushes us further, no one listens to us,” said a statement from the group, published on the ‘Refugee Struggle for Freedom’ website.

Around 40 refugees and several of their supporters bought Fernsehturm tickets and rode the lift up to the ball of the tower at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, after moving from a cleared protest camp at Oranienplatz that sprang up on Saturday, according to local press reports.

The protesters have demanded a meeting with Berlin’s mayor, according to RT's video agency Ruptly which was live at the scene.

“No work permit, no right to education and no right to German courses make our lives unbearable,” the statement reads.

Ruptly’s video footage shows police using force, trying to evict the refugees from the TV tower.

Another video shows the refugees leaving the TV tower as the crowd standing outside cheers them on.

Earlier police scattered around the base of the television tower and people wishing to enter have been informed by announcements via loudspeaker that the waiting time for entry has been extended ‘indefinitely.’

Supporters were also demonstrating in the front of the TV tower.

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Last week they claimed to have spoken with the Federal Office for Migration, who, they said, “ignored many of our problems.”

“Since we are only laughed at by the authorities and not taken seriously, we find ourselves compelled to occupy the Berlin TV tower.”

According to the statement: “Every day people kill themselves in the camps in Germany because they can no longer live this hopeless and painful life.”

Last Saturday, some 2,300 people took to the streets in a solidarity protest with the refugees.

Seven officers were wounded and 10 suspects were arrested for assault and the attempted liberation of detainees.

Comments (18)


Joseph Swanson 15.07.2014 11:37

Send these things back to their country of origin. NO MORE!!!!


Jerry Crowe 10.07.2014 16:23

Why is it that the developing countries never develop? Now they are exporting their poor and problems to western civilizations. This will never make their homelands better for the people there. This will only further burden the taxpayers and citizens of those countries that are leading financially responsible lifes and lower the standard of living in western countries. It is happening across the globe. A third world assualt on western white nations. The end game is a global socialist government voted in by people with no allegiance to the country they live in.


DoAskDoTell 10.07.2014 14:02

GDP is BS, for self-deceptions for clueless politicians

Most important measures of a decent society:
gap$ between rich vs poor (needless suffering from Cold/hot wars or economic wars)
Limit$ on boundless gluttony from *greed is good BS* universe
how the hard laborers, immigrants or other refugees are treated...

Is racism inherent in western democracy? hating/blaming problems on the Un-lucky poor, powerless or *the other* = to deflect western shame?

WHIL E there is a slow-mo Coup d'état in the EU?

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