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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

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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.

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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.

G20 Kalender zum download

Idomeni Petition: Stop killing us slowly with Skype asylum applications

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION

This is a petition made by the people in Idomeni camp. They are forced by Greece government to apply for asylum through a skype call. They have to call a skype number, which is never available. they write:

 

n Idomeni camp, living in tents in the mud, rain and sun for over forty days, life is becoming a normal hell, frustrations are rising as we lose hope.

Our emotions cycle between apathy, frustration and decreasing hope as our lives are reduced to a routine of sleeping and waiting. Waiting in line for food, for tea, and to charge our phones, and waiting on hold for a Skype call that is never picked up.

Our lives are stuck in limbo.

And even though you know we are here, you force your eyes to look away.

The current system for us to apply for asylum or relocation – to continue our lives beyond camps in Greece – can only begin with an appointment made by a Skype call with very limited capacity.

See the following link for more info
https://newsthatmoves.org/en/?p=2216

Skype is frustrating at the best of times, but when your future depends on the call?

For people living in camps with limited access to electricity, smart phones, computers, or internet, this is a cruel and senseless procedure.

After we make our applications for asylum or relocation we may will still have to wait months – or even years – for decisions about our future to be made. But at the very least let us begin the wait now with some certainty – that we won´t be in this camp forever.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Panagiotis Kouroumplis, Ioannis Mouzalas and Maria Stavropoulou

  • We want you to change the current hugely inadequate system of only being able to make asylum appointments to the Greek Asylum office by making a Skype call that is never picked up.
  • We want you to replace Skype with a face-to-face service in the refugee camps here in Greece.
  • We want you to increase the resources spent on this crucial service, to ensure that those of us who ran from war, who for weeks upon weeks have been living in a hopeless Limbo since the borders closed, are given a sense of hope that our lives can continue.

Please help us leave this limbo

Please change this system

Please let us apply for asylum or relocation in person in the camps

Please sign the petition

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE

لقد اصبحت الحياة في مخيم ايدوميني كجحيم تغزوه خيمٌ في الطين و المطر و الحر لأربعين يوماًو الاحباط يعلو وجوهنا مع خسارة الأمل ، حيث يموت الناس هنا ببطيء يوماً بعد يوم، ويتناوبالأمل و الإحباط و اللامبالة مؤثراً على مشاعرنا ونحن نرى حياتنا تنحصر في روتينٍ من النوم والانتظار في طوابيرٍ للطعام والملابس وشرب الشاي كطريقة عصرية مبتكرة تهدف لإعدامنا . إن حياتنا تدور في المجهول، حيث أننا محصورون بعنق زجاجةٍ تحجزنا وعنق الزجاجة هذه ليست بأكبر من رأس الإبرة، وبالرغم من معرفة الجميع بحالنا هذه يرغمون أعينهم على النظر بعيداً عنا.
إن النظام الحالي للتقدم للجوء او لإعادة التوطين لإستكمال حياتنا خارج هذه المخيمات في اليونان لا تبدأ ألا بموعدٍ من خلال الإتصال ببرنامج السكايب ضمن إمكانيات محدودة لإجراء هذا الإتصال.
إن برنامج السكايب محبطٌ في أفضل أحواله، فكيف اذا كان مستقبلك يعتمد على مكالمةٍ بإستخدامه ؟
لأشخاص يعيشون بمخيمات بالكاد تتوفر فيها الكمبيوترات و الهواتف الذكية و الإنترنت و حتىالكهرباء، فإن هذه العملية فعلاً لقاسيةٌ وعديمة الرحمة، و حتى بعد تقديم طلباتنا للجوء أو لإعادة التوطين سيتوجب علينا الانتظار لأشهر أو حتى لسنوات لقرارات ستحدد مستقبلنا، على الاقل دعونا نبدأ مرحلة الإنتظار هذه الآن باعطائنا أمل بأننا لن نضيع مستقبلنا في المخيم و نبقى به للابد. – نريد منكم أن تغيرو هذا النظام الحالي الغير ملائمٍ إطلاقاً بأن لا يوجد خيار غير حجز موعدٍ للجوء في مكتب اللجوء اليوناني عن طريق إجراء مكالمة باستخدام السكايب الذي لا يجيب اطلاقاً.- نريد منكم إستبدال طريقة الحجز عن طريق السكايب بمقابلاتٍ وجه لوجه بالمخيمات .
– نريد منكم زيادة النفقات المسخرة لهذه الإجرائية المصيرية للذين هربو من الحرب وعاشوا أسابيع و أسابيع في مكانٍ عديم الامل منذ إغلاق الحدود لإعطائهم شعوراً بلأمل باستمرارية حياتهم
– رجاءً غيروا هذا النظام.- من فضلكم دعونا نقدم للجوء أو إعادة التوطين في المخيمات.
– ساعدونا على مغادرة المجهول.- رجاء وقعوا على هذه العريضة .

Actions in Idomeni

The actions in Idomeni continued to happen since one month after closing the borders from the European side. The migrants in Idomeni (on the Macedonian border ) who are coming mostly from Syria,Iraq, and Afghanistan are demonstrating since then, the main demands of the people were to open the border  after it was closed by fence in the last December .
The humanitarian situation in Idomeni is getting worse with time, and diseases are spreading ..

Today is our third day in Idomeni and we documented the demonstrations and the life in Idomeni hoping that the people will find their demands fulfilled.

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Police confronting migrants.

On the rail way .

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Freedom of movement

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Demonstration .

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Blocking the demonstration way .

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Preparing to move .

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Art and Geopolitical Borders, Contested sovereignty and art practice Friday 20 November, 2015

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Art and Geopolitical Borders

Symposium in Manchester: Art and Geopolitical Borders, MMU, 20/11/2015

In recent years there has been a growth in interest in the ways that art practice can both acknowledge and articulate the issues around geopolitical borders. This has become significantly more pressing in the light of developments during the last few months, whereby borders, and the complex situation of the multitude of people crossing borders, have become increasingly visible as urgent political issues. Borders have long functioned as a vital component of state-formation and nation building, a role that continues within the shifting politics of globalisation. We have seen recently that their significance is thus subject to ongoing redefinition through a dynamic between a repressive politics of containment and attempts to challenge this. Within these zones of contestation, relationships between geographies and power become both clearly visible and subject to dispute. And although this functions on one level in terms of collective experience, the effects on individuals are also destructive and traumatic. 

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

International meeting Ljubljana

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.

Reestablishing state of exception in the EU and a call for international meeting, manifestation and solidarity action in Slovenia

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Rigonce, Slovenian-Croatian border 21.10.2015

#Rigonce 21.10.2015

In the last week, since the Hungary closed its borders, Slovenia became the ‘new hotspot’ for the so called Balkan route, where people, who traveled from Serbia or Croatia to Hungary, were forced to change their direction of traveling to their desired situations.

In the last post we talked about the hypocrisy of the seeming humanitarian and ‘open’ Western European countries, since in the recent political assemblies at the European Commission it is becoming apparent that the EU is trying to hold people at its external borders or just let inside the desired amount of people, whether those needed for the labor markets or ”those who really need the international protection”.

The construction of the European Union’s immigration system

Unser Europa hat keine Grenzen

Unser Europa hat keine Grenzen

These days it is getting obvious that the European Union, a supranational entity supposedly built on the values of freedom and peace, is putting a stamp on it’s mostly non-existant immigration and asylum system. That the European leaders selectively apply such values only for the economic and political elites is nothing new. New and surprising aren’t even the new changes for the immigration and asylum laws that are being developed under the privileged position by the technocratic elites in Berlin and Brussels. We must never forget how many people continue to die while trying to cross Mediterranean every year, because of the already existing legal framework.

Hungary closes its borders

On October 15 2015 Hungary finally decided to close its border passage Botovo with Croatia, where the “more formal  coridor” for the flow of people, temporary established by inter-governmental agreements, took place, changing the direction of the so called balkan route. Instead of going through Croatia to Hungary the route is redirected to Slovenia, where people are registered, before taken to Austrian border (slov. Šentilj/ ger. Spielfeld).

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Info: use map for traveling through Slovenia.

Activist which are at the Slovenian borders and registration camps are reporting, that the authorities are taking fingerprints from the incoming people at the Gruškovje registration camp, but not at Petišovci. This information is not entirely clear, but it is worth to take into account that your fingerprints can be sent to EURODAC. Because of this, predominantly non-Syrians, can be effected by the Dublin convention – this means: if you claim asylum in other EU country, they can return you to Slovenia.

Who can be affected:

  • your fingerprints were taken in another country (and stored on a common European database called EURODAC)
  • you admit that you have been to, or travelled through, another country, even if you didn’t give your fingerprints
  • it can be shown by some other source of evidence that you have been to, or travelled through another country
  • it can be shown that you were previously issued a visa for an EU country
  • you tell the authorities that you wish to join your spouse, who is an asylum seeker or a refugee in another country

In case this happens to you and if you are non-Syrian citizen, you will need legal aid.

Situation in Slovenia (18.10.2015), reports from activists:

Our group on the field successfully set up an Info point in Petišovci. It is located next to the big registration tent. The situation regarding the access to the registration centres is varying. While there were no bigger problems in Petišovci, nobody external was allowed to enter the registration centre in Središče ob Dravi.

The other type of centres are accommodation centres. One is located in Šentilj (Spielfeld), the other in Gornja Radgona. These ones are being used at the moment, there are roughly about 20 more all over Slovenia which can be used if needed. These are being managed by the Civil Protection (Civilna zaščita), while the registration centres are being managed by the police. In addition to the registration centres in Petišovci and Središče ob Dravi there are more registration centres in Obrežje, Gruškovje and Dolga vas.

It seems the access to both types of centres might become an issue. Volunteers would be able to enter the accommodation centres via the Slovene Philanthropy and NGO Adre. This does not apply for the registration centres, where the access is even more restricted.

Based on the conversations with the refugees they mostly need information and the possibility to communicate. They fear what fingerprinting them means, whether it serves as a ground for deportation, they don’t know where they are and would like to inform their families regarding their situation. There’s no wifi network, chargers, multiple socket outlets, etc. in none of the centres. The medical staff in Petišovci complains that they aren’t allowed to hand out warm milk to the kids. One Austrian group offered to cook tea, with hesitation the head of the Red Cross agreed. This group already leaves today.

In short, the government agencies are declining external independent help. As a result of their limited capacities regarding the reception of refugees the flow has been slowed down, so they get stuck on the Balkan route, subjected to the cold and abuse and being blocked to to leave hazardous zones.

The European Union is enforcing it’s borders (again)

Yesterday, 15.10.2015, late at night an Afgan refugee has been shot by the Bulgarian border control police, after 50 refugees tried to cross the border Sredets to Bulgaria from Turkey. Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs is using an excuse that the refugees didn’t obey the orders to stop and even though they were not armed the Bulgarian police was compelled to use such force (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/16/afghan-refugee-shot-dead-police-turkey-enter-bulgaria).

This is of course nothing new and surprising for how the EU’s member states deal with the influx of people trying to come within its borders. Let us just remember the rubber bullet shootings by the Spanish border police in February 2014, when an unknown number of people trying to reach “Spanish” side of Ceuta drowned. This is the reality of the European Union’s immigration and asylum system which rather spends money to enforce its borders than help the people who are fleeing desperation from their settings, which is a direct product of Western Europe’s colonialism and decades of interventions by the world superpowers in the 20th century.

If we read the Frontex budget report for the years 2014 and 2015, we see an increased budget injections in external border controls. Citing Statewarch and EU’s budget expenditures to Frontex:

The 2015 budget of EU border agency Frontex has been increased by 17.5%, from €97 million to €114 million, with the largest share of the extra funding going towards Joint Operations at Sea Borders.’

(source: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2015/feb/eu-frontex-budget%202015.htm; http://frontex.europa.eu/assets/About_Frontex/Governance_documents/Budget/Budget_2015.pdf).

The EU leaders are currently discussing of giving Turkey 3 billion financial resources and other political-social benefits for its citizens (e.g. better VISA-FREE travel). The idea is to keep (at least) 2 million refugees within Turkey’s borders and ask for its help with enforcing EU’s external borders (source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/big-decisions-unlikely-migration-summit-eu-leaders).

Turkey is suppose to be a so called safe county, but we all know that is on the verge of a small civil war (mostly with Kurdish people or people with different political orientation), if we just look at the events that happened few days ago in Ankara, where more than 100 people were killed by most likely state sponsored suicide bombing. Citing The Guardian newspaper:

Turkey is currently the main source of the 700,000 people who have entered the EU this year. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is to travel to Istanbul on Sunday for talks with the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, only two weeks before a crucial general election in Turkey, leaving her open to charges that she is boosting the victory chances of his governing Justice and Development party.’

(source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/big-decisions-unlikely-migration-summit-eu-leaders).

But the borders are not just on the edges of the Fortress Europe, but also inside it. They are the borders that separate people, who are illegalized by the fascist European Union’s immigration and asylum system, from European citizens. The good example and a symptom of such system is LaGeSo which dehumanizes people to non-beings, who are supposedly claiming benefits from the German state. But let us not forget that Germany is benefiting from such system and has historical and recent responsibilities towards countries that people flee from.

This is why making the so called “refugee” crisis, named by the EU’s institutions and mainstream media, a political issue that must directly adress the EU’s fascist immigration and asylum system, its neo-colonial practices and capitalist-neoliberal development in the recent years. No, there is no “refugee crisis”, but only European xenophobia towards human beings!

Next post will focus on the recent happening at the Balkan route borders and camps.

Until then: Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here!!