„…where justice is not even desired, where equality, which forms the core of justice, is deliberately neglected while creating laws, this justice system can not only be called unjust, , it can no longer even be called justice.“ (Gustav Radbruch)
Today, many upset refugees tell us about the crackdown which was conducted on Tuesday, 9th february at 7 am by the police section south and other police units. The „Mittelbayerische Zeitung“ euphemistically calls the crackdown a „site inspection“, which was executed without complications. One person apparantly received an arrest warrant, while the other refugees had their identities and papers inspected. The details about the crackdown which we were told about sound considerably less harmless: without warning, the police entered the deportation camp accompanied by police dogs in the early hours of the morning without informing the regugees about the reason. Furthermore we were told that several women had their fingerprints taken. The children in the camp were afraid of the police, many of them were crying. Throughout the operation, the refugees were probhibited from leaving the camp. The brutal behaviour of the police force appears to be a part of the new police strategie, which was proscribed in the new police mandate (PAG) within the bavarian integration law. Since this change, homes for asylum seekers have been declared „dangerous places“, from which a higher crime rate is expected. Thereby the refugees forced to inhabit these places are placed under general suspicion. But this is apparently not enough: by this change in law, the police can now legally inspect the people living there and forcibly enter their homes without a warrant or any particular reason.
What is particularly incongruous is the entering of a deportation camp with the intent of taking peoples personal details. A deportation camp is a closed off area. All refugees living in it are registered. Anybody leaving or entering is checked and registered. Private visitors are not permitted, while official visitors are again registered. So what kind of suprises is a person search expected to reveal? The crackdown on Tuesday was yet another effort to make life for the refugees in the camp as unpleasant as possible, to sporn permanent fear of deportation and to enforce, in the eyes of other citizens, the image of the “criminal immigrant”.
This completes the construction of the racist bavarian asylum policy: refugees are rounded up in camps, making it easier to controll them and deport them at will. The catastrophic conditions in the camps lead to more conflict within the camps and to greater police presence. In spite of missing evidence, these self created problems are once again being used by representatives of the CSU to revisit the fairytale of the “criminal foreigner”. Minister of the interior Herrmann presents himself as a hardliner, laws are changed and basic rights are curtailed ever more severely for refugees.
After all, we are in the middle of the election campaign and the right wing is to be strengthened. Déjà vu.