Many EU states are escalating the war against refugees and migrants. Border closures and (state) violence against refugees and migrants (for me personally there is actually no difference between migrants and refugees, people are people) are “normal” in many EU states. A refugee child shot and killed by Belgium cops last month. Two refugee kids shot and severly injured by cops in Croatia last week are only the tip of the Iceberg. The new Italian government with the fascist Lega Nord will make things even worse. What a difference with Bosnia, although the Bosnian state doesn’t do much for migrants and refugees, many many local people do what they can to support people that came to Bosnia. A few thoughts…
The violence of Croatian cops continues to increase. Today we saw refugees with bruises and plaster again. On May 30 Croatian cops shot at a van with refugees inside. Seven people had to be treated in hospital, two of them were children and remain under intensive care.
The BEK collective opened a new squat-social center in Zagreb in so-called Croatia. The collective is calling for support.
The fourteenth Zagreb Anarchist Bookfair will take place in Zagreb from April 6th to April 8th, 2018. The bookfair will take place in AKC Medika, Pierottijeva 11.
States and borders are dividing people. Dividing in them and us. When do we finally get rid of these tools of suffering and oppression? On December 17 I will travel to Lesvos, Greece, again and will stay there for almost a month. It seems a long time ago that I started working with refugees on the Balkan route, but actually its not. A little more than two years have past after I drove to Slovenia. A good friend wrote me in September 2015 about the situation on the Croatian/Slovenian border and asked me to come and support. A lot has happened since then…
Video by the author of this aricle, Riot Turtle, about the next campaign on Lesvos.
In the middle of the preparations for our stay on Lesvos, Greece, we want to remind you that the Greek islands are not the only places in Europe where refugees are suffering the inhuman treatment by EU member states. People are suffering illegal pushbacks and police violence in many European states. Last night cops destroyed tents of migrants and refugees in Paris, France. The violent treatment of refugees and migrants is increasing across Europe.
Image: Refugees and migrants sleeping on the streets of Paris. Image by Facebook page Paris Refugee Ground Support
The reports about police violence against refugees in Europe keep coming. On August 1, Soul Welders posted pictures and a statement about police violence against refugees in Croatia.
Image: Police violence against refugees in Croatia. Image by Soul Welders Facebook page.
It’s summer! For all people especially western activists, who are planning to leave their countries to go somewhere else (Balkan or elsewhere) to do political or humanitarian work and volunteer during the holidays, we were collecting some advices which we think would be important to consider.
Doctors Without Borders reported on Twitter that a group of refugees was violently pushed back to Serbia last night. In Germany the governing parties CDU/CSU and SPD are taking over more and more policies if the fascist AFD party. German parliament voted in favor of sharper asylum laws. Again.
Image: A refugee that was beaten up by Croatian cops last night. Image by MSF
Many independent volunteers work with refugees on the Balkan route, but people are also working with refugees in Germany, Italy, France and other European countries. Many independent volunteers understand their work with refugees as a political act, but others don’t. A plea why independent volunteers should understand their work as a political act.
Image: Graffiti on one of the squatted barracks in Belgrade. The barracks were evicted yesterday.