May 19 - This evening around 6pm more than 400 death penalty opponents of all walks of life gathered in the German city of Heidelberg to demonstrate their support for US death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. Together they occupied the widely known "Old Bridge" in the historic centre of the town to shape a human chain, holding Troy Davis’ face in front of their own faces or above their head.
The call for action came from the German-American Institute, the locally well-known group "Freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal“ and the student branch of Amnesty International.
The opening speech critisized the death penalty in general and drew the connection to individual cases like the one of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Kenneth Foster, and others. The speaker expressed deep concern for the serious situation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, too. He might receive a reinstation of the death sentence very soon and is in gereat danger yet again.
The focus of this action, though, was clearly on Troy Davis’ outrageous ordeal, and he was the one whose incredible situation had drawn the attention of pupils from eight school in Heidelberg, of students from many faculties, from peace activists, artists and just ordinary interested people.
The local press covered the event and will report it with big photos in the paper. The organizers as well as the attendants were very happy with what they felt was a huge success. They send their greetings to all other rallies and actions on this worldwide day of action to save Troy Davis.
Berlin Coaltion to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Who is the Berlin Coaltion to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal http://mumia-hoerbuch.de/kontakt.htm