As part of the October International month in Berlin we were organizing a Read-Out/Paint-Out/Teach-Out to express our solidarity with the revolutionaries in our region. Berlin has become the home to many exiles from the MENA region and as the seat of the German state- the most powerful actor in the European Union, is a center of power.
Why Now? Why Berlin?
Revolutionaries in the MENA region are battling a growing mountain of challenges and attacks, all while the EU, led by Germany, cuts deals with authoritarian regimes across the region while it “promotes human rights, democracy and stability” in the region. In Libya, modern-day slave-markets, described as “hell on earth”, boom in large part due to “fortress Europe”. Moria, the largest camp for refugees and asylum seekers in the Greek Island of Lesvos, was on fire as we wrote this, and Germany will not open its door to the camp’s residents
As internationalists who believe that our role first and foremost is to unwaveringly stand behind local struggles for emancipation and defend them however we can. We made this space in this spirit.