We republish the Alarm Phone 6 Week Report, 23 July – September 2, to give an idea about what happens at the outer borders of the European Union in a time period of 6 weeks. After the Alarm Phone report we published a short call about our work with S.O.S. Kladusa and Cars of Hope at the Bosnian/Croatian border. Winter is coming and we need your support.
Seán and Sarah have now been in custody for 14 days (today even 15 fays, EIE). They have been arrested because of their work with refugees on Lesvos.
Increasingly, we are trapped by militarised borders. Since the ’80s and ’90s, border controls have become more and more brutal, inhumane and all-pervasive. The answer of the capitalist-imperialist States to augmented migration has been to make it impossible for most to travel legally, build detention centres for immigrants and to carry out more deportations.
Greece: A brief reminder. In January 2015 Paul Mason proclaimed on his Twitter account: “come to Athens – the revolution is happening”. It is 2018 now, and three years later it is Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, who is ecstatic: “You did it! Congratulations to Greece and its people on ending the programme of financial assistance.” What happened?
Croatia: And yet another case of police violence while people try to reach the European Union.
Italy, August 25: Some 150 refugees stuck on board the coast guard ship Diciotti in the Sicilian port of Catania have started a hunger strike. They are blocked from disembarking by the Italian government. They have been in the port for the last five days. The Italian government is demanding that other European nations take in the people aboard the vessel.
Official statement by investigated Iuventa Crew members.
Over the past four days, the WatchTheMed Alarm Phone has collected information that strongly suggest that a boat carrying 40 migrants from several African countries seeking protection in Europe was illegally transferred into Tunisian territorial waters after having already reached international waters and the Maltese Search and Rescue (SAR) zone.
The Italian minister of interior Salvini from the fascist Lega party, keeps playing with the lives of refugees. During the night hours 450 refugees were crammed in a wooden boat in international waters. Although the refugees are rescued now, Salvini threatens to send them back to Libya.
A process of ongoing high-level cooperation between European governments following the G20 in Hamburg this time last year has led to the creation of a “black bloc task force,” as well as what appears to be a Europe-wide digital database of so-called “left wing extremists” based on a dubious and toxic ideological framework, according to a series of articles, activist commentary, and government documents.