Food First Information and Action Network
Society for Threatened People, Berlin, Germany
Vigil for Dineh
Published with Permission From Harald Ihmig
On October 12, 1999 indigenous peoples day, about 20 members of FIAN, the Society of
Threatened Peoples and a Berlin solidarity group for American indians gathered in front of
the US embassy in Berlin. With banners "No ethnical cleaning in Arizona",
"Respect human rights in America", they drew the attention to the threatening
situation of the Dineh in the Big Mountain area.
The embassy of the USA is hidden in a small side street behind fences barriers and rolls
of barbed wire. Demonstrations in front of the building are not allowed. A Berlin
policeman mentioned that they would not open the door even if a US-citizen in danger would
ring the bell. Nevertheless the Hamburg FIAN group and the Society of Threatened Peoples
succeeded with the help of the embassy's employees - after a phone call - to submit an
open letter to US ambassador Kornblum. In the letter they demand - supported by more than
500 undersigners-- that the reprisals on the Dineh, as e.g. conficscation of lifestock and
the freeze for construction and repair, should be stopped immediately and the dislocation
date of February 1st, 2000 should be set aside. It is hoped that this protest will reach
the US-authorities in charge and contribute to a reconsideration of their policy.
The vigil itself was than located a corner away from the embassy, at the big street
"Unter den Linden", where many interested people learned about the fate of the
Dineh people, many of them for the first time.
Beim Rauhen Hause 30
Phone: 040-6518393; Fax 040-65901168