KERWIN-HERDENKING: 20 AUGUSTUS 2009

augustus 16, 2009

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Augustus 2009

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Ieder jaar organiseert de stichting Vrienden van Kerwin op 20 augustus de herdenking van de moord op de vijftienjarige Kerwin. Op deze dag in 1983 is Kerwin neergestoken door een witte jongen die zich racistisch uitliet over het incident.

Dit jaar is het 26 jaar geleden dat deze laffe moord plaatsvond. De herdenking vindt plaats op 20 augustus 2009 van 20:00 tot 21:30 uur bij het beeld Mama Baranka in het Vondelpark in Amsterdam.

In de jaren na dit incident zijn verschillende voorbeelden te noemen van intolerantie. Homo’s worden in elkaar geslagen, skinheads gaan tekeer tegen allochtonen en buurtbewoners die hun huis uit gepest worden.

Deze voorbeelden geven aan dat er nog een lange weg te gaan is. Daarom herdenken wij nog steeds elk jaar de moord op Kerwin. Intolerantie kent geen kleur!

English below:

20 August 1983: Kerwin was walking with a friend in Amsterdam when he was pestered by a group of skinheads. He went into a nearby snackbar but when he came out, one of the group told Kerwin he had no right to walk there and abused him racially. Kerwin said he could walk wherever he wanted to, whereupon he was stabbed in the stomach. The attacker had the words ‘100% white’ tatooed on his arm

Kerwin ran to the Dam Square, got into a taxi and asked to be taken to hospital. The taxi driver said he didn’t want blood all over the seat, took him out of the car, lay him on the ground and told him to wait for the ambulanc

Kerwin lay there while onlookers stood round him watching his blood seep into the cracks between the cobble stones. It was almost 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived to take him to hospital. He died shortly after

Both Kerwin and his killer were 15 years old

Every year on 20 August we are, remembering what happened in 1983, affirming our commitment to the condemnation of attitudes which say that one colour is better than another, one belief is better than another, one culture or language or custom is better than any other culture, language or custom.

By doing this we hope to remind people of the other side of tolerance; the side which allows children to kill each other and fascist mindsets to sanction such murders.  We do it also to repeat that no matter how individuals or the media may try to reframe it, there is no denying that this murder was racism – plain and simple.

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