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Germany: 'Feed on Refugees' political action comes to a close in Berlin02:28

Germany: 'Feed on Refugees' political action comes to a close in Berlin

Germany, Berlin
June 28, 2016 at 22:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people gathered at Berlin’s Maxim Gorky Theatre, Tuesday, to witness a refugee who had volunteered to be eaten alive by four tigers inside a cage outside the building.

Syrian actress and activist May Skaf explained that she would not go inside of the cage, as "Her death does not mean anything to German politicians." Skaf criticised the German government’s stance on refugees saying, "I hear the answer of the German parliament and I see fear again. Fear of us, of the refugees, of the strange but also the fear of their own people."

The 'Centre of Political Beauty', who set up the exhibition protest, had organised for a flight to carry 115 Syrian asylum-seekers from Izmir in Turkey to Berlin, on Thursday 28 June. However, AirBerlin cancelled the fight, in an attempt to distance themselves from the political spectacle.

Stage and artistic director of the 'Centre of Political Beauty' Philipp Ruch, cited the letter he has received from AirBerlin explaining the reasons behind the cancellation. The airline stated that EU law requires every passenger to have a valid visa before entering the country. Ruch criticised this stance, saying, "If we enforce a visa obligation on war refugees, we are not able to claim anywhere anyhow to have a humanist spirit or that we somehow implement international law."

The aim of the ten-day art protest was to inform German society about the true reasons why refugees cannot use the safe transport, such as planes, to travel to Germany. The centre wanted to show whym instead, refugees are forced to risk their lives on perilous and expensive journeys, being smuggled across the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, in order to flee from war. According to the 'Centre of Political Beauty', the action should motivate Germans to demand a change the law that would allow for refugees to travel via plane.

Germany: 'Feed on Refugees' political action comes to a close in Berlin02:28
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Hundreds of people gathered at Berlin’s Maxim Gorky Theatre, Tuesday, to witness a refugee who had volunteered to be eaten alive by four tigers inside a cage outside the building.

Syrian actress and activist May Skaf explained that she would not go inside of the cage, as "Her death does not mean anything to German politicians." Skaf criticised the German government’s stance on refugees saying, "I hear the answer of the German parliament and I see fear again. Fear of us, of the refugees, of the strange but also the fear of their own people."

The 'Centre of Political Beauty', who set up the exhibition protest, had organised for a flight to carry 115 Syrian asylum-seekers from Izmir in Turkey to Berlin, on Thursday 28 June. However, AirBerlin cancelled the fight, in an attempt to distance themselves from the political spectacle.

Stage and artistic director of the 'Centre of Political Beauty' Philipp Ruch, cited the letter he has received from AirBerlin explaining the reasons behind the cancellation. The airline stated that EU law requires every passenger to have a valid visa before entering the country. Ruch criticised this stance, saying, "If we enforce a visa obligation on war refugees, we are not able to claim anywhere anyhow to have a humanist spirit or that we somehow implement international law."

The aim of the ten-day art protest was to inform German society about the true reasons why refugees cannot use the safe transport, such as planes, to travel to Germany. The centre wanted to show whym instead, refugees are forced to risk their lives on perilous and expensive journeys, being smuggled across the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, in order to flee from war. According to the 'Centre of Political Beauty', the action should motivate Germans to demand a change the law that would allow for refugees to travel via plane.

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