Since eight years the caravan group Hamburg is using this event to gather some money for the political work. But it is also an experience of working together and connecting communities.
The project started on initiative of the Nigerian/German community activist Kayo from St. Pauli. The police murder of Oury Jalloh and our participation in the public campaign for truth about his murder brought us together. While organizing his sound system „Shango Sound Intl.“ on the yearly port festival, he invited us to join by selling drinks and food. Unfortunately, Kayo died in January 2008 unexpectedly to us – the stubBorn brotha - rest in peace.
The Hamburg harbour festival is a yearly three days lasting big commercial party along the riverside and a demonstration of the sick wealth accumulated in the town since the colonial enterprises. The money was made with and by all means - highest profit rates in trading human beings from Africa, weapons and alcohol. Today Hamburg is one of the most rich cities in Europe and the business of war and hegemonial power policies is still the engine creating this wealth. So presenting navy and airforce is an increasing part of the festival program.
Beside the official party, there is an alternativ part around the former squatted houses of the Hafenstrasse were we set up our tent.
One of the official slogans of the city „Hamburg – gate to the world“ should express openness. But in reality this openness refers to goods and raw materials but not to people. An excellent example for the mendaciousness and hypocrisy is the maltreatment of the Libyan war refugees „Lampedusa in Hamburg“.
This year in close connection with the struggle of the group „Lampedusa in Hamburg“ there was a joint venture with some of the activists of the group and the KARAWANE to work and stay the whole three days together.