Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:20:41 +0200
From: Yvonne Bangert
Subject: Peltier vigil in Berlin
here are some infos about our vigil on September 11: we were in Berlin just in front of the US-Embassy, which is very close to the famous Brandenburger Tor, "the" tourist spot close to the Parliament Building and to the Federal Chancellery in the very heart of our capital. We were about 20 to 30 people - sometimes more and sometimes less - who stayed there in very nice and sunny weather between about 10 am and 1 pm. Unfortunately we had our flyer printed only in German, next time we need to be bi-lingual because there were many tourists around who did not speak German and therefore would not take the info. But nevertheless we could distribute almost all of our 600 flyers, which is quite a lot. There was a small local radio station from Halle (Sachsen Anhalt), one of the East German Republic of our Federal Republic, which made an interview with me a week before the vigil, that was broadcasted on Friday (Sept. 11) in the afternoon. The journalist who made it joined us in Berlin for a follow up interview, that was broadcasted today. We even had two participants from Poland, Marek and Ewa, who found out about the vigil via internet and joined us.
Unfortunately we were not successful to hand out an appeal to the Embassy in which we ask President Obama to pardon Leonard Peltier. Someone from the staff told us after several replys I made during the week before the event that they are not allowed to accept appeals person to person, but that we will have to go through the regular mail. They were not even permitted to come out of the Embassy, which was within range of sight from where we were, to meet us at the vigil and receive our appeal. I will send it with regular mail now as advised.
All the best for you and please stay in contact
Yvonne / STP
Referat indigene Voelker / Indigenous Peoples Dpt.
Gesellschaft fuer bedrohte Voelker e.V. (GfbV)
Society for Threatened Peoples (STP)
D - 37010 Goettingen
Fon: +49 (0)551 499 06 -14
Fax: +49 (0)551 58 028
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Photos of the vigil can be viewed on our action blog at http://kola.bravewriting.com/.