Refugees drowning, anti-refugee European razor wire


This 6 August 2015 BBC video says about itself:

Fortress Europe? Hungary’s anti-migrant fence – Newsnight

Hungary has erected a fence to keep out migrants. It’s 110 miles long, nine feet high and covered in razor wire, and its message to migrants is clear: keep out. Will it work? And is this the future for Europe’s borders? Nick Thorpe reports.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Austria, Italy and Germany discussing new ‘axis’ against refugees

ANOTHER boat carrying refugees has sunk attempting the journey across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe, 63 asylum seekers are missing.

A Libyan coastguard boat returned to Tripoli on Monday with another 235 migrants – including 54 infants and 29 women – rescued in two other operations in the same area. Meanwhile, a humanitarian boat carrying 59 asylum seekers was heading to Spain yesterday after Italy and Malta – both much closer to the place of rescue – refused to let it dock in their ports.

According to UN figures, more than 1,000 people have drowned in the Mediterranean this year while making the perilous journey from Libya to Europe. Italy’s government also announced on Monday it will provide ten motor launches and two ships to the Libyan coastguard, in order to increase its capacity to intercept and bring back ‘illegal migrants’ [to Libya] from the Mediterranean Sea.

The new government in Rome wants the ‘illegal immigrants’ who seek to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe, to be taken back to North Africa rather than let them enter, and to be put into camps in Niger and Chad.

Late on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel finally sealed a deal on migration policy with her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a desperate attempt to try to stop her government being brought down, by driving the EU further to the right and kicking refugees out. Austria, which is currently holding the rotating presidency of the EU, warned that it is prepared to take measures for the protection of its southern border with Slovenia and Italy if the agreement in Germany becomes government policy. So much for freedom of movement!

According to the Austrian government, if the deal reached between Chancellor Merkel and German Interior Minister Seehofer is endorsed by the government, ‘we will be obliged to take measures to avoid disadvantages for Austria and its people’ since ‘Germany wants to take national measures to tackle migration flows.’

The government’s statement referred to the deal concluded after tense negotiations between the the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headed by Merkel and the Christian Social Union (CSU) headed by Seehofer. According to the Interior Minister, Germany must have an opportunity to reject migrants directly at the border, and the two conservative parties have agreed to tighten border controls.

In June, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz suggested that Austrian, German and Italian interior ministers form an ‘axis’ against illegal immigration, which provoked criticism from France, with President Macron even warning that such ‘catchphrases’ . . . ‘did not bring luck’ to Europe in the course of history, referring to the German-Italian axis of the 1940s.

The facts are that the imperialist assaults that destroyed Iraq and then Libya and led on to the Western assault on Syria have led to hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees to seek a better life for themselves and their children. The ‘Free Movement’ of the EU is now turning into ‘Fortress Europe’ with frontiers being restored and barbed wired fences everywhere.

The crisis-ridden EU is moving to the right. Freedom of Movement has given way to an anti-refugee axis. The French ruling class has organised an offensive against the trade unions, while the Italian and German governments are seeking to drive refugees deep into North Africa.

The truth of the matter is that the attacks on refugees are a foretaste of the actions to come against the workers of Europe by the bosses and bankers as the trade wars sharpen.

Refugees are not the enemies of the working class. The EU and capitalism are. This is why UK workers must force through a break with the EU now, welcome all refugees and fight alongside the workers of the EU to bring it down and replace it with the Socialist United States of Europe.

This will give fraternal assistance in the development of Africa and the Middle East so that people are not forced to leave their homes and risk their lives and the lives of their children to try and escape starvation.

On Tuesday, leading Social Democratic Party (SPD) politicians welcomed the reactionary agreement reached between the conservative parties in Germany’s grand coalition, which provides for the erection on German soil of concentration camps for refugees. The SPD is part of the coalition government along with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU): here. And here.

In the wake of the recent reactionary deal struck by the German grand coalition—Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU), Social Democratic Party (SPD)—the government is expanding its terror against refugees. In the early hours of July 4, 69 refugees were deported to Afghanistan. The Lufthansa flight from Munich to Kabul was the largest ever mass deportation of refugees to Afghanistan: here.

Refugees ensnared in European dragnet: here.

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  20. Persbericht – Centre Delàs, Stop Wapenhandel en TNI

    Lidstaten van de EU bouwden 6 ‘Berlijnse muren’ sinds de val van de muur– ruim 1000 km muren om vluchtelingen tegen te houden

    Barcelona/Amsterdam, 9 november – Vandaag is het precies 29 jaar geleden dat de Berlijnse Muur viel. Een nieuw rapport toont aan dat de EU-landen sindsdien zo’n 1000 kilometer muur hebben gebouwd om migratie tegen te gaan. Dit is het equivalent van zes Berlijnse Muren. De sterkste toename vond plaats in 2015, toen zeven nieuwe muren werden gebouwd. Het rapport ‘Building Walls’ van de hand van het Spaanse Centre Delàs wordt mede gepubliceerd door het Transnational Institute (TNI) en Stop Wapenhandel.

    Het rapport onderzoekt de verschillende muren die de afgelopen jaren in Europa zijn opgebouwd, inclusief maritieme muren, zoals Frontex-operaties op de Middellandse Zee. Van de acht maritieme operaties heeft geen enkele het redden van mensen als voornaamste doel:allen richten zich op het tegenhouden van vluchtelingen.

    Er is ook een sterke groei van ‘virtuele’ muren, door Europese programma’s voor het monitoren en beheersen van grensoverschrijdende bewegingen en het verzamelen en analyseren van biometrische data.

    Tenslotte analyseert het rapport de ‘mentale’ muren die mede gecreëerd worden door de snelle opkomst extreemrechtse partijen met hun xenofobe en racistische boodschappen. Het framen van vluchtelingen als bedreiging voor Europese samenlevingen wordt als rechtvaardiging gebruikt voor het opbouwen zowel fysieke als virtuele muren.

    10 van de 28 EU-lidstaten, waaronder Nederland, hebben te maken met de opkomst van extreemrechtse partijen, die in totaal meer dan een half miljoen stemmen hebben behaald in verkiezingen sinds 2010. Deze partijen hebben enorm veel invloed op het migratiebeleid van deze landen. Hun discours wordt overgenomen door andere partijen die, in de jacht op zetels, ook een steeds strikter beleid gaan bepleiten. Een trend die ook in Nederland, waar de PVV het debat scherp naar rechts heeft getrokken, goed zichtbaar is.

    Met behulp van al deze muren wordt een ‘Fort Europa’ gebouwd, dat zogenaamd de veiligheid tegen vermeende externe dreigingen moet vergroten, maar in werkelijkheid een gevaarlijkere situatie voor de levens en rechten van mensen binnen en buiten Europa creëert.

    Het rapport is de derde in een serie van Centre Delàs, TNI en Stop Wapenhandel. Eerdere rapporten behandelden de militarisering van grensbewaking en de rol van de wapenindustrie (Border Wars) en het EU-beleid om landen buiten Europa als externe grensbewakers in te zetten (Expanding the Fortress).

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    Het rapport ‘Building Walls: Politics of fear and security in the European Union’ en een Nederlandse samenvatting zijn te downloaden via http://www.stopwapenhandel.org/murenbouwen.

    Bron: De Vredeslijst 09-11-2018

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