Anteil der Toten im Mittelmeer vervierfacht und kaum jemand kriegt es mit: „LIFEBOAT – Das Experiment“ macht die Tortur der Flüchtenden sichtbar

Ein mit Menschen überfülltes Schlauchboot treibt auf wellenreichem Wasser, tagelang, viele Insassen sind seekrank und wissen nicht, wie lange die Tortur andauern wird. Dieses Szenario ist weiterhin Realität auf dem Mittelmeer. Und diese Fluchtroute ist tödlicher denn je: Weil Europa Migrationsverhinderung über die Wahrung der Menschenrechte stellt und Seenotrettung weitgehend unterbindet, hat sich im vergangenen…

Der Beitrag Anteil der Toten im Mittelmeer vervierfacht und kaum jemand kriegt es mit: „LIFEBOAT – Das Experiment“ macht die Tortur der Flüchtenden sichtbar erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..

‘FOR THE RIGHT TO A SAFE HOME’

Four refugee squats evicted in Athens

Within just one week Greek police forces in April 2019 have evicted four refugee squats in Athens all located in Exarchia area leaving around 200-300 refugees homeless. While authorities are politically framing the operation as ‘a step forward in an anti-drug campaign’ in the area, their efforts have hit the ones in need of protection instead and criminalize the refuee squats. Refugee families, many with kids, are left ever since on the streets. They are now not only again unprotected and with empty hands but also (re–)traumatized. Around 60 refugees are protesting since two days at Syndaghma Square.

On 18 April 2019 two refugee squats in Exarchia (Athens) got raided in the early morning hours around 5am. People residing respectively in Clandestina and Cyclopi squats got evicted with a massive police presence. In total 68 refugees (among them 25 kids) were arrested and after more than 4 hours released to the streets of Athens. Among the homeless are refugees from Afghanistan, Iran and Eritrea amongst others. There are many families, single mothers and small children. A pregnant lady had to be transferred to the hospital after the terror of the eviction. She is in danger to suffer a miscarriage. Sick refugees lost track of their medicines, prescriptions and attestations.

Everything I had is in that locked building now: My tax number, by social insurance documents, medical papers… I am at zero again. They didn’t let us take anything.

A young refugee former resident of Clandestina squat
copyright: Salinia Stroux

In the early afternoon of the same day mothers, fathers and children from different countries started together a protest in Syndaghma Square in the centre of Athens demanding dignified housing and safety from the Greek state. Despite the strong cold, they remained over night in a dozen tents set up in opposite side to the Greek parliament. The only ‘offer’ by the police until now was to find ‘shelter’ in the pre-removal detention centre in Amygdaleza, which refugees denied to accept.

copyright: Salinia Stroux

I suffer from psychological problems. My doctor instructed me to not stress myself. Yesterday in the morning we woke up by the sound of shouting and suddenly a lot of police entered the place we were sleeping in. Some of us got pushed. I had two panic attacks the last two days. Half of my body got paralysed from the fear. I am still under shock. Where should we go now?

A refugee lady former resident of Clandestina squatI
copyright: Salinia Stroux

I was sleeping with my children, when I suddenly woke up with guns being held in front of my eyes. There was police everywhere. I tried to collect our most important belongings. The police was shouting: ‘Fast, fast!’ Two of my kids have heart problems. One of them has Asthma. … It is six months I am trying to call the asylum service from Skype without success. Without the asylum seeker card, I can not apply for housing.

A refugee mother of three minors former resident of Clandestina squat
copyright: Bijan Sabbagh

Only a few days earlier, on 11 April 2019 Azadi squat and neighboring Babylon had also been raided by the police. Around 200 cops were reported on site that day. Refugees stated, that the police forces evaded the place suddenly at dawn. Approx. 90 persons got arrested and transferred to Amygdaleza pre-removal detention centre. The buildings were locked while their personal belongings were thrown on the street.

copyright: Azadi Squat

On 19 April the evicted families are remaining in Syndaghma square. They prepare to sleep one more night in the cold lacking any alternative. Authorities still have not found any solution for their accommodation. The protesting refugee stated, there were 20 kids among them and they would stay until there was a real solution found for them all.

We just demand a safe place for us and our kids!

A refugee mother of two toddlers with severe health problems and former resident of Clandestina squat
copyright: Salinia Stroux

Meanwhile, more than 70,000 refugees are estimated to live in Greece currently. Approx. 23,000 are sheltered in flats by UNHCRs’ ESTIA program (March 2019), another 28,000 are being provisory placed under deplorable conditions in temporary accommodation sites in mainland Greece (15,000) or the six infamous ‘hotspots’ on the Aegean Islands and in Fylakio (in Evros region) (13,000) and 6,000 stay in short-term housing provided by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) in 54 hotels all over Greece.

copyright: Marios Lolos

At the same time, an unknown number of protection seekers remains without an official shelter sleeping rough in public spaces or staying unofficially in the states’ refugee camps. They remain without access to the monthly allowances provided for by the Cash-Card system of ESTIA housing scheme or the Social Solidarity Fund (KEA), which people with refugee status can apply for along with Greek citizens. Without a roof over their head, without money to buy food or medicines, they would be exposed to life-threatening conditions, if not their self-organisation in around 12 refugee squats in Athens and other solidarity spaces would create the ‘welcoming and protective spaces’ that the state fails to secure.

copyright: Salinia Stroux

Read the announcements of City Plaza Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space

The ” Montmartre” of politicking, riot police and racism (18.04.2019)

Two days ago we experienced the second act of operation “target refugees to harvest votes”. Heavily armed squadrons of MAT and EKAM riot police units invaded two refugee squats in the neighborhood of Exarchia. As with the previous police operations, no links were found between the refugee squats and the local mafias. In addition, no refugee was arrested for any criminal act. Drugs displayed by the police were found in another irrelevant apartment.

But the government’s goal was achieved. That is to say, a large quantity of “law and order” style TV show material was produced. Refugees were once again targeted as criminals. SYRIZA sent out the message that there is no need to vote for New Democracy since they too can act out the role of a police state.

The fact that some dozens of refugees have nowhere to sleep is a minor detail which politicians and the media couldn’t show any less interest for.

Mrs. Papakosta’s “Montmartre” consists of repression, politicking and racism but no rights and solidarity.

Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza

copyright: Salinia Stroux

Government and police use refugees as scapegoats (13.04.2019)

The police operation that took place 2 days ago in Exarchia, against the two refugee squats was not directed against the mafia in the neighbourhood. Despite the propaganda, they did not find anything in the squats to link them with mafia. The goal of the government and the police was a show of power. Refugees have been turned into scapegoats for pre-election purposes. Refugee targeting does not harm mafia, but it strengthens the racist stereotype of identifying “foreigners/refugees” with criminal activity and of course, opens the way to fascist violence. 

We remind them that the squats are the voices against the failed policies of the state on “migration management”. The housing problem is more acute than ever, for both refugees and locals. Instead of finding solutions for the housing problems, government and the oppositions are turning against those who have no shelter and hope. The recipe is classic: Instead of limiting poverty, targeting and criminalising poverty. 

Do not let them impose the policy of fear and hatred.

Refugees Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza

copyright: Salinia Stroux

Joint Statement – the case of Alan Kurdi

We have learned that Sea-Eye’s rescue vessel, the ‘Alan Kurdi’, has finally been allowed to disembark the people who were rescued on April 3 when in distress on the Mediterranean Sea. These 64 people (of whom two were evacuated already due to medical emergencies) are allowed to reach land in Valletta/Malta after suffering through ten…

Der Beitrag Joint Statement – the case of Alan Kurdi erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..

Joint Statement – the case of Alan Kurdi

We have learned that Sea-Eye’s rescue vessel, the ‘Alan Kurdi’, has finally been allowed to disembark the people who were rescued on April 3 when in distress on the Mediterranean Sea. These 64 people (of whom two were evacuated already due to medical emergencies) are allowed to reach land in Valletta/Malta after suffering through ten…

Der Beitrag Joint Statement – the case of Alan Kurdi erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..

Schule ohne Abschiebung – die Broschüre

Zukunft für alle Schule ohne Abschiebung
https://www.schule-ohne-abschiebung.org/

vom Roma Center Göttingen e.V

Liebe Leute,

die Broschüre der Kampagne Zukunft für Alle – Schule ohne Abschiebung ist da!

Lest die Hintergründe der Kampagne, wie ihr Kinder und Jugendliche ohne sicheren Aufenthalt unterstützen könnt und an wen ihr euch wenden könnt.

Die Kampagne richtet sich an Schulen, Lehrkräfte und Schüler_innen, kann aber auch von allen anderen genutzt werden, die mit jungen Menschen ohne sicheren Aufenthalt arbeiten oder befreundet sind.

Wir haben bereits viele Broschüren verschickt und verschicken gerne weiterhin einzelne Exemplare der Broschüre kostenlos, bei größeren Mengen (ab 8 Exemplaren) bitten wir allerdings um eine kleinere Spende für die Deckung der Portokosten. Ihr könnt die Broschüre per Mail oder Telefon bestellen.

Liebe Grüße
das Kampagnen-Team 
mail@schule-ohne-abschiebung.org
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Yves’ Versprechen oder Warum es kein Zurück gibt

Ein Film mit anschließender Diskussion aus der Reihe “Blick nach Afrika” von attac Berlin und dem RegenbogenKINO am 15. April um 19:30 Uhr

Wann: 15.04.2019 – 19:30 Uhr

Wo: Lausitzer Straße 22, 10999 Berlin

Online: https://attacberlin.de/news/yves-versprechen-oder-warum-es-kein-zurueck-gibt

Ein Dokumentarfilm von Melanie Gärtner D 2017, 79 Min. Original mit deutschen Untertiteln

Yves sitzt in Spanien fest. Es geht weder vorwärts noch rückwärts. Vor acht Jahren ist er in Kamerun aufgebrochen, um in Europa ein neues Leben zu beginnen. Seitdem hat die Familie nichts von ihm gehört. Die Filmemacherin Melanie Gärtner zeichnet Videobotschaften von Yves auf, reist damit nach Kamerun und trifft dort seine Familie. Bei all der Erleichterung über das Lebenszeichen von Yves werden Erwartungen laut, schließlich hat Yves es ins gelobte Europa geschafft. In den Augen seiner Familie kann nur er ihr Leben zum Besseren wenden. Er darf nicht scheitern, denn eine Rückkehr ist ausgeschlossen.

Als Gäste begrüßen wir Jean  und Maurice von Corasol – Initiative gegen Rassismus und für Solidarität mit Geflüchteten. Sie beide kommen selbst aus Kamerun und werden auch über die aktuelle politische Situation in dem Land berichten.

Die Filmreihe “Blick nach Afrika” ist ein Gemeinschaftprojekt des regenbogenKINO und von attac Berlin. Wir wollen einen anderen Blick auf Afrika lernen und bemühen uns, zu jeder Veranstaltung kompetente GesprächspartnerInnen einzuladen.

15.04.2019 – 19:30 Uhr

Regenbogenkino

Lausitzer Straße 22, 10999 Berlin

Unser Programm ist breit gefächert und spiegelt die Interessen und Vorlieben der KinomacherInnen, eine kommerzielle Ausrichtung der Filmauswahl steht bei uns nicht im Vordergrund. Unser Publikum ist dementsprechend unterschiedlich und hat bei uns sogar die Möglichkeit Filme mit auszuwählen.

It is about hope…

copyright Border Crossing Greece

Hundreds of refugees residing in Greece left in the last four days the infamous hotspots, mainlands’ camps, IOM-hotels and ESTIA flats, the refugees squats and other places they were temporarily staying, taking down to the streets in what they called ‘march of hope’. They headed to the North of Greece, first towards Ioannena and then in the direction of Thessaloniki using busses, trains or even walking with the aim to leave Greece, finally. They reported of feeling entrapped in a hopeless situation with asylum interviews dated up to 2024 and with no future prospects, while many kids were not even able to go to school and they were facing difficult and provisory living conditions.

In the last three days, bigger groups from different places tried to move to the border aiming to reach it at the dates announced by social media of 4 and 5 of April. Until that point mainstream media had not followed-up on the movement. Meanwhile, UNHCR and IOM have been since weeks, when the idea spread in social media, warning refugees to not follow the false rumors about an opening of the borders on these dates. Only recently, the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy also declared that borders would remain closed and that there was a fake news spreading.

copyright Marios Lolos

Despite the warnings by the authorities, IGOs and NGOs, refugees from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan mainly continued following their hope and reached Diavata camp at the outskirts of Thessaloniki – among them are also families with kids. Many others were blocked by police, their busses were stopped and trains halted and they had to return back. Hundreds of refugees, awaiting the train to Thessaloniki on Thursday night, were forced to leave the Athens railway station the next day.

copyright Angelos Christofilopoulos

Around 1.000 refugees are camping now since three days on a field outside of Diavata and have not been allowed to continue their journey towards the border. Repeated attempts to move beyond the police blockade got forcibly stopped and small clashes have erupted again and again for a third day in row. Not willing to give up, they decided to spend one more night in their little summer tents, despite rainfalls, cold, hunger and thirst.

copyright: Daphne Tolis

In the morning hours the regional coordinator for Northern Greece and Epirus of the Migration Policy Ministry, Nikos Rangos, tried to talk people into the busses organised by IOM, saying that he didn’t want them to loose their rights in this dead end situation that might end in violence but surely not in the opening of the borders. One of the women who had a day earlier tried to brake the riot police blockade with their mere hands, replied: “We have nowhere to go back!”

With the conditions outside of Diavata getting harder throughout the days, and after todays extensive tear-gas use, which also newborns, many bigger kids but also adults suffered from, at least 300 refugees today decided to return to their shelters. “The alternative solution we can offer from the Ministry,” Mr. Rangos stated to a Kurdish TV Channel, “is to return back to their containers, to their camps or hotels and let their Cash-Cards get recharged”.

copyright Border Crossing Greece

What gets forgotten in the whole discussion around “fake news” or “false rumors” and the search for the organizers of the march, is that, hundreds of refugees took a decision to participate in this and try to get out of Greece, however initiated, in order to flee the misery and improve their families’ situation. The containment policy Greece is upholding by any means and under the pressure of the EU, paired with a mere emergency approach to reception and an overloaded asylum system inspired fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers to find a better solution for their kids, to seek for more than “being kept alive”, to follow their hope…

Update 07.04.2019: Busses have been taking people from the informal tent camp outside of Diavata back to their official shelters all through the night. 874 persons had left at 5am already with another approx. 50 remaining in the small tents. Mr. Rangos told media outlets, that until Monday the informal tent camp will have disappeared.

Injured photoreporter in Diavata following police violence

Update 08.04.2019: The last refugees left Diavata. Meanwhile, the Greek Union of Photojournalists denounces the beating of one of their members by police officers. Various Greek reporters who had been present during the last weekend in the field next to Diavata – among them the injured photoreporter, who were witnessing the developments from within the field, stated, that without their presence the police would have taken more excessive measures against the refugees and they would have used more violence. They also denounced the absence of any humanitarian organization, when the officials inside Diavata had cut off non-resident refugees from the access to the sanitary infrastructure, water and food. The “spring” we disappointed, one of the Greek comments titled….

Three refugees arrested during the events of Saturday (A 28-year-old Palaistinian, a 32-year old Syrian and a 28-year old Iraqi) got today trialled by the Three-member Misdemeanors Court of Thessaloniki to 12 months detention for resisting the authorities, but they were released upon appeal against the sentence.

Closed borders, barbarism and despair

A statement by City Plaza Refugee Squat about the March of Hope 2019

6 April 2019

The anti-migration policy of the European Union and the Greek government is a machine that constantly produces barbarism, misery and despair. The closed borders, the shameful hotspots in the islands, the very difficult living conditions on the mainland and, in particular, the lack of options, lead refugees to an impasse. Any kind of “rumors” can catalyze a person who has now reached the limit. The refugee protests in Diavata and Larissa station are in fact instigated by the continued containment of refugees in Greece. The request of refugees to open the borders and to continue their journey into Europe is not just fair and right but also perfectly reasonable. The policies followed with regard to refugees are irrational and inhumane. 

We declare our solidarity with the refugees -We call on the government to stop the violence and the repression against them. 
Open the borders now – Stop racism 

Refugees Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza

There are many holes and gaps in this “reception” system and they can not be hidden behind the violence and chasing downs in Diavata and the highway. Let the government and stakeholders see the core and the root causes of this mobilization instead of hiding (again) the problems of a permanent “emergency” state, which it has chosen as a method to manage the issue, behind an orgy of repression, criminalization and vengeance.

Antiracist Initiative Thessaloniki

https://www.efsyn.gr/node/190195?fbclid=IwAR39vpv7wZ0cgTumpbruJm-PiV2zCq9LTvW2aRCVNOWuucDQn-qMPXRdHTc

Offener Brief zur Seenotrettung: Über 250 Organisationen fordern Merkel zum Handeln auf

03. April 2019 Berlin/Frankfurt, 3. April 2019. Angesichts des Sterbens auf dem Mittelmeer und der katastrophalen Lage in Libyen wenden sich mehr als 250 zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen in einem offenen Brief an die Bundeskanzlerin. PRO ASYL, Ärzte ohne Grenzen, Amnesty International, Sea-Watch, SOS Mediterranee, Seebrücke, Diakonie, Caritas, der Paritätische, Brot für die Welt, der Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund…

Der Beitrag Offener Brief zur Seenotrettung: Über 250 Organisationen fordern Merkel zum Handeln auf erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..

Offener Brief zur Seenotrettung: Über 250 Organisationen fordern Merkel zum Handeln auf

03. April 2019 Berlin/Frankfurt, 3. April 2019. Angesichts des Sterbens auf dem Mittelmeer und der katastrophalen Lage in Libyen wenden sich mehr als 250 zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen in einem offenen Brief an die Bundeskanzlerin. PRO ASYL, Ärzte ohne Grenzen, Amnesty International, Sea-Watch, SOS Mediterranee, Seebrücke, Diakonie, Caritas, der Paritätische, Brot für die Welt, der Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund…

Der Beitrag Offener Brief zur Seenotrettung: Über 250 Organisationen fordern Merkel zum Handeln auf erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..

Offener Brief zur Seenotrettung: Über 250 Organisationen fordern Merkel zum Handeln auf

03. April 2019 Berlin/Frankfurt, 3. April 2019. Angesichts des Sterbens auf dem Mittelmeer und der katastrophalen Lage in Libyen wenden sich mehr als 250 zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen in einem offenen Brief an die Bundeskanzlerin. PRO ASYL, Ärzte ohne Grenzen, Amnesty International, Sea-Watch, SOS Mediterranee, Seebrücke, Diakonie, Caritas, der Paritätische, Brot für die Welt, der Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund…

Der Beitrag Offener Brief zur Seenotrettung: Über 250 Organisationen fordern Merkel zum Handeln auf erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..

Nederlandse overheid legt overhaast nieuw en belemmerend beleid op aan Sea-Watch en andere scheepvarende NGO’s, verwijzend naar zorgen over ‘veiligheid’ terwijl mensen blijven verdrinken

Vandaag treedt een beleidswijziging in werking die is opgelegd door het ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, met ernstige gevolgen voor Sea-Watch en andere NGO’s die schepen onder Nederlandse vlag varen. De beleidswijziging, die overhaast en zonder overgangsperiode voor Sea-Watch wordt doorgevoerd, laat zien waartoe de Nederlandse regering bereid is om de legitiem werk in het…

Der Beitrag Nederlandse overheid legt overhaast nieuw en belemmerend beleid op aan Sea-Watch en andere scheepvarende NGO’s, verwijzend naar zorgen over ‘veiligheid’ terwijl mensen blijven verdrinken erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..

Nederlandse overheid legt overhaast nieuw en belemmerend beleid op aan Sea-Watch en andere scheepvarende NGO’s, verwijzend naar zorgen over ‚veiligheid‘ terwijl mensen blijven verdrinken

Vandaag treedt een beleidswijziging in werking die is opgelegd door het ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, met ernstige gevolgen voor Sea-Watch en andere NGO’s die schepen onder Nederlandse vlag varen. De beleidswijziging, die overhaast en zonder overgangsperiode voor Sea-Watch wordt doorgevoerd, laat zien waartoe de Nederlandse regering bereid is om de legitiem werk in het…

Der Beitrag Nederlandse overheid legt overhaast nieuw en belemmerend beleid op aan Sea-Watch en andere scheepvarende NGO’s, verwijzend naar zorgen over ‚veiligheid‘ terwijl mensen blijven verdrinken erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..

Niederländische Regierung blockiert Sea-Watch 3 und andere NGO-Schiffe mit neuer Verordnung, schiebt „Sicherheit“ als Grund vor, während Menschen ertrinken

Heute tritt eine neue Verordnung des niederländischen Ministeriums für Infrastruktur und Wasserwirtschaft in Kraft, die auf Sea-Watch und andere NGOs, die Schiffe unter niederländischer Flagge betreiben schwerwiegende Auswirkungen hat. Die überstürzt und ohne Übergangsfrist für Sea-Watch eingeführte Verordnung zeigt, dass die niederländische Regierung dazu bereit ist, ihre Befugnisse im Rahmen eines koordinierten Vorgehens gegen Rettungsaktionen…

Der Beitrag Niederländische Regierung blockiert Sea-Watch 3 und andere NGO-Schiffe mit neuer Verordnung, schiebt „Sicherheit“ als Grund vor, während Menschen ertrinken erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..

Niederländische Regierung blockiert Sea-Watch 3 und andere NGO-Schiffe mit neuer Verordnung, schiebt „Sicherheit“ als Grund vor, während Menschen ertrinken

Heute tritt eine neue Verordnung des niederländischen Ministeriums für Infrastruktur und Wasserwirtschaft in Kraft, die schwerwiegende Auswirkungen auf Sea-Watch und andere NGOs hat, die Schiffe unter niederländischer Flagge betreiben. Die überstürzt und ohne Übergangsfrist für Sea-Watch eingeführte Verordnung zeigt die Bereitschaft der niederländischen Regierung, ihre Befugnisse in einem koordinierten Vorgehen gegen Rettungsaktionen im Mittelmeer zu…

Der Beitrag Niederländische Regierung blockiert Sea-Watch 3 und andere NGO-Schiffe mit neuer Verordnung, schiebt „Sicherheit“ als Grund vor, während Menschen ertrinken erschien zuerst auf Sea-Watch e.V..