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Online demonstration against deportation business

20.6.2001 10.00 a.m. (GMT)
Online demonstration against deportation business
Lufthansa goes offline!

the ''fortress europe''...

By using the concept of a ''fortress europe'', the rich
countries of the industrialized north have managed to
spare themselves almost completely against the
worldwide migration movement. The frontiers are closed
and a highly technical, military arsenal is being
employed in order to secure the borderlines. For
refugees, which manage to cross, ''normal life'' is made
impossible: by racism, bureaucratic control of living
conditions, internment in camps and homes, deportation
jail, etc.

Migrants who have lived in Germany for a long time,
are also discriminated by the refusal of residence
permits and papers; always in relation to the economic
benefits they could possibly bring, of course.
These politics of illegalizing ''unwanted'' immigrants
culminates in taking radical measures to end
residential stay - deportation.

...deports people...

More than 40.000 people, refuees as well as
immigrants, are yearly being deported  from Germany.
The greater part of these deportations is realized by
plane: more than 32.000 people, very often fettered,
gaged and narcotized, are brought out of the country
this way.

On May 28, 1999, Amir Ageeb from Sudan suffocated and
died from mistreatment by German border police while
being deported on a Lufthansa airplane.

...made possible by Lufthansa!

The German airline Lufthansa, working and making money
in the name of this racist refugee and migration
politics, has been criticized heavily in public for
its deportation business. After all, the company is
selling most of the deportation tickets. The death of
Amir Ageeb was the beginning of a worldwide campaign
against the deportation business: Stop

We announce: Lufthansa goes offline!

The economic vision for the future of Lufthansa
Airlines is e-commerce: via internet the market of the
future shall be conquered. At the moment, only 10% of
all the bookings for Lufthansa is done by internet.
However, this is supposed to change: According to
Lufthansa plans, 40% of all the sales shall be done
via internet by 2005.

The internet is for Lufthansa, as well as for a lot of
other companies, the strategically most important
sector of the future.

When companies, which use deportation to make money,
establish their biggest branches in the net, should
not we also protest exactly there?

In the last years, the internet has become an
economically, politically, and socially important
sector. During this time, political action via
internet has grown internationally, but especially in
the US. This way public awareness can be created and
pressure exerted. We want to further these attempts to
create a room for protest and resistance.

online-action cannot replace street-action, but can be
an effective supplement. The net offers enormous
possibilities for international co-operation and
communication, which we want to develop. Today, itīs
Lufthansa Airlines, tomorrow Air France, the day after
that Sabena...

Online-demonstration against the deportation business

This is a call to massively and simultaneously block
the entrance to the website of Lufthansa Airlines, in
which flights can be booked, on 20.6.2001 at 10.00 a.m. (GMT).

How to do this?
Well, just like a sit-in, but using the net: If a lot
of people log themselves into the website of Lufthansa
at the same time, the entrance to this publicly
displayed webpage can be blocked due to overload.

Is it really that simple?
Of course, within limits: The company has an enormous
computer capacity to serve its presence in the net and
is therefore able to ''digest'' a great amount of
requests at the same time.
That is why we will provide a user-friendly
protest-software, which will make it possible to keep
the computers of Lufthansa busy by using an
automaticized inquiry.
Our aim is to show massive and international criticism
of the Lufthansa Airlines deportation business.
Moreover, the actual (and short-term) blockade of the
website itself will also damage the image of

Thatīs why we say: Lufthansa goes offline! Stop
deportation business!

contact: (or call) +49 177 5029083

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