Activists congregate spontaneously in front of the Hamburg editorial office of German news outlet “Zeit”.
+ Lifejackets were symbolically stored in the foyer
+ In speeches, they demanded an end to the criminalization of civilian sea rescue.
Originally piblished by Indymedia DE. Edited machine translation by Enough is Enough.
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Hamburg. Reacting to the opening of a “pro” and “contra” discussion on civilian sea rescue of fleeing people in the current issue of the weekly magazine “Die Zeit”, activists spontaneously gathered this Monday morning with a banner “There is no CONTRA for rescue – Against fortress Europe and its fans “in front of the editorial office in the Helmut Schmidt House in Hamburg. During the action of the nationalism is no alternative [NIKA ] coalition leaflets were distributed, speeches held and lifejackets were symbolically placed in the entrance area of the publishing house. In addition, the activists put up a banner saying “Ferries instead of Frontex.”
Under the headline “Or should one leave it?”, A debate was opened on the “pros” and “contra” on the question of whether civilian rescuers may save the lives of drowning refugees in last Thursday’s issue of the weekly magazine. In the context of the “Contra” article, the responsibility for the fact that people flee across the Mediterranean was sought by the lifesavers and, in this context, even accused of responsibility for the European shift to the right.
Activist Laura Fink of NIKA Hamburg said: “civilian sea rescue must not be defamed, criminalized and prevented. We condemn the fact that it is being discussed that drowning refugees may or may not be rescued by NGOs from the Mediterranean. This debate, which expresses the shift to the right of society, is pushing the dehumanization of refugees even more. Rescuing human lives should not become a matter of political opportunity . The current criminalization of lifesavers must be stopped immediately. It is not civilian rescue services that carry the responsibility for the fact that many people make their way over the Mediterranean, but the European Union – above all Germany, which is actively involved in the compartmentalization of Europe and prevents people from fleeing via safe escape routes. “
In the “Contra” article of “Zeit”, helpers are also accused of poisoning the discourse “by referring to human rights”. One thing is clear: Anyone who works to ensure that people are entitled to inalienable human rights regardless of their origin does not poison the discourse. The discourse is poisoned by parts of the party and media landscape that are currently making racist vocabulary and practice acceptable across Europe .
Laura Fink says: “More than 1000 people have drowned in the last four weeks. These deads are not destiny, but the result of a policy that sacrifices human lives for political reasons. Who prevents civilian rescuers, who act because government agencies do not give a damn about rescueing people, to save lives and who criminalizes or defames civilian rescue, will not change the mass mortality.
We demand ferries instead of Frontex and an end to the criminalization of civilian sea rescue . “
” Nationalism is no alternative” (NIKA) // July 16th, 2018 // www.hamburg.nika.mobi
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