The attack in Hanau
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The mural under the Peace Bridge commemorates the victims of the racist attack in Hanau on 19 February 2020. It commemorates Mercedes Kierpacz, Ferhat Unvar, Hamza Kurtović, Said Nesar Hashemi, Vili Viorel Păun, Kaloyan Velkov, Fatih Saraçoğlu, Sedat Gürbüz and Gökhan Gültekin who died on that day.
Nine people were murdered in Hanau on 19 February 2020 for racist motives.
Hanau joins the ranks: Again and again there are racist and anti-Semitic attacks and murders in Germany. Racism and anti-Semitism are also omnipresent in everyday life. For example, BIPoC ⊕ are often affected by racial profiling ⊕ and police violence, especially in the nearby Frankfurt station district, while at the same time right-wing extremist ›individual cases‹ are known in the police and right-wing parties are elected. Last but not least, societal racism also includes the dying at the EU’s external borders and the decision of European member states to deny basic rights to people seeking protection.
The crime scenes
The crime scences, the shisha bar, another bar and the kiosk in Hanau, are meeting and leisure places where, among others, migrants or people read as such meet. At the same time, they are small businesses that create income prospects and jobs. This is true for the places in Hanau as well as in Frankfurt’s Bahnhofsviertel, which is very close by here. These are socio-economically marginalised places that are racialised ⊕ and placed under general suspicion by the press and authorities. On 19 February 2020, they became crime scenes.
The protest movements that have emerged, the initiatives as well as the cohesion of the communities have shown what structures of solidarity can mean. The relatives and survivors organise and support each other. The »Initiative 19 February« has created a meeting space in Hanau and says: »We are founding an initiative to give solidarity and the demands for clarification and political consequences a permanent place. We will not allow 19 February 2020 to be swept under the carpet — like the countless right-wing murders before it.«
People of Colour (PoC) is a self-designation of people with experiences of racism who are not perceived as white, German and Western and who do not define themselves as such. The extension BIPoC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) explicitly includes indigenous people.
Racial profiling refers to police measures and measures by other security, immigration and customs officers, such as identity checks, questioning, surveillance, searches or even arrests, which are not carried out on a concrete basis of suspicion or danger (such as the behaviour of a person or group), but solely on the basis of (»external«) racialised or ethnicised characteristics — especially skin colour or (presumed) religious affiliation. Often, there are also interconnections with other dimensions of inequality such as gender, socio-economic status, legal status, sexuality, disability, language and age.
In racism research, the term »racialised« describes the categorisation and hierarchisation of social groups as well as the attribution of meaning to certain characteristics of these groups.
Deportation prisons and the resistance against them
The authority for foreigners
The difficult way to both a residence and working permit
Working in Frankfurt
The fight for workers’ rights
Racial Profiling as a constant threat
The fight for a selforganised migrant center
The attack in Hanau
Against racist terror and oblivion
Important hub for migrant life
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