Preliminary Report on the Lubicon Action Week (Locations Brussels, Duesseldorf and Bonn)
On Friday, January 24, 1992 members of KWIA took to protest at the Candian embassy in Brussels. Martina Roels provided us with informations about the outcome. From what we understood from Martina's oral report when she was present in Duesseldorf, the em- bassy in Brussels tried the usual cooperative, liberal number. Also as usual the person speaking with the KWIA delegates tried to evade the issue by diverting the delegations attention from their original issue to a kind of Huey Long-type of high po- palorum, pointing at the constitutional process now being under- way and so on.
The Press Conference
The presence of press has been a little too meager for our taste. Present were people from dpa (Germany's largest press agency), a local newspaper reporter, representatives of the Green party. On the support side were represented: BMAG Muenchen, Society for Threatened Peoples Goettingen , Innu Support Group Netherlands, Milieu Defensie Netherlands and INFOE, Cologne. (Other representatives from KWIA and Iwerliewen were at the site of the demons- tration at this time already.)
Interestingly enough a representative of the Canadian Consulate General was present too. He introduced himself as being responsible for the Canadian timber and paper business.
After a short introduction by the speaker of the hosting Green party which gave emphasis to the party's intent to get more in- volved with the role of Japanese corporations present in Duesseldorf, Dionys Zink gave a summary about the Lubicon struggle and the ongoing Stop Daishowa Campaign. His remarks were illus- trated by slides showing maps, scenes of the Lubicon territory and the neighbouring pulp mill.
At this point the Canadian representative asked Dionys Zink about his opinion about the ongoing constitutional process. He was answered in the sense that the support groups do not see any con- nection between the constitutional process and ongoing human rights violations in the case of the Lubicon Cree. Again the Canadian side tried to apply it's usual fog-throwing tactics. Playing the liberal, naive and sympathetic guy the Canadian representative later attested the support organization precise knowledge about the issues....
Outcome of Press conference (as far as we know already) Photo- reporters appeared at the site of the demonstration. A short ar- ticle appeared in the evening issue of one of the Duesseldorf newspapers Elisabeth Kumi (Rep. Soc. for Threat. Peoples) gave a live interview to RIAS-Berlin. Journalists from news agencies not present asked for more material about the issue.
The Protest Action at the Deutsch Japanisches Center
After the press meeting the support side went to nearby Immermannstrasse, the location of not only the Deutsch-Japanisches Center (DJP) but also of many other Japanese stores and offices. The demonstration had to registered with the police (The usual procedure in Germany) A huge banner reading "Canada and Daishowa are clear cutting the Lubicon Cree Indian lands" was tied to trees and streetlamps, being very visible to the passing traffic on busy Immermannstrasse. A painted tree of twenty meters length covered the sidewalk. Other banners read "Stop Daishowa now", "1492 - 1992 Support Indian Resistance" or documented the pres- ence of European support and environmental organisations. Flyers were distributed to many pedestrians, the larger number being Japanese whose reactions were quite interesting to observe. While many passers-by were curious about what was going on. Customers and clients of the DJP mostly stonefacedly refused to take a leaflet or took one but immediately put it into their pockets. Police in plain civilian clothes appeared to check about the character of the demonstration ( as it was a registered one, there were no comments from there side). The approximately 40 to 50 participants joined in chanting slogans ( rhyming in German) "Evict Daishowa- the Lubicons must remain". The demonstration lasted for two and a half hours (fortunately the weather was fine) and ended with the participants entering the central yard of the DJP ( a huge porphyr-granite- steel construction of three buildings enclosing a yard with stores and offices. The yard is circled by a gallery on the level of the first floor. The protes- ters went up there and circled the yard. Notably windows of DJP GmbH were blinded with sun-shades although the office was in the shadow, nobody could look inside. When a fanfare was blown and the protesters started shouting and used all kinds of rhythm in- struments the security staff of DJP appeared and ordered the demonstrators to leave the private property. Not risking any legal consequences the protersters left throught the main gate. Outside the security man told the Duesseldorf people among the protesters, that DJP had been informed by the police about the demonstration and agreed with the police about them not to allow the demonstra- tors to enter the building complex. Nevertheless protesters en- tered the Japanese Consulate General office in the building and distributed leaflets to Japanese clients inside. Also a letter of protest was delivered to the DJP office.
In the evening BMAG presented a slide show about the situation to the public in Duesseldorf.
Having finished the demonstration in Duesseldorf, Monika and Ludwig Seiller, members of BMAG, drove to Bonn to talk to representatives of the embassy, where they first met a press officer who remembered them from talks before and who was therefore immediately willing to enter talks. Obviously the press officer was afraid to handle this issue by herself, and therefore the two supporters met with consul Lishchynski, who is quite well informed about native issues, for a more than two hours talk. Surprisingly Lishchynski opened the discussion by stating that all political maneouvers (referring to both the governmental and the native side) are nothing but public relations tactics, adding that always some natives will be left unsatisfied. With respect to the Lubicon, he admitted to be quite fed up with this issue and to be more than happy, if this conflict were settled. He promised to make sure that the protest of the support groups will be transmitted to Ottawa. The discussion with him intensified the impression that the protest is showing results.
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