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Protesters say police used excessive force
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Protesters say police used excessive force

Published: 09 Jan 2012 08:12 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Jan 2012 08:12 GMT+01:00

Organisers of a rally to remember an asylum seeker who died in police custody have complained after two people were injured during their demonstration in Dessau – including one man who was carried unconscious from the scene.

The rally on Saturday afternoon was delayed by police who tried to confiscate a banner which read, “Oury Jalloh – it was murder” – an allegation which was repeated in chants by the crowd.

Jalloh, a 21-year-old man from Sierra Leone died on January 7, 2005 in a fire in a Dessau police cell, the circumstances of which have never been properly explained.

Around 200 people gathered on Saturday afternoon to demand a full explanation of his death. Two police officers were acquitted of negligent manslaughter of Jalloh in 2008, but one of the officers was again charged in the case last January – a verdict is expected soon.

Dessau’s police chief Kurt Schneiber said his officers had wanted to check whether the allegation that Jalloh’s death was murder could be regarded as defamation – although demonstration organiser Mouctar Bah said the same slogan had been used for years without any protest.

Bah was injured during the demonstration and was taken, unconscious, to hospital. He later accused the police of using excessive force, as did the Green Party which said that if the banner talking of murder was defamatory, it was a matter for the courts, not the police.

The party said it would bring up the matter in the Saxony-Anhalt state parliament’s interior policy committee.

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11:08 January 9, 2012 by mike_1983
maybe the protesters should start with a banner in german rather than english.....
11:32 January 9, 2012 by henry1544
Somehow EVERY country has at least ONE of these cases that the left-side uses to justify their views that the state is racist and hateful and that we should open our borders even more than we already do. (If that's even possible).

In Poland it was the illegal seller of goods on the underground in Warszawa who got himself killed when he tried to escape the police last year.

In Norway it was an African named Obiora who when arrested resisted so much he died from the altercation.

In France it was the two "youths" who were chased by police and died after climbing a fence.

In Germay it's this case.

And you can bet your life on it that the left side are going to pounce on this and milk it for every drop.

Somehow they "forget" the hundreds of gang rapes committed by immigrants on indiginous European women, and men, in each European country every year. (Sweden and Norway top this statistic). Or the thousands of violent robberies, physical attacks and racist slurs that immigrants shout at Europeans every day. Or the DEATHS of Europeans from all this violence committed by immgrants, who are in the HUNDREDS.

But anti-racism is just another word for anti-white.

If it wasn't, we would see demonstrations and banners for Europeans attacked and killed by racist immigrants too.
15:50 January 9, 2012 by XFYRCHIEF
Have to0 agree with Mike - why is the protest banner in English? Are they trying to make a statement that English speaking people are racist?
16:30 January 9, 2012 by Johnne
@1983, henry 1544, XFYRCHIEF:

You should all bow your heads in shame. I don´t why you think your racist views are relevant here. Is that how your illiterate minds will think and you would respond if it were your citizens killed by the police in Africa? so westerners don´t commit crime in Africa, Asia and the Middle East right? look, you better just stay out this forum or don´t comment on articles related to Black people, Africans or immigrants here if you´re tooempty headed, racist, ignorant and uninformed. The funny thing is that you´re all immigrants in these countries you call yours "native" europeans.
19:34 January 9, 2012 by Englishted
@Johnne

Totally agree about henry 1544 ,just a bit confused by the last comment .

We are not all in the "new" world.
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