Stop British government’s anti-refugee policies

This music video from Germany is called Moving – Refugees Welcome (Songs for Refugees by hdpk).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

PM‘s disgrace on refugees

8 March 2016

EVEN if Britain was utterly blameless for the tragic situations unfolding in countries now haemorrhaging refugees into Europe, David Cameron’s attitude would be reprehensible.

The Prime Minister boasts of our country’s “rock-solid opt-out” from the Schengen agreement on open borders in the European Union, insisting that “there is no prospect of Britain joining a common asylum process in Europe.”

Not wishing the EU to take control of Britain’s borders should not equate to turning our backs on millions of refugees forced from their homeland by war and poverty.

If Britain is still the fifth or sixth biggest economy in the world, it is capable of offering succour to many more refugees than the government has already agreed to accept.

To offer asylum to just 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 is to enshrine inhumanity in government policy.

To try to justify such a pittance by suggesting that Britain is overcrowded, has too many problems of its own to worry about and is incapable of taking on the worries of the world speaks of a selfishness that should be an anathema to any country claiming to be civilised.

How shameful this is when compared with the response of Syria’s neighbours, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, which are sheltering 1.4 million, 1m and 2.6m refugees respectively.

Within Syria itself, 6.5m people have been displaced and have sought protection from foreign-financed jihadi death squads, mainly in government-controlled areas.

Britain and many fellow EU member states believe they have the right to rampage across Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and other countries while accepting no responsibility for the problems that such conflicts generate.

Germany, which frets about future economic problems due to an ageing population and low birth rate, took a different path, opening its borders to all refugees before reversing that position following far-right-organised xenophobic protests.

Other EU states, especially new entrants in eastern and south-eastern Europe, have simply refused to accept dispersal of refugees after EU summits agreed to do precisely that.

They have closed borders, building barbed-wire fences as a means of concentrating new refugee numbers on Greece, which has already been bled dry by the EU and its ECB central bank at the behest of foreign private banks.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has demanded immediate relocation of refugees throughout the EU and proposed financial penalties for member states that have reneged on commitments to accept these desperate people.

It beggars belief, given Greece’s recent experiences, that Tsipras maintains his naive assumption that the EU is motivated somehow by international solidarity.

As far as the rest of the EU is concerned, refugees from war-torn western Asia and north Africa can remain in Greece or, better still, in Turkey.

Rather than show some humanity for the plight of those fleeing war, Cameron prefers to deploy the Royal Navy in the eastern Mediterranean, ostensibly to counter people-trafficking gangsters but in reality to discourage desperate people from entering Europe.

The rich EU core wants Turkey to clamp down on opportunists offering flimsy vessels to transfer refugees onto outlying Greek islands, dangling £3 billion as an inducement that has not so far materialised.

Ankara will drive a hard bargain, wanting visa-free travel to the EU for its citizens and revived negotiations to join the bloc on top of financial inducements.

Europe’s political elite should be ashamed of its failure to prioritise the needs of people forced into extreme measures to save themselves and their families over narrow self-interest.

Saving people’s lives and offering them a chance to build their future has to be the priority.

The 28 European Union member states worked out a deal at a special summit with Turkey on Monday that would make it even more difficult for the millions of people fleeing the wars in the Middle East to enter Europe: here.

6 thoughts on “Stop British government’s anti-refugee policies

  1. Tuesday, 8 March 2016

    Cameron and NATO mobilise to send refugees back!

    BRITAIN is sending ‘vital military assets’ (in Cameron’s words) to be part of the NATO force that will be intercepting refugee boats seeking to cross the Med to safety, and returning the refugees to Turkey, whose government has killed thousands of Kurds, has been engaging in an oil trade with ISIS, and is still sending hundreds of terrorists into Syria to seek to overturn the government of President Assad.

    The same Turkish government has been conducting a war against the democratic rights of its own citizens, and its militarised police have just stormed the offices of the Zaman newspaper to force its staff at the point of bayonets and machine guns to produce a newspaper that supports the Turkish government.

    Turkey is obviously a very worthy and prized ally of British, EU and US imperialism. The NATO operation is to send the refugees, who have been forced westwards, back into the tender mercies of the Turkish government and into the arms of the terrorist forces that have been mobilised by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to overthrow the Syrian government. The Saudis or Qataris will not accept even one refugee!

    The cynical Cameron described the NATO-EU operation to return refugees to the conditions that they have fled from in the following terms. He said the migrant crisis was ‘the greatest challenge facing Europe today’ and added: ‘We’ve got to break the business model of the criminal smugglers and stop the desperate flow of people crammed into makeshift vessels from embarking on a fruitless and perilous journey.

    ‘That’s why this NATO mission is so important. It’s an opportunity to stop the smugglers and send out a clear message to migrants contemplating journeys to Europe that they will be turned back.’

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon commented that ‘What’s essential is to work out where this people smuggling is done from and then to get a policy in place of returning people which in the end will stop people making this very, very dangerous crossing.’

    To this end, while NATO supplies the muscle, the EU has pledged £2.3bn in blood money to Turkey to traffic the refugees back and use the power of the Turkish state to stop the further movement of refugees westwards.

    However, the issue is not the business model of any smugglers, but destroying the business model of the imperialist powers that have set Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and then Syria ablaze and created the conditions for the emergence of ISIS and the movement westwards of millions of refugees.

    In fact the casting of refugees as the enemy is creating the conditions for the emergence of fascist movements all over Europe. As the razor wire goes up the fascists and other counter-revolutionaries come out into the open.

    In the just-concluded Slovak elections the Slovak National Party (SNS) gained 13 seats with eight per cent of the vote, followed by the far-right LS-Nase Slovensko (Our Slovakia) party. Both support the puppet state that was set up by the Nazis in 1940 and took part in the attack on the USSR and on imposing the ‘final solution’.

    The issue is that as the capitalist crisis deepens the imperialist powers are driven to wars to reorganise the planet, regardless of their cost, and unleashing the most counter-revolutionary forces to fight these wars in the process.

    This is why the workers of Europe must welcome all refugees, oppose the anti-refugee and anti-working class policies of the EU and NATO, and fight to bring down the European Union and replace it with the Socialist United States of Europe.

    In the UK this means voting ‘out’ in the June 23 EU Referendum, and moving from it to bring down the Cameron government and bring in a workers government and socialism. This will immediately quit the NATO alliance, welcome all refugees and promote the struggle to replace the bankrupt EU with the Socialist United States of Europe.

    Capitalism is an out of date disaster for the modern world.


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