STOP THE DROWNINGS IN THE AEGEAN SEA, TEAR DOWN THE EVROS FENCE

24-10-2015

We are therefore calling you to a mobilization, a demonstration in Evros against the fence and the borders, on Saturday, October 31st, 2015.

COORDINATION AGAINST THE EVROS FENCE

 Every day, thousands of people persecuted by the bombings of the West, totalitarian regimes and fundamentalist violence, eradicated by extreme poverty and the “growth” of corporations struggle to cross borders and come to Europe. They are led to a fight for survival, in search of a life in peace and dignity. Thousands are drowned at the coasts of the Mediterranean; those however that manage in fact to reach European states alive come face to face with detention camps, fascist and racist attacks, police violence and profiteering, serving as cheap and easily exploitable workforce.

 All by hypocritically invoking their alleged humanism, the leaders of Europe focus on reinforcing guarding at the borders, increasing the army and Frontex, detention camps, deportations and forced returns, thus revealing the true face of Fortress- Europe.

 The fence in Evros (at the border between Turkey and Greece) is not only the symbol of exclusion, demonization of the “foreigner” and the protection of national and European security at all costs, but also the cause that all these people have drowned in the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea. The fence forces refugees and immigrants to follow the perilous sea routes to cross borders. Evidence shows that ever since the fence was built, people drowned in the Aegean have skyrocketed and will continue to grow, considering that no barbed wire could stop a man or a woman that fights for survival and a life in dignity.

 We have created the Opens external link in new windowCoordination against the Evros Fence to tear down the fence, open borders and stop human tragedy in the Mediterranean. Groups and individuals have met to join our forces, each of a different ideological background, united by the common belief that stopping the nightmare of blood-stained borders is a matter of the society and the movements. Assemblies of the coordination team are open and horizontal in a direct process that pursues coordination and cooperation with similar initiatives both in Greece and abroad, considering that the question of borders concerns us all.

 We cannot be silent facing death. As long as the fence is there and the borders are closed, the Greek State and the European Union will be committing the killing of thousands of immigrants and refugees at the coasts of the Mediterranean that die inside the wrecked coffin ships of traffickers in human beings.

 We are therefore calling you to a mobilization, a demonstration in Evros against the fence and the borders, on Saturday, October 31st, 2015.

 Free movement of refugees and immigrants
 Papers for all – No deportations
 No to detention camps
 Against Fortress-Europe

 Our solidarity will tear down the fence and the borders
 SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER DEMONSTRATION AT EVROS FENCE

 Bus departing from Thessaloniki at 08:00 a.m. from the Statue of Venizelos
 (Reservations: +30 6949591336, +30 6970395852)

 COORDINATION AGAINST THE EVROS FENCE
 syntonevro@gmail.com 

The experience of Greece demonstrates the importance of building a pan European movement based on values of solidarity and deep democracy. Thank you for doing so much to organise this .
Hilary Wainwright| Red Pepper magazine |

"This is sheer unbridled sadism. The Greek people are being punished for the failure of the neo-liberal consensus to avert the hideous and increasing forms of inequality which were always inscribed within its mandate. Nothing can explain why the most powerful countries of Europe should want to continue to impose on Greece policies which have brought it to the brink of collapse, other than the desire to precipitate a true collapse which they will then take as the proof that only their vicious system could have saved it - a self-defeating argument and a blatant lie. We can only speculate what unconscious links there must be between the forgiving of Germany's post-war debt, of which it remains the beneficiary to this day and without which it would not be in a position to dictate its terms, and its refusal to countenance any such forgiveness, let alone the paying of war reparations, to Greece. No logic can explain it. We have entered the realm of the cruellest social fantasy. The irony is that the whole of Europe will now suffer. But our hearts go out to the Greek people who will suffer - who are already suffering - most."

Jacqueline Rose, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

Étienne Balibar :"The struggle of the Greek people is the struggle of all European democrats, of all those who believe in human progress . In the case of a potential defeat all European peoples would pay the price. In the case of a potential victory, as limited as it may be, all European peoples would benefit. That's why it is necessary for those French and European forces who have hope in the renewal of democracy to positively answer the calls of Syriza to build European solidarity around Greece and the Greek people. The perspective of a referendum urgently requires the reinforcement of this solidarity"

Slavoj Zizek: "The struggle that goes on is the struggle for theEuropean economic and political Leitkultur.The EU powers stand for the technocratic status quo which is keeping Europe ininertia for decades. In his NotesTowards a Definition of Culture, the great conservative T.S.Eliot remarkedthat there are moments when the only choice is the one between heresy andnon-belief, i.e., when the only way to keep a religion alive is to perform asectarian split from its main corpse. This is our position today with regard toEurope: only a new "heresy" (represented at this moment by Syriza) can savewhat is worth saving in European legacy: democracy, trust in people,egalitarian solidarity. The Europe that will win if Syriza is outmaneuvered isa "Europe with Asian values" (which, of course, has nothing to do with Asia,but all with the clear and present tendency of contemporary capitalism to suspenddemocracy). We from Western Europe like to look upon Greece as if we aredetached observers who follow with compassion and sympathy the plight of theimpoverished nation. Such a comfortable standpoint relies on a fateful illusion- what goes on in Greece these last weeks concerns all of us, it is the futureof Europe which is at stake. So when we read about Greece these days, we shouldalways bear in mind that, as the old saying goes, de te fabula narrator."

 "The behavior of the Troika today is a disgrace. One can scarcely doubt that their goal is to make it clear that defiance to the northern banks and the Brussels bureaucracy will not be tolerated, and that thoughts of democracy and popular will must be abandoned. Other than power, there is no reason to continue with the shameful farce in which French and German banks profit from the suffering of the people of Greece."The debt should have been radically restructured long ago, or simply declared “odious” and cancelled. Today, Greeks are offered a miserable choice between two painful alternatives. One can only hope that their brave resistance to the brutal assault will encourage global solidarity that will save them and others from the harsh fate dictated by the masters."

Noam CHOMSKY | United States | MIT


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