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Ferries not Frontex! 10 points to really end the deaths of migrants

On April 20, the Joint Foreign and Home Affairs Council of the EU released a ten-­‐point action plan
outlining their response to the recent deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Many other
proposals have also been made over the last few days. We are activists who have been involved in
the struggles against the European border regime for several years and who have been in touch on
a daily basis with hundreds of people who have crossed the Mediterranean through Watch The Med
and the Alarm Phone project. Faced with the hypocrisy of the “solutions” that have been proposed so
far, we feel compelled to undermine their falsity and attempt to open up an alternative space for
reflection and action.1. We are shocked and angered at the recent tragedies that have claimed at least 1200
lives in the Mediterranean Sea in the last week. We are shocked, although not surprised,
by the unprecedented number of deaths in merely a few days. We are angered because
we know that without a radical change these are just the first of many more deaths to
come in 2015.

2. We are also angered because we know that what is proposed to us as a “solution” to
this unbearable situation only amounts to more of the same: violence and death. The EU
has called for the reinforcement of Frontex’ Triton mission. Frontex is a migration
deterrence agency and Triton has been created with the clear mandate to protect
borders, not to save lives.

3. However, even if saving lives was to be its core task, as it was the case for the military-­‐
humanitarian operation Mare Nostrum in 2014, it is clear that this would not bring
dying at sea to an end. Those who suggest a European Mare Nostrum should be
reminded that even during its mission, the most grandiose rescue operation in the
Mediterranean to date, more than 3.400 people died. Is this figure acceptable to the
European public?

4. Others have called for an international military operation in Libya, a naval blockade or
the further enlisting of African countries for the policing of their own land borders. The
history of the last 20 years in the Mediterranean shows that stepping up the
militarization of migration routes is only cause to more death. Each and every time a
route into the Europe has been blocked by new surveillance technologies and increasing
policing, migrants have not stopped arriving. They have simply been forced to take
longer and more dangerous routes. The recent deaths in the Central and Eastern
Mediterranean are the result of the militarization of the Gibraltar Strait, of the Canary
Islands, of the land border between Greece and Turkey, and of several land borders in
the Sahara. The “successes” of Frontex mean death to thousands of people.

5. International organisations as well politicians from across the whole political
spectrum have denounced smugglers as the main cause of death in the Mediterranean
Sea. Several prominent politicians have compared the smuggling of migrants to the
transatlantic slave trade. There seems no limit to hypocrisy: those who uphold the slave
regime condemning the slave traders! We know very well that smugglers operating in
the context of the Libyan civil war are often ruthless criminals. But we also know that
the only reason why migrants have to resort to them is the European border regime.
Smuggling networks would be history in no time if those who now die at sea could
instead reach Europe legally. The visa regime that prevents them from doing so was
introduced only 25 years ago.

6. Those who have called, once again, for the creation of asylum processing centres in
Northern Africa should be reminded of two examples that are the most accurate examples of what these centres would actually mean. First, the Tunisian Choucha camp
managed by the UNHCR, which abandoned those who sought refuge there from the
Libyan conflict. Even those who were recognized as needing international protections
were left behind in the Tunisian desert, often without any other choice than trying to
cross the sea. Second, the creation by Australia of offshore processing centres on remote
“prison-­‐islands”, which is now hailed by many as a role model for Europe, only shows
how hideous the forceful confinement of asylum seekers can be. These “solutions” serve
only to displace the violence of the European border regime away from the eyes of
Western publics.

7. Faced with this situation, what is to be done? Comrades and friends with whom we
have shared common struggles in the past years have been calling for freedom of
movement as the only viable response to this situation. We too make this demand ours,
as it is the only one that has managed to open up a space of political imagination in an
otherwise suffocating debate. Only unconditional legal access to the EU can end the
death of migrants at sea. And yet we think that a general call for the freedom of
movement is not enough in the current context. We want to consider the freedom of
movement not as a distant utopia but as a practice – enacted by migrants on a daily
basis often at the cost of their lives -­‐ that should guide our political struggles here and
now.

8. These are the reasons why we call for the institution of a humanitarian ferry, that
should travel to Libya and evacuate as many people as possible. These people should be
brought to Europe and granted unconditional protection in Europe, without undergoing
an asylum process which has lost its original purpose to protect and has de facto
become yet another tool of exclusion.

9. Is the idea of a ferry unrealistic? In 2011, at the height of the Libyan civil war,
humanitarian ferries evacuated thousands of stranded migrants from Misrata to
Bengasi, overcoming obstacles such as shelling, constant fire and sea mines. This shows
that even in the current volatile situation of Libya, considering such an action is
possible. Moreover, ferries would certainly be immensely cheaper than the prospect of a
massive rescue mission at sea and of any military solution.

10. The only reality we know is that any solution short of this will continue to lead to
more deaths at sea. We know that no process of externalisation of asylum procedures
and border control, no amount of compliance with the legal obligations to rescue, no
increase in surveillance and militarization will stop the mass dying at sea. In the
immediate terms, all we need is legal access and ferries. Will the EU and international
agencies be ready to take these steps, or will civil society have to do it for them?

The Alarm Phone
wtm-­‐alarm-­‐phone@antira.info
http://www.watchthemed.net/index.php/page/index/12

Refugee School and University Strike on April, 24th

— english below —

SCHULSTREIK | 24. APRIL | 11 UHR | ROTES RATHAUS.

MAHNWACHE  | 15 UHR | EU-VERTRETUNG, Pariser Platz

Eine einfache Frage: „Was ist der Unterschied zwischen 6m² und 8m²?“ 6m² … so viel steht einer*m Geflüchteten in Deutschland als Wohnraum zu. 8m² … so viel steht einem deutschen Schäferhund per Tierschutz-Verordnung zu. Doch das wird sich bald ändern! Ab dem Jahr 2016 stehen den Menschen, die auf ihrer Flucht vor Hunger, Krieg, Ausbeutung usw. über die Mauern Europas bis nach Deutschland kommen, 7m² zu. Im Gegenzug wird durch die Asylgesetzverschärfung die Chance auf einen gesicherten Aufenthaltsstatus in der BRD noch weiter verringert. Die Verfahren zu Abschiebung und Abschiebehaft werden so angepasst, dass sie in Zukunft noch schneller noch mehr Menschen abschieben können. Das Arbeitsverbot, mangelnder Zugang zu Bildung usw. wird dabei weiterhin aufrechterhalten.

Während die Parteien à la CDU, SPD und Grünen die rassistischen Gesetzte machen, hetzen auf der Straße neue rassistische Bewegungen wie Pegida, HoGeSa oder „Bürgerbewegungen“, wie in Marzahn, Köpenick und Buch. Und sehen ihr ach so christliches „Abendland“ in Gefahr vor sog. „Überfremdung“.

Ihnen ist es egal, dass bei der Flucht nach Europa seit 1990 weit mehr als 28.000 Menschen starben, die EU ihre Außengrenzen immer weiter abschottet und private Grenzagenturen riesige Zäune, Gefängnisse und Flotten aufbauen. Ihnen ist auch egal, dass vor allem deutsche Konzerne und Politik für die Fluchtursachen verantwortlich sind. Deutschland, als drittgrößter Waffenexporteur, verdient an jedem Krieg fleißig mit. Gleichzeitig erzwingen sie die Öffnung der Märkte in ehemaligen kolonialen Ländern, sodass Konzerne ohne Einschränkung die lokale Wirtschaft für ihre maximale Gewinnausbeutung benutzen können. Das erzeugt vor allem Armut und somit Abhängigkeit. Wo das Wichtigste der Profit ist, gibt es keinen Platz für Solidarität. Ihnen ist auch egal, dass seit der Krise des Kapitalismus der Konkurrenzkampf zwischen den wirtschaftlich starken Nationen (auch Imperialist_innen genannt) zunimmt, da jeder seine eigenen Profite sichern will. Das bedeutet mehr Krieg und mehr Ausbeutung. Weltweit sind deshalb so viele Menschen auf der Flucht wie seit dem 2. Weltkrieg nicht mehr. Allein in Syrien sind es 9 Millionen. Im Juni wollen sich genau diese Industrienationen in Bayern treffen um beim G7 Gipfel die Welt erneut unter sich aufzuteilen.

Wir haben keinen Bock auf Rassismus in der Schule, wir haben keinen Bock, dass unsere Freunde isoliert in extra Klassen gehalten werden um dann mit 18 abgeschoben zu werden. Wir finden es zum kotzen, dass die Asylgesetze weiter verschärft werden, statt Geflüchteten ein würdevolles Leben zu ermöglichen!

Anti Frontex Days 19-22 may, 2015

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On May, 21st, 2015 the crème de la crème of European racism will gather in Warsaw, Poland, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the creation of one of the most influential meta-organisations that guards assets of the Fortress Europe. The organization, not widely known, until recently standing in the shadows, is a hybrid of border police and intelligence service, as well as aggressive promoter of anti-migrant policy. Frontex (from french “Frontieres exterieurs”), being discussed here, is the executive body of EU (anti)migration policy, enjoys autonomy in decision-making (for EU foreign policy), and has a yearly growing budget, which is not accounted. Budget, used to finance futuristic projects, straight from distopia, like an automatic system of land drones, known as TALOS project, carried out in cooperation that included Warsaw University of Technology, Israeli Aerospace Industries and a lot of other military corporations. The trust also allows them to conduct their own foreign policy on migration – dealing with the neighboring dictatorships (Belarus, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria), sponsoring and organizing repression against refugees in a secure buffer zone, which blurs responsibility. As a result, the border of Europe moves farther away from the ‘old continent’, helping to hide the effects of this policy in the eyes of Europeans. Sponsored camps in the countries of the global south and ruthless anti-human migration policy of the EU countries result in real victims – tens of thousands of people drown, starve, are left at sea or desert, or are directly shot – every year more than at the Berlin wall in the entire time of its existence.

Declaration by International Coalition of Undocumented, #Migrants, #Refugees and #Asylum Seekers (CISPM)

Final Declaration of the International Days of Rome (Italy) – 13th to 16th of November

The international days of meetings and actions organized in Rome from the 13th to the 16th of November by the International Coalition of Undocumented, Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CISPM) have seen the participation of representative from different collectives of France, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Germany, Tunisia, Nederlands, Poland and Italy.

These days took place in a context in which Europe has chosen to deal with this economic and social crisis by accentuating austerity policies imposed by the European Central Bank and discriminatory measures and fear mongering politics of the European Union and its member countries towards Migrants, Refugees and Asylum-seekers (Dublin III, the different bilateral agreements and other anti-migrants measures).

We are among those who believe that these policies are not at all “solutions”, neither for the economy in crisis, nor in the daily life itself in all its complexity, even when everything is done to speed up privatization, liberalization markets, dissolution of the labor code, operation and relocation of workers, eradication of public service, and ultimately enriching the richest! From our side, we cannot accept that our situation of Migrants is exploited for electoral purposes, especially when our lives are spent in the calculation of loss and profits of a selfish world in organized bankruptcy.

We are convinced that the unique cure to point the political responsabilities of so many injustices and inequalities, is the unity among migrants, workers, precarious, undocumented migrants, refugees, students, unemployed, asylum seekers and each victim of the crisis… and because the war among poors or exploited only is useful to those who exploit, here in Europe or anywhere else.

Grenzen überschreiten. Statement von Mely Kiyak, Theater-Kolumnistin des Maxim Gorki Theaters zur Aktion des Zentrums für politische Schönheit

Gedenken ist ein abstrakter Vorgang. Er soll andere dazu animieren, in Ehrfurcht und Respekt etwas zu gedenken. Man kann niemanden zwingen, zu gedenken. Der Gedenkstein für einen Toten kann immer nur eine Einladung sein, sich mit dem Menschen und seiner Todesumstände zu befassen. Der zum Gedenken Eingeladene kann dieses Angebot annehmen oder es lassen. Meistens lässt er es.

Als Teile der Gedenkstätte für die Mauertoten der DDR durch ein Künstlerkollektiv entwendet wurden, damit sie an den Außengrenzen der EU darauf aufmerksam machen, dass trotz des Falls der deutsch-deutschen Mauer das Problem der außer-europäischen Mauern besteht, war die Aufregung groß.

Zunächst einmal: Es wurden Objekte des Gedenkens entwendet. Sie haben keinerlei Sakralität. Sie sind nie geweiht wurden oder dergleichen. Es handelt sich auch nicht um Grabsteine. Es handelt sich um materialistische Symbole zum Zeichen für Verbrechen, die begangen wurden. Nicht die, die Kreuze wegtrugen haben ein Verbrechen begangen, sondern ein Regime und seine Todesschützen. Die Kreuze selber sind hilflose Versuche, Erinnerung aufrecht zu erhalten. Alle Gedenkstätten sind hilflose Versuche dem Anderen Erinnerung aufzuzwingen. Weil der Mensch nicht gerne erinnern will. Jedenfalls nicht, wenn es nicht ihn oder seine Angehörigen betrifft. Wer in diesem Land kennt schon den Namen eines Mauertoten? Mein Gott, unser Land platzt aus allen Nähten vor Gedenkstätten. Weil unsere Historie so reich ist an Verbrechen. Und während die Gedenkstätten errichtet werden, werden wieder neue Verbrechen begangen. Das ist nicht nur bei uns so. Das ist überall auf der Welt so.

**!! Achtung – Reisewarnung !!*

**!! Achtung – Reisewarnung !!*
*Vom 13.-26.10. findet in der gesamten EU eine Polizeioperation unter
dem Namen /”mos maiorum”/ statt. In diesen zwei Wochen werden etwa
18.000 Polizisten in enger Zusammenarbeit mit FRONTEX auf Jagd nach
Menschen ohne Aufenthaltsstatus gehen. Sie wollen unsere Migrationswege
herausfinden und möglichst viele von uns festnehmen.
Warnt bitte alle Menschen ohne Papiere! Vor allem in Zügen, auf
Bahnhöfen, an Flughäfen, auf Autobahnen und an innereuropäischen Grenzen
sind vermehrt Kontrollen zu erwarten.*
Notfallnummer für Leute die in Berlin kontrolliert werden: 0151 12874001

 

mapping mos maiorum check points

a website for documentation on police actions during “mos maiorum” operation

*Gegen die Festung Europa!*
*Kein Mensch ist illegal!*

!! ** Attention – Avertissement aux personnes en voyage!! *

!! ** Attention – Avertissement aux personnes en voyage!! *
* Du 13. octobre au 26. octobre il va y avoir dans toute l´Union
Européenne une opération de police sous le nom “mos maiorum”. Pendant ces
deux semaines 18 000 policiers en étroite coopération avec FRONTEX vont
faire la chasse aux personnes voyageant sans statut de résidence. Ils
veulent découvrir nos chemins de migration et ils veulent arrêter beaucoup
de personnes.
Avertissez s’il vous plaît toutes les personnes sans papiers! Surtout dans
les trains, dans les stations, dans les aéroports, sur les autoroutes et
aux frontières intra-européennes il faut s´attendre à de nombreux
contrôles. *
numéro d’urgence pour les personnes controlees dans Berlin: 0151 12874001
* Contre la forteresse Europe! *
* Personne n’est illégal! *

معلومات مهمة لجميع الاشخاص بدون أوراق اقامة في أوروبا

معلومات مهمة لجميع الاشخاص بدون أوراق اقامة في أوروبا
في
الفترة بين ١٣-٢٦ من اكتوبر سوف تكون هنالك عملية واسعة للبوليس داخل
الاتحاد الاوربي ضد المهاجرين غير الشرعيين وقد رصد شرطي١٨.000.يرجي من كل
اللذين ليس معهم اذن اقامة الحرص من عدم التواجد خصوصا في أماكن مثل
القطارات و محطات الوقود و المطارات و الطرق
السريعة.ومهم جدا عدم قطع الحدود من دولة الي اخري في الفترة المعنية.

WARNING: EU-wide police operation against refugees!!!

An EU-wide police operation with the name „mos maiorum“ is taking place from 13th to 26th of October. During two weeks 18.000 police forces will chase people without papers. They want to find out about our migration routes and arrest as many of us as possible. Please warn all people without papers! Encreased controls are expected in trains, train stations, on airports, on highways and on inner-european borders.

emergency number for people facing problems when controlled in Berlin: 0151 12874001

document describing EU police operation “Mos Maiorum”

mapping mos maiorum check points

a website for documentation on police actions during “mos maiorum” operation

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