SODEXHO - Catering Company for World Youth Day

Public protest – friday 19th – 4 pm – behind the cathedral

Protest on august 19th, Rhine shore

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SODEXHO - Catering Company for World Youth Day

is in business with private prisons in Australia, Chile and elsewhere, among them a deportation camp for refugees at the airport London Heathrow
(www.notwithourmoney.org/05_sodexho/prison_op.html)

caters for invasion troops e.g. in Afghanistan and Kosovo
(Sodexho Defence Services: www.sodexhodefence.co.uk/)

organizes enforced catering and smart cards for refugees, a common practice in many German cities to avoid giving them cash
(Sodexho Pass, www.chipkartenini.squat.net/welcome.htm)

We protest against the fact that the Catholic church has engaged this company to cater for the participants of the XX. World Youth Day, a company making profits from the suffering of refugees, prisoners and war!

The management of the WYD did not officially react to an open letter of antiracist groups, which criticises its contract with Sodexho and calls attention to its dubious business. The answer to an inquiry by telephone was that the WYD was not interested in our criticism. The comment of the the bureau of the WYD: „Sodexho is our partner.“

We welcome the visitors of the World Youth Day who have come to our city from all over the world. We hope they will enjoy their days in Cologne unmolested and in safety. Due to Pope Benedict’s visit there is a massive police presence in Cologne. In this context we would like to remind you that numerous people without legal documents (“illegals”) live in Cologne, too. To them, intensified controls by the police mean the fear of being detected and of being deported to their “home countries” from where they have fled.

We ask you to interfere, to ask for information and to help each other whenever you witness passport controls by the police!

Protest on august 19th, Rhine shore

Protest on august 19th, Rhine shore