Our translation of the Donaupost article from 30 May, 2020 “Über menschenunwürdige Verhältnisse“
About inhuman conditions
70 persons attending demonstration in front of a refugee camp
by Michael Bothner (translation: bga)
Behind the blinds – built up few hours ago around the camp on Dieselstraße 3 – the inhabitants can only be heard. Some hold up their hands, written „thank you“ on their papers. Through spots in the fence you can make out faces with protective masks. The situation appears strange that thursday afternoon, when „BI Asyl“ organized a manifestation together with „Ausbildung statt Abschiebung“, „CampusAsyl“ and other groups directly in front of the buildings, next to the tracks. There are more then 70 persons, wanting to demonstrate solidarity with the residents.
Those are under quarantine since 19 May. Meanwhile 42 people are tested positive for Covid-19. Also the ANKER in Zeißstraße is under quarantine, with 56 out of 147 infected.
Public Health department knew already about Corona cases
„Separated accomodation and a fast testing“ are the demands of Gotthold Streitberger, speaker of BI Asyl. He talks about „inhuman conditions“ and a „failure of authorities in charge“. Because – what is meanwhile public – the public health department knew already at the beginning of May about the first cases in Dieselstraße and the ANKER. „A noticeable reaction followed not until 19 May, as an apprentice received an email from school, that it is forbidden for him to enter school until the 27th of May“ Streitberger went on. At the same day Dieselstraße was set under quarantine. „That‘s the consequence of political ignorance towards what refugee organisations predicted for quite some time“.
According to Hermann Eckl from CampusAsyl information has been available much too late or first only in German. „Because there is no Wi-Fi in the accomodations kids cannot do homeschooling and the inhabitants search for information is limited.“
Already noon the major Gertrud Maltz-Schwarzfischer declared at a meeting with the organisation Seebrücke, that she is in contact with the departments responsible. „The town itself is not responsible and cannot do anything.“
However she has been told, that most of the infected are mainly without symptoms. „Only a few are complaining of headaches.“
A bit aside stands Youssouf Issakha in the afternoon, refuggee himself and committed in the board of CampusAsyl. „If it would come to a second wave and even a lockdown I already know what will happen“ he says, „then it will be our fault“. Already now you could hear sporadic rasist statements, he notifies. „But it‘s not our fault.“
Requests for single accomodation
It would be the government „who jeopardises irresponsible and careless human lives“ critisises Karin Prätori from „Bündnis gegen Abschiebelager“ in her speech. Because while it is obliged to have strict concepts in other public buildings, the politics would not be able „to show an adequate one itself“. There would have been enough time since the beginning of the pandemic, explains Prätori. „The people need to get single rooms immediately.“ This could be made possible through the use of empty hotels. As the government of the Oberpfalz told this week, there is a basic problem of lacking affordable housing.
„Many of those living in the camps right now would be allowed to move out. But they cannot find flats in the city.“
From the view of many organisations and partys like „die Brücke“ or „die Linke“, that are present on thursday, this may not be an excuse. They are claiming regular testing for all inhabitants of camps, better information and a decentralized accomodation immediately – at least during the Corona pandemic.