Protest Call/Aufruf against Frontex and EU border regime
Call in De/ En > Join us on Monday, 19.5., 3pm @ UNHCR
19. Mai UNHCR Wien: Frontex und EU-Grenzregime abschaffen!
15:00 vor dem UN Hauptquartier/Vienna International Center (U1, Vienna International Center)
Am 21. Mai wird sich die Crème de la Créme des europäischen Rassismus in Warschau/Polen versammeln, um den 10. Geburtstag der EU Grenzbehörde Frontex zu feiern. Frontex ist eine der einflussreichsten Meta-Organisationen der Festung Europa. Geflüchtete- und No Border Gruppen rufen zu Protesttagen und Widerstand in Warschau von 19. bis 22. Mai auf. In Wien nehmen wir an diesem Kampf mit einer Kundgebung vor dem UNHCR und mit dezentralen Aktionen gegen das EU Grenzregime teil.
Wir gedenken jenen, die vom Grenzregime ermordet wurden und bringen unseren Zorn gegen Frontex und die mörderische, repressive und militaristische anti-Flüchtlings-/anti-Migrations- Politik der EU-Mitgliedsstaaten zum Ausdruck. Wir wollen die verantwortlichen Personen – wie Frontexchef Klaus Rösler, die österreichische Innenministerin Mikl-Leitner und alle EU Innenmnister_innen- als das benennen, was sie sind: schuldig des Mordes und der Beihilfe zum Mord. Bei der Kundgebung vor dem Wiener Büro des UNHCR (Flüchtlingshochkommissariat der Vereinten Nationen) wollen wir die Kollaboration des UNHCR mit der repressiven Grenz- und Migrationspolitik und sein konstantes Schweigen zu Menschenrechtsverletzungen gegen Migrant_innen und Geflüchtete anprangern.
10 Jahre Frontex – 10 Jahre Verfolgung, Abschiebung und Massenmord!
Stoppt den Krieg gegen Migrant_innen und Geflüchtete!
Boote, nicht Frontex!
Weg mit dem Visumsregime!
Stoppt das neue rassistische Asylgesetz in Österreich!
Bewegungsfreiheit für alle – weg mit den Grenzen!
Aufruf auf Englisch:
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19th of May at UNHCR Vienna: Abolish Frontex and EU border regime!
At 3pm in front of UN headquarters / Vienna International Center
(next to metro U1, Vienna International Center)
10 years of Frontex – 10 years of persecution, deportation and mass murder
Stop the war on migrants and refugees!
Ferries, not Frontex!
Away with the visa regime!
Stop the new racist asylum law in Austria!
Freedom of movement for all – remove the borders!
On May, 21st, 2015 the crème de la crème of European racism will
gather in Warsaw, Poland, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the EU
border agency Frontex – one of the most influential meta-organisations
of the Fortress Europe. Refugee- and No Border groups are calling for
days of protest and resistance in Warsaw from 19th till 22nd of May.
In Vienna, we join this struggle with a rally at UNHCR and with
decentralised actions against the EU border regime.
We want to commemorate those who have been killed through the border
regime and show our anger against Frontex and against the murderous,
repressive and militarised anti-refugee/anti-migrant policies
implemented by the EU member states. We want to denounce the
responsible persons – people like Frontex boss Klaus Rösler, Austrian
interior minister Mikl Leitner and all EU interior ministers – as what
they are: guilty of murder and support of murder. Rallying in front of
Vienna office of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissionary of
Refugees), we want to denounce the UNHCR’s collaboration with
repressive border- and migration policies and its constant silence
towards human rights violations against migrants and refugees.
Many hundreds of refugees and migrants have died only during the last
few weeks in the mediterranean sea on their way to Europe. The deaths
of all these people are not „tragical accidents“, like the hypocrite
words of European politicians pretend. Their deaths are cases of mass
murder caused by the border regime of the EU states and their allies.
The answer of the responsible politicians and institutions: Declaring
war on „human smugglers“ – the EU just demanded a mandate from the UN
security council for a military strike on refugee boats at the
Northern African coast. Intensified border control – the budget for
„Triton“ and „Poseidon“ Frontex operations in the Mediterranean sea,
falsely declared as „rescue operations“ while sea rescue has never
been the purpose of Frontex, has been trippled by the interior
ministers of the EU. Massive pushback against refugees and migrants –
Austrian interior minister Mikl Leitner recently demanded to bring
Africans saved from the Mediterranean sea directly into UNHCR
„reception“ camps in Northern Africa. All these militarised anti
refugee- and migrant policies will never solve people’s reasons to
flee from countries destroyed by wars and economic exploitation! They
will only create even more dangerous conditions along the traveling
routes and will kill even more of the people who are on the move. In
contrary to all this, there are concrete demands that could quite
easily make an end to the deaths of people on their way to Europe:
Visa-free entry to EU-territory for ALL. And the immediate opening of
open ferryboat connections, oprn for ALL, independent from having
passports and visa.
Austria is not only paying its contribution to finance Frontex, but is
one of those EU-countries who have since years, together with Germany,
been pushing for implementing strict border controls, is directly
responsible for the killing of people in the sea and along the land
borders. Austria is also one of those who have always been playing the
role of a stronghold against any possible step of improving freedom of
movement in Europe, like abolition of Dublin-system. The airport of
Vienna is a hub for deportation flights – on common passenger flights
as well as on charter mass deportation flights organised by Frontex.
Meanwhile, the same Austrian politicians, who pretended to be shocked
about the deaths of migrants and refugees, are planing a fundamental
restructuring of the Austrian asylum law that will increase poverty
and social exclusion, combined with accelerated deportation. One
direct consequence of the new asylum law will be a lot of refugees
getting kicked out of „Grundversorgung“ and forced to live on the
streets in a homeless condition. This new asylum law shall be in power
starting on 1st of July 2015.
Why the UNHCR and the United Nations?
Politicians use the UNHCR as a legitimation for planning new, more
repressive policies on refugees and migrants: Survivors of boat
journeys through the Mediterranean sea shall be brought to northern
Africa – to reception camps run by the UNHCR. Besides this, the
security council of the UN – since long an institution to negotiate
imperialist war policies – plays a crucial role also for the war on
migrants and refugees: It’s the UN security council where the EU
applied for a mandate for a military strike against refugee boats on
the coasts of Northern Africa.
What do we want?
It’s not enough to mourn about the death of those who are killed
through the border regime – we have to delegitimate and to dismantle
Frontex and all the laws and institutions preventing the Freedom of
Movement of people on this planet. As long as the humanity is divided
through capitalist exploitation and (neo)colonial domination. As one
important step for the nearest future, we want to call for protest,
resistance and disobedience against the implementation of the new,
more repressive, racist asylum law in Austria.
Freedom of Movement – refugees are welcome!
No one is illegal or we are all illegal!
Papers for all or papers for no one!
Des papiers pour tous ou des papiers pour personne!
Call against 10 years Frontex birthday celebrations from Warsaw:
Dni Antyfrontexowe 19-22 maja | Дни против Frontex, 19-22 мая |
Antifrontex days 19-22 may | Anti-Frontex-Tage 19-22. Mai 2015
Come to Warsaw!
Antifrontex days 19-22 may, 2015
On May, 21st, 2015 the crème de la crème of European racism will
gather in Warsaw, Poland, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the
creation of one of the most influential meta-organisations that guards
assets of the Fortress Europe. The organization, not widely known,
until recently standing in the shadows, is a hybrid of border police
and intelligence service, as well as aggressive promoter of
anti-migrant policy. Frontex (from french Frontieres exterieurs),
being discussed here, is the executive body of EU (anti)migration
policy – enjoys autonomy in decision-making (for EU foreign policy),
and has a yearly growing budget, which is not accounted. Budget, used
to finance futuristic projects, straight from distopia, like an
automatic system of land drones, known as TALOS project, carried out
in cooperation that included Warsaw University of Technology, Israeli
Aerospace Industries and a lot of other military corporations. The
trust also allows them to conduct their own foreign policy on
migration – dealing with the neighboring dictatorships (Belarus,
Libya, Tunisia, Algeria), sponsoring and organizing repression against
refugees in a secure buffer zone, which blurs responsibility. As a
result, the border of Europe moves farther away from the ‘old
continent’, helping to hide the effects of this policy in the eyes of
Europeans. Sponsored camps in the countries of the global south and
ruthless anti-human migration policy of the EU countries result in
real victims – tens of thousands of people drown, starve, are left at
sea or desert, or are directly shot – every year more than at the
Berlin wall in the entire time of its existence.
Refugees are pushed out of their home countries by pillaging
neocolonial economy, conflicts fuelled by the seller of weapons,
environmental disasters included in the cost of the European wealth,
and finally imperialist invasions, and often have no choice but to
flee in the direction of ‘European paradise’. The increasing
stratification, hunger, poverty and fear motivate them to walk through
deserts, passing oceans, and clinging to aircraft wheels, often
submitting themselves under organized smugglers mafias. Frontex’
activities only add more kilometers and obstacles; without breaking
Europe’s hegemony and its neo-colonial policies the determination,
which families and sometimes entire villages rely on, of those people
will never be reduced.
Usually tragedies are happening far away from the eyes of Europeans,
but their scale, with an increase in the number of refugees (eg
related to the events of the Arab Spring, the massacre of Afghanistan,
the Syrian and Ukrainian war), had grown so much that it is impossible
to keep ignoring them. Mass drowning off the coast of Italy and
assaults on the borders of Ceuta and Melilla, death on the Evros
minefields and barbed wire of the Bulgarian border are just a few
examples of the tragedied, which become increasingly larger and more
frequent as the social crisis in neighboring countries deepens. The
crisis, which often is the result of European foreign policy, economic
colonization or direct military intervention. In recent years, these
events and harsh criticism led to changes in Frontex’ PR policy.
Trying to introduce themselves as a humanitarian organization
(mitigating the problems that it creates) or fighting the smugglers
(for which it creates jobs) excelling itself in hypocrisy. However,
its mode of operation is still deepening humanitarian crisis, simply
looking at last naval operation, which banned the Italian crews
rescuing refugees outside the coastal belt, or cooperation with
organized crime, including the state run one, in Morocco and Libya.
For those who survive the long and dangerous journey to Europe, the
problems do not end there. They just change their character.
Undocumented immigrants become the target of anti-migrant domestic
policy. They are not totally excluded from the social order – there is
a place for them in slave labour, as victims of police violence, and
locked up in detention centres. The position of all migrants in the EU
is very difficult, the racist policy model is proved with even a look
at the fate of the refugees of war (even minimal humanitarian
standards recognized by the EU Member States are not met). An attempt
to legalize the residence is a bureaucratic ordeal, usually resulting
in criminalization, since the rules were constructed so that
conditions are unattainable. The entire apparatus, set solely on
repression and criminalization, serves the economic interest of the
European Union, even though ‘great’ European cities are built with
slave labor of migrants whose legal harassment usually strengthens the
position of employers. CEO’s offices are cleaned up with hands of
invisible migrants. Also the position of local workers is weakened by
lowering labor cost. This machine is oiled by everyday racism of
neo-fascists who let out their scapegoat aspirations in pogroms,
denunciations, or work in the uniformed forces. This dramatic
situation does not remain unanswered: in closed centers erupt hunger
strikes and revolts, deportation are blocked – migrants know that they
can count only on themselves, so they organize protest marches, occupy
spaces, squat, resist evictions and confront the fascists.
We do not accept the policy of Euro-racism! Any innovation of
repression we will answer with grassroots, anti-capitalist forms of
brotherhood and sisterhood. As in the case of operation Mos Maiorum
(the largest roundup in the history of post-war Europe), and other
counter-information projects, warning actions, interactive maps of
round-ups, and solidarity refusal to show documents by people holding
them, which allowed many migrants escape the net casted by Frontex.
Despite this 19,000 people were arrested, which for us is a call to
intensify resistance. Also here, in Warsaw, where Frontex has its
headquarters. The last wave of hunger strikes in Polish camps, though
brutally suppressed, helped forge contacts between prisoners and
support groups, so that information about the strike came out. One of
the ringleaders of the strike, Ekaterine Lemonjava, is publishing a
book on her experiences, in cooperation with the Warsaw NoOneIsIllegal
(NOII)/ Migration is Not a Crime group.
For many years, Antifrontex Days have been organized in Warsaw- its
the time to give them a new impetus and strengthen each other’s voices
of protest. Thus, together, we, migrants and allies, invite you for
the Antifrontex Days, which will take place in Warsaw on 19-22 May. We
are waiting for you with meetings, screenings, demonstrations, and
associated Activist Days Off festival.
For more information visit: migracja.noblogs.org, contact:
We invite groups willing to take an active part in the organization of
the event. We are a small collective from Warsaw, which together with
you want to work together deconstructing our privileges and abolishing
the boundaries imposed on us. When migrant circles in Europe come
together in resistance and repression is on the rise, we can not
remain passive. Unite against institutional state fascism – in the
name of a real and practical transnational solidarity!
Come to Warsaw, 19-22 May! Let’s create a strong front against Frontex!