‘Borders kill’: Activists in Berlin dig 100 mock graves to highlight refugee crisis (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The rally was organized by the Center for Political Beauty; a group, which says it wants to “re-transform Europe into a continent of immigration.” The organization used the controversial slogan: "The Dead Are Coming,” while they have also made art works to spread their message.
Thousands in front of the German Bundestag dig symbolic graves to bring the migrant crisis home to EU policy makers pic.twitter.com/ESBtft8Q9V
— Belal Awad|بلال عواد (@Baloo1987) June 21, 2015
The protest, which took place a day after UN World Refugee Day, gathered at least 5,000 people, according to police estimates. An officer told AFP that a "small number" of people were arrested for minor offences.
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The activists, many of them dressed in black, carried improvised coffins, which apparently symbolize the caskets of asylum seekers who have died while trying to make their way to Europe.
“Everyone can see that we are peaceful and that we want to change something - to stop the dying [of migrants] in the Mediterranean Sea,” one of protestors told Der Tagesspiegel newspaper.
— DtotheH (@KarloH1) June 21, 2015
5.500 Entschlossene heben gerade spontan Gräber vor dem Bundestag aus. Die Toten kommen!Posted by Zentrum für Politische Schönheit on dimanche 21 juin 2015
They also managed to dig about a hundred small ‘graves’ with wooden crosses inscribed with messages such as, "Borders Kill," “Stop Deportations,” "Fortresses Fall" and the “EU kills.”
— Stefan Wehrmeyer (@stefanwehrmeyer) June 21, 2015
“They [the German authorities] must understand that the people dying in the Mediterranean Sea are just a part of our lives,” one of the demonstrators told RT.
Ruptly producer Belal Awad was pepper sprayed by police officers during the rally, RT’s video agency said on Twitter.
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) June 21, 2015
“I just popped my pepper spray cherry, I guess I was in their way,” Awad wrote on Facebook after the attack.
The European Union is struggling with the growing problems of migrants who are coming from war-stricken counties. The European Commission (EC) is planning to resettle about 40,000 people, which includes 24,000 from Italy and 16,000 from Greece in 23 EU member states over the next two years.
— oleschri (@oleschri) June 21, 2015
Earlier in June, Amnesty International said that governments around the world had effectively let thousands of people, who are fleeing wars in Africa and the Middle East, die by failing to provide them with basic human protection.
— nïkö (@ichier) June 21, 2015
— denise reese (@denice_ruptly) June 21, 2015
The total number of forcibly displaced people around the globe is now thought to be above 50 million.
— Ludo Orlando (@LudoOrlando) June 21, 2015
The human rights group called on the whole of Europe to share the burden of dealing with the refugee crisis, saying that Brussels has “pushed them back into the sea rather than resettle them.”
— Jule Löffler (@laloeffelstiel) June 21, 2015
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— Waagnat (@HouseOfRoughArt) June 21, 2015
— Ralf Bendrath (@bendrath) June 21, 2015
— Yvonne Röttgers (@undpsyche) June 21, 2015
— wo ist die Mauer (@BerlinerKritik) June 21, 2015