On Sunday, March 1, nearly 80 abolitionists protested outside the US Embassy in Berlin, calling for justice for Rodney Reed and an end to the death penalty everywhere. Organizers stressed that Rodney’s recent stay of execution was a result of public pressure put on the Texas courts.
Speakers at the rally discussed the glaring injustices in Rodney’s case and condemned capital punishment entirely. A spokesperson from the Berlin Free Mumia Movement stressed the role of racism in the criminal justice system and referenced the case of Harold Wilson. Wilson was sent to death row in Pennsylvania in 1989 and spent 17 years in prison before being freed by DNA evidence.
A beautiful photo gallery by Uwe Hiksch is here and video is available here. Read a full report (auf Deutsch) at Indymedia. Many thanks to everyone from Initiative gegen die Todesstrafe, FREE MUMIA Berlin, Rote Hilfe, Anja Kultur, and all who helped to organize this show of international solidarity. A rally for Rodney is also planned in Paris on March 4.
Protesters outside the Brandenburg Gate