Feels like the right time to share this... Part 1 of our gig and interview at the refugee centre in Berlin. Had a little help for our cover of Massive Attack's 'Teardrop' :) Let's not forget we're all human and we're all in this together.
Met these guys from Amnesty International when we played in the park on Sunday. They were braving the heat to spread the word about a journalist imprisoned 2 years ago in Egypt- just for photographing security forces’ violent behaviour during a protest. He's now facing the death penalty for a bunch of phoney charges. Crazy. There's no such thing as freedom without freedom of the press.
Lend your voice to the petition to free him at amnesty.org
Hanging out with kids after our gig at the refugee shelter. These families are fleeing from the kind of terror we saw shake the Middle East this week.
Don't forget most victims of terrorism are Muslim. Let's stop blaming them for the actions of the extremist thugs they're trying to escape. We can only defeat terrorism once we've defeated ignorance and intolerance.
To all our British friends and fans who've fallen victim to the #PostRefRacism sweeping the country - we stand with you.
Scenes like the one below are unfolding all over the UK. My mother was born in Wales - I have family and friends over there. Several of them have had vile racist & xenophobic comments hurled at them on the street since the Brexit referendum. Threats of physical violence. They're scared... and I don't blame them. Makes me wonder how I'll be treated when we tour the UK again (despite being a British citizen).
These are not isolated incidents. It's clearly evident there's a bigger problem with racism in the UK than most of us realised, or would like to admit. The only difference is now many more people feel justified acting on their ignorant views.
Doesn't matter how you voted. In or out of the EU- this problem is real, significant and needs to be dealt with before it tears the country apart. Over the last few days Britain has come to be viewed as one of the most toxic and racially intolerant countries in the Western world. That's a big fall for a nation which lost so many fighting against fascism 70 years ago.
We hope you'll start doing something (anything?!) to turn this around ASAP. Not just for the short term, but for the long run.
One of my 2015 highlights was hanging out with these kids after a concert at a refugee shelter in Berlin. And man, these little dudes knew how to rock!
It was a humbling and eye opening experience. But the moment I'll never forget was when an old man came to me after our set, took both my hands in his and couldn't stop shaking them. He had tears in his eyes and the most grateful, warm smile I've ever seen. I can't speak Arabic, he couldn't speak English. But we each knew exactly what the other was saying.
These people have endured so much. The things they've suffered at the hands of both extremists and corrupt governments would be enough to crush any of us. Yet their strength, courage and hope is still strong. It was a privilege to bring a little music back into their lives.
Doesn't matter where you come from or what religion you belong to. We are all human beings. -Raj