Thousands of people protested in Berlin and other German cities today, calling on the European Union to welcome asylum seekers from Moria, following the devastation of the camp caused by the fire on September 8 . The protest in Berlin was attended by the aunt of Eilan Kurdi, the Syrian boy who drowned to become the tragic symbol of the 2015 refugee crisis.
“I have decided to stand up and speak on behalf of those who cannot do it alone … If I cannot save my own family, let us save the others,” said Tima Kurdi, urging citizens to write to political decision-makers and to ask for their mobilization.
“We can’t close our eyes and turn our backs on them,” she said
Sonia Bobrick, an activist from Seebruecke, said there was “enough space in Germany” to accommodate more than 1,500 refugees from Greece that Berlin has pledged to accept. According to the police, 5,000 people took part in the demonstration in Berlin. Demonstrations also took place in Cologne, Munich and Leipzig.