‘We have space’ – German NGOs want more migrants, protest in front of Bundestag

Lights set up during protest, demanding the European Union to open the border for migrants, in front of the Reichtag building in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The illuminated words 'Aufnahme Jetzt' can translate as 'Take them in now'. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
By Dénes Albert
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Pro-migrant organizations protested on Sunday with over 6,000 ​​green lights in front of the Bundestag in Berlin, demanding the government accept migrants from Belarus.

“We have space! In particular, we want to say to the traffic light [coalition]: Create humanitarian corridors, take responsibility and finally accept people,” the Seebrücke organization appealed to the upcoming traffic light coalition made up of the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Free Democratic Party (FDP) on its website.

The initiative calls for green lights to be set up throughout Germany during the Advent season to express solidarity with the migrants. The model for the action are residents in the Polish border area, who use green lights to show immigrants where they can get food and clothing.

Various actions were also carried out by radical left-wing groups calling for more migrants.

“At the Belarusian border, people are dying, and Olaf Scholz does nothing. We did a protest today against the deadly Fortress Europe at the party headquarters of the SPD. We have space!” wrote the Twitter account of the “Interventionist Left”.

According to RBB television, around 6,000 lights were lit in Berlin during the action. On Twitter, supporters shared pictures of similar actions and demonstrations for the reception of the border migrants.

The calls to “open the border’ and accept migrants en masse are related to the illegal migrants who were brought to the eastern border of the EU by Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko. From there, these migrants tried repeatedly to force their way on to Polish territory, including by using force against Polish authorities. Despite some instances of serious violence, Polish security forces were able to prevent most migrants from making their way across the border.

Last year, among others, Seebrücke and the refugee captain Carola Rackete promoted the acceptance of immigrants in Germany under the slogan “We have space“. At that time, pro-migrant NGOs demanded that migrants should be brought from Greece. The calls had mass support from left-wing German politicians and Germany’s main Christian organizations.

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