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[Lesvos] A Retrospective on January 2020 by No Border Kitchen Lesvos

We share a text from No Border Kitchen Lesbos:

Greece: A Retrospective on January 2020 by No Border Kitchen Lesvos (from Stop War on Migrants)

Just one month has passed in the new year and it already casts a grim shadow over the months yet to come. Blow after blow, new atrocities occur, and the government issues one fascist decision after another. Public outcry is absent.

Still, almost every day people set out on the dangerous journey across the straits between Turkey and Europe. Forced by a system that criminalizes and negatively stigmatizes migration, people unsafely have to board boats and leave everything behind, in the hope of a better, normal life – and for the EU (and within it the Greek government) no effort seems too big or too expensive to crush said people, no matter the cost.
The numerous shipwrecks in this month alone shows yet again how dangerous the crossing is. The Turkish coast guard rammed a rubber dinghy, 4 people drowned, one person went missing – and the excuse of missing safety precautions on board is accepted without comment. A fiber boat broke, 11 people died, of whom 8 were children – but the outcry is absent.

Driven in desperation by a dehumanizing and exclusionary system, a man finds himself during the first days of January in prison. He is locked away in solitary confinement, out of sight. He is a man with known psychological problems and he is left alone. Nobody will take responsibility for him. Death appears to him as the only way out of this hell.
In response to this, approximately 150 people took to the streets to protest against Moria Camp and the conditions in its prison. In a public statement (in several languages), the violent methods, which are de facto torture, were criticized, and the release of all prisoners demanded, as well as the closure of Moria camp and freedom of movement for all.
Towards the end of the month around 300 women protested in the streets of Mytilene with slogans such as “we want to be free, we want to be human”. They criticized the horrible living conditions in Moria camp and the ongoing violence. Meanwhile, another hundred women were prevented from participating in the protest and were blocked at the streets entering Mytilene. More than ten non-refugee women that attended the demonstration were removed and taken to the police station. The police were of the opinion that it was they who organized the rally, based on no evidence and only prejudice, the racial prejudice that the refugee community were unable to organise the demonstration themselves, and that it must have been done for them.
Women have to live under constant fear of assaults and rape. Medical help for pregnant women is barely existent. General medical support is scarce. Children grow up in a hostile environment. They are denied their childhood. But the outcry is absent.

Over 20,000 people are currently stuck in and around Moria camp, having to call it their home. Basic needs are not even close to being met. The ideal environment for violence has resulted in several attacks. Already more than 10 people have been injured and hospitalized since the start of the year. Among those, two men were killed. Some no longer dare to stay in the camp and see themselves forced to endure the cold winter nights in public places. But the outcry is absent.

On January 22nd, with the slogan: “we want our islands back!”, thousands of Greek civilians went on strike and protested the government’s refugee policy. The general strike was supported by the broad public, and a poster with their inflammatory demands could be seen in countless shops and stores of Mytilene, resulting in the largest protest in the history of Lesvos. Thus, domestic politics evaporates, and the belief that those who have newly arrived are to blame for the old, structural problems of the country spreads.
This is a perfect example of the recently formed government confirming its desire to show hardness and “strength” by implementing xenophobic policy. Championing the ideal of “out of sight, out of mind”, the first closed camp is already being built on the island of Samos, afar from any civilization. Men, women and children are to be imprisoned there on a general basis, their only “crime”: they came to Europe. They shall be imprisoned for 25 days. Within this time, it is supposed to be decided who is allowed to stay and who will be deported. The new law, however, provides for numerous possibilities to extend detention – up to 18 months if the asylum application is rejected. In addition to this, the time limits for appeals has been shortened, and any appeal must be submitted by a lawyer. This gives rise to the fear that under these circumstances many will not find a representative in time to appeal against a negative verdict.
But the government cannot wait for the completion of the closed camps to achieve their goal. Thus, on the last weekend of January, 55 people, most of them families, were locked up in a wing of the prison on Kos island. EU law ubiquitously requires a case-by-case assessment of whether there is a reason for imprisonment, and the Greek government flagrantly shows a clear disregard for such legal principle. If even legal principles are so publicly ignored, how are we to believe that any moral or ethical principles, such as a basic human right such as migration, will ever be followed?
Help and support will never be close at hand. The dehumanization continues. Imprisonment of the innocent, even children, is legitimized by our xenophobic system. But the outcry is absent.

The closed camps are intended to accelerate and intensify deportations. By the end of 2020, the government wants to deport 10,000 refugees to Turkey – five times greater than the total number of deportations since the EU-Turkey deal was made. So far, in accordance with former practice, many deportations have been prevented (or at least delayed) with the argument that the horrific conditions in Turkey classify a return as unsafe. However, the Greek government has installed a new judiciary for decisions in regards to deportation, and hopes they will decide differently. But the outcry is absent.

The European Union continues to fully support and implement the entire system. They don’t only demand more “effective (frequent)” deportation but also demand the doubling of EASO (European Asylum Support Office) staff officials to carry out the heinous act. It is not the only staff increase. The cruel, so-called “defenses” continue. The government announced to have 1200 more border police officers in the coming months. Already 400 jobs are advertised for the borders at the river Evros, and 800 are to be added on the Aegean islands.
Now they also want to install a floating dam system on the water. How exactly this is supposed to keep boats away is unclear to everyone. Considering that Lesvos is roughly 70km long, the 2.7km long barrier with blinking lights does not invoke an effective approach to the “issue”. The half a million-Euro project seems even more senseless when one takes in to account that people who are stopped by the barrier have already reached Greek territorial waters, and would therefore have to be rescued and taken to Greek soil under maritime law. But the outcry is absent.

As well as this, Stage 2 was closed on the 31st January. Stage 2 was the short-term transit camp to ensure people who land on the northern coast can access safety and receive medical aid and shelter. Over half of the total arrivals on Lesvos are on the northern shore. With closing Stage 2, people arriving will be left waiting for hours on beaches, by the side of the road, or in remote rocky areas, with no access to immediate shelter, protection or medical aid; some may even attempt to walk for hours to the south. But the outcry is absent.

Irony screams out, with all of the events aforementioned taking place in the same month in which the liberation of Auschwitz was remembered during the 75th anniversary of it’s closure, with politicians from left to right wing parties proclaiming: “never forgive, never forget!”. But they do forget. They forget all people who are not wanted in Europe because of their country of origin. They forget the tens of thousands of people who lost their lives because of the current EU policy. They forget the children who have experienced nothing else in their whole life than war, conflict zones and flight, and now are forced to live in hostile environments which provoke child suicide attempts. They forget all the young people who are condemned to do nothing, full of potential – potential Europe desperately needs, but apparently would be provided by the “wrong” people. They forget humanity in view of their own political and economic interests. They forget that fascism is in our midst and again the majority is not only watching but willfully ignoring. Thus, new atrocities take place over and over– but, once again, the outcry is absent. Deafeningly, forever absent.

United we stay- divided we fall.
No borders
Solidarity will win

[Athen] No holidays in Petrou Ralli: A LETTER FROM DETAINED WOMEN

An article from our comrades from Bulletinmag in Greece:

No holidays in Petrou Ralli: A LETTER FROM DETAINED WOMEN

On December 19, 2019, was our last visit to Petrou Ralli Detention Center. Once more the number of detainees had increased and reached no50 50 women from 15 different countries. Indonesia, Ethiopia, Albania, Afghanistan, Georgia, Iran, Italy, Cameroon, China, Tibet, Belarus, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, and Turkey. In our effort to talk with them, some police officers were in such close proximity that prevented women to express themselves freely about situations they experience. The behavior of some officers was also provoking towards us.

A characteristic testimony: “When we came here they forbade us to wear our headscarves and told us:” Out of here you can be Muslim, here NO! Here you are Christians… ”

Another testimony: “A police officer invaded into the shower room, while a prisoner was bathing, and made her pull the towel…” At the time, the health of several of them was very bad. Despite our own pressure for two women to be transferred to a hospital as emergency cases, nothing really changed. Τhese women are still very sick. Also, there are no doctors during weekends and during the night time, at Petrou Ralli. On Christmas day we were informed by relatives of prisoners for possible initiation of a few women on hunger strike. The day after our visit they started writing their experiences in the following denunciation letter, where they describe them with their own voices. Experiences that we can simply only imagine. Women from six different countries asked their will for their letter to be publicized. When you have lost everything you do not fear anything.

Their voices should be heard in the whole world. You can discuss it in your assemblies. The organizations and institutions that talk about human rights should stop fooling us and playing with the plight of migrants and refugees, who are led to extermination.

We stand by and admire these women for their bravery and solidarity they show to each other…

No person illegal, no person invisible

Our Rebel sisters are right for the abolition of detention centers and opening of Borders

for stopping illegal racist & misogynist behaviors

for smashing verbal, physical and mental torture

The passion for freedom is stronger than all kinds of prisons

In streets, in squares and prison cells, migrant women you are not alone

The House of Women, for the Empowerment & Emancipation

spiti.gynaikon@gmail.com

(translated in English from the original)

“Greece, Allodapon (Immigrant House) PRISON 20-12-2019

That so-called-immigration office is such a hideous and villainous place that makes anyone forget his/her humanity. Nothing is legal here. Lies, molestation, sexual abuse, diseases, neglection, squalidity, ill-treatment, beating, insult…You literally face with all of these.

Above all, how can they dare? If Europe doesn’t know, how come they dare? Maybe it is a conspiracy! Here we are locked into wards 3-4 times a day which are filthy and full of lice. Only after hitting the iron fences over and over, a policewoman asks «what», by shouting and insulting. They treat us as if we are animals. (not even animals should be treated like this). They took our mobile phones on the first day and didn’t give it back to prevent us to take pictures or videos. Even the lawyers can’t come inside. When the volunteers of organization companies come we are locked. Volunteers are told a lot of lies. For example, they are told we stay here 2 weeks maximum. Most of us are here for 1,5 months. There are people here who stay for 4 months without being told anything.

We are being taken to airing twice a day like herds. When the time is off, they shout ‘Inside’, and lock us inside the wards. When people need to go to the toilets, they have to shout, punch, kick the doors. Sometimes, only sometimes, a policewoman comes after 15-20 minutes. Other times no one comes. Even if one of us dies at those times, no one cares.

Ceylan Pinar Kanli, Turkish. Everybody is sick. Everybody has wounds because of the filth. Some of us even have cysts. For example, I have cysts all over my body. After 5 days, they took me to the doctor inside the immigration house. He said “you should go to the hospital immediately. You need a blood analysis. It is urgent.” Despite that, they make me wait. It has been 5 days.

We do the cleaning ourselves. We have neither shampoo nor soap. Nothing… The ones who have visitors are lucky, what about the others? They ask the ones with visitors to buy things for their needs if they have money. Our friends without money, they either ask to share or they smell.

There is no word to describe the toilets. No detergents, no soaps, nothing! The toilets changed their color because of the dirt and filth. The ones with wet handkerchiefs wrap their noses and face to be able to enter the toilets. The ones without handkerchiefs mostly vomit.

And the policemen! Under the pretext of distributing food, they touch and harass women. This is a horrible place.

The ward on the right belongs to men. The inhuman beating by the police (the victim was a man called MECIT) shouldn’t be ignored. 4 cops kicked him to death barbarously. I can’t forget his ashamed looks because he was beaten in front of all of us.

The food they give both cold and smells! Tomatoes and oranges are rotten. Even to drink water we have a timetable. Water drinking time… We have to drink that disgusting, smelling water. When I said ‘I can’t drink this water. May I buy from outside?’ the policemen laughed a lot and said ‘You have to’. There are a lot of things to say about that place… The sentences on the walls, relentless tears, and continuous supplications.

All are here in that hell.

Alla from Syria, whose headscarf is pulled from her head

Aisha from Somalia, who can’t walk because of the cysts, who is taken to hospital in the middle of the night and when the inflammation gets a bit better, taken back in prison.

And us, who are insulted every day, 1 Iranian, 3 Albanian girls who were abused.

That place is not an immigration office, it is a torture house. I believe I will be able to go out but it’s not only me. After me, there are lots of women who haven’t got any money, a lawyer. They have no one. There are children hereunder 18 and it is not legal.

Please help us. The women who were on indefinite hunger strike ate for the first time after 3 days. No one cares.

Esraa Kreash (Syria), age 22. Esraa is on medication for her psychological condition under the supervision of a doctor twice a day. However, the police gave her only once at night. For a day, they didn’t give her any. Then, Esra didn’t take the pills at night and the next day she took two of the pills. Because she took two pills in a day (she took one in a day for 20 days before), she slept. When she woke up, she went out airing. The police said that the time was off. She had to go inside, but she knew neither English nor Greek. So she didn’t understand.

After that, the police pulled her arms hard and pushed her. Esra attacked the police’s hair. 4 police came from inside. 2 policemen handcuffed her, 2 policewomen hit her arms. And in front of all of us, they dragged her on the floor and locked her in a cell. They left her handcuffed in the cell without food until night. She cried a lot, knocked the door continuously but they didn’t open it until the night shift. She only knows to say ‘sorry’ in English. She said it tons of times, over and over. Only after that, they opened the door. Her roommates asked food for Esra, but they didn’t give any.

She says ‘I haven’t used psychological drugs before. When I came to this prison, the doctor here gave them to me. She is here for 25 days. She has no visitor, neither money nor a lawyer. She retained a lawyer but because she doesn’t have money, the lawyer doesn’t come. She signed for asylum in Leros 3 months ago. Then she went to Lefkada and she was caught there while going to Italy on the ship and was taken to Allodapon. For 3 months, she has been waiting for the interview. 25.12.2019

Meryen Zare, from Iran who was swindled by her lawyer, hasn’t got any money and a lawyer. Neither translator nor visitor. She asked someone who knows English to write a letter to the police saying ‘Please send a translator or I will kill myself.’ Meryem has been waiting for the answer for 3 days. She is all alone, doesn’t know what to do, without a translator. She has gone on an indefinite hunger strike for 3 days. Today we made her eat.

Glory, from Nigeria, has been waiting to be free although she has been here for 2 months and finished 2 interviews. She is still an indefinite hunger striker! 26.12.2019″

Reading the denouncing letter of these women, in comparison with Article 21, on the rights of detainees, from the Decision: “Establishment, operation, and regulation of the aliens’ pre-removal centers(APC)”, one can easily, and leniently speaking, realize the tragic irony:

Regulation of Pre-removal Centers

Article 21

The foreign detainees in the detention centers have the right:

a. To medical treatment and to psychosocial diagnosis and support,

b. To unhindered religious practice, as long as the safety rules of the detention center are not violated

c. Not to be subjects of discrimination (…)

g. To access to a lawyer and in case of inability, providing legal support (…)

n. To be informed via newspapers, magazines, and books with which they are supplied during their visiting hours and to have access to the library (…)

L. To receive from the guards of the detention center the necessary things for their personal hygiene and tidiness,

m. To receive appropriate nutrition with the concern of A.P.C., 3 times a day and

n. To be informed via newspapers, magazines, and books with which they are supplied during their visiting hours and to have access to the library

(there is no and has never been a library at Petrou Ralli)

[Greece] Free Nour – criminalization of refugees as human traffickers

The source of the following article is the petition in change.org: (https://www.change.org/p/european-court-of-human-rights-free-nour-al-sameh) as well as the picture which is taken from this petition too.

Cases of state repression against refugees arriving with boats on greek islands by criminalizing their act of eventually conducting a boat as human trafficking as written below, are no single cases. It is a systematicly policy of deterrence and arbitrariness. We want to make these cases visible. Nour is an exemplary case for this:

Free Nour Al-sameh! 

Nour Al-Sameh is 29 years old ٍSyrian who is unjustly imprisoned in Greece for 4 years now because he flee to Europe for refuge. Just like the Captain of the Sea-Watch Carola Rackete, he acted to save the lives of people on a boat in the Aegean Sea who would otherwise have drowned in the water.

Nour studied Business Management in Syria, he fled his country due to persecution and war that burst in. He stayed in Turkey in an unbearable situation without shelter or job until he managed to leave Turkey, in July 29th 2015. The only possibility for him to seek refuge in Europe was crossing the Aegean Sea in small sailing boat. He was the only person on the boat who could speak English, when the boat was about to sink he called for help using the walky-talky on the boat.

People on the boat were taken by The Greek coast guards accompanied by military forces (according to Nour,this forces were in military uniform, and he thinks that they were speaking in German)
The boat was taken to the harbor of Perya Island in Greece, he was handed to the Greek coast guards. Being blindfolded and handcuffed, Nour was beaten, insulted and humiliated by the Greek police.

He was accused with Human Trafficking and sentenced for 315 years and a fine of 3150000 Euros in June 2016. Similar cases have shown that the court counts prison year by the number of people on the boat. With the support of his friends he managed to get a lawyer and appeal against this decision in November 2017, the judge of  Perya court dismissed the appeal. In another attempt for justice Nour’s lawyer brought the case to the highest court in Greece, the Supreme Court, to win the opportunity for an appeal and to explain his story properly. Since the hearing in the Supreme Court in February 2019 Nour is waiting for an answer on his claim.

Nour’s case is not an exception. Many refugees have been criminalized, arrested and are currently detained in Greek prisons simply because they were fleeing. The Legal Center Lesvos has documented https://legalcentrelesvos.org/category/news/).

“The individuals charged are denied the basic rights to a fair trial, guaranteed under Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights, as they are routinely denied adequate interpretation, are denied a fair hearing, and convictions are based on the sole fact that the individual was driving the boats attempting to reach Europe from Turkey” In Nour’s case it was simply making a call to ask for help. The Christian Peacemaker Team also documented a trial against refugees concluding

“No one in the courtroom supported the business of human smuggling of refugees—making immense profits by charging huge prices for transporting refugees in very dangerous conditions, usually crowding too many people in unsafe boats, often not giving them life jackets that actually work, or not putting enough fuel in the motor to reach the shore of the Greek island. It’s a horrendous crime against these vulnerable and desperate people. But the people being tried in this courtroom were not the people running these illegal businesses and getting rich.”

https://cptmediterranean.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/seeing-in-the-greek-courtroom/

Here is another article tackling the unjust sentencing of many more people, most likely there are many more like Nour that we haven’t heard of.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241858/article/ekathimerini/news/three-arrested-for-migrant-smuggling-in-as-many-incidents

Nour is still arrested without any help and his case is forgotten

please sign his petition and share it, Nour deserves our solidarity

Saving lives is not a crime!

We demand Nour’s immediate release!

 

[Ahmed H.] 4 years after the Röszke11 riots: The Cyprian government denies Ahmed’s return to his family

The Cyprian government denies Ahmed’s return to his family

Today four years have passed since the “Röszke riot”, the attack of the
Hungarian riot police and TEK (counter-terrorism unite) on protesting
migrants against borders and limitation of freedom of movement in
September 2015. During and after this riot eleven people were arrested
and later faced a court trial.

Ahmed H., one of the arrested eleven people was convicted for terrorism
and sentenced first to 10, than to 7 and on the last court instance to 5
years prison.

On the 19th of January 2019 he was supposed to get released on parole,
after he finished two third of his sentence. But instead of returning
home, he was transferred to the immigration prison in Nyirbátor, in the
east of Hungary. He was waiting for months there for Cyprus to renew his
visa, which expired during the time he spent in prison . He used to live
in Cyprus before his arrest for more than ten years together with his
wife and children. He left the country and ended at Hungarian-Serbian
border, because he accompanied his parents from Syria to Europe.
Although the authorities promised him that he can return home with his
renewed visa after the administration procedure is over, after months of
waiting he learnt, that the government of Cyprus refused his return. The
interior ministry of Cyprus stated that he is a security threat and
cannot get visa.

There is apparently no state willing to let Ahmed enter, so he remains
trapped in the Hungarian jail. In the last months we could not publish
anything about the case because his family did not want to go public
with this further developments until now. We were silent, but we did not
disappear.

During the trial, there was very strong criticism against the Hungarian
state. The liberal media, international organisations, and even the EU
parliament were accusing Hungary of not respecting european values.
Cyprus’ refusal to renew Ahmed’s visa prove, that his situation is not
exclusively the
fault of an ‘undemocratic’, ‘dictatorial’ regime. The racist
anti-immigrant and anti-terrorist
discourse is an essential part of the idea of ‘Europe’ and the european
border regime,
that all european states follow.

This is a call for solidarity actions targeting this time the Cyprian
state and its institutions. A strong international public pressure is
needed for Ahmed’s release and return home. The government of Cyprus has
to let him join his family again and be finally free from the
imprisonment! Spread the news, spread solidarity!

Let us not forget the prisoners of the Fortress!
Freedom for Ahmed H.!

“Free the Röszke 11” solidarity group

freetheroszke11@riseup.net
https://freetheroszke11.weebly.com

[Athen] Repressionswelle und Räumungen von Refugee-Squats in Exarcheia

Artikel zuerst veröffentlicht auf enough is enough 14 am 27. August 2017:

Greek territory: #Exarcheia under police occupation!

Athens, August 26. Alert! What we have been announcing to you for a month and a half has just begun this morning (yesterday morning, Enough 14), just before dawn. Athens’ famous rebel and supportive neighbourhood is completely surrounded by huge police forces: many riot police buses (MAT), anti-terrorist untis (OPKE), police on motorbikes (DIAS), members of the secret police (asfalitès), as well as a helicopter and several drones.

Originally published by BlogYY. Written by Yannis Youlountas. Translated by Squat Net.

A unique place in Europe for its high concentration of squats and other self-managed spaces, but also for its resistance against repression and its solidarity with precarious and migrants, Exarcheia has been in the sight of the right-wing government since its election on 7 July. The new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had made it a personal affair, especially since he had been mocked in early August for failing to achieve his goal of “cleaning Exarcheia in a month” as he had announced with great fanfare.

This morning, 4 squats were evicted: Spirou Trikoupi 17, Transito, Rosa de Foc and Gare. The offensive currently concerns the north-western part of the district, with the notable exception of the Notara 26 squat, which is considered better guarded and very symbolically important for the district as the first historical squat of the “refugee crisis” in downtown Athens.

There are currently about 100 arrests, including than brutal attacks on people trying to film. Only the mass media in the service of power are allowed to cover the event.

In total, there are 23 squats in Exarcheia plus 26 others around the district, for a total of 49 concentrated in a relatively small area. 49 squats to which other types of self-managed sites must be added, including some rented (Espace Social Libre Nosotros, free shop Skoros, etc.) as well as dozens of private homes groups of activists, often near the terraces to allow access above the streets.

On the squats that are precisely inside Exarcheia, 12 are accommodation squats for refugees and migrants and the 11 others are squats of anarchist and anti-authoritarian collectives (although most refugee squats are also obviously very political, starting with Notara 26 and Spirou Trikoupi 17 with direct assemblies and many links with the rest of the movement).

In the squats of Spirou Trikoupi 17 and Transito (on which servants of power are now bricking up windows), more than fifteen children have been torn from a peaceful and happy existence in order to suddenly being sent to camps. These sinister camps are unhealthy and overcrowded, migrants are malnourished and suffer from temperature variations, humiliation, and sometimes torture, and Mitsotakis also demands that they all be well closed and, in the future, completely cut off from the rest of the territory.

The face of Europe is constantly hardening, the same process is happening in other continents. This evolution increasing authoritarian capitalism leads us to question what the coming times will bring: the offensive against the pockets of utopias coupled with the confinement of the scapegoats reminds us of the dark hours of History.

The whole world is becoming fascist and Greece is once again one of them, one of the laboratories.

But nothing is over. September is coming soon. Seasonal jobs are about to end. The social movement gathers and organizes itself again. Places like Notara 26 and K*Vox are under high surveillance. Answers are being prepared, as well as several major events mobilizers. Autumn will be hot in Athens.

Resistance!

Yannis Youlountas, August 26, 2019

Today, Tuesday August 27, there wull be several protests and solidarity actions:

[Paris] 700 Gilets Noirs have occupied the Panthéon in Paris – Support needed!

Friday, July 12th, 700 Gilets Noirs have occupied the Panthéon in Paris
reclaiming their rights and were victim of big repression.

Despite several hospital cases, 36 of them were arrested, 19 still being in prison waiting for their deportation. To support them legally they need
to collect 6000 EUR until this night etc. etc., so feel free to support this campaign as much as you can: https://www.lepotcommun.fr/pot/v346wpgn

 


Les Gilets Noirs cherchent le Premier Ministre !

/Né en Novembre 2018, le mouvement des Gilets Noirs lutte contre
le racisme et pour des papiers pour toutes et tous. Il regroupe
aujourd’hui 50 foyers d’Ile-de-France et des locataires de la rue,
en lutte pour leur dignité./

Vendredi 12 juillet, 700 Gilets Noirs ont occupé le Panthéon pour
revendiquer leurs droits, le droit à la dignité, le droit à avoir des
papiers pour ne plus être chassé.e.s quotidiennement par les flics.

Cette action s’inscrit dans la campagne victorieuse des Gilets Noirs
“Gilets noirs cherchent premier ministre” lancée le 19 mai 2019 par
l’occupation du terminal 2F de l’Aéroport de Roissy-Charles de Gaulle et
l’occupation de la tour Elior à la Défense le 12 juin 2019. Ces deux
premiers coups portés au système raciste d’exploitation des sans-papiers
ont montré que les gilets noirs n’avaient plus peur.

Parce qu’ils et elles revendiquaient ce vendredi, comme ils et elles le
font depuis plusieurs mois la fin de l’humiliation, de la répression, du
racisme, et après plusieurs heures d’occupation du Panthéon et de
négociations en cours avec Matignon, les gilets noirs ont été
brutalement réprimés alors que le commissaire Marsan s’était engagé à
une sortie négociée sans violence et sans contrôle d’identité.

Nassé.e.s à l’arrière du Panthéon, rue Clotilde, et alors que de
nombreux soutiens nous avaient rejoints, dont les député.e.s Danièle
Obono et Eric Coquerel et la sénatrice Esther Benbassa, l’ordre a été
donné de frapper aveuglément et de cibler et rafler un maximum de
camarades sans-papiers. Après quatre charges policières ultra-violentes
dont la dernière a mis à terre plus de quarante personnes blessées, dont
certaines inconscientes dans un état grave, la nasse a pu être libérée.

Les camarades se sont passé.e.s le relais toute la nuit dans les
hôpitaux pour accompagner les blessé.e.s et s’assurer de leur prise en
charge. Nous avons recueilli plus d’une vingtaine de certificats pour
porter plainte au pénal.

36 personnes ont été arrêtées. Alors que 17 ont été libérés hier suite à
un rassemblement devant le commissariat du 5ème arrondissement, 19
autres ont été arbitrairement enfermées au centre de rétention de
Vincennes, prison pour étranger.e.s afin de les déporter.

Nous nous organisons nuit et jour pour la riposte.

Les avocat.e.s ont les dossiers et beaucoup de moyens de nullité ont été
soulevés.

Nous avons besoin d’argent pour payer les avocat.e.s et organiser leur
défense. Pour venger les camarades blessés sous les coups de la police
raciste, fichés par l’hôpital, et enfermés au centre de rétention de
Vincennes.

*Les Gilets Noirs disent : “On lâche rien jusqu’à la fin du monde.” Nous
les libérerons. *

*Vous pouvez participer à la lutte des Gilets Noirs et à leur libération
en faisant un don ici :*

/*Pétition:*/
_https://www.change.org/p/edouard-philippe-gilets-noirs-cherchent-1er-ministre_

*/Tribune de soutien/*
:_ __https://www.liberation.fr/debats/2019/06/27/gilets-noirs-cherchent-premier-ministre_1736092_

A quoi servira l’argent collecté ?

/*Frais d’avocats et autodéfense juridique* :*/
Contestation des Obligations de Quitter le Territoire Français, des
placements en rétention (JLD et recours devant le Tribunal
Administratif), des arrêtés de transfert Dublin, défense en gardes à vue
dans le cadre des actions : 20 000 euros

Plainte contre la police pour les victimes obtiennent justice: 10 000

/*Matériel :*/
Achat d’une sono = 329 euros
Achat de 3 mégaphones = 3 x 80 = 240 euros
Commande de stickers Gilets Noirs = 80 euros
Confection de T-Shirt et drapeaux du mouvement = 240 euros
Achat de bombes de peinture et tissu pour les banderolles = 150 euros

*TOTAL : 31 039 euros*

(*Il n’existe aucune aide financière de l’Etat pour la défense juridique
des personnes enfermées en Centre de Rétention. Les frais d’avocats
peuvent s’élever jusqu’à 1200 euros pour une seule personne.)
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[Ahmed H.] Let Ahmed return home!

We are sharing a text by Amnesty International with the call to let Ahmed H. of the Röszke11 finally return home:

“Cyprus: Ahmed H. must be allowed to return home

Ahmed H. has been separated from his Cypriot wife and two daughters for almost four years. In September 2015, he was imprisoned in Hungary and wrongfully convicted for “complicity in an act of terrorism” in a blatant misapplication of Hungary’s counter-terrorism laws. Ahmed H. was conditionally released on 19 January 2019 and is being held in immigration detention in Hungary. As he is a Syrian national he is at risk being forcibly returned to Syria, a country that is not safe. Cyprus must allow his return home to be reunited with his family.”

Support th ePetition: https://www.amnesty.ie/urgent-action-reunite-ahmed-h-with-his-family/

Fight the border regime, solidarity with all Ahemd and all affected!

[NEU und druckfrisch] Unsere neue CANDY-Broschüre ist da!

Unsere neue CANDY-Broschüre gibts jetzt zum kostenlosen Herunterladen, Drucken, Bestellen gegen Spende und Lesen: CANDY_Brochure_Ausgabe 2.2019 Schreibt uns gerne an cantevictsolidarity@riseup.net, dann schicken wir sie euch zu.

Aus der Broschüre zitiert:
“Wer wir sind und was wir wollen:
Ihr haltet unsere zweite Broschüre in den Händen. Wir haben die Antirepressionskampagne „You can‘t evict solidarity“ haben im Sommer 2016 als Reaktion auf die Räumungen solidarischer Hausbesetzungen in Thessaloniki gestartet. Der Fokus der Kampagne liegt auf der Unterstützung von Menschen, die nach z.B. Widerstandshandlungen in antirassistischen Kämpfen an den EU-Grenzen von staatlichen Repressionen betroffen sind. Wir sammeln Spenden um Anwalts- und Gerichtskosten für Betroffene zu bezahlen, begleiten Gerichtsprozesse vor Ort oder von Deutschland aus solidarisch, schaffen Öffentlichkeit zur aktuellen Situation an den EU-Grenzen gehalten und bauen eine transnationale Vernetzung und Zusammenarbeit mit Betroffenen und lokalen Initiativen auf. In dieser Broschüre sollen kritische und selbstbestimmte Texte Platz finden von Menschen, die nicht länger ein Migrationsregime mittragen wollen, das kategorisiert, unterdrückt und ausbeutet, sondern die für eine grenzenlos solidarische Gesellschaft

kämpfen. Die Artikel erscheinen in Englisch und Deutsch. Wir freuen uns über Texte in allen Sprachen für die nächste Ausgabe. Ihr erreicht uns unter cantevictsolidarity@riseup.net oder auf unserem Blog cantevictsolidarity.noblogs.org. Viel Spaß mit der Broschüre. Our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons!”

 

Für die nächste Ausgabe suchen wir noch Artikel, Beiträge, Interessierte. Mailt uns an cantevictsolidarity1riseup.net.

[Göttingen] 24.7.: Info-Veranstaltung und Release der CANDY-Broschüre

You can‘t evict Solidarity – Antirepressionsarbeit an den EU-Grenzen

Info-Veranstaltung zur Solidaritätsarbeit mit Fliehenden an den EU-Grenzen und Broschüren-Release der Kampagne

am Mittwoch, den 24. Juli 2019 um 19.00 Uhr
im Stadtlabor Göttingen, Schildweg 1, Göttingen

Die Fluchtrouten, z.B. über das ägäische Meer vom türkischen Festland auf die griechischen Inseln wie Lesbos, werden für Flüchtende seit dem EU-Türkei-Deal immer riskanter. Trotz allem nehmen immer noch viele Menschen den gefahrvollen Weg auf sich und sitzen z.B. in Lagern auf den griechischen Inseln, an den Grenzen entlang der Balkanroute oder in Gefängnissen fest.
Gleichzeitig werden Proteste gegen die Zustände und für offene Grenzen häufig gewaltvoll von Polizei und Militär niedergeschlagen, die Protestierenden abgeschoben oder inhaftiert. Trotz der staatlichen Repression kämpfen weiterhin viele Menschen gemeinsam entlang der EU-Grenzen, in den Camps und auf den Straßen gegen die unmenschlichen Bedingungen.
Die im Jahr 2016 gestartete Solidaritäts-Kampagne „You can‘t evict Solidarity” unterstützt Betroffene gegen staatliche Repression und kämpft für eine alternative Öffentlichkeit.

In dieser Informations-Veranstaltung wird nach einem kurzen Rückblick auf die Entwicklungen an den Grenzen seit 2015 die aktuelle Situation auf der Balkanroute, in Griechenland und an den EU-Grenzen skizziert sowie die willkürliche Kriminalisierung von protestierenden Menschen an Beispielen verdeutlicht und über die Arbeit der Kampagne „You can’t evict Solidarity” berichtet. Ein Kurzfilm zeigt zudem die Kriminalisierung von Fliehenden, die auf den griechischen Inseln als „Schmuggler“ inhaftiert und zu hohen Gefängnisstrafen verurteilt werden.

Desweiteren wird im Rahmen der Veranstaltung die neue CANDY_Brochure (Ausgabe 2.2019) der Kampagne mit Texten zur Situation an den EU-Grenzen vorgestellt und ist gegen Spende erhältlich. Außerdem ist bei dem Vortrag Raum für Diskussionen und Updates zwischen Vortragenden und Zuhörenden.

Mehr Infos und aktuelle Beiträge unter cantevictsolidarity.noblogs.org.

In Kooperation mit bordermonitoring aegean und Labor für kritische Migrationsforschung ()https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/***veranstaltungskalender***/605082.html. Übersetzung ins Englische möglich.

[InEUmanity] Frontex auf neuer Mission: Die neue Verordnung vereitelt Menschenrechte

Wir veröffentlichen hier einen Text, der von Genoss*innen der Kampagne InEUmanity verfasst wurde (auch enthalten in unserer neuen Broschüre):

Am 17. April 2019 verabschiedete das Europäische Parlament eine neue Verordnung[1], die die Europäische Grenzschutzagentur Frontex (European Border and Coast Guard Agency) in ihren Aufgaben, Befugnissen und organisatorischen Strukturen grundlegend umgestaltet. Die vermehrte Rückführung von Geflüchteten, als oberstes Ziel im ersten Artikel festgeschrieben, ist Europas einzige und brutale Antwort auf die noch nicht gelöste “Migrationsfrage”.

Ausgangssituation dabei ist, dass ab dem Frühjahr 2015 vermehrt Migrant*innen nach Europa kamen, um Schutz, bessere Lebensbedingungen oder Zukunftsperspektiven zu suchen. Die durch den Schengener Kodex offenen Grenzen der Balkanroute wurden jedoch im März 2016 praktisch geschlossen, um die Ankommenden davon abzuhalten in die oftmals angestrebten westeuropäischen Länder zu gelangen. Systematisch wird dort das Non-Refoulment Gebot[2], Schutzbedürftige an den eigenen Grenzen nicht zurück zu weisen, verletzt, um dem fremdenfeindlichen Rechtsruck in den Mitgliedsstaaten Rechnung zu tragen. Seitdem gibt es hier kein Vor, kein Bleiben und kein Zurück. Für die Geflüchteten eine hoffnungslose und tatsächlich ausweglose Situation.
Eine Lösung in Form einer europäischen Neuregelung des Common European Asylum System (CEAS) liegt seit langer Zeit brach, weil die Mitgliedsstaaten sich nicht einigen konnten. Also soll die neue Verordnung den „Stau“ ab sofort und in Zukunft auflösen.

Kernelement des darin festgeschriebenen neuen Aufgabenfeldes von Frontex ist das Unterstützen von Drittländern bei der Entscheidung über die Schutzbedürftigkeit von Geflüchteten, sowie die Organisation von Rückführungen bei deren Ablehnung. Hinzu kommt die personelle und finanzielle Aufstockung der Grenzschutzagentur, da sie ein umfassenderes Aufgabenfeld erhält, um die Maßnahmen umsetzen zu können. Konkret bedeutet das einen Zuwachs an Personal bis 2027 auf 10.000 Mitarbeiter*innen und eine Erweiterung des États für den Zeitraum von 2021-2027 auf insgesamt 34,9 Milliarden Euro. Frontex setzt sich dabei aus Mitarbeiter*innen der Agentur (EU-Beamt*innen) und aus den Mitgliedsstaaten entsandten Teams zusammen.

Bisher wurde Frontex nur in Mitgliedsstaaten des Schengenraumes tätig, wenn eine rechtsstaatliche Entscheidung dieses Staates über die Einreise bzw. den Aufenthalt im Land vorlag. Nun kann Frontex auf eigene Initiative auch in Drittländern aktiv werden. Vorbereitung, durch Bereitstellen entsprechender Informationen, und Beratung für Rückführungsentscheidungen, sowie deren Ausführung obliegt Frontex. Die Rückführungsentscheidung wird somit rein formell vom Drittland vorgenommen, was allein einer Umgehung des europäischen Grundrechtsschutzes dient.

Dabei haben Frontex-Angestellte eine generelle Ausführungserlaubnis für alle Grenzkontrollen und Zurückweisung betreffenden Maßnahmen, die eigentlich den jeweiligen Staaten vorbehalten sind, was einen offensichtlichen Bruch des Schengen Kodex darstellt. Der Zugang zu einem Asylverfahren kann somit einfach vereitelt werden. Dies ist auch zu erwarten, da die Beamt*innen keine spezielle Ausbildung haben, um die Schutzbedürftigkeit von Menschen erkennen zu können und die gesamte Neustrukturierung auf die Verhinderung der Einreise von „illegalen Migranten“ gerichtet ist.

Weiterhin ist von der Einrichtung von “Frühwarnsystemen” die Rede. Auf Grundlage von Datensätzen von EUROSUR und “Risikoanalysen” soll angezeigt werden, wann sich größere Menschenmengen in Bewegung setzen, um illegal die Grenze zu überqueren. Die Teams haben dann den Auftrag dies zu verhindern. Die Rhetorik des Gesetzes lässt damit keinen Zweifel an der Menschenfeindlichkeit des ganzen Vorhabens.

Zur Durchführung dieser Operationen sollen so genannte kontrollierte Zentren errichtet werden. Der Gesetzestext besagt nicht, ob diese offen oder geschlossen sein werden und ob eine Errichtung auch in Drittländern möglich ist. Mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit werden die Zentren, in denen Asylverfahren innerhalb von 8 Wochen durchgeführt werden sollen, den griechischen und italienischen Hotspotcamps in Hinblick auf Überlastungen, miserablen Lebensbedingungen, systematischen Rechtsverletzungen und den Ausschluss von sozialer Teilhabe in nichts nachstehen.

Eine Haftungslücke führt zudem dazu, dass es für Betroffene keinen Rechtsschutz gibt. Die Beamt*innen unterstehen in Drittländern den Weisungen von diesen, welche nicht an die EU-Grundrechtecharta gebunden sind. Alle Staaten in Europa gehören zwar zur EMRK, diese enthält allerdings kein Recht auf Asyl, sodass vor dem EGMR hinsichtlich der Rückführung nicht geklagt werden kann. Eine Klage vor dem EuGH zur Überprüfung der Rechtmäßigkeit des Handelns von Frontex ist für die Betroffenen unmöglich, da die Entscheidung formal von einem Nicht-EU-Staat getroffen wurde und die Rückführung auf dessen Weisung erfolgte.

Außerdem sieht die Verordnung den Einsatz von Gewalt (Pfefferspray, Schlagstöcke und als ultima ratio der Einsatz von Feuerwaffen) als legitimes Mittel zur Durchsetzung der Aufgaben vor. Überschreitet jedoch jemand die Grenzen der verhältnismäßigen Gewaltanwendung, ist auch ein Strafverfahren ausgeschlossen: Frontex-Beamt*innen genießen im Drittland Immunität, ebenfalls eine Anzeige im jeweiligen Entsendestaat ist ausgeschlossen, ein europäisches Strafverfahren gibt es nicht.

Auch außergerichtliche Einrichtungen versprechen keinen Schutz: Ein*e Grundrechtsbeauftragte*r und ein Beschwerdemechanismus zur Verhinderung und Aufklärung von Menschenrechtsverletzungen sind weitgehend wirkungslos, da dies eine rein interne und damit nicht unabhängige Überprüfung von Vorfällen bedeutet.

Bei der Verabschiedung der Verordnung hatten die Abgeordneten vor allem die Balkanländer im Blick, um die innereuropäischen Grenzen zu öffnen. Es gibt aber keine regionale Einschränkung, sodass einer Anwendung in Libyen oder der Türkei in Zukunft rechtlich nichts im Wege stünde[3].

Für die Verordnung wird mit der absurden Annahme argumentiert, man würde durch das Tätigwerden von EU-Beamt*innen in anderen Ländern den eigenen Grundrechtsschutz exportieren. Ihr eigentliches Ziel besteht allerdings darin, Menschen aus Nicht-EU-Ländern abzuschieben bevor sie EU-Territorium betreten.

Stellvertretend dafür verlief die Debatte im Europäischen Parlament, in der kaum die Rede von den Menschenrechten der Geflüchteten war. Dagegen wurde immer wieder die Wichtigkeit der inneren Offenheit der EU betont. Geflüchtete werden somit in unwürdige Lebenssituationen (zurück)gebracht, damit die Unionsbürger*innen frei reisen können.

Die Verordnung ist somit ein neuer Ausdruck einer rassistischen und eurozentristischen Weltanschauung. Auch wenn im Gesetz immer wieder der Einklang mit EU-Recht, internationalem Recht und Menschenrechten beschrieben wird, ist die praktische Anwendung dagegen immanent menschenrechtsverletzend. Die Verabschiedung dieses Gesetzes macht die neue Qualität des Rechtsrucks in der EU sichtbar.

[1]http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-8-2019-0415_DE.pdf

[2]„Das Non-Refoulement Prinzip verbietet die Auslieferung, Ausweisung oder Rückschiebung einer Person in ein anderes Land, falls ernsthafte Gründe für die Annahme vorliegen, dass für die betreffende Person im Zielland ein ernsthaftes Risiko von Folter bzw. unmenschlicher Behandlung oder einer anderen sehr schweren Menschenrechtsverletzung besteht.“ https://www.humanrights.ch/de/service/menschenrechte/non-refoulement/ ; aufgerufen am 7.5.2019

[3]              Weitere kritische Punkte werden vom ECRE (https://www.ecre.org/an-eu-agreement-on-reform-of-frontex/;                 https://www.ecre.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ECRE-Comments-EBCG-proposal.pdf und ProAsyl                 https://www.proasyl.de/wp-content/uploads/PA_Zur-Frontex-Verordnung_Stellungnahme.pdf) in einer    detaillierten Kritik besprochen.