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Colourful Voices - antirassistisches Magazin

🟣 “Colorful Voices” ist ein neues antirassistisches Online-Magazin. Unser Team von migrantisierte Menschen aus ganz Deutschland setzt sich mit Leidenschaft für die Themen Migration und Rassismus ein.

🟣 In nur 10 Tagen werden wir mit unserer ersten Ausgabe zum Thema “Polizeigewalt” beginnen. Inspiriert von der “Black Lives Matter”-Bewegung werden wir untersuchen, wie Polizeigewalt unser Leben in Deutschland beeinflusst. Unsere zweite Ausgabe wird sich mit einem persönlicheren Thema befassen: Flucht und Romantik. Wie wirkt sich die Ankunft in einem neuen Land auf unser Liebesleben und unsere Beziehungen aus? Wir diskutieren die Überschneidung von Sexismus und Rassismus, wenn es um die Stereotypen von BIPoC-Leuten geht.

🟣 In diesen Korona-Zeiten, in denen Isolation für viele eine Realität ist, öffnen wir den Raum, um unsere persönlichen Gespräche und Geschichten zu teilen. Wir diskutieren ständig über Erfahrungen mit Rassismus in unseren BIPoC-Gemeinschaften und bringen sie nun nach außen. Wir sind der “falschen Antworten” über uns in den deutschen Medien überdrüssig und wollen die “richtigen Fragen” stellen. Gemeinsam mit Ihnen, liebe Zuhörerinnen und Zuhörer, konstruieren wir die richtigen Antworten. Lassen Sie uns eine Vision unserer kollektiven gerechten Gesellschaft schaffen!

🟣 Angst ist der Mangel an einer Vision. Macht ist die Fähigkeit, Phänomene zu definieren.



🟡 “Colorful Voices” is a fresh anti-racist online magazine. Our team of migratised people from all over Germany, is passionate to be the game-changers on the migration and racism topics. 

🟡 In just 10 days, we will start with our first issue on “Police Violence”. Inspired by Black Lives Matter movement, we will explore how police violence affects our lives in Germany. Our second issue will focus on a more personal topic: Refuge and Romance. How coming to a new country affects our romantic life and relationships? We discuss the intersection of sexism and racism when it comes to the stereotypes of BIPoC people.

🟡 In these Corona times, when isolation is a reality for many, we open the space to share our personal talks and stories. We are continuously discussing experiences of racism in our BIPoC communities and now we bring them to the outside world. We are tired of “wrong answers” on German media about us and want to ask the “right questions”. Together, with you, our dear audience, we construct the right answers. Let’s create a vision of our collective fair society!

🟡 Fear is the lack of vision. Power is the ability to define phenomena.

European borders update, 11.3.2016

By Are you Syrious?, 11.3.2016

#‎LEBANON: At the present, the long term international volunteers in Lebanon are coordinating centrally around a Lebanese NGO called Salam LADC (Lebanese Association for Development and Communication). Salam has strong ties with the local authorities responsible for refugees, the UNHCR, the Lebanese Military (essential permissions for visiting and distributing at settlements) and other local and international NGOs. Independent volunteers are NOT allowed to visit settlements without military permission and contacts with local municipalities. Those who have come privately have run into trouble with the authorities when attempting to privately distribute supplies. Salam’s current international volunteers are long term (+4 weeks) and are helping to build the structure and administrative back end of our volunteer project. At the present, Salam is NOT taking any applications for international volunteers. However, we will be accepting applications for long term volunteers shortly. In the interim, volunteers who wish to come can start fundraising projects in their home countries as Salam can then direct these funds for the direct, wholesale purchase of necessary aid and organised effective distribution. Please follow Salam’s Facebook page, attached below, for regular updates on Salam projects and volunteer updates. Thank you for your continued engagement and support. https://www.facebook.com/salam.ladc/

#‎TURKEY: Turkish officials say that Greece has returned 90 migrants from Pakistan, Morocco, Algeria and Turkey who had crossed into the country from Turkey. The government’s migration agency in ‪#‎Edirne‬, northwest Turkey, said the migrants crossed back into Turkey on Friday through the ‪#‎Ipsala‬ border gate. Greece returned the migrants under an existing agreement with Greece on the readmission to Turkey of migrants who do not qualify for international protection. The migration agency said eight Algerian migrants were placed at a deportation center in Edirne, while 71 Pakistanis and Moroccans were sent to a detention center in ‪#‎Erzurum‬, in eastern Turkey.

#‎GREECE No boats landed in the north ‪#‎Lesvos‬ today and there is no available information on south. ‪#‎Chios‬ has also seen no boats last night. But sea is calm tonight and there are some arrivals already. There are 1,600 refugees in Chios at the moment. Ferry ticket agencies have issued very low numbers of tickets to refugees for the next days, so there are no available tickets to buy until Saturday 19th of March. The Soli Cafe on Chios (www.facebook.com/solicafechios) are urgently asking for support. In contrary to the official organizations present on the island, they strongly disagree to and reject the registration process that separates refugees by nationality and leads to illegalizing and deporting people. They fight for the freedom of movement and a world without borders. The group used to supply to 450 refugees in medium per day but because of the current situation of the border closings, they are now supplying a number of nearly 2,500 refugees on the island, and the number is supposed to grow. Their cost have grown from under 100 € to almost over 500 € per each day. They urgently need financial support to keep supporting the refugees with the needed food. Volunteer kitchen teams at ‪#‎Vial‬ are not allowed in hotspot anymore, army has taken over the catering. Yesterday there were 581 people on the island of ‪#‎Samos‬. “Iokasti’s Kitchen” – Ladies of Samos & international volunteers need more volunteers and funds in order for the project to succeed. They currently provide 1,000 meals a day and from the 17th when the NoBorders kitchen leaves, they will be providing for 2,000 people. Contact them or donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/kingofsamosport. Total of 7,614 refugees are currently on the islands of northern ‪#‎Aegean‬. With the increase of refugees, four hotspots camps will be established in ‪#‎Epirus‬ region near Albanian border: ‪#‎Filippiada‬, ‪#‎Igoumenitsa‬ and two in ‪#‎Ioannina‬. Also, ‪#‎Kastoria‬, ‪#‎Florina‬ and ‪#‎Ptolemaida‬ began work on creating capacity of 5,000 people. A source close to MSF reported to ‘Top Channel’ that it will open three first aid points for refugees on the border with Albania at points ‪#‎QafëBotë‬ / ‪#‎SagiadaMauvromati‬, ‪#‎Kakavia‬ and ‪#‎Krystallopigi‬ / Kapshticë. Sources also by the Greek foreign ministry said that negotiations are continuing at a political level with the governments of neighboring countries, Albania and Bulgaria, to absorb a number of immigrants from 10-15,000 in each country.

10.3.2016, Idomeni, Are You Syrious  Mazaraki camp in Greece, 10.3.2016, by Statis Kokki.

Smugglers operate in ‪#‎Idomeni – they state they are doctors and would cross them for Euro 250. People do disappear without any trace. Another thing to beware of are poisonous snakes. Spring is coming, which means they will start waking up now. In Greece there are 70 species of snakes. Most of them are not venomous (have no harmful poison). 7 (of which 5 are vipers) do have poison and a possible bite should be treated. In case of a bite, you should go to the doctor. If you can document the snake (photos), do it. It will help the doctor. There are some precaution measures you can take and in my experience help a lot avoid unhappy meetings with a snake. 1) Always close your tent when you exit. Always. Also if you are sitting right outside. Snakes are silent and you will not see them enter. 2) If you have shoes outside the tent, turn them around – always (the hole where your feet get in should face the floor). Snakes look for dark places to cuddle. If your shoes are turned around, when you pick them up, anything that went in will fall down (also spiders or scorpions). Give them a good shake. 3) Same thing for bags that you just leave on the floor. Always close them or if forgotten open shake them off.

Another news from Idomeni comes from voluteer group in Idomeni camp that is offering tea (“The Tea Tent”), saying they were not allowed in the camp. Neither were the provisions for refugees. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both tweet that they have been denied access to Greek camps and hotspots for the past two weeks. Meanwhile, those who “wish” to be bussed to new camps are invited to do so. We believe this is an attempt to make the conditions harder than they already are, so that refugees do not have to be forcibly evicted. It remains to see what happens when all those who voluntarily leave, are gone. By allowing for the living conditions in Idomeni camp to be horrendous, Greek government forces refugees to leave the border, give up on attempting to cross, and settle in government-built shelters. A group of 800 refugees left Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonian border today. The border between Greece and FYROM is closed but more than 13,000 refugees remain in Idomeni, hoping that the border will open again. Greek authorities say there are over 42,000 refugees are currently waiting across the country. If You Are In Idomeni: The Greek government is considering how to move refugees from Idomeni and to transfer people to shelters in northern Greece. Greek government officials said that they will not evacuate the Idomeni camp using force. No clear timeline was given for an evacuation. Greek authorities say they plan to convince refugees to voluntarily move to places where they can find more humane living conditions. There are organized shelters in northern Greece, in ‪#‎Diavata‬, approximately 70 km from Idomeni, and ‪#‎Cherso‬ and ‪#‎NeaKavala‬ Greek authorities say more new shelters will be ready in few days in the area. Government will provide buses to transfer refugees. Authorities say about 800 people have agreed so far to leave the camp, but more arrive daily. If you are in the ‪#‎Piraeus‬ port: Greek authorities already transferred up to 900 people from Piraeus to ‪#‎Konitsa‬, in Northwestern Greece, and in temporary shelters in Central Greece. Transfers will continue in the next days. Authorities announced that the capacity of ‪#‎Eleonas‬ camp will be increased to 2,000 places from the current 700. A total of 3,000 refugees are hosted inside the port of Piraeus and two more ships have carried more than 880 on Friday. 162 refugees were moved from Piraeus port to the northern Greek town of Konitsa this morning. More than 10,000 refugees are hosted in shelters in ‪#‎Athens‬. Police are not allowing refugees to sleep in #Victoriasquare, informing them that there are shelters in Athens where they can be transferred. AYS container is being unloaded on Saturday at 12:00, helping hands are welcomed.

Ministry of Interior has published information on the relocation program for refugees from Greece to another EU country. This information refers to the people who entered Greece after the Sep 16th 2015, and who are citizens of Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Yemen, Bahrain, Swaziland, or a stateless person who used to live for many years in these countries. According to the information provided in the document, it means that: First – a person must file an asylum application in Greece and have his/her fingerprints taken. Greece will request another EU country to take over the examination of a case. As soon as the Ministry is informed by the other country that a person applying for relocation program and his/her family members (e.g. wife and children) are accepted, the Ministry is going to ensure that they are transported there safely and free of charge within two months. As soon as a person arrives to the other country, this country will take over the examination of the asylum application and will attend to cover asylum seeker’s basic material needs. People cannot choose the EU country in which he/she will be relocated, however factors such as having relatives, having lived, worked or studied in a European Union country as well as the condition of one’s health are taken into account. A person must hand over any documents he/she has for identity verification, as well as any documents provided to you by the Greek Police. More info is available at: http://asylo.gov.gr/en/?page_id=824. This info is written in English, as well as Arabic, Kurmanji, Greek, Sorani and Tigrinya. Some other useful links for refugees, which include more information on the relocation program, but also on family reunification, tracing lost people, free legal help, free medical care and others, can be found at the following AYS page: https://www.facebook.com/areyousyrious/posts/593580880790799?hc_location=ufi. If you are a refugee or a volunteer looking to inform a refugee-fellow, feel free to use these links as a credible and current source of information.

#BULGARIA: Bulgarian border police have thwarted attempts of a total of 66 refugees to cross the country’s border with Turkey over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of the Interior announced in a statement on Friday. The refugees, who carried no identity documents with them, all claimed to be Iraqi citizens. In another case, 17 refugees, all of them claiming to be Syrian citizens, were discovered on Thursday in the trailer of a Romanian-registered truck at #Lesovo border crossing. Police used sensors detecting elevated carbon dioxide levels inside the trailer to find the people. Bulgaria will send humanitarian assistance to the migrants and refugees stuck at Greece’s border with Macedonia in adverse weather conditions, the government in Sofia announced on Friday. The assistance will comprise tents, beds, blankets and heating materials as specified by the Greek authorities in a letter sent to Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry, the cabinet said in a statement. Heavy rains and poor living conditions at the camp in Idomeni require urgent measures to avert a humanitarian crisis, the Bulgarian government said.

#MACEDONIA: Around 1,000 refugees are currently waiting in the #Tabanovce camp. Additional shelter is created by MSF in Tabanovce, which consists of 4 tents. Camp management placed most vulnerable in these new containers. Still, the horrific situation of people living in mud and hunger is not resolved, as there are many refugees who remained by the border line. The only difference is now that they stay on their free will, as most refugees are afraid to come inside the camp fearing being pushed back. If you are a refugee stuck in Macedonia wanting to know what your options are, please talk to IOM officers and Macedonian Young Lawyers Association, both of whom provide free legal help in Macedonia and have teams in the Tabanovce camp. A group of 13 refugees remained forgotten at the camp in #Gevgelija for 4 days now with dry food. As of today, volunteers will continue to serve them hot meal.

tabanovce  Tabanovce (Mac-Ser border), 11.3.2016, by Are you Syrious?

#SERBIA: There are currently around 2,000 refugees in Serbia. Among those, 800 are in #Sid, 600 in #Presevo, 300-400 in asylum-seekers’ camps, 140 at #Krnjaci, 80 at #BanjiKoviljaci, and 100-200 in #Bogovadja, #Sjenica and #Tutin. These numbers exclude the “invisible refugees,” who are not registered at any of the official sites. There are always around 300-400 of these unregistered refugees. Refugees still continue to cross from Bulgaria to #Dimitrovgrad, 50-80 refugees per day. Gordan Paunovic, an Info Park/Fond B92 manager, has shared his scepticism about the current measures succeeding in what their claimed purpose, namely, the closure of Balkan route, and suggested that the closure is only apparent. According to Info Park findings, and from what Dimitrovgrad numbers suggest, we are witnessing an uninterrupted flow of refugees from Bulgarian border. The difference is, however, that these refugees are now being smuggled rather than entering freely. As the InfoPark Dimitrovgrad team on Bulgarian border reports, there are practically no activities in the registration center for the last 10 days, except for an occasional refugee or a group who lost their smuggling logistics. This brings us to the conclusion that what the new measures of the EU have brought is a mere flourishing of smuggling business and a complete transfer of a legal and relatively safe flow of people into illegal channels. Indeed, the numbers of 50-80 refugees a day completely coincide with the official statistics in the last weeks in Dimitrovgrad before the border’s closure. The new EU measures have only made smugglers happy. Their profits have sky-rocketed. A drive between #Sofia and #Belgrade is 1000 Euros per head, while within Serbia, smugglers charge 300 Euros per person from Bulgarian border to Belgrade. Lots of NGO and humanitarian teams are leaving Dimitrovgrad or cutting their staff down, as refugees are more keen on going directly to Belgrade. Indeed, Belgrade is boiling. There are new faces every day, people are coming and leaving. This is throwing us back to the situation from the Summer 2015, when Belgrade acted as a transit knot, where everyone was seeking for a way to leave. While it gets pretty obvious that Dimitrovgrad, Presevo and Sid are fading out, at least on the flow, Belgrade in the last days has seen pretty constant numbers of average 500-600 people present in the parks. Where do refugees go from there, when the western border is closed? Some opt to seek for an asylum in Serbia, buy some time, have a bit of rest and peace in the open camps in Krnjaca, Tutin, Sjenica and Banja Koviljaca, and plan their future. Some, like many Afghanis or Pakistanis arriving to Belgrade, are not interested at all in asylum in Serbia, do not waste time in the long registration queues and just seek for smugglers to take them across the border. Smugglers are everywhere around parks, offering their services. The smuggling route through Hungary is up and running. Some refugees get caught, imprisoned and sent back, but some makes it to the EU, in a full secrecy of illegal migration, thus becoming invisible persons that will never become EU citizens. The recent arrest of three Serbian nationals, who were smuggling 15 Pakistani refugees across the border, attests further to the proliferation of the smuggling business along the Balkan route.

#CROATIA: There are 311 refugees currently located at #Slavonskibrod camp. Double that number, however, has gathered today in #Zagreb at the protest against the Balkan route border closures. The protest was organized by Are You Syrious and Centre for Peace Studies

#SLOVENIA: From the police report released today until 6 AM, there are currently 123 refugees in accomodation centers: #Šentilj camp – 2; #Vrhnika – 52, Center for foreigners #Postojna – 69). Reception centers are empty. No-one has entered nor left the country today.

#AUSTRIA: The Austrian ‘Volksanwaltschaft’ is a public body entitled to investigate wrongdoings within public administration, as well as assists citizens if they feel they have been treated unfairly by an Austrian authority. Volksanwaltschaft recently published a report harshly criticising police authorities for hiring non-trained translators in the registration center in #Spielfeld. The translator’s job is, among others, to determine a person’s origin through interviews. These interviews often lasted for a mere couple of minutes. Nevertheless, based on these translators’ and the police officers’ hasty decisions, more than 300 people have been pushed back from Spielfeld to Slovenia and Croatia. Above all, the Volksanwaltschaft deplored the Ministry of Interior ‘s choice to hire translators via the private security company G4S, which has alleged links to senior officials in the ruling conservative party ÖVP, showing that their choice was under the strands of nepotism and corruption, rather than fair and just employment of capable translators. Austria volunteers of Border Crossing Spielfeld and legal advisors are offering legal aid to those pushed back to Slovenia who want to seek legal remedy against the Austrian police’s decision. Push-backs are illegal once a person expressed the intention to seek asylum in Austria. Please contact border.crossing.spielfeld@gmail.com for further information.

#GERMANY: A 17-year-old refugee from Egypt leapt from a train outside #Munich on Friday morning after police found him carrying a deportation order. The tragic death came about when police moved through the train checking passengers’ identity documents, Bayerischer Rundfunk reports. Officers found the young Egyptian hiding under a bench in an empty compartment. When they asked him to show his identity papers, he provided documents that he had been given in Austria. While the one document recognized the teenager’s status as a refugee in Austria, the other ordered his deportation to Italy. The officers ordered the young man to leave the compartment and wait in the corridor. But according to eyewitnesses, he used the opportunity to escape into another compartment where he opened the window and jumped out. The train was still travelling at a high speed through a town called Haar. The boy landed on an adjacent set of tracks and was killed by the impact. Police in Munich said the teenager had recently been caught by officers illegally entering Germany and had been sent back to Austria at the time. This means that Germany broke its promise of granting a special protection to unaccompanied minors, which ensures that minors will not be pushed-back out of Germany.

In 2015 a lot less refugees came to Germany than reported. While interior minister spoke of more than one million new arrivals, government now said, that only around 600.000 refugees arrived. 627.000 lived in Germany in the end of 2014, so the total number was around 1.250.000 refugees. In the end of 2015 950.000 people in Germany had an asylum or refugee status. Additionally, to that around 300.000 were not able to ask for asylum by now but have been registered as refugees.

#DENMARK: Denmark is punishing its citizens for taking on the task that State has failed in accomplishing. A Danish children’s rights activist, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen, was Friday fined €3,000 for transporting a Syrian refugee family in her private car. Her husband was fined the same amount for taking the family into his home for coffee and biscuits, and then driving them to the railway station, where he bought them tickets to Sweden. “This was a political trail, using me and my husband to send a strong message: don’t try to help refugees,” Zornig said after the verdict. “I am very angry because the only thing we did was the decent thing, the same that hundreds of others did. They are criminalising decency.” Zornig has decided to appeal against the verdict. The trial is one of the first of hundreds of Danes who responded in early September to the thousands of refugees who walked from Germany into Denmark, many of them on their way to Sweden where the asylum regime at the time was more relaxed. Under Denmark’s Aliens Act, it is a crime to transport people who do not have residence permits. Police say 279 people have been charged in the period from September 2015 to February 2016. In January, a man was fined DKr5,000 (£517) for driving an Afghan family from the German border in September. On Thursday, a 70-year-old pensioner was fined DKr12,500 for a similar offense. Zorning has become a voice for ordinary people who saw footage of refugees on the news in early September and wanted to help, according to Line Søgaard, a spokesperson for refugee support group “Welcome to Denmark.“

#FRANCE: Tensions have been mounting in the #Calais Jungle today, with migrants and volunteers confronting riot police as authorities pushed ahead with destroying the southern part of the camp. Several shelters in the Calais Jungle, including a makeshift mosque, have been set on fire as migrants are refusing to leave the shanty town build barricades, in a bid to block authorities from dismantling the camp. The huge blaze started at around 4.30pm local time, following up on a series of fires that were started yesterday. One witness claims the fires were started by French riot police “to accelerate the destruction of the Jungle”. Several shelters were also set on fire by groups refusing to leave the camp, as refugees aimed at forming a fire barricades to avoid eviction. French authorities are encouraging migrants to move into accommodation kitted out with heating and showers provided by the government. However, many migrants have been reluctant to move into the shipping containers because they fear it will ruin their chances of reaching the UK. Nevertheless, the demolition of part of a vast and infamous refugee camp in Calais is forcing people into new makeshift settlements in the surrounding area. Aid workers said that as many as six new camps had sprung up since authorities started dismantling the southern part of ‘the Jungle’ nearly two weeks ago. These new camps, which residents also referred to as ‘jungles’, house anywhere from 15 to 150 people and are located near service stations and truck stops.

#EU: The first ever request to the European Court of Human Rights for an interim measure has been sent by Afghan asylum applicants. These applicants are fleeing Afghanistan with their children, and currently living in Idomeni in flooded tents, appalling conditions, and being daily refouled at the border.
The lawsuit is filed against Greece, but also against Macedonia, Serbia, Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia, because of their joint decision for discriminatory closure of borders and massive discriminatory refoulment on grounds of international protection seekers’ nationality.

English information about RELOCATION by w2eu (Arabic translation to be followed.): http://w2eu.info/greece.en/articles/greece-legal.en.html

Cover photo by Reuters.

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!

von Turgay Ulu

European bordezones update


#‎WeatherAegean: United Rescue issues an IMPORTANT warning for the Aegean Sea: A huge storm is expected Saturday the 16th of January and Sunday the 17th of January which will be a thunderstorm on some of the islands accompanied by high waves. Also, snow is expected to fall on some of the islands in the Aegean Sea with a significant drop in temperatures. Dear refugee friends, please cancel all crossings.

تحذير هام :
عاصفة قوية محملة بالأمطار و الثلوج ستضرب المناطق و الجزر المطلة على بحر إيجه . مما سيسبب ارتفاع عالي بمستوى أمواج البحر و ذلك في تاريخ السادس عشر و السابع عشر من شهر كانون الثاني و الذي يصادف أيام السبت و الأحد الرجاء من الاخوة المهاجرين اخذ الحيطة و الحذر و عدم تعريض انفسهم و اطفالهم لخطر الغرق و الموت
أخي المهاجر سلامتك و سلامة اطفالك أولا

A larger update on the EU borderzones by the activists from Are You Syrious?

17.1.2016 Balkan route and some Northern EU countries


Refugees need freedom, not handouts

refugees welcome but

An Essay by Political Activist Adam Bahar

refugees welcome but

refugees welcome, but…

In this thought provoking essay Adam Bahar outlines the death of the ‘welcoming culture’ for refugees in Germany.  He demonstrates how Germany has been directly responsible for supporting several  dictators in the global South and how the Federal Republic is responsible for continuing to impose borders….

The article is part of series abut the refugees issue some activists from different countries involved in writing.You can view all the contributions written in arabic and translated in english for the Series here

Adam Bahar is a political activist from Sudan, currently living in exile in Germany and fighting in the refugee movement in Berlin, Germany and Europe.

3 articles also by Adam Bahar


Important: Slovenia starts erecting barbed wire!

barbed wire fence along the Slovenia's border

(Foto: BoBo, MMC)

On November 10th 2015 at the ”emergency” government assembly in Slovenia Slovenian prime minister Miro Cerar announced that the government with its ministers agreed on the establishment of the barbed wire, or what they politically correct call ‘technical obstacles‘, at the Croatian-Slovenian border. He announced that since Germany and Austria are tightening their asylum systems and threatening to let less and less people through their borders, Slovenia could experience a ”humanitarian crisis”, as the winter is comming and the country doesn’t possess enough infrastructure and resources.  This is not just an egoistic move from the Slovenian supposedly centric government which by its own account promotes ”human rights and values”, but is a important part of the developing European Union’s immigration and asylum system. The move of building of the fence also comes after the end of the Greek fairy workers strike, which according to the mainstream media, temporarly slowed down the influx of people. After the strike, Slovenian minister of external affairs Karl Erjavec  announced by its own sources that 30.000 are already on the way to Slovenia.

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).

Karta Slovenije

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.

Stoppt Die Verschärfung des Asylrechts! Stop au durcissement du droit d‘asile! Stop the threat of tightening asylum laws!

english below – francais si-dessus

Für eine wirkliche Bleiberechtsregelung für langjährig Geduldete! Demonstration am Freitag, 5. Dezember 2014, 14 Uhr, Potsdamer Platz
Die Bundesregierung wird Anfang Dezember einen Gesetzesentwurf mit dem sperrigen Titel „zur Neubestimmung des Bleiberechts und der Aufenthaltsbeendigung“ veröffentlichen. Doch die angekündigte Bleiberechtsregelung für langjährig Geduldete wird so gut wie keinem der Betroffenen zugute kommen. Stattdessen entpuppt sich die Gesetzesänderung als die umfassendste Verschärfung des Asylrechts seit 1993. Alle Flüchtlinge im Dublin-Verfahren, die in einem anderen EU-Land registriert sind, sollen in Abschiebungshaft gesperrt werden. Das betrifft gut ein Drittel aller Flüchtlinge.