Antifascist solidarity with Afrin and Rojava, 19. march Belgrade, Serbia. Video and statement.
As it has been already stated, violence, repression and persecution has been growing since the squatted barracks got evicted and demolished on May 11th. Before the elections the serbian police was more reserved but now using violence openly. In the last two weeks there has been three physically violent police operations, forcing people to be taken to the infamous Preševo closed “camp” near Macedonia. Although is it presented as a reception center, the unspoken reality is that of a detention camp. The approx. 1000 people imprisoned there are not allowed to go in or out, except for a very restricted special permission, and the only way to leave the camp is to be pushed-back illegaly to Macedonia, which happens regularly.
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
Serbian authorities evicted the barracks behind the main train station of Belgrade today. During the eviction offcials of the commisariate sprayed insecticides in the barracks at a time as many refugees were still inside.
Image by BelgrAid Facebook page
We are still in Belgrade. One of us joined the Cars Of Hope Wuppertal team, who are working with refugees and support the Soul Welders projects in the Serbian capital. Another short impression from Belgrade.
One of us joined Cars Of Hope Wuppertal in Belgrade. We are working with refugees there.
Image: The Soul Welders shower truck.
On April 15th, 2017 there will be a transnational demonstration at the Hugarian/Serbian border. In the call for the demonstration, Migszol writes: “We demonstrate against the dehumanizing state-propaganda! We demonstrate against any kind of detention of people seeking asylum and migrants! We demonstrate against the illegal practice of violence by the Hungarian authorities on the border!
Last month we spoke with René from Cars of Hope Wuppertal about his work with refugees on the Balkanroute. René told us that he worked together with Soul Food Kitchen in Thessaloniki (Greece) and Soul Welders in Belgrade (Serbia). Today we publish an interview with the “Irish Pirate” from Dunkirk, Dylan about the work of Soul Welders with refugees in Belgrade.
Dylan of the Soul Welders crew in Belgrade (Image by Are You Syrious)
Cars of Hope is a group from Wuppertal, Germany that works with refugees along the so called “Balkan route”. After more borders were closed in Europe, and the implementation of the EU/Turkey deal, a lot of things have changed. An interview with Cars of Hope activist René Schuijlenburg.
Serbian anarchists were celebrating yesterday as the Belgrade High Court finally cleared six people of trumped-up “international terrorism” charges after an eight-year legal battle.
We are in Thessaloniki, Greece at the moment to support and work with refugees. Tomorrow we will travel to Serbia to continue our work with refugees there.
Image: The Softex refugee camp in Thessaloniki this morning.