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ZINE: FREE the röszke 11 Imprisonment of Migrants and Repression against Movements in Hungary and Beyond

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We published a zine about the Röszke 11, that provides an overview and gerneral analysis. It summarizes the story of the Röszke 11, the political context, and similar cases of criminalization in Greece and Luxembourg. You can download it when you click on the pdf-signs above or below. The version above is the smaller web-file, the one below is the large file for printing, the cover (front and back) and the rest of the zine are in 3 separate files. Spread and print it!
Resistance and struggle continues!

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Internationaler Aufruf zu Aktionstagen an der Grenze Frankreich Italien

International mobilisation IN THE FRENCH-ITALIAN BORDER ON 15TH AND 16TH APRIL

Deutsch – English – français

14.-17. April

Internationaler Aufruf zu Aktionstagen an der französisch-italienischen Grenze

Am Osterwochenende 14.-17. rufen wir international auf, Migrant_innen zu unterstützen und die Situation von Verfolgung und Repression an der Französisch-italienischen Grenze anzugreifen. Lasst uns unsere Realitäten und unsere Kämpfe teilen und zahlreich demonstrieren!

Das Projekt entstand aus dem “Réseau Migrant Sud-Est”, mit Menschen aus Grenoble, Marseille, Gap, la Roya, den Cevennen, den Alpes de Haute Provence, Var, den Alpes maritime und mehreren Regionen Italiens.

In ganz Europa mit seinen inneren und äußeren Grenzen sind Migrant_innenmit einem militärischen Polizeistaat konfrontiert, der sie kontrolliert, einsperrt, sie verletzt und vertreibt. Diejenigen, die versuchen “ihre” Gebiete zu durchqueren oder sich dort niederzulassen.

An der französisch-italienischen Grenze, die im Jahr 2015 wieder eingerichtet wurde, sammeln sich die „Reisenden“ in Ventimiglia, um die Überquerung der Grenze zu versuchen, was immer schwieriger wird, über das Roya-Tal, durch Menton und die Umgebung.

Die Jagd der Staaten und der EU auf Migrant_innen nimmt immer weiter zu und hat bereits mehrere Leben gekostet. Für die Reisenden heißt dies Abschiebung, auch wenn sie minderjährig sind oder Asyl suchen. Für Unterstützer_innen bedeutes dies Strafverfolgung und Repression, die Zahl der Strafprozesse steigt.

Das Konzept der Illegalisierung von Migration kommt nicht von ungefähr: Es bietet die Ausbeutung von Arbeitskräften zu niedrigstem Lohn im Interesse des Kapitals. Es dient als Vorwand um uns zu spalten und um immer weitergehende Kontrollen, weitere Prekarisierung und Unterdrückung zu akzeptieren. Nicht zu reden von all denen, die an diesem lukrativen Markt reich werden, zwischen Stacheldraht, Beton und High-Tech-Ausrüstung.

Doch Solidarität und Widerstand sind möglich: NoBorder Camps, massive Unterstützung von Grenzüberquerungen durch Soli-Strukturen und verschiedene andere Solidaritätsaktionen: In Ventimiglia und darüber hinaus drückt sich dies in verschiedenen Formen aus. Die Initiativen werden teilweise von Repression verfolgt, aber sie zeigen uns, dass es möglich ist, zumindest für einen Moment Breschen der Freiheit und der Solidarität in die Festung zu schlagen.

Hinsichtlich ihrer Grenzen und dem Rückzug des Sozialen fordern wir die Bewegungsfreiheit und ein Bleiberecht für alle und überall!

Kommt zu den Aktionstagen an der Französisch-italienischen Grenze vom
14. bis 17. April:

● um die Situation an der Französisch-italienischen Grenze und drum
herum sichtbar zu machen

● um uns zusammen zu organisieren, egal was unser Status ist, wir wollen
die weit verbreitete Repression anprangern und angreifen

● um uns über unsere unterschiedlichen Realitäten, Kämpfe und Strategien
auszutauschen, unseren individuellen Situationen folgend.

● um uns Zeit für gemeinsame Aktion zu nehmen und die „Festung Europa“
zu zerstören.

Gegen Grenzen und ihre Welt!

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vorläufiges Programm

14.4. Freitag: Aufbau – Beginn

Samstag 15.4:
– Morgens: Workshops
– Nachmittags: Vorträge, Diskussionen und Vorführungen,
– Abends: Musik, Konzerte, Bar

Sonntag, 16.4.: Protest, möglichst wenig offensiv, sondern Festivalartig

Montag, 17.4.: Abbau, Zeit um Netzwerke zu stärken, Ostereiersuche und
mehr..

Weitere Informationen in den kommenden Wochen oder kontaktieren Sie uns:

mobilisationinternationale2017@riseup.net
internationale Mobilisierung, 2017 (facebook)
mobilisationinternationale2017.noblogs.org

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14.-17. of April
Days of Action at the Franco-Italian border

At the Weekend 14th to 17th of April we call for Action days for the international support of migrants and denounce the situation of tracking and repression on the Franco-Italian border. Let us share our realities, our struggles and demonstrate together!

This idea came out of a self-organized group, resulting from the „Réseau Migrant Sud-Est“ with people from Grenoble, Marseille, Gap, La Roya, Cévennes, Alpes de Haute Provence, Var, Alpes Maritimes, and several regions of Italy.

Everywhere in Europe and at its internal and external borders, „migrants“ are confronted with the military-police systems of states that control, lock, violate and expel those who attempt to cross „their“ territories or want to live there.

On the Franco-Italian border, re-established in 2015, the „migrants“ gather around Ventimiglia to attempt the increasingly difficult passage through the Roya valley or Menton and its surroundings. The tracking of the state and European forces, very intense, has already cost several lives. For the „migrants“ arrested it means deportation, even if they are minors or are asking for asylum. For the supporters it means judicial repression: Trials are multiplying right now.

The concept of „clandestine immigration“ is by no means a coincidence, it is offering a low-cost workable labor force to imperialist and capitalist interests. It serves as a cop-out to divide us and make us accept ever more controls, precariousness, repression. Not to mention all those who get rich in this juicy market, between barbed wire, concrete and high-tech equipment.

However, solidarity and resistances is possible. In Ventimiglia and elsewhere it has taken various forms: No Border camps, massive support of travelling by solidarity people, demonstrations, active solidarities and various actions. Even if these initiatives have sometimes been repressed, they show us that it is possible, at least for a moment, to open paths of freedom and solidarity inside the fortress.

Faced with their borders and fortress Europe, we demand freedom of movement and the right to stay for all and everywhere.

We call for international mobilization at the Franco-Italian border

APRIL 14-17th for:

● Visibilize the situation on the Franco-Italian border and its surroundings

● To organize together, whatever our administrative status, to denounce
and fight repression

● To exchange around the different realities and strategies of
struggles, according to our territories and our concrete situations

● Take the time to meeting for planning common actions to break
„fortress Europe“

Against the borders and their world!

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Preliminary program

Friday, 14th: reception, Start

Saturday, 15th:
– morning: workshops
– afternoon: conferences-discussions- projections
– evening: music, acoustic concerts, bar

Sunday, 16th: Protest as big as possible, non-offensive but festive

Monday 17th: networking, egg hunt and more

For more information see the next weeks or contact us:

Mobilizationinternationale2017@riseup.net
International mobilization 2017 (facebook)
Mobilizationinternationale2017.noblogs.org

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français

14.-17. avril

Mobilisation Internationale à la frontière franco-italienne

Week-end du 15 et 16 avril de mobilisation internationale pour soutenir les personnes migrantes et dénoncer la situation de traque et de répression à la frontière franco-italienne. Venons partager nos réalités, nos luttes et manifester en nombre !

Ce projet est né d’une commission autogérée, issue de la coordination « Réseau Migrant Sud-Est » regroupant des personnes résidant à Grenoble, Marseille, Gap, dans La Roya, les Cévennes, les Alpes de Haute Provence, le Var, les Alpes maritimes, et plusieurs régions d’Italie.

Partout en Europe et à ses frontières internes et externes, les « migrant-e-s » se heurtent aux dispositifs militaro-policiers des États qui contrôlent, enferment, violentent et expulsent celles et ceux qui tenteraient de traverser « leurs » territoires ou de s’y installer.

A la frontière franco-italienne, rétablie en 2015, les « migrant-e-s » affluent autour de Vintimille pour tenter le passage, de plus en plus difficile, par la vallée de la Roya ou par Menton et ses environs. La traque des forces étatiques et européennes, très intense, a déjà coûté plusieurs vies. Pour les « migrant-e-s » arrêté-e-s, c’est la déportation, même s’illes sont mineures ou qu’illes demandent l’asile. Pour les soutiens, c’est la répression administrative et/ou judiciaire. Les procès se multiplient.

Le concept « d’immigration clandestine » n’est en rien un hasard, en offrant une main d’œuvre corvéable à bas coût aux intérêts impérialistes et capitalistes. Il sert d’épouvantail social pour nous diviser et nous faire accepter toujours plus de contrôles, de précarité, de répression. Sans compter tous ceux qui s’enrichissent sur ce marché juteux, entre barbelés, béton et matériel high-tech.

Pourtant, solidarités et résistances sont possibles. A Vintimille et ailleurs, elle a pris diverses formes : campements, presidio No Borders, passages massifs en force ou au compte goutte aidés par des personnes solidaires, manifestations, solidarités actives et actions diverses. Même si ces initiatives ont parfois été réprimées, elles nous montrent qu’il est possible, au moins pour un instant, d’ouvrir des brèches de liberté et de solidarité dans la forteresse.

Face à leur frontières et au repli communautaire, nous revendiquons la liberté de circulation et d’installation pour tout-e-s.

Nous appelons à une mobilisation internationale à la frontière
franco-italienne LES 15 ET 16 AVRIL pour :

● Visibiliser la situation à la frontière franco-italienne et ses alentours

● S’organiser ensemble, quel que soit notre statut administratif, pour
dénoncer et combattre la répression généralisée

● Échanger autour des différentes réalités et stratégies de luttes,
selon nos territoires et nos situations concrètes

● Prendre le temps de la rencontre dans la perspective d’actions
communes pour briser l’« Europe forteresse »

Contre les frontières et leur monde

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Programme temporaire

Vendredi 14 : montage – accueil

Samedi 15 :
– matin : ateliers
– après-midi : conférences-discussions- projections
– soir : chants, concerts acoustiques, bar

Dimanche 16 : Manifestation la plus large possible, non-offensive mais
festive

Lundi 17 : démontage, prendre le temps de consolider les liens, chasse
aux œufs et plus si affinité

Pour plus d’infos ces prochaines semaines ou nous contacter :

mobilisationinternationale2017@riseup.net
mobilisation internationale 2017 (facebook)
mobilisationinternationale2017.noblogs.org

SMARTRESISTANCE – Gegen den 20. europäischen Polizeikongress in Berlin

Gegen den 20. europäischen Polizeikongress in BerlinWann: Samstag, 18.02.2017, 15:00 Uhr

Wo: Kotbusser Tor, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Am 21. und 22. Februar 2017 findet der 20ste Europäische Polizeikongress im Berliner Congress Centrum (BCC) statt. Zu diesem Anlass wollen wir am 18.02.2017 mit einer Demonstration durch Kreuzberg unseren Widerstand gegen die repressive Politik der Herrschenden zum Ausdruck bringen und den Vertreter_innen der europäischen Sicherheitsbehörden im Vorfeld gebührenden Empfang bereiten. Das Motto des diesjährigen Polizeikongress‘ lautet „Europa grenzenlos? Freiheit, Mobilität, Sicherheit“ und schürt die Angst vor grenzüberschreitendem Terrorismus, rüstet die Polizei 4.0 für ihre Arbeit im Cyberraum und thematisiert die Aufrüstung der Grenzen der Festung Europa. Diese Schwerpunktsetzung spiegelt die Hauptpunkte des derzeitigen Sicherheitsdiskurses der Repressionsbehörden wider und wird auch auf dem G20-Gipfel im Juli in Hamburg weitergeführt werden.
Ausnahmezustand – repressive Ordnungspolitik

In Zeiten zugespitzter gesellschaftlicher Konfliktlagen, die in den Augen der Herrschenden als Konsequenzen von Krisen auftreten – die Schlagworte Finanz- und Flüchtlingskrise sind in aller Munde –, wird auf repressive ordnungspolitische Maßnahmen zurückgegriffen. An der Peripherie der sogenannten westlichen Zivilisation wird mit Krieg und Besatzung versucht, Ordnung nach westlichem Standard herzustellen, die europäischen Außengrenzen werden polizei-militärisch aufgerüstet, um die legitime Migration aus Krieg und wirtschaftlicher Not zu verunmöglichen, und im Inland wird der Polizeiapparat hochgerüstet, um gegen kommende soziale Spannungen gewappnet zu sein. Das ordnungspolitische Instrumentarium, auf das dabei zurückgegriffen wird heißt: Ausnahmezustand. Dass der Ausnahmezustand nicht nur nach Terroranschlägen wie in Paris über ganz Frankreich verhängt (und seitdem nicht mehr aufgehoben) wird, wird dadurch deutlich, dass auch große Teile des Berliner Stadtgebiets zu sogenannten Gefahrengebieten erklärt werden. Hier wie dort sind den Repressionsbehörden im Namen der Sicherheit die gleichen Befugnisse gegeben, die jede_n unter Generalverdacht stellt, der_die sich in diesem Gebiet aufhält. Diese reichen von erhöhter Polizei- (und Militär-) Präsenz, anlassunabhängigen Personenkontrollen bis hin zu Demonstrationsverboten. Aber egal ob im Friedrichshainer Nordkiez, am Görlitzer Park oder dem Champs-Élysées: Freiheit stirbt mit Sicherheit!
Smart City – digitale Datenrepression

Der Generalverdacht erstreckt sich aber nicht nur auf die Bevölkerung bestimmter Regionen. Seit den Enthüllungen Edward Snowdens ist bekannt, dass Digitalisierung von westlichen Geheimdiensten unter Federführung des us-amerikanischen NSA mit Zuarbeit unter anderem des deutschen BND dazu genutzt wird, Bewegungs- und Sozialprofile eines_r jeden einzelnen zu erstellen. Im Klartext heißt das, dass die Verbindungsdaten einer jeden E-Mail und eines jeden Telefongesprächs gespeichert und ausgewertet werden – anlass- und verdachtsunabhängig. Wenn Digitalisierung und die damit einhergehende Verdatung des alltäglichen Lebens voranschreiten, bedeutet das auch, dass den Repressionsbehörden immer mehr Daten zur Verfügung stehen, mit denen ihre Vorstellung von geordneten Verhältnissen umgesetzt werden können, die nicht das gute Leben für alle zum Ziel hat, sondern den status quo ante für diejenigen, die von den krisengeschüttelten kapitalistischen Verhältnissen profitieren.

In diesem Kontext ist auch die „Smart City Strategie Berlin“ zu sehen. Mit diesem 2015 veröffentlichten Strategiepapier verlautbart die Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt, dass Berlin beim weltweiten Rennen um die smarteste Stadt 4.0 ganz vorne mit dabei sein will. Konkret bedeutet das eine digitale Vernetzung von allem mit allem: Smartphones und Tablets kommunizieren mit Straßenlaternen für gute Beleuchtung auf dem nächtlichen Heimweg, Autos mit Ampeln für reibungslosen Verkehr und die Menschen mit ihrer Wohnungseinrichtung für vollen Kühlschrank und kuschlige Wärme. Für die Repressionsbehörden kann sich aus diesen so gelieferten Daten ein umfassendes Bild darüber ergeben, wer sich wann wo und mit wem aufhält und können dementsprechend ihre Einsätze ausrichten.

Dass Berlin sich schon auf dem Weg zur Smart City befindet, wird dadurch deutlich dass sich unter anderem in Kreuzberg Firmen finden, die diese Entwicklung vorantreiben, wie zum Beispiel Zalando und Deliveroo. Zuletzt wurde bekannt, dass auch Google Ende 2017 ein sogenanntes Smart Lab im ehemaligen Umspannwerk in der Ohlauer Straße eröffnen will. Damit hat eine der größten Datenkraken, die der Zusammenarbeit mit Repressionsbehörden zumindest nicht abgeneigt ist, einen Sitz in Berlin, mit dem Start-ups gezielt gefördert werden sollen. Dadurch werden auch Gentrifizierungs- und Stadtentwicklungsprozesse beschleunigt, weil durch Start-ups mit einem Zuzug von Young Urban Professionals gerechnet werden kann, die im hippen Kreuzberg nach Wohnraum suchen. Dass es die Aufgabe der Repressionsbehörden sein wird, für den reibungslosen Ablauf in der „Smart City Berlin“ auch unter Mithilfe digitaler Tools und Daten zu sorgen, ist abzusehen.
Biometrische Firewalls um die Festung Europa

Konkret sind die Repressionsbehörden schon dabei, soziale Kontrolle mit Hilfe digitaler Technik zu implementieren. So werden derzeit für jede_n Bewohner_in Afrikas (1,2 Milliarden Menschen) Personalausweise mit biometrischen Bildern gedruckt, mitunter in der Bundesdruckerei in Kreuzberg. Sinn und Zweck des ganzen ist die biometrischer Erfassung eines gesamten Kontinents. Gleichzeitig werden innerafrikanisch Grenzstationen mit biometrischen Lesegeräten ausgerüstet, um die EU-Außengrenzen bereits auf dem Festland vor Migrationsbewegungen zu schützen. Dass Afrika auch als „Zukunftskontinent“ beim G20-Gipfel in Hamburg eine Rolle spielen soll, ist dabei sicherlich kein Zufall.

Demonstration

Wir wollen ein deutliches Zeichen gegen reale und digitale Repression setzen. Wir wollen kraftvoll und entschlossenen unseren Widerstand gegen den permanenten Ausnahmezustand, Überwachung und Kontrolle zum Ausdruck bringen.

Two Month Report: ‘They want the Sea to Kill – We want a Bridge to Life!’

More than 5,000 lives lost in the Mediterranean in 2016

and several Shipwrecks already in 2017 –

Stop the Mass Dying at Europe’s maritime Gates!

WatchTheMed Alarm Phone 2 Month Report

21st November 2016 – 15th January 2017

On the 3rd of January, at 5.21am, the WatchTheMed Alarm Phone shift team received the first distress call of 2017, from a boat in the Ionian Sea (an embayment between Greece and Italy). This was the first time that we received a call from this part of the Mediterranean Sea. The 55 people on board undertook the dangerous journey to reach a safe place after having risked already the perilous sea passage from Turkey to Greece. Some of the passengers had joined the boat in Greece, escaping the appalling conditions of the Greek camps. When the travellers called us, they had already spent 30 hours at sea. We alarmed the Italian Coastguard, who eventually rescued the precarious passengers and brought them to Italy. We kept in touch with one of them – a boy, one of 12 children on board, who had travelled all the way from Turkey and who hoped to be reunited with his uncle in Germany. He told us that his uncle had undertaken the same journey as a young man, fleeing from violence in the 1990s. One week later, the boy informed us that he had reached Germany already. While this particular story seems to have found a happy end, it demonstrates how many people, including children, have to continue to risk their lives on dangerous sea journeys to reach EUrope, as safe corridors for them do not exist.

This cruel reality was confirmed once again in the most harrowing of ways in the second week of January. On Friday the 13th of January, our shift team supported a boat in the Western Mediterranean Sea. They were already close to Spain but lost orientation. The Spanish search and rescue organisation Salvamento Maritimo searched for them but then, in the evening, decided to not continue their search overnight, which, in our eyes, was a far-reaching mistake. They seemed to problematically assume, without evidence, that the boat was still in Moroccan waters, and that Moroccan authorities were actively searching for them. When they were finally detected, one woman had lost her life on the boat, and two men remain missing. Another boat that had left from Morocco, carrying 12 people and including two small children, remains missing. The hope to find any of them alive is fading, not least as the six corpses that were already found may be from this boat.

A day later, on Saturday the 14th of January, Father Zerai alerted us to a boat carrying more than a hundred people in an emergency situation in the Central Mediterranean Sea. They were in acute distress and the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre sent out Search and Rescue vessels. However, rescue came too late for the vast majority of travellers. The vessel capsized, and only 3 men and 1 woman survived. While it was initially reported that there were about 100 fatalities, the survivors now report of many more, of possibly up to 180 people who were killed by Europe’s borders.[1]

As these cases show, the EUropean strategy of border closure does not work to stop the movements of people, but makes their journeys only lengthier, costlier, and more dangerous. The risk to perish on the way to EUrope has further increased. In 2016, the overall number of sea arrivals via the Mediterranean has dropped to 361,709, compared to about 1 million in 2015. At the same time, while the number of sea arrivals in Greece decreased after the infamous EU-Turkey deal in March 2016, the closure of the Balkan route, and worsening conditions in Greek internment camps, the arrivals from North Africa to Italy increased: more than 181,000 people successfully embarked on the perilous journey via the Central Mediterranean to Italy – even more than in the preceding years. The number of people who died or went missing in the attempt to cross has gone up from 3,771 in 2015 to more than 5,000 in 2016.[2] The real number of EUrope’s border fatalities in the Mediterranean is likely to be even higher, given that many cases are not documented.

The staggering number of sea fatalities resemble those of war zones and should prompt, with great urgency, a radical re-orientation in the ways in which EUrope governs its borders. If there were safe ways to cross, the 5,022+ would still be alive. But what we witness instead are novel draconian measures to stop people from entering EUrope. Deterrence policies are further on the rise, the sea is increasingly militarised and borders are externalised. In line with EU border externalisation strategies, as showcased with the EU-Turkey deal in March 2016, the EU is now collaborating with Libyan forces to attempt to undermine unauthorised migrant crossings in the Central Mediterranean.

The rescue and survival of those in distress at sea is obviously not a priority for Europe. Without those who struggle every day to make migrant journeys a little bit less dangerous, who have sent out humanitarian search and rescue vessels or operate, like us, hotlines to support those in distress, 2016 would have been even deadlier. And these are the actors who now face an attack by the European border agency Frontex! Frontex accused humanitarians of colluding with smugglers – a cynical accusation meant to undermine their valuable and desperately needed work and divert attention from the real causes of migrant suffering and death.[3] They do not want civilian actors and activists in the sea monitoring their border enforcement practices. They want the sea to kill. The border agency’s objective is clear: reduce search and rescue activities off the coast of Libya and let even more people drown as a policy of deterrence.

Doctors without Borders have powerfully responded to these allegations, stating: “Smugglers may indeed ‘profit from our presence’, as they will profit from the EU naval forces that work beside us and profit altogether much more from war and poverty across the world and the desperate people who look for an escape route which the EU still refuses to provide. Search and rescue is not a solution, it’s a band aid that will never prevent people from dying at sea. With more than 4,800 people drowned, suffocated, burned to death or missing in 2016 alone, we are effectively patrolling a graveyard in the Mediterranean Sea. […] MSF did not create smugglers, just like MSF did not create the conflicts and deep inequality many of those we rescue flee. Until politicians reverse this absurd situation in which we find ourselves, MSF will continue to try and save the maximum number of lives as possible, both on land and on sea.”[4]

In 2017, we will continue to support the disobedient movements that continue despite the increasing militarization, externalization of borders, and anti-search and rescue missions.

Just like in the Central Mediterranean, crossings in the Western Mediterranean have increased in 2016 – both to mainland Spain and the Spanish enclaves. On the 9th of December 2016, 438 people managed to climb the fences to the Spanish colony of Ceuta; the biggest group in a decade to enter Ceuta. In the very beginning of 2017, on the 1st of January, 1100 people tried to enter Ceuta. This led to clashes with Moroccan and Spanish police forces, and out of the 1100 people only 2 made it to Ceuta. The others were either stopped before they could reach the fences, or immediately pushed back to Moroccan territory. Only a few days later, on the 5th of January, hundreds of Moroccan police officers attacked all the camps in the forests around Nador, where they burned down the camps and arrested many. This massive attack came just weeks after it was announced that Morocco would restart their regularisation campaign. This shows clearly the massive gap between Morocco’s official human rights discourse and the de facto treatment of migrants in Morocco. While many people try to jump the fences to Ceuta and Melilla, others continue to attempt to cross the rough sea in winter. One of the reasons for their crossings is the high level of repression they face in Morocco.

For the year to come, we promise to struggle on to make sea crossings a little less dangerous, as we have done in the past two years when we supported more than 1,775 boats in distress. In 2016 alone we did so in 500 cases. We are determined to speak up against those who show hostility towards the newcomers, who preach hatred and seek to divide us. We will welcome those who had to risk their lives to find protection in a new community, a trans-border community that is inclusive and open, based upon the principles of global justice and the freedom of movement for all. We believe that a world without borders is possible, in which both Frontex and the smugglers would then have disappeared.[5]

 

Summaries of Alarm Phone Distress Cases

 In the past two months, the WatchTheMed Alarm Phone was alerted to situations of distress in all three regions of the Mediterranean Sea. We were engaged in 18 distress cases, of which 9 took place in the Central Mediterranean (including the case in the Ionian Sea), 6 in the Western Mediterranean and 3 in the Aegean Sea. You can find links to the individual reports of the past 6 weeks below.

 

Central Mediterranean Sea

On Tuesday the 22nd of November 2016 at about noon, Father Mussie Zerai alerted the Alarm Phone to a boat in distress in the Central Mediterranean Sea and forwarded a Thuraya satellite phone number to us. We immediately recharged the credit of the phone and tried to call the travellers, but did not reach them. At 1.45pm, we informed the Italian MRCC about the boat in distress and forwarded its satellite phone number. At 6pm, the coastguard confirmed to us that the boat was found and that all travellers had been rescued. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/602

On Sunday the 27th of November 2016 at 9.20am, Father Mussie Zerai informed the Alarm Phone about a rubber boat in distress with 110 travellers on board, including 30 women and many children and babies. He forwarded their GPS position and Thuraya satellite phone number to us and we tried to call the phone, but without success. At 9.50am, he informed us about a second boat, the first one had started together with, but has lost sight of. At 10.15am, we called the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome and forwarded all information we had received so far. At 4.20pm the MRCC confirmed to us that the first boat had successfully been rescued, and at 5.20pm the confirmation of the rescue of the second boat followed. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/603

On Tuesday the 29th of November 2016, at 7.40am, we received a distress call from travellers near Tanger Med, Marocco. We could not get more information, because the phone connection broke off and we did not manage to get in touch with the travellers after the first contact. At 1:15pm, we eventually decided to call the Spanish search and rescue agency Salvamento Maritimo. They told us that they had not rescued any boats today, but that the Moroccan Marine had intercepted the boat we had been in touch with and another one. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/594

On Monday, the 5th of December 2016 at 5.35am, a contact person alerted us to a boat north of Sabratha carrying 70 travellers, amongst them families and five children. At 6.55am we decided to pass on the information we had about time and place of departure to the Italian coast guard. For the rest of the day both we and the contact person kept trying to reach the travellers, but without success. At 3am the following morning we got a confirmation that the travellers had been rescued to Catania, Italy. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/597

On Tuesday, the 6th of December 2016, we were alerted, via Father Mussie Zerai, to two boats in distress. In both cases Father Mussie Zerai had already informed the Italian coast guard. At 3.54am we learned about the first vessel, carrying 156 people, and we were forwarded their satellite phone number and their position, showing that they were north east of Tripoli. At 4.55am we informed the Italian coast guard about the vessel. At 5.20am we reached the travellers for the first time, and they gave us a new position.  From around 9.30am we could no longer reach the travellers, and by monitoring their credit we could see that they were also not in contact with others. At 11.25 Father Mussie Zerai alerted us to a second vessel in distress. He didn’t know their exact position, but forwarded their satellite phone number. At 11.36am we reached the travellers, but communication was almost impossible. At 12.28am we reached the boat again, and this time we learned that they were a group of around 100 travellers, amongst them women and children. We also managed to get their position. After this call we called the Italian coast guard and passed on the coordinates of the vessel. From around 2.30pm it was no longer possible to reach the travellers. In the evening we found a newspaper article stating that 473 travellers had been rescued by the Italian coast guard today in five different rescue operations. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/598

On Saturday, the 10th of December 2016 at 7.10am, Father Mussi Zerai alerted us to a group of 150 travellers in distress on their way from Libya to Italy, forwarding us their satellite phone number. At 7.40am we managed to reach the boat, but the connection was bad, and it was not possible to get any information. At 8.00am we reached the boat again, and this time we managed to get their position, which we passed on to the Italian coast guard. At 11.20pm we got a confirmation from the Italian coast guard that the vessel had been rescued and that all the travellers were safe. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/599

On Tuesday, the 3rd of January 2017 at 5.21am the Alarm Phone was called by a group of 53 travellers in distress on their way from Greece to Italy. We later managed to re-establish contact to the boat, and were informed that they had been travelling for more than 30 hours, and that amongst the 53 people were 12 children. We called the Italian coast guard and passed on the information and position. At 6.20am we received a confirmation from the travellers that the rescue vessel had arrived. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/600

On Friday the 13th of January 2017, our shift team was alerted to a boat in distress in the Central Mediterranean, carrying about 90 people. At 5.10pm we were able to speak to the travellers. We spoke to the Italian MRCC in Rome at 5.20pm and passed on the information we had. At 6.30pm we spoke to the travellers again and instructed them how to find their GPS position. They also informed us that they could see a big vessel nearby which, however, was not reacting to their calls for help. At 6.50pm they finally passed on their GPS position to us which we passed on to MRCC Rome. At 7.37pm, MRCC Rome thanked us for the provided information and told us that rescue operations were ongoing. At 10pm, MRCC Rome confirmed that the boat had been rescued and all people on board were safe. On the day, about 550 people were rescued in the Central Mediterranean Sea, and two dead bodies were recovered. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/607

On Saturday the 14th of January 2017, our shift team was alerted by Father Zerai at 5.43am to a vessel in distress in the Central Mediterranean, carrying over a hundred people. In the following hours, we tried to reach the travellers repeatedly on their Thuraya satellite phone, but we could not get through. The MRCC Rome informed us at 12.22pm that they were searching for the boat but they were unwilling to pass on any further information. Then the news broke in the media about a tragedy in the Central Mediterranean. MRCC Rome still refused to provide further information. Father Zerai then confirmed to us the day after what we had already feared: the boat had capsized. There were more than 100 people on the boat, and only a few survived. At 11.45am, MRCC Rome also confirmed that the boat had capsized, with only 3 men and 1 woman surviving. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/608

 

Western Mediterranean Sea

On Monday the 21st of November 2016 at 5pm, a contact person called the Alarm Phone, informing us about 8 travellers who had departed from Tanger/Morocco in the direction of Tarifa/Spain on a rubber boat on the morning of that day. He forwarded their phone number to us and asked us to alert the Spanish rescue organization Salvamento Maritimo (S.M.). We did so and stayed in contact with both S.M. and the contact person during the following hours, but the travellers could not be found. On the next day at 2pm, the contact person informed us that the travellers had been rescued by fishermen and had been brought back to Morocco. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/592

On Thursday the 24th of November 2016 at 7.35am, the Alarm Phone was called by a contact person from Morocco and informed about a rubber boat that had left Tanger/Morocco at 5am, with 10 men and one woman on board. We were provided with the travellers’ phone number and were able to talk to the travellers at 8am. We alerted the Spanish rescue organization Salvamento Maritimo (S.M.) at 8.15am. At 9.56am, the Spanish MRCC in Madrid called us and confirmed to us that the 11 travellers had been rescued by S.M. and were brought to Tarifa/Spain. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/593

On Tuesday the 6th of December 2016, at 9.03am, the we received a call from 11 people, including two women, in distress on their way from Morocco to Spain. They had already been on their way for around 6 hours, and the boat was starting to lose air. At 9.22am we alerted the Spanish rescue organisation, Salvamento Maritimo (S.M.), to the case. At 11.23 we got a confirmation that the boat had been intercepted by the Moroccan Navy. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/595

On Saturday the 10th of December 2016, at 9.00am, a contact person alerted us to a boat on its way to Tarifa, forwarding us the phone number. We managed to reach the travellers who informed us that they were a group of 10 people, including one woman, and that they had left six hours earlier. At 9.25 we called the Spanish rescue organisation Salvamento Maritimo (S.M.) who told us that they working on coordinating the rescue. At 11.44am we called S.M. again, and they confirmed that the travellers had been intercepted by the Moroccan Navy. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/596

On Tuesday, the 3rd of January 2017 at 12.05am, we were alerted by a contact person to a group of 33 travellers, amongst them four women, on their way to Spain. They had left Morocco at 4am from a beach close to Nador. Communication with the boat was very difficult. At 2.45pm we passed on the information about the vessel to the Spanish search and rescue organisation, Salvamento Maritimo (SM), in Almeria. We later spoke to the travellers who told us that water was leaking into the boat, and that they could see the aircraft of SM above them. At 7.30pm we got a confirmation that the boat had been rescued and all the travellers were safe. They were all taken back to Nador. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/601

On Friday the 13th of January 2017, our shift team was contacted by travellers on a vessel in the Western Mediterranean. In several phone conversations with the boat-people, we learned that there were 10 people on a black rubber boat that had left from Tangier/Morocco about 2am. They could not specify the exact location of their departure and were also not able to pass on their current GPS position. We reached out to Salvamento at 8.38am and passed on all the acquire information. They informed us that they were engaged in another Search and Rescue operation and wondered whether this was the boat in question. […] At 9.44am, Salvamento told us that they were in contact with the boat but not yet able to find them. As of 10.44am, we were unable to reach the boat-people any longer. […] The next day we learned that Caminando Fronteras knew of 21 people who had disappeared the day before, with two bodies already found on the beaches of Tarifa. […] The following days we received further information about the shipwrecks. […] By the time Salvamento found the boat, one woman had died on board and two men had gone missing. The survivors, 5 men and 2 women were brought to Ceuta. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/609

 

Aegean Sea

On Thursday the 24th of November 2016 at 6.45pm, a contact person informed the Alarm Phone about eight travellers who had stranded on the Greek island of Samos and forwarded a phone number to us. At 7.20pm we reached them and learned that they were seven men and one woman. They were walking in a forest but had lost orientation, even not knowing on which island they had arrived. We explained to them how to find out their position and asked them to walk on in order to find a road or even to reach a village. On the afternoon of the next day we received confirmation from the contact person that they had been picked up by the police on Samos island and had been brought to the refugee registration centre. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/604

On Friday the 25th of November 2016 at 10pm, the Alarm Phone was directly called by a woman who informed us about a friend of her, who was stuck in a forest close to the river Evros at the Turkish-Greek border for two days. She had lost contact to him 8 hours ago and was afraid that he was injured or had lost consciousness. She forwarded his last known GPS position to us, which was on the Greek side of the border, close to the village of Souflion. In the following hours we tried to reach various numbers of the Greek police and other organizations in this area, all without success. At 1.15am, we reached the Hellenic Rescue Team and convinced them to call the local emergency number 112 and to forward the GPS position of the man. At 7.40am we learned from the Greek police that they had searched at the given position and in the surrounding, but did not find anybody. In the evening of this day, the contact woman confirmed to us that a friend of her had found the missing person. He was in need of a doctor but had survived and reached Greece. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/605

On Friday the 13th of January 2017, our WatchTheMed Alarm Phone shift team was alerted by a contact person to a vessel in distress in the Aegean Sea. Shortly after midnight, our contact person informed us via Facebook about an inflatable boat near Demircili, in Turkey, seeking to reach Samos/Greece. The boat had departed about an hour earlier but now had problems with the engine. We tried to reach the travellers repeatedly, but were unable to get through. At 2.26am, the Turkish coastguard confirmed to us that the group had safely returned to land. http://watchthemed.net/reports/view/606

[1] http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/fluechtlingsboot-117.html

[2] http://data.unhcr.org/mediterranean/regional.php

[3] https://www.ft.com/content/3e6b6450-c1f7-11e6-9bca-2b93a6856354

[4] http://msf-analysis.org/bounties-not-bodies-smugglers-profit-sea-rescues-though-no-clear-alternative-available/

[5] http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/12/2016-year-world-stopped-caring-refugees-161227090243522.html

Invitation to a networking meeting to prepare protests – against the G20 Africa Partnership Conference – June 12th to 13th 2017 in Berlin

against the G20 Africa Partnership Conference - June 12th to 13th 2017 in Berlin

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Time:Wednesday, 25th of January 2017, 7 pm
Location: Aquarium (near Südblock)
Skalitzer Str. 6, U8/U12 Kottbusser Tor

german version bellow

Our initiative has been working on a criticism of the so-called ‘EU Migration Management’ launched in 2015. African and Asian states are forced to control and prevent migration. The European countries are drawing borders in Africa once again. Negotiations often take place in secret, bilaterally or on EU level (e.g. the so-called ‘Valetta Process’).
Security and life of millions of people are sold for couple of billion Euros.
Examples of the current policy of fortress Europe:

  • Provision of technical equipment for identification and surveillance
  • Equipment and training for police, border guards and (para)military troops
  • Readmission agreements and deportations even without passport papers and identification
  • Civil and military cooperation with non-democratic states, dictatorships, war criminals

We think our protest has to be voiced clearly.

There are different objectives and arguments and a variety of possible actions. We’d like to invite you to take part in the discussion and preparation of protests.

Contact for the present: buendnis_gegen_lager@riseup.net

Translations are planned, we’d like to ask for support.

EN_ Einladung Vernetzungstreffen EU Afrika Konferenz

DE_Einladung Vernetzungstreffen EU Afrika Konferenz

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Einladung zu einem Vernetzungstreffen zur Vorbereitung von Protesten

– gegen die G20-Africa Partnership-Konferenz –

vom 12.-13. Juni 2017 in Berlin

Zeit: Mittwoch, 25.1.2017, 19 Uhr
Ort: Aquarium (neben Südblock), Skalitzer Str. 6, U8/U12 Kottbusser Tor

Eine Gruppe von Leuten beschäftigt sich seit einigen Monaten kritisch mit dem „EU Migrationsmanagement“ seit 2015. Afrikanische und asiatische Staaten werden genö-tigt, Auswanderung und Transitmigration zu kontrollieren und zu verhindern. Die europäischen Staaten ziehen wieder die Grenzen in Afrika.

Die Verhandlungen finden bilateral oder auf EU-Ebene (u.a. Valetta-Prozess) und häufig unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit statt.

Die Sicherheit und das Leben von Millionen von Menschen soll mit vielen Milliarden Euro verkauft werden.

Beispiele der aktuellen Abschottungspolitik:

– Lieferung von technischem Geräten zur Identifikation und zur Überwachung
– Ausrüstung und Training für Polizei, Grenzschutzbehörde und (para)militärischen Truppen
– Rücknahmeabkommen und Abschiebungen auch ohne Passpapiere und Identifikation
– Zivile und militärische Kooperation mit undemokratischen Staaten, Diktaturen, Kriegsverbrechern

Wir denken, dass unsere Kritik deutlich werden muss.

Es gibt verschiedene Adressaten, verschiedene Argumente, verschiedene Ausprägungen der politischen Arbeit. Beteiligt euch an der Diskussion und der Vorbereitung von Protesten.

Kontakt (vorläufig): buendnis_gegen_lager@riseup.net

Übersetzungen sind eingeplant, wir bitten um Unterstützung.

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Support structures for migrants in Belgrade under attack

miksaliste refugee aid belgradeCall from NoBorders Hostel collective

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URGENT:The political management of migrations on the Balkan Route has entered into yet another phase. Ever since the EU-Turkey Deal came into force at the end of March, one of its main parts was the repression targeting both the people traveling through the Balkans and the people involved with support and solidarity structures. Enormous amounts of violence was and still is being deployed at many points along the route: from the Greek islands up to Macedonia and Bulgaria. On the other hand Serbia was up until last Sunday’s parliamentary elections the only country along the Balkan Route in which people could move more or less freely and were faced with relatively little state repression. But the worrying developments of today mean that also the situation in Serbia is changing fast and to the worse.

For more than two weeks there has been a No Border Squat in Belgrade, sheltering up to 80 people against the harsh weather and giving some privacy and resting space to people who otherwise had to sleep in the parks in town. Today at 10am a group of uniformed and civil clothed police officers entered the premises and ordered everyone in the house to move to the asylum camp Krnjaca outside of Belgrade. As the reason for this intrusion they cited the provisions of a new law that obliged people who had not been registered with the authorities yet, to move to the camp immediately. Thanks to the local and international legal support on the spot this argument of the police officers was soon discredited as it turned out that the law in question had indeed been passed but will not come into force before 28th of May 2016. But the deceiving behaviour of the police officers did not end there, rather it was just a first of many highly problematic and possibly even illegal acts that followed in the course of the day.

As seven people that stayed in NoBorderHostel were taken to the police station in order to register them there (see picture), the fear arose that the authorities will tear down the squat quickly. International supporters were intimidated as police conducted harsh ID checks that involved screaming and other threatening behaviour. The police officers talked to some construction workers who were also present at the scene. It was at that point that the news reached us that ‘Miksaliste’, a container park that is situated right next to the NoBorderHostel is being emptied. Since early December ‘Miksaliste’ has hosted many different NGOs and other basic support structures for migrants providing toilets, clothing, food, tea, showers, medical treatment and child care. Thus it became clear that it is not only the NoBorderHostel that is being targeted but that the whole support structure for migrants in Belgrade is about to be erased. It turned out that yesterday evening Miksaliste got an eviction notice from the police in which they were told to vacate the container camp within 48 hours. In case of their non-compliance the NGOs were threatened to loose their permission to continue with solidarity and support activities.

Putting these incidents into the big picture of the recent Serbian elections and the general climate towards people on the move in Europe, the repression in Belgrade clearly fits in the well established framework of pushing people into illegalization and further out of sight into the shadows of remote areas on the one hand and criminalizing support structures on the other. Eight weeks after the official closure of the Balkan Route between Macedonia and Greece, the repression and neglect of basic human rights moves further north as Serbia too steps in the EU’s line. The intention of defending Europe’s wealth becomes extraordinarily obvious in this case as both Miksaliste and NoBorderHostel are located in the area of the Belgrade Waterfront Project. Investors from Serbia and the United Emirates clearly have no interest in tolerating non-profitable venues in their interest zone.

Gentrification uncovers its ugly smile

Outrage and anger about this illegal evictions was taken into the public scene in form of a spontaneous protest at 6pm. A dozen of freshly painted banners was unrolled in the two parks around the train station that are the main stage of the migrants movement since last summer. The police showed up as soon as they heard slogans echoing from the walls. When the protest was over and the banners were collected they asked for IDs and charged four activists with a hilarious made up fine multiplied by the number of banners – for ‘littering’. Again another sign of solidarity that became target of arbitrary police repression.

What is politically symptomatic is that the sudden 180° turn of the Serbian government came immediately after the ruling party of the master of political spectacle Aleksandar Vucic consolidated its grip on power at the Sunday’s elections. His party aimed at and ultimately gained an absolute majority and while everyone was busy dissecting the electoral results, the old and new government decided to use the opportunity and redefine its policy towards the migrants. The move of the Serbian authorities should be understood in the context of decidedly repressive regime that the EU has managed to implement along the whole Balkan Route over the last weeks. Deportations of migrants as well as destruction of solidarity structures on the Greek islands, heavily militarized and extremely violent operations on the border between Greece and Macedonia and the excessive use of violence against people on the move in Bulgaria and Macedonia are the context in which the latest move of the Serbian government can seen as an implementation of the same Balkan-wide regime of total closure of the route. Another political fence along the walls of Fortress Europe is being built on the Belgrade Waterfront. Clearly, media-savy government of Serbia did not want to expose itself during the election campaign but now this caution is no longer necessary and the implementation of EU plan in Serbia can happen.

For the people involved in support and solidarity work in Belgrade and across the Balkans this is just the latest in a series of attacks on the freedom of all of us. But even as gestures of solidarity get criminalized and people are pushed into the hands of criminal associations, our resolve and determination to fight Fortress Europe does not vain. We will continue to open NoBorder squats, to cook in NoBorder kitchens and to support the people with whom we want to build a new and better Europe together in other practical ways. We are inspired by the infinite acts of resistance and courage from our co-travelers from other parts of the world. It is because of them that the border regime broke down in the first place and it is because of them that our solidarity efforts make sense. You cannot evict a movement.

NoBorders Hostel collective
#BelgradeRefugeeFront
26th April 2016

Moving on – 1 Year Alarmphone

AP-Docu-Title-296x420The one year anniversary brochure of the alarm phone is out! This brochure provides information and an evaluation of the dynamics, not merely for the Aegean region but also concerning conditions and social struggles in the Central and Western Mediterranean Sea. The different contributions in this brochure reflect on many remarkable experiences made by Alarm Phone members in the project’s first year of existence.

Everything is possible, everything can be transformed by strong social movements! Through our Alarm Phone project and during this incredible year of successful struggles for the freedom of movement, we learned this lesson once again.

Download the pdf here

EU paktiert mit der Türkei für Krieg, Ausbeutung und Kontrolle auf Kosten der Geflüchteten

Turgay Ulu Statement

Turgay Ulu

Oktober 2015: Wenige Tage vor den kritischen Wahlen in der Türkei hatte sich die Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel mit dem türkischen Ministerpräsidenten Erdoğan getroffen. Im Hinblick auf den innerstaatlichen Konflikt, durch den die politische Landschaft des Landes geprägt ist, war der Zeitpunkt des Treffens eine eklatante Unterstützung der Regierung von Erdoğan für die bevorstehenden Wahlen. Während dieser Zeit wurde zwischen der EU und der Türkei ein Abkommen abgeschlossen, in dessen Kern es darum geht, Geflüchteten den Zuzug in die EU durch die Türkei zu verwehren und die Rückführung der Geflüchteten über die Türkei zu vereinbaren.Im Gegenzug dazu wurde zum einen die Beschleunigung der Verhandlungen hinsichtlich des EU-Beitritts der Türkei und zum anderen ein visumfreies Reisen für türkische Staatsbürger*innen innerhalb der EU zugesagt. Zudem wurde der Forderung der Türkei nach einer Finanzhilfe in Höhe von 3 Milliarden Euro zugestimmt, um Geflüchteten den Eintritt in die EU zu verweigern.

Während Merkel und Erdoğan sich am Verhandlungstisch trafen, wurden weiter Leichen von Geflüchteten an die Ufer europäischer Grenzen geschwemmt und für die dreckige Verhandlungsführung beider Parteien instrumentalisiert. Kurze Zeit nach den Verhandlungen wurden tausende Geflüchtete an den türkischen Grenzen festgenommen und in die Rückführungszentren verfrachtet. Nichtsdestotrotz waren diese Maßnahmen hinsichtlich schärferer Grenzkontrollen nicht in der Lage, die Geflüchteten davon abzuhalten, die Grenzen zu überwinden. Im Jahr 2015 nahm die Zahl der Refugees, die versuchten, über die Türkei nach Europa zu gelangen, verglichen zum Jahr davor um 400% zu. Dieser immense Anstieg bedeutet gleichzeitig, dass die Anzahl der Todesfälle während den Grenzüberschreitungen auf den Fluchtrouten einen erheblichen Zuwachs erfuhr.Im Vorfeld der Verhandlungsgespräche zwischen der EU und der Türkei war auch die von den Medien propagierte Empörung, die die angespülte Babyleiche von Aylan Kurdi ausgelöst hatte, im Handumdrehen verstummt. Jedoch kann nicht die Rede davon sein, dass es nach den Verhandlungen zur Verringerung von an die europäischen Ufer angeschwemmten Babyleichen gekommen sei. Dies wird allerdings von den bürgerlichen Medien ausgeblendet.Vor allem von deutscher Regierungsseite regnete es Lob für die Türkei für ihre Herangehensweise an Geflüchtete: Die Tatsache, dass Millionen von Flüchtlingen innerhalb der türkischen Grenzen warten gelassen werden, wurde als Beispiel für große Aufopferungsbereitschaft interpretiert. Aber warum nehmen denn die Refugees den Tod in Kauf, um nach Europa zu gelangen, anstatt in der Türkei zu bleiben, die als Beispiel für Gastfreundschaft präsentiert wird?In der Türkei werden aus Syrien und anderen Ländern emigrierte minderjährige Geflüchtete unter sklavenähnlichen Bedingungen zur Arbeit gehalten, wo sie in ungesunden und unbelüfteten Kellergeschossen 12 Stunden am Tag zur Arbeit gezwungen werden. Diese Flüchtlingskinder arbeiten sechs Tage in der Woche, für einen wöchentlichen Lohn von 25$. Dabei passiert es nicht selten, dass sie ihren Lohn nicht nur ausgezahlt bekommen sondern, im Gegenteil, sogar misshandelt werden.

Wir wollen die tragischen Lebensgeschichten der Leute, die wir in Deutschland kennengelernt haben, in die Öffentlichkeit bringen. Geflüchtete, denen nichts anderes übrig geblieben ist, als auf den Straßen zu betteln, werden Opfer von rassistischen Übergriffen. Sie protestieren gegen die menschenunwürdigen Bedingungen, unter denen sie in der Türkei gehalten werden, und gegen die nun vorgesehenen Abschiebungen zurück nach Syrien und Afghanistan. Als es in einem, durch EU-Fonds finanziertem, Rückführungszentrum, nahe der Stadt Erzurum, zu Protesten von Geflüchteten kam, wurde mit staatlichen Repressivkräften gegen die Proteste vorgegangen. Über das Schicksal der dortigen Geflüchteten wurde keine Auskunft nach außen hin gegeben und des Weiteren dürfen sie keinen Anwalt konsultieren. Selbst die nächsten Verwandten der dort befindlichen Geflüchteten dürfen sie nicht besuchen. Die gleiche Belagerungs- und Isolierungspolitik, die in Cizre und Silopi durchgeführt wird, kommt auch hier zur Geltung.

Aufgrund der Flüchtlingsströme kam es in der Türkei auch zu einer zynischen „Instrumentalisierung der Geflüchteten zum Zwecke des Profits”. Geflüchteten, die den Tod in Kauf nehmend ihre Heimat verlassen haben, werden frisierte Rettungswesten verkauft. Indem man ihnen mit Leichtigkeit das Geld aus der Tasche zieht, scheiden sie aus dem Leben. Das kapitalistische System, das seine Nahrung in Kriegen und ethischen Auseinandersetzungen findet, hat großes Interesse daran, dass das Sterben außerhalb seiner Grenzen weitergeht. Gegen die Fluchtrealität, die Ausdruck einer Fortsetzung der ewig andauernden kriegerischen Ausbeutung ist, werden tägliche neue Grenzen gewoben und gesetzliche Einschränkungen durchgesetzt.

In Deutschland wurden in den ersten Wochen des Flüchtlingsstroms wie „Wilkommen in der Demokratie” verwendet. Jedoch fiel diese Maske schnell und die dahinter verborgene Wahrheit kam ans Licht. Die Erfolge, die in den vergangenen Jahren durch einen revolutionären Flüchtlingswiderstand errungen wurden, sind nach und nach wieder verloren gegangen. Beispielsweise wurde das Gesetz, das Flüchtlingen verbietet, den für sie vorgeschriebenen Bezirk zu verlassen, sowie die Vergabe von Essenspaketen und das Couponsystem wieder eingeführt.

Momentan sieht das System ein zweigleisiges Verfahren vor. Zum Einen versucht es, die Geflüchteten schnell in ein Arbeitsverhältnis zu bringen, um diese als Quelle für einen wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung zu instrumentalisieren. Dem Vorsitzenden des deutschen Wirtschaftsforschungsinstituts, Marcel Fratzscher, zufolge, spielen die Geflüchteten, die schnell in den Arbeitssektor eingeflochten werden, für einen Wirtschaftsaufschwung eine entscheidende Rolle. Ähnlich wie zu Zeiten des wirtschaftlichen Booms der 60er Jahre, der durch die zugewanderten „Gastarbeiter“ bewerkstelligt werden konnte, soll nun die Arbeitskraft der Geflüchteten für eigene lukrative Interessen instrumentalisiert werden. Aus diesem Grund werden derzeit Gesetze vorbereitet, die die Beschäftigung von Geflüchteten unterhalb des Mindestlohns ermöglichen sollen.

Zum Anderen plant das System, „nutzlose” Geflüchtete schnellstmöglich wieder über die Grenzen zurückzuschieben. Zu diesem Zweck werden immer mehr sogenannte sichere Herkunftsländer definiert und weitere Gesetze dahingehend verabschiedet. Das kapitalistisch-imperialistische System ist darin bestrebt, Afrika und dem Nahen Osten, unter dem Deckmantel der Argumente von „Flüchtlingskrise“ und „Terror”, ihren eigenen Vorstellungen entsprechend zu gestalten.

Gleichzeitig wird mit diesen Argumenten „der Flüchtlingskrise und des Terrors” der Weg für rassistischen Aufschwung geebnet. „Demokratische Denkmäler” wie das Schengen-System, mit denen sich die EU brüstet, sind in einen funktionsunfähigem Zustand. In manchen Bundesländern werden Broschüren gedruckt, die den Geflüchteten den richtigen Gebrauch einer Toilette, den Umgang mit Frauen, den richtigen Konsum von Zigaretten und Essen beibringen soll. Diese Maßnahmen lassen die Geflüchtete wie „zu zivilisierende primitive Geschöpfe” erscheinen. In Holland werden Sicherheitsmaßnahmen ergriffen, wenn Geflüchtete an Kindergärten vorbei gehen. In Deutschland kommt es immer häufiger zu physischen und sogar bewaffneten Übergriffen gegenüber Geflüchteten und nicht selten werden ihre Unterkünfte in Brand gesteckt.

Es ist bekannt, dass der heutige Terror ein Produkt der antikommunistischen Projekte des westlichen, kapitalistischen Systems ist. Die türkische Regierung, die von Deutschland Waffen im großen Stil kauft, besteht ebenfalls aus Personen, die in antikommunistischen Vereinigungen groß geworden sind. Die europäischen Länder diskutieren darüber, ob ein Land wie die Türkei, das von Kriegszuständen geprägt ist, als sicheres Herkunftsland statuiert werden kann. Die im Schatten der Verhandlungen über die „Flüchtlingskrise“ stattfindenden Ermordungen von Kindern, Frauen und Alten und die Verhaftung von Journalist*innen und Parlamentarier*innen werden stillschweigend hingenommen. Der offensichtliche Staatsterror, der in der Türkei, als einer der Unterstützer des IS passiert, wird vom Westen aufgrund eigener lukrativer Kalküle mutwillig übersehen.

Nicht nur die Staaten sind in einer passiven Lage, auch die oppositionellen Bewegungen in Europa zeigen nicht genügend Reaktion gegen den Krieg und die Ermordungen. Des Weiteren zeigen sie kein Interesse an den kurdischen Befreiungsbewegungen, in die von Volk und Revolutionär*innen geführten Pariser Kommune, den Madrider und Hamburger Barrikaden oder in die vietnamesische Verteidigung oder in andere Widerstandsbewegungen auf diesem Niveau.

Mit unseren Straßenbewegungen, Belagerungen und anderen Formen von kollektiven Aktionen, die wir – die Geflüchtetenbewegung – in Deutschland umgesetzt haben, haben wir versucht zu zeigen, dass man auch von unten heraus ein alternatives Leben flechten kann.

Sogar der berühmte Philosoph Zizek, der sich selbst als Marxist definiert, schreibt Aufsätze, in den er proklamiert, dass Europa, gegenüber den Flüchtlingen, Grenzen und Kontrollen errichten muss.

Die Flüchtlingsfrage muss in Verbindung mit der Problematik der Vereinigung der Arbeiter*innenklasse in die Hand genommen werden. Gegen kapitalistische Ausbeutung und Krieg muss eine, von Basis bis zu den Kommunen gerichtete, alternative Organisierung ins Leben gerufen werden. Die Erfahrungen eines freien Lebens derjenigen, die versuchen sich hinter den Barrikaden zusammenzuschließen, müssen in die Ansichten der europäischen Oppositionsbewegung aufgenommen werden. Hoch lebe der Kampf um Humanität und Vereinigung!

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Ljubljana calling! Call for international meeting, manifestation and solidarity action in Slovenia

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Transnational meeting in Ljubljana against the militarization of Slovenian borders

Fronta brez Meja, Anti-Racist Front Without Borders is organizing a manifestation in Ljubljana on Saturday 31 of October, 11am in Tovarna Rog, Trubarjeva 72 and calling everyone to participate in a transnational meeting and manifestation against the militarization of Slovenian borders and the attempts of the EU to break the movement of refugees and migrants.

Our borders still kill — action against German Unity Day (3rd october)

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“Grenzen überwinden” ??? (overcome borders!)

This is not a joke, “overcome borders” is this year’s official moto of the German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) – celebrated on 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October. For 3 days, they will party around the fall of the wall and the end of the inside border (1989 & 1990), forgetting all these deaths they produce and finance through Frontex and army at the doors of Europe, on the way to Germany and within Germany. They are so comfortable externalising the dirty work in other countries and selling their border-technologies, let’s remind them what their governement organizes to stop poeple from crossing borders today.

Their borders kill now more than ever!

Let’s bring Germany back to reality and spoil their self-lying party!

Solidarity with refugees and migrants in Europe and Germany !

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“Unsere Grenzen töten immer noch! Our borders still kill! 1961-1989” (Action at official celebration ceremony of German Unity Day in front of German Parliament in Berlin, 3.10.2015)

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