CALL OUT for donation

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(  na srpsko/hrvatskom vidi dole)

Like every winter, the situation of migrants transiting through Serbia — or being trapped here on their way towards the EU — is becoming more and more difficult. The temperatures often drop below zero degree celsium, there are strong winds, lots of rain and eventually the snow. These conditions are not problematic in themselves, when you have a warm and safe place to stay — but for migrants, who are continually illegalised, criminalised, persecuted, blackmailed and beated by the police, forced by the border regime to walk for tens of kilometers, with little food or drinking water, these conditions become very difficult. 

The result might look like a humanitarian disaster: tens or even hundreds of people, sleeping outside, with no shelter, dry clothes, warm food or even wood for heating, often in poor higienic and health conditions. Recently, the news reached the media, about the dire circumstances of the people, staying in the abandoned Ciglana ruin in Subotica.

We would like to stress that the reasons for this “humanitarian” disaster do not lie in the cold or wind, but in the system that illegalises some people and leaves them no option, but to travel illegally, face police repression, emprisonment and extreme deprivation of basic needs. Because the reasons for this are deeper than the humanitarian perspective tries to present them, we are critical of any humanitarian responses to the situation. These sorts of responses would not address the root causes of the situation and would create a hierarchy of “victim” and “saviour”, dictated by the amount of “pity” someone in a privileged position happens to feel for those, who are structurally deprivileged and marginalised.

However, the basis of being able to function and struggle in this world, starts from having a level of basic human needs provided for: if you are hungry, cold and sick, continuing to struggle and resist is very difficult. This is why we have decided to make a call out for donations, with which we will be able to — in the spirit of mutual aid and solidarity — address at least some of the basic needs of people stuck in Subotica, and elsewhere in Serbia. We would like to bring tents or tarpaulins for protection against the wind, dried wood for heating, cooking and washing, basic higienic and first-aid provisions, waterproof clothing, and some pots for preparation of food. Our reponse is very partial and limited, a drop in the ocean of the needs that go unmet, due to the repressive system, which is the real target of our activities and struggles. We just feel that a response like that is a necessary first step in creating connections, alliances, building networks of resistance and solidarity, in the struggle for a world without borders.

PRACTICAL DETAILS ON HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US:

       – if you have time and are in Serbia, get involved with our activities

       – if you are in Serbia, donate money or material support — HOWEVER: please note that we are ONLY collecting things that are useful and needed! In the past, in many collections, people have donated clothes that was not usable, because it was unsuitable and it created more work for us than it helped anyone. This is why it is REALLY important that you sort out your material donations before and ONLY donate one of the following items:

  • non-perishable food
  • tarpaulin, styrofoam, usable and working tents
  • waterproof, warm, dark colored, men’s clothing (there are a few women, but the number of donations of women’s clothing we get is disproportionate with the number of women)
  • warm blankets, warm socks

      – if you are from far away, the most logical thing is to donate money, as sending the things to Serbia could cost more than buying them here.

For all, and any, of the above, please get in touch with us here http://noborderserbia.wordpress.com/ge-active/

 

APEL  ZA DONACIJE

Kao i svake zime, situacija migranata koji prolaze kroz Srbiju, i onih koji su primorani da se zadržavaju ovde, na svom putu ka EU –  postaje jako teška.  Nema potrebe za previše objašnjenja, dovoljno je pomisliti na temperature ispod nula celzijusa, jak vetar, česte kiše, sneg… Ovi uslovi sami po sebi nisu toliko problematični ako smo na toplom, sigurnom mestu – ali za migrante koji su konstantno ilegalizovani, kriminalizovani i proganjani od strane policije i vlasti, ucenjivani i fizički zlostavljani, koje režim granica primorava da hodaju desetine kilometara gotovo bez hrane i vode, ovi uslovi su ubitačni.

Rezultat toga je humanitarna katastrofa: na desetine pa čak i stotine ljudi koji spavaju napolju bez skloništa i suve odeće,  tople hrane i drva za grejanje, najčešće u teškim higijenskim okolnostima i lošem zdravstvenom stanju. Čak su i mediji konačno počeli izveštavati o strašnim uslovima  u kojima migranti  borave u napuštenoj subotičkoj ciglani.

Želili bi da naglasimo da razlog  ove “humanitarne” katastrofe nije hladnoća ili sneg  već sistem koji ilegalizuje ljude, ne ostavljajući im drugu opciju osim da putuju ilegalno, trpeći policijsku represiju, zatvaranje i ekstremno lišavanje osnovnih potreba. Razlozi su mnogo dublji nego što to humanitarna prespektiva pokušava da predstavi i zbog toga imamo kritički stav  prema pukom humanitarnom pristupu. Takva vrsta odaziva ne bi pomogla razrešenju suštinskog problema jer je nastala situacija samo posledica istog i mogla bi  stvoriti  hijerarhijski odnos “ žrtve” i “ spasioca”,  što je uslovljeno  sažaljevanjem nekoga ko je strukturalno deprivilegovan i marginalizovan.

Da bi čovek bio u  fizičkom i psihičkom stanju da pruži otpor, njegove osnovne ljudske potrebe moraju biti obezbeđene.  Ako smo gladni, promrzli i bolesni, veoma je teško nastaviti borbu i odupirati se.  Zbog toga smo odlučili da uputimo  poziv za pomoć, kako bi zajedničkim snagama u duhu solidarnosti  obezbedili,  makar delimično,  osnovne potrebe izbeglica koji su “zaglavljeni” u Subotici  i  na drugim mestima u Srbiji.

Želeli bi im odneti šatore, cerade i folije za zaštitu protiv vetra i kiše, drva za grejanje, osnovne stvari za higijenu,  nepromočivu odeću, lonce za kuvanje i zagrevanje vode, opremu za prvu pomoć.  Naravno jasno nam je da su naš odziv  i  akcija  nedovoljni  i limitirani, samo kap u okeanu neispunjenih potreba. Ipak,  osećamo da je nužno reagovati i da je to jedini način  za uspostavljanje kontakta, saradnje i izgradnje mreže otpora i solidarnosti u borbi za jedan pravedniji svet bez granica.

 S obzirom na  katastrofalnu situaciju u kojoj se već decenijama nalaze  mnogi  stanovnici Srbije i regije kao i činjenicu da  bi zasigurno mnogi rado donirali – ali to jednostavno nisu u mogućnosti, a oni koji jesu –  to retko čine, ovaj poziv je upućen pre svega privilegovanima u državama Zapada, čije vlade najviše i podržavaju i finansiraju migracionu politiku EU.

PRAKTIČNI DETALJI KAKO NAS MOŽETE PODRŽATI :

Ako  ste u Srbiji i  imate vremena, uključite se u naše aktivnosti. Možete donirati konkretne stvari ili novac. U slučaju ako želite donirati stvari, molimo vas da  obratite pažnju – sakupljamo  SAMO korisne i potrebne stvari! Prethodna iskustva govore da često pristižu neadekvatne i neupotrebljive stvari  koje samo stvaraju dodatne obaveze za nas. Zbog toga JE ZAISTA VAŽNO da prethodno selektujete stvari koje bi donirali  i da one uključuju samo sledeće:

  • Hrana koja se ne kvari
  • Cerade, folije, stiropor, šatori
  • Topla i vodootporna odeća, po mogućnosti neupadljive boje (pre svega muška)
  • Zimska obuća, tople čarape
  • Ćebad

Ako živite u inostranstvu, najlogičniji način je poslati novčanu donaciju  jer slanje stvari može da košta više nego njihova kupovina ovde.

U vezi svega gore navedenog molimo vas kontaktirajte nas na: http://noborderserbia.wordpress.com/ge-active/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Akcija solidarnosti – Ježevo (HR)

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U subotu, 29. 11.2014 ispred detencijskog centra Ježevo (Hrvatska) okupilo se oko 20 aktivista sa ciljem informiranja javnosti o situaciji u Ježevu, izražavanja solidarnosti sa zatvorenicima i boljeg upoznavanja sa njihovom problematikom.


U Ježevu, pored Zagreba, ljudi se nalaze zatvoreni u takozvanom detencijskom centru. Uhvaćeni pri prelasku granice u Hrvatsku smatraju se kriminalcima zbog napuštanja svoje države i traženja azila ili zbog činjenice da putuju među državama ili biraju mjesto življenja.

Život u Ježevu je život u zatvoru. Najdulji period pritvaranja prema Zakonu o strancima iznosi 18 mjeseci međutim vrlo često bivaju zadržani i mnogo dulje. Ljudi su smješteni u zajedničke sobe za spavanje i boravak sa strogo određenim vremenom za jelo, spavanje i izlazak u dvorište koje je unutar zidova centra. Posjete su moguće samo uz prethodnu najavu nadležnim autoritetima, mobilni telefoni su im oduzeti pa osim jednog mogućeg poziva ambasadi pri ulasku svi ostali su na vlastiti trošak. Osobne stvari i novac im se uzimaju. Ako, dakle, imaju svoj novac mogu koristiti 300kn tjedno, ali tek nakon što im se naplati ‘boravak’ u iznosu od 200kn dnevno. Na kraju cijele priče naplaćuje im se i deportacija u zemlju iz koje su krenuli u ovaj pakao.

Za nas koje smo se okupili protest je bio uspješan, bez većeg interveniranja od strane represivnih organa. Zatvorenici također nisu trpjeli veću represiju zbog naše akcije osim činjenice da za trajanja nisu smjeli ići u dvorište zatvora. Pušteni su govori podrške na raznim jezicima i u nekoliko navrata uspjeli smo direktno komunicirati sa zatvorenim migrantama koji su sa svojih prozora pokazivali poruke i zahtjeve i izmjenjivali s nama osobne dijaloge, te dovikujući slogane sudjelovali u bučnom remećenju njihovog zatvoreništva zajedno sa okupljenim aktivistima.

Ova akcija je samo mali znak zajedničke borbe protiv kriminalizacije migracije i graničnog sistema EU. Prostora za djelovanje je mnogo, a ovaj problem će zasigurno zahvatiti sve veći broj ljudi u potrazi za sigurnijim i boljim životom. Nijedan čovjek nije ilegalan i detencija migranata je samo još jedan oblik zatvora! Naša je obaveza da se o tome čuje i preko zidova i rešetaka.

Za više informacija o migracijskim politikama i borbama u Hrvatskoj , kontaktirajte: noborderzagreb[at]riseup.net

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Solidarity Action – Ježevo

On Saturday the 29th of November 2014 about 20 activists gathe

red on front of the detention center in Ježevo (Croatia).

The idea of the gathering was to show solidarity with the imprisoned people, inform the public about situation in Ježevo and to get to know better the problems of people locked up behind the fences.

People are imprisoned in this detention center for crossing the bor

ders to Croatia, being considered criminal for fleeing a country, for seeking asylum or just for the fact of traveling between countries and the wish to choose where to move and live.

Life in Ježevo is life in prison: collective rooms, common areas, set times when it is allowed to eat, sleep, get visits, go in the yard with the walls and fences. Contact with the outside world is very limited for people inside Ježevo. The process of getting visits is not so easy and only possible when announced before to the authorities. Besides this, mobile phones are taken away from them and apart from one free call to the embassy other calls can only be made on their own expenses.

Personal belongings as well as money is being taken away and if people have money they only get access to 300 kn (about 40 euros) per week and are charged for their imprisonment with 200 kn (about 26 euros) per day as well as for their own deportation.

For us who where present, the protest was successful and went without bigger interventions of the repressive organs. For people inside there was also no more repression than usual except that it was forbidden to go into the yard during the time of the protest.

Solidarity statements in various languages were read and played and direct communication with the imprisoned people was also possible. With signs of statements and demands, as well as shouting of slogans and personal dialogs people inside and the gathered activists outside broke the silence of the daily life in prison.

This solidarity action was only a small sign of united struggle against this criminalization of migration and the EU border system. The space to act is really big. It is our duty to let it heard over the walls and fences: Detention of migrants is just another form of jail! No one is illegal!

For more on the topic on migration politics and struggles in croatia, contact: noborderzagreb[at]riseup.net

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Ksenofobija koja spaja….// Racism that unites…

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(english below)

06.10.2014.

Danas, u 12 h u Mladenovcu je održan skup pod  krajnje problematičnim nazivom “ Stop azilu”. Skup je podržan od strane Demokratske stranke i D(Z)veri.  Ako možemo  verovati medijima u vezi sa brojem okupljenih, više od 1000 građana je  učestvovalo na protestu protiv otvaranja centra za tražioce azila u Maloj Vrbici. Ovo nije prvi skup takvog tipa  u Mladenovcu,  meštani su već u nekoliko navrata proteklih godina  izrazili svoje nezadovoljstvo protiv  vladine odluke, pa je nejasno zašto nadležni i dalje insistirju  na otvaranju novog centra na tom mestu, kada su se  neke opštine,  poput Pančeva, složili da bi po potrebi novi centar mogao biti otvoren tamo. Takođe, hotel u Obrenovcu bi  trebalo uskoro da počne sa radom, pa ovakvi potezi dodatno stvaraju konfuziju-šta se tu zapravo dešava?                                                                                                                                          Bitno je opaziti u naslovu  facebook stranice ” Mala vrbica veliki problem” (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mala-Vrbica-Veliki-Problem/160201104136577 ) da se naglašava reč centar otvorenog tipa.  Znajući migracionu politiku EU o zatvaranju izbeglica, koja se  neminovno i Srbiji nameće kao deo evropskih integracija, postaje  sumnjivo ko stoji iza ovog protesta, odnosno koje su prave namere tog plana? Da li to treba da znači da bi centar zatvorenog tipa – odnosno izgradnja već planiranih zatvora za izbeglice po standardima EU bila prihvatljiva? Skup od 1000 ljudi je nezamisljiv pojam ako se radi o  besplatnom školstvu, rastućim cenama, smanjenju i ovako bednih penzija i plata,   zaustavljanju privatizacije,  GMO ili  Busplus sistemu. Organizatori su čak odštampali majice sa natpisom “ Stop azilu” , organizovana je kolona od 50 automobila koja je predvodila protestnu šetnju, a nacionalne srpske zastave su bile prisutne kao neizbežan element takvih ksenofobičnih skupova. Kao vrhunac ujedinjenja građana, predstavnici okolnih mesta su takođe dali podršku mladenovčanima u ” borbi”.                                             “Znam da vi  ovde ne vodite borbu samo za vaš grad, već za sve nas u Šumadiji.” – rekao je član pokreta D(Z)veri, Vladan Glišić.                                                                               Atmosfera podseća na blokadu u Obrenovcu prošle zime, kada je okupljeni muški svet potpaljen domaćom rakijom bio spreman da odbrani dom od nepoželjnih stranaca po svaku cenu. Tužno, tužno, tužno. Ovaj skup je još jedan primer kako  opšte razočarenje, bedno stanje u državi  i naravno neinformisanost naroda jača ksenofobiju, rasističke i nacionalističke struje. Svi smo ogorčeni, razočareni, ali  bes se kanališe u potpuno pogrešnom smeru. ” Dragi prijatelji iz Vlade, izađite iz vaših kabineta i otiđite u fabriku ” Petar Drapšin” gde radnici dve godine nisu primili plate. Pitajte poljoprivrednike kako im je kada  za džak šljiva mogu da kupe paklicu cigareta.” Tačno, i naravno sve podrške radnicima, ali pitamo se kakve veze imaju izbeglice sa neisplaćenim platama, tajkunima i razaranom  privredom??? Kao mlade ljude  najviše  nas je  rastužila- razljutila izjava poput: “Ne zelimo da naš grad bude centar za azilante zbog buducnosti naše dece.” Da li su se ti isti roditelji zabrinuli i organizovano pobunili npr. za besplatno školstvo , protiv katastrofalnog školskog sistema,  oligarhije, nezaposlenosti, eksploatacije…Zar nisu  to stvari koji  ugrožavaju budućnost  dece?

Ne dajte se zavarati!                                                                                                   SOLIDARNOST među izbeglima i radnicima,                                                                    Stop nacionalizmu!                                                                                                                   Sloboda kretanja i pravo na dostojansven rad za svakog!

povezani linkovi: http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/Beograd/500324/Demokrate-i-Dveri-zajedno-na-protestu-protiv-azilanata                                            http://www.mladenovac.rs/vesti/aktuelnosti/1945.html

6th of october 2014
Today at 12 o’clock there was a rally under the title “Stop asylum“ held in Maldenovac that was organized by the “democratic party“ and the neo facist group “D(Z)veri“. If we can believe the media concerning the number of participants, over 1000 people joined the protest against a center for asylum seekers in Mala Vrbica. This is not the first gathering like this in Mladenovac, the villagers already showed in other occasions in the last years dissatisfaction with the decision of the government. So it remains unclear why the political authorities insist on opening the new center on that place, regarding the fact that other municipalities like Pančevo, agreed on having a new camp opened there. Also the center in Obrenovac (old hotel that was used as a camp for asylum seekers but was damaged in the floods in febuary 2014) should be reopened soon, to there is even more confusion -what is actually happening?

It is to notice that in the title of the FB page “Mala vrbica veliki problem” (= “small Vrbica big problem)“ (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mala-Vrbica-Veliki-Problem/160201104136577 ) they are mentioning an “open center“. Knowing the migration politics of the EU with its practice of locking up refugees, that is by the way also being implemented in Serbia as part of the european integration, it remains suspicious who stands behind this protest.Would the construction of prisons/detention centers for refugees according to EU standard be tolerated?

A gathering of about 1000 people is unthinkable when it comes to protests concerning topics like free education, the rising prices, the reduction of already beggarly pensions and salaries, GMO or the BusPlus system (comercialized and expensive public transport ticketsystem).
The organizers eben printed shirts with the sign „Stop asylum“, a car convoy of 50 vehicles was organized for the protest march and nacional serbian flags were presented as indispensable elements such racist events.

As top of the unification of citizens, representatives of the surrounding villages showed also their support of the Mladenovacians “struggle“. “ We know you are not fighting only for your city but for al of us in Šumadija (name of the region)“ – said the member of the D(Z)veri movement Vladan Glišić.

The atmosphere recalls the blocade in Obrenovac last winter, when a assembled male crowd ,fueled with home made Rakija/brandy, was ready to defend their homeland from unwelcomed foreigners (asylum seekers) at any cost.
Sad!

This protest is one more example of how a general hopelessness of society, a miserable situation in the country and of course a lack of information and education strenthens xenophobic, racist and nacionalist powers. We are all exasperated, dissappointed, but the anger canalizes totally in the wrong direction.
“Dear friends from the governmnent, get out of your cabinets and go to the factory “Petar Drapšin“ were the workers have not been payed for two years. Aks the farmers how they feel if for a sack of plums they can buy a package of cigarettes.“

Exactly! Of course our solidarity must be with the workers, but we have to ask, what do the not-payed salaries, the tycoons and the destroyed economy have to do with refugees???
What makes us- as young people- sad and angry the most are statements like:
“We don’t want our city to be a center for asylum seekers because of the future of our children.“
Did these same parents care or got organized for free education, against the catastrophic education system, against oligarhs, unemployment, exploitation, … only to name a few examples?Aren’t these things that threaten the future of the children?
Do not be fooled!
SOLIDARITY between refugees/migrants and workers!
Stop nationalism!
Freedom of movement and stay and the right to decent work for everyone!
Related links:

http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/Beograd/500324/Demokrate-i-Dveri-zajedno-na-protestu-protiv-azilanata

http://www.mladenovac.rs/vesti/aktuelnosti/1945.html

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travel warning +++ تحذير سفر +++Avertissement de voyage +++ Seyahat uyarisi +++ Alerta para los migrantes +++ Utazási figyelmeztetés +++ Kujdes Qarkullimi/Udhëtimi +++ عملیات گسترده+++ Reisewarnung +++ Предупреждение путешественникам!

(naški dole – فارسی زیر- français sous – العربية أدناه

unfortunately this news are nothing special, but at least this time some information could be spread before.  Take care of each other!

EU-wide police operation from 13th-26th october 2014

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.

Against fortress Europe!
No one is illegal!

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Upozorenje za putovanja!
Od 13.-og do 26.-og oktobra će se održati policijska akcija nazvana „mos
maiorum“ u području cjele EU i vanjskim granicama.

Tjekom ovih dva  tjedna oko 18.000 policajaca – u uskoj suradnji s FRONTEX-om – idu u lov
na ljude bez papira. Namjera je otkriti naše migracijske rute i uhapsiti  po mogućnosti što više nas.
Molimo vas upozorite  sve ljude bez papira! Očekuju se pojačane kontrole
ponajviše u vozovima/vlakovima, na kolodvorima, na aerodromima, na
autocestama i unutrašnjim granicama Evropske Unije.

Za više informacije  // more information

http://travelwarning.blogsport.eu/ (english, français, العربية , فارسی, shqiptar, magyar, türk, deutsch, español)

http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/sep/eu-council-2014-07-10-11671-mos-maioum-jpo.pdf (english)

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تنبيه
٣١ سيتم تنفيذ عملية أمنية شديدة تحمل إسم ” / ٣١ و لغاية ٦٢ / اعتباراً من ٣١ MOS MAIORUM ” في كافة
أنحاء أوروبا
خلال هذين الأسبوعين ٣٠١١١ رجل أمن و حرس حدود سيكونوا على أهبة الإستعداد لإلقاء القبض على أي شخص لا
يحمل أوراق رسمية . الهدف معرفة الطرق المستخدمة في عمليات التنقل إلى و داخل أوروبا وإلقاء القبض على أكبر عدد
ممكن من الأشخاص ، خصوصاً في القطارات و محطات القطار العامة ، المطارات و الطرق السريعة و حدود أوروبا
الداخلية التي ستشهد تدقيقاً أشد
معاً ضد السياج الأمني في أوروبا
لا أحد غير شرعي
يرجى التنبيه و النشر

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Attention – Avertissement de voyage !!
Du 13 au 26 Octobre se effectuera une opération policière sous le nom
/”mos maiorum”/ dans tous les pays de l’Europe. Pendant ces deux
semaines environ 18.000 policiers iront, en coopération avec FRONTEX, à
la chasse des gens sans papiers. Ils veulent découvrir nos routes
migratoires et arrêter le maximum de gens possible.

S’il vous plaît, prévenez toute personne sans papiers. Aux gares, aux
aéroports, sur les autoroutes et aux frontières intra-européennes il
faut s’attendre à des contrôles beaucoup plus fréquents.

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عملیات گسترده پلیس با نام “موس مایوروم” از ۱۳ تا ۲۶ اکتبر در راه است. در طول این دو هفته ۱۸۰۰۰ نیروی پلیس در تعقیب پناهجویان بدون مدرک شناسایی خواهند بود آنها قصد پیدا کردن مسیرهای در تردد ما پناهجویان و دستگیری گسترده ما را دارند
لطفا به تمام پناهجویان و افراد بدون مدرک شناسایی هشدار دهید! کنترل فزاینده در قطارها، ایستگاه های قطار، فرودگاه ها، بزرگراه ها و در داخل حوزه اتحادیه اروپا انتظار میرود

!علیه دژ اروپا
!هیچکس غیر قانونی نیست

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Solidarity with GAZA

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Dear people of  GAZA YOUTH BREAKS OUT  and youth of GAZA,

It happened today that a kind friend sent us your Manifesto. It has been 3 years since it was published. We are very late, but unfortunately everything is still very up-to-date, specially now, when the israeli violence and terror continues, when every second, a child or a civilian can be a target of a gun shot or an air strike.

We are deeply touched by your manifesto and deeply disturbed about GAZA.

We feel that we can not just sit at home, watching the news, the anger is boiling within us, and from the hypocrisy of the international community, UN and EU our stomachs are rolling.

Some of us are desperate to the level that we can not stop thinking about the question; what is possible to do? The sense of powerlessness destroys us as, partly because the situation in our countries, and of course now because of  Gaza.
We share with you the wish to find a way how to direct this anger and energy into something – as you wrote- what can challenge the status quo. Of course peacefully.

But we are not finding an effective non-violent way how to support you. We had a protest for GAZA in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Ljubljana together with our Palestinian brothers and sisters, but those are just one of the many demonstrations all around the world, and  in fact it’s almost useless.

There was an idea to have more organized protests in front of the israeli embassy. Some people say – we don’t recognize the isreli state, it is occupied Palestine so we can not recognize any embassy as well. Others think that statement works just in theory. If the non-exiting Israeli state can send rockets and take lives of civilians day by day for decades, we can’t just ignore their existence. By ignoring, paradoxically we would support them.

We dont know if you will get our message at all, we can just try to imagine what do you face with at the moment there, but if you have any idea what could be done from this distance, please write us.

Shukran.

Stay strong!

Greetings of solidarity and resistance!

Youth of ex Yugoslavia

 

 

 

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Report about the action in Debrecen

Here’s a report about action that took place at Debrecen/Hungary on 17th of May 2014, written by a participant from Vienna, combined with some reflection about the significance of protest and resistance against detention policies in Hungary within the struggle against European border- and deportation regime:

Protest against detention and its significance in the struggle against European border- and deportation regime

For several years, Hungarian asylum system has been unfamous for its practices of detaining refugees in closed prison camps or, on the other hand, throwing people on the street, without any place to stay. At Debrecen in the east of Hungary is located one of the biggest refugee camps in the country, with both open camp section and closed detention camp. Saturday, 17th of May 2014, Debrecen has been in the focus of bringing this systematic violation of freedom and basic human rights and also refugees’ resistance against this system to public attention: Around 50 people living in the open section of the camp, together with a group of Hungarian and international activists who came by bus from Budapest, organised by the group Migszol (Migrants Solidarity Group), came together for a protest rally in front of the refugee camp. Major demands: Stop of detention of refugees in Hungary, but also an end to bad living conditions and abuses taking place in open camps, too. People from the refugee camp and visitors from outside held speeches and shouted slogans for freedom, interrupted by music and dancing. From the entrance area of the open camp, the demonstration moved to a point opposite the outside walls of the closed detention camp, so that people inside this prison could see and hear it. Many of the prisoners, in turn, shouted and waved from inside – a moment of solidarity as well as of feeling helpless against the physical power of barbed wires and prison walls. For many of the people living in the open asylum camp, the detention section is not an unknown place: They have been inside detention at Debrecen or other camps, often for months, after being arrested by Hungarian border guards, after being deported to Hungary from other EU-countries based on Dublin-rule, or as a form of intimidation and punishment by the authorities. It is said that people with supposedly bad chances in the asylum trial are more likely to be detained, but in general, the descision of who will be sent to a closed camp is a totally arbitrary one, working as a threat upon all asylum seekers in Hungary. Many of the refugee protesters had stories to tell about their sad and cruel experiences inside detention camps at Debrecen and other places, like Nyírbator or Békéscaba: Stories about being systematically beaten and maltreated by prison guards, some of them showing traces of injuries on their bodies. Or stories about people psychologically traumatised and broken iside detention. While many refugees at Debrecen have experienced Dublin deportation to Hungary, often from Austria or Germany, it also became evident that at the same time, many people fear being deported out of Hungary, especially to Bulgaria, based on Dublin rule, too. Several people pointed out that in Bulgaria, like in Hungary, it is common for Asylum seekers to be detained, while those who are „free“ are left homeless on the streets, without any kind of accomodation or support from the Bulgarian state. This short day of protest, a day of joyful coming together, of rising up for freedom, but also of sharing harmful and traumatising experiences, ended with cordial farewell and confident motivation among the participants that further steps of protest need to follow.

Detention and push back

In the beginning of 2013, the practice of detaining asylum seekers was limitted by modifications of Hungarian law, meaning that people applying for asylum immediately after being picked up by Hungarian border police, as well as people being deported to Hungary based on Dublin rule, should not be detained any more. Anyhow, detention as a common standard was reintroduced only on 1st of July 2013, introducing a form of detention that is legally different from deportation custody and allows Hungarian authorities to imprison asylum seekers up to 6 months. This new law, which concerns people who were arrested inside Hungarian borders as well as those deported there from other EU countries, offers very different justifications of detention: Among others „Verifying someone’s identity“, „suspicion of delaying the asylum procedure“, „not fulfilling duties of asylum procedure“ or generally „protection of public order and national security“. In daily practices of Hungarian asylum system, this means that refugees in Hungary live with the permanent threat of being sent to a closed detention camp for any arbitrary excuse. Many times, people imprisoned in Hungarian detention centers have complained about extremely bad living conditions, insufficient food and medical treatment and violent abuses. Several times, refugees have responded against this detention system in collective acts of resistance: In August 2013, people started a hunger strike at Nyírbator detention center and in November 2013, a prison riot took place at Békéscaba. Due to inhumane living conditions and pressure from the authorities, many have chosen a so-called „voluntary“ pushback to Serbia as the only exit option seemingly available to them. At the same time, forced deportation to Serbia, which is not part of the EU Dublin regulation, also seem to be common, like stated in a testimony by a participant of Békéscaba riot: „(…) During this period I had seen that they deported people who had been there for four months (from Pakistan, Algeria, and other countries). They [the wardens, the police] would just come, without informing them before and deporting them the same night or the early morning of the next day. The people were angry that they just deport us back. We came to seek asylum and they would just push us back to Serbia.(…)“

Countries at eastern periphery of EU serving as „prison camp“ within Dublin-system

While it is an important challenge to struggle for the stop of Dublin deportations to Hungary because of the danger of detention, it also has to be pointed out that detention is not simply a specific failure of Hungarian asylum system. Closed detention camps in Hungary are set up and maintained with money from the EU and certain member states, like Germany. In this sense, an EU banner can be seen waving over the entrance doors of camps in Nyírbator, Debrecen and other places. Detaining asylum seekers is not something Hungarian state does against common EU human rights standards, but something it does to fulfil its role within EU migration regime. Deportations based on Dublin rule and the imprisonment of migrants and refugees in detention centers are corresponding parts of the system of repression against the free movement of people. With the breakdown of Greek asylum system, which has forced the EU member states to stop Dublin deportations to Greece, other countries at the periphery of the EU are more and more in the position to replace the role of Greece as buffer states. And Hungary is not the only state whose institutions actively try to fulfil this role: Bulgarian state, for example, also has become unfamous for the detention of asylum seekers and transit migrants. Even in Hungary, with all the atrocities of its own asylum system, refugees talk about their fear of getting Dublin deportation to Bulgaria. This is not only because of the threat of detention, but also because of the total lack of accomodation and basic vital support for those people who are not detained and because of frequent racist attacks. And even in those states which are no EU members yet, steps are made to get more actively involved in the repressive European border regime. Serbian authorities, according to observations by activists living there, are presently preparing to introduce systematic detention of refugees and „irregular“ migrants, too. Detention, push backs and other forms of movement restriction, with all its cruel consequences for the lives of people, are, to a large extent, caused by the policy of rich central EU countries like Germany and Austria. These states, until now, have been the most active ones to implement and to extend the Dublin – by now Dublin III – system in Europe, aiming to keep „unwanted“ people outside their own borders at any price. At the same time, this interest corresponds to the racist anti-refugee/anti-migrant agenda of right wing and fascist groups and parties who have become increasingly powerful in Hungary, but also in other countries. Globally, the extension of detention push backs and generally repressive migration control in the countries of eastern Europe and the Balkans is also due to their geographic position as transit countries into the EU for people fleeing from the war zones in Asia and Africa as well as for others searching for a better life. And, not least, from eastern and southeastern Europe itself, people who are facing economic crisis, poverty and racist persecution are setting out towards richer western EU countries. With the latest escalation of the horrors of war in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and other parts of the world, one of the major concerns for European bureaucrats and mainstream media is how to „handle“ and control the expected rise of the numbers of refugees. Media in Austria or Germany are full of „alarming“ reports about allegedly „exploding“ numbers of Asylum seekers – numbers in fact ridiculously small compared to people who are blocked in refugee camps in Africa or Asia -, while the EU members’ role in plundering resources, supporting oppressive regimes and inflicting wars keeps being ignored. In this context, detention, pushbacks and (Dublin) deportations along the flight- and migration routes through eastern Europe are tools of the same ruthless asylum- and migration control regime implemented by the member states of the EU that kills people in the Mediterranean- and Agean sea and in the deserts of northern Africa. Thus, delegitimating, undermining and saboting these tools of repression is a fight for freedom of movement that can contribute to remove barriers for people’s possibilities to save their lives and to claim access to the resources that are denied for them in a capitalist world system.

Marginal position of refugee solidarity protests in the context of rising nationalism and fascism

On the day of anti detention protest in Debrecen, local Jobbik fascists, one of them a deputy at Hungarian parliament, held a counter rally to intimidate the refugee solidarity action and, as they said, to „support the Hungarian government“ and „protect the local population“. Although no physical confrontations happened, this incident is typical for the marginal position of refugee- and migrant solidarity in Hungarian society: No person from Debrecen who is not an inhabitant of the refugee camp showed her solidarity. The only ones presently supporting refugees’ demands for freedom and basic rights seem to be some activist- and NGO groups mostly from Budapest, while Jobbik, with their fascist and often violent racist ideology, have become one of the most powerful political parties in Hungary. This, too, is not an exclusively Hungarian problem, but fits into the rise of fascist and other rightwing and racist groups almost everywhere in Europe.

Debrecen protest as a step for new cooperations and visibility of struggles

The demonstration in Debrecen on 17th of May has not been the only and not the first example of asylum seekers protesting against detention and social exclusion in Hungarian refugee camps. Riots and hunger strikes have take place at Bekescaba and Nyirbator. Of a new quality was, on the one hand, the cooperation between inhabitants of a refugee camp raising their voice and supporting groups from outside and, on the other hand, the high attention and visibility in Hungarian media. In this sense, for refugee activists as well as for the Migszol group, the Debrecen protest day was a big success, though it was clear to the organisers that substantial changes of inhumane living conditions are not likely to happen quickly. Future will show in how far refugees struggling against detention and deportation system and supporting groups will be able to build up a broader and more continuous protest movement and in how far they will have the power to resist against repression and intimidation by Hungarian authorities and racist groups. According to a report of Migszol, who visited Debrecen some weeks after the public demonstration, refugees continue to struggle against desperate living conditions, often using their bodies as the only tool available: there were people who went on hunger strike or sewed their mouth, in most cases far from any media attention. Internationally, the protest against detention system in Hungary is a highly important point of reference in the struggle against deportation through Dublin rule. In the case of Greece, Dublin deportations have already been suspended due to the all too obvious inhumane conditions of Greek asylum system, but only after visible scandalisation through protests, revolts, media reports and exemplary juridical cases. Also for Hungary, Bulgaria and other „target countries“ of Dublin deportations, there have been successful individual court cases of people who claimed their right to stay in another EU country. But still, authorities and courts in Austria, Germany etc. strictly refuse a general suspension of Dublin deportations, as this would put their strategies of refusing entry to refugees at stake. Achieving this would be a strategic goal in the struggle for freedom of movement in Europe. In Hungary and elsewhere, active refugees and migrants are the ones who are in the most exposed, most risky position within this struggle. It’s a challenge to participate in breaking isolation to make it successful.

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Solidarity with resisting refugees in Berlin-Kreuzberg

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„You can’t evict a movement!”
Solidarity with the refugee movement worldwide
Solidarity with the refugees in Berlin-Kreuzberg – challenging the real face
behind the smile of the (local) politicians

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Why our brothers and sisters are under siege by around 1000 police for more than one week and a final attack is announced to come very soon? The brutality of the police in oppressing political resistance in Germany has a long history. How far it will go this time? Why the district ruling green party implemented a state of emergency in four streets around the area where the abandoned school is based? Why nobody is allowed to move in this area? Why inhabitants, shop owners and workers have to prove their identities and get officers at their side to reach their apartment or working place? Why freedom of press is suspended and the public is blindfolded about what happens behind the fences and inside the building? Everything possible to defame and to criminalize the refugees can be presented later on. You want to echo what happened in the case of Oury Jalloh after killing him?

For how long you will close your ears to the voices of the refugees?

The refugee activists on the roof of one school in Germany’s capital gave their answer on a sheet: „You can’t evict a movement“.

The refugee movement is everywhere, like in Berlin, Hannover (“Stop killing refugees”) or Hamburg (“We are here to stay”). It is already a long history of resisting and dying under a growing and highly sophisticated system of human right abuses, isolation and deportation, and the same long history of undermining self-determination and self-organization by NGOs, churches, politicians and alleged supporters. The refugee takes it all and continues to fight for justice – right now on the roof edge of the abandoned school building in Berlin. Is this what democracy looks like so that everyone gets this message from Berlin-Kreuzberg clear?

In 2003 Umberto Bossi, then leader of the rightwing party Northern League, declared in the aftermath of an earlier drowning disaster of boat peoples, “I want to hear the roar of canon! The immigrants must be hunted down, for better or worse! At the second or third warning – boom! Fire the canons at them! Otherwise this will never stop!” Today in Berlin-Kreuzberg the politicians in charge (here the green party*) you be on the same position only with a different rhetoric and a different party background?

What is your real position in the frame of Europe’s elimination system towards people who fled to this continent because Europe is engaged in their home countries like Ivory Coast, Sudan, Libya, Niger, Mali or Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan? Wars, warmongering, military coups, to maintain the business with highest profit rates are producing refugees day by day. When the victims of these policies turn towards Europe the hunt against them starts by all means and if it’s not the roaring canon than it’s pushing back in the deserts, piling the boats, gunshot or beaten to death at the borders. And inside the borders of the fortress of so called human rights and democracy there is nothing different in general than to eliminate the evidences of all these crimes by isolating people in the Lagers, by preparing for their deportation, by putting them in prison, by denying the basic rights to get a high risk to die because of the lack of means to survive and to stay healthy, by planting pain, traumata and sickness into the next generation.

Who can live with it?

We call on all refugees to critically rethink and strengthen our networks in our communities and act together.

Germany, 2nd July 2014

 

 

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