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Innsbruck, Austria, December 19: Blockades – Close deportation centers!

Innsbruck. Austria. On December 19, 2020, about 30 activists blocked several streets in downtown Innsbruck to draw attention to the inhumane conditions in the deportation camp Bürglkopf. In addition, the demonstrators loudly criticized the deportations of refugees to Afghanistan, Russia and Nigeria, which were recently carried out.

Originally published by Barrikade Info. Translated by Enough 14.

The demonstrators first blocked several lanes at the marketplace at 12:30 and then continued to the Inn bridge, where traffic came to a halt again. The police had to divert the traffic over a wide area. At the same time, the people in the cars were also informed with flyers. After about half an hour, the blockaders moved on and spontaneously moved towards the city center. There, they were kettled by the police and about ten participants were taken away by the police.

In recent months, conditions at the Bürglkopf deportation camp have once again worsened due to the coronavirus. Hardly any measures are taken there to protect people against the pandemic. Moreover, these so-called return counseling centers do not serve at all as neutral counseling centers, but are rather used as places of isolation to break refugees and to convince them to leave Austria and the European Union. Despite the closeness to Innsbruck and the intolerable conditions on the ground, there is hardly any public reporting about it.

In the last two months, there has been an increase in deportations to countries that cannot be described as safe. The refugees are deported to countries where often neither health care, compliance with Corona containment measures, nor respect for human rights can be guaranteed.

The expressed demands of the participants of the protest in Innsbruck include the closure of all deportation camps, a complete suspension of deportations, decentralized accommodation for all refugees and freedom of movement for all.

Anna Kurz, an activist, explains: “It is no longer acceptable how indifferent politicians all over Europe treat human lives. The people in detention awaiting deportation are in life threatening danger, no one should turn a blind eye anymore”.

Note 21.12.2020: All activists have been released from the PAZ. The possible punishment for the charges is not yet known. A call for solidarity will follow as soon as the charges have been filed.

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