wait to cross at Slovenia Austria border in Sentilj
Slovenian police escort refugees walking towards the Austrian border near Sentilj
movement of the people
Waiting in Sentilj, Rigonce,Dobova,Brezice,near croatian-slovenian border
Sentilj Slovenia Austria border
Solidarian humanitarian refugees convoy started to march to the people kettled at the Spielfeld Sentilj border
some 2.000 refugees arrived from Sentilj adding to 2.700 already in Spielfeld
Again several thousand people cross from Slovenia n Sentilj to spielfeld Austria
cold november night in Sentilj
people kettled &freezing at border Sentilj Spielfeld, Slovenia Austria
In the last week(s) there has been an establishment of the ‘official corridor’ through the so called Balkan route. This intergovernmental agreement’s aim is to control the flow of people who are fleeing for a better life in Europe. Even though it may sound as an improvement, for the better fluctuation of people, it is one of the steps of the development of the common European Union’s immigration system. The institutionalization of the corridor, which was before established by the constructive forces of incomming people and self-organized activists through the mutual struggle, means new forms of exclusive inclusion to the territory of the EU.
The aim of the so called official corridor is, as mentioned in the previous article, to let a certain number of people to the next country, where usually full EU member states (as Austria and Slovenia) hold a privileged position. This of course doesn’t always work as the number of people and their struggle to reach the desired destination is not manageble by such system. The reason for its establishment is always the discourse of security and liberal humanitarism of the EU and seperate member states. Political functionaries as well as repressive organs are saying, that if we don’t manage the flows well, it could come to the chaos and collapse of the EU. The only chaos in this case is the creative chaos of the incoming people who produce fear for the privileged economical and political castes that are responsible for the suffering of the wide majority of the worlds population.
The European council and the European ministers of foreign affairs make racist and prohibitive policies against refugees and migrants on a very high level. In reaction to the recent admitted mass drowning in the Mediterranean, they only concluded to arm the forces that control and aggressively prevent people’s movement, such as frontex. They will hold their next summit at the 26th and 27th of June in Brussels.
Different groups of refugee and Migrant movements in Europe plan a protest march from Strasbourg to Brussels. This will begin shortly before the European parliament elections at the end of May. The marching refugee and supporting activists will walk about 450 km within one month. In an action week before the council’s summit, we will raise our protest against the policies of fortress Europe!
A group of people active in and supportive of the Refugee Movement from Oranienplatz have started to mobilize for the march and prepare the action. We would be happy about many different kinds of support:
share contacts with us:
to (international) refugee movements, help to make huge network possible
to people living in lager in Germany, for info events
to people/groups who could helporganize sleeping places along the route
we also need more contacts to trustworthy journalists and your support in raising media attention, accompany the protests with own media
organize decentralised actions, let’s have global action times!
contribute to the local actions
think about actions especially to support the massive border crossing (France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium)
organize transport for refugees in your region to take part in the march/action week/single actions
lend materials: busses/car trailers, big tents, kitchen equipment, sound systems, generator, media equipment, tools…
medical support & child care
produce mobilization material (movie, web propaganda, stickers, banners, poster, songs…)
spread flyers, posters, call; link our blogs (freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org and asylstrikeberlin.wordpress.com)
we need a huge amount of money to finance 6 weeks of food for some hundred people! we also need money for tickets/public transport, gasoline, transport cars, renting/buying material, mobilization, anti-repression: please support us by donating, applying at foundations, organising soli parties etc!!!
take part in the Protest March! Starting around the 20th of May in Strasbourg
take part in the Action Week in Brussels 20th June – 27th June
For any questions or ideas, proposals or information you can reach us via email: freedomnotfrontex[at]riseup[.]net or meet us almost every Sunday at 3 pm at Cafe Kotti in Berlin/Kreuzberg, just ask at the counter for us.
We are asylum seekers, refugees, undocumented migrants, migrants from many European countries, we are Europeans with a “migration background”, we are all those who have no full priviledge of citizenship, but also citizens who share a common anger against the racist EU migration policy.
We decided to organize a European caravan which will go from the largest number of European countries towards Brussels (Belgium), where the European institutions are settled. Showing that we don’t respect the borders they impose us, holding us prisonners of the states borders and in the lagers, we will exercise our basic right of freedom of movement and adress our demands directly where the decisions come from.
We have a dream:
Freedom of movement and of residence for all asylum seekers
Stop the Dublin trap and the obligatory residence in Lagers throughout Europe
Permanent documents without criteria (not depending on working contracts or individual state prosecution)
Stop the imprisonment and deportation of migrants
Same working conditions for all
Same political, social and cultural rights for all: right to study and to work
Stop the European imperialist policies: no more free trade treaties and NATOwars
Abolish Frontex, Eurosur and other anti-migration policies and measures
Wir sind Asylsuchende, Geflüchtete, undokumentierte Migrant_innen, Migrant_innen von vielen Europäischen Ländern, wir sind Europäer_innen mit „Migartionshintegrund“, wir sind all jene, die nicht das Privileg der Staatsbürgerschaft haben, aber auch Staatsbürger_innen die die gemeinsame Wut gegen die rassistische Migrationspolitik der EU teilen.
Wir entschieden uns eine Europäische Karawane zu organisieren, welche von der Großzahl der europäischen Länder nach Brüssel (Belgien) führt, wo die europäischen Institutionen ihren Sitz haben. Um zu zeigen, dass wir die Grenzen die sie uns auferlegen, indem sie uns durch Staatsgrenzen und in Lagern gefangen halten, nicht akzeptieren, nehmen wir uns unser Grundrecht auf Bewegungsfreiheit und bringen unsere Forderungen direkt dort an, wo die Entscheidungen gefällt werden.
Wir haben einen Traum:
Bewegungsfreiheit und freie wahl des Wohnsitzes für all Asylsuchenden
Stop der Dublinfalle und der Zwangsunterbringung in Lagern in Europa
Dauerhafte Aufenthaltspapiere ohne Kriterien
Stop der Inhaftierung und Abschiebungen von Migrant_innen
Gleiche Arbeitsbedingungen für alle
Gleiche politische, soziale und kulturelle Rechte für alle: Recht auf Bildung und auf Arbeit
Stop der imperialistischen Politik Europas: kein Freihandelsabkommen und NATO-Kriege
Frontex, Eurosur und andere Anti-Migrationspolitiken und Maßnahmen abschaffen