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1. Mai 2002
- Report and Pictures from 1st of May 2002 (only in german)
- Campaign: Memorial for those killed through racist police violence
Here and elsewhere in Europe
On the 1st of May 2001 the campaign for the erection of the monument for the people killed through racist police violence started in front of the National Theatre in Vienna. Nobody knew at that time that on the same day, in Switzerland, at 2 oclock in the morning two officers of the unité spéciale dintervention - officers from the police in Wallis, who are specially trained for anti-terror operations - had stormed into the cell of Samson Chukwu, who was held in deportation camp. One hour later, at 3 oclock, the doctor confirmed Samson Chukwu dead. He should have been deported to Lagos, Nigeria, in a plane chartered by the Federal Office for Refugees. Still, on the same day, the plane left for Lagos without Samson Chukwu on it.
Time and again the brutality of the officials who carry out the deportation practices becomes obvious. Sometimes the death cases are publicly known, these include deaths on the plane, in prison, by drowning and suffocation. The brutal frontier protection system accepts the death of human beings.
Those three aliens registration officers who on the 1st of May 1999 gagged
and tied Marcus Omofuma, fixing him with layers of adhesive tape to his
plane seat, were now taken to court for tormenting a prisoner, which resulted
in his death. Although it was clear, which pain Marcus Omofuma had suffered
during his struggle for life that lasted up to an hour, the three aliens
registration officers were discharged on tormenting a prisoner and were
found guilty only of manslaughter under extraordinary conditions. They
were then given only eight months suspended sentence, on three years parole.
Since the death of Marcus Omofuma the situation has not improved. Rules
for deportation have been detailed out, and only specially trained
officials are allowed to carry them out, while the end to deportation
is still far away. The racist consensus, that people could be deported
as chosen or required, has, of course, been strengthened. The machinery
of deportation has become even more flawless. And the persecution on grounds
of skin colour has long been institutionalised.
SPÖ, Racism and the Right
The first stop of the memorial was the lawn in front of the National Theatre opposite the headquarters of the Austrian Social Democratic Party (SPÖ). This was supposed to be a reminder that it was the social democrat by name Schlögl, former Minister of the Interior, and the social democrat by name Klima, former Federal Chancellor of Austria, who hindered any political consequences from being taken after the death of Marcus Omofuma. These politicians and the whole SPÖ as a party, thereby, did not only support the murderous deportation system, but they failed to at least question the racist method of deportation as to initiate a change of policy. Rather than do that they stuck to their racist practices, encouraging the political developments, which less than one year later led to a coalition of the right and extreme-right wings being in government in Austria.
Until a permanent stay for the memorial is found, it will be presented in different places in Austria as to emphasize their connections with institutionalized racism.