Δράση αλληλεγγύης 8/2/2011 – στην ελληνικη πρεσβεία, Βερολίνο

We call for an action to express our solidarity on Tuesday 08/02/11, 16:30
in front of the greek embassy, Jägerstr. 54 (close to Gendarmenmarkt,
Berlin-Mitte)
Please spread, please forward! please come!
Legalisation now!
Equal rights now!
Abolish all borders!
The 25th of January is the day on which 300 migrants in Greece started a
hunger strike. Their demand is a collective legalisation of all the people
excluded from Greek society based on their status – be it asylum seekers,
not recognised refugees, illegalised people, exploited migrant labourers.
It is not the first hunger strike in Greece where human beings are forced
to use such a drastic measure to fight for their rights.
«We are migrant men and women from all over Greece. We came here due to
poverty, unemployment, wars and dictatorships. The multinational companies
and their political servants did not leave another choice for us than
risking 10 times our lives to arrive in Europe’s door. […] We came to
Greece and we are working to support ourselves and our families. We live
without dignity, in the darkness of illegalness so that employers and
state’s services can benefit from the harsh exploitation of our labour. We
live from our sweat and with the dream, some day, to have equal rights
with our Greek fellow workers. […] The answer to the lies and the cruelty
has to be given now and it will come from us, from migrant men and women.
We are going in the front line, with our own lives to stop this injustice.
We ask the legalization of all migrant men and women, we ask for equal
political and social rights and obligations with Greek workers.»
(Assembly of migrant hunger strikers, January 2011)
It is not a particular Greek situation that the hunger strikers are
denouncing. It is the effect of the European policy of bordering and
exclusion. Accessing European territory is often a deadly venture.
Refugees and migrants are not welcome in Europe, and fences, border guards
and agencies, detention camps and deportation schemes have proliferated
only to keep the unwanted at distance. But the dreams and the desires of
the unwanted are stronger and enable many to scale the borders. The
presence of a migrant population in Europe is a reality and they have
come, and are coming to stay.
However, it is not only the fences and borders that are directed against
these coming citizens of Europe. In a Europe that promised a homogeneous
landscape of rights to its citizens in any country of the Union,
non-European migrants often find themselves to be second-class citizens,
or even outright excluded from political and social rights at large. This
creates an exploitable labour force and a disadvantaged and
disenfranchised part of the population. By creating such conditions,
Europe profits from the products of migrant labour. In the Southern
countries of the EU, the agricultural sector is heavily dependent on
migrant labour, while all over Europe, migrants form the backbone of many
service industries that are taken for granted.
But we are talking about human beings, with dreams and hopes, with plenty
of reasons to go and to move. But as they arrive in Europe, they find
themselves deprived of their rights as human beings, at the mercy of an
asylum system, and at the fringes of society. It is exactly this social
exclusion and disfranchisement, it is the lack of political and social
rights that leads to the often unbearable conditions that are then
denounced as the “migration problem”, used to justify repression, further
exclusion, and deportation.
Migration is neither a crime nor a problem, but the European Union’s
response is criminal and highly problematic. The 2008 European Pact on
Immigration and Asylum has cemented this inhuman policy pursued for many
years. While mentioning necessary advances in asylum and legal migration
legislation, it has foremost served as a political initiative to harden
the borders, further exclusion and deportation and is a declaration of war
on migration. It lengthily talks about the solidarity between the EU
member states, but it robbed especially the southern states of the only
sensible answer to migration: it contains an explicit ban on collective
legalisation.
The hunger strikers in Greece have decided to struggle for their rights,
and rightly so. In a climate of increased repression and anti-migrant
rhetoric, we have to act. Not only in Greece, all over Europe and indeed
all over the world, we need to struggle for equal rights for everybody. We
express our explicit solidarity with the hunger strikers in Greece, and we
call to activists all over Europe to join the cause for a complete and
unconditional legalisation.

January 2011 | Welcome to Europe Network

More information about the hunger strike  in German you find here:
http://tab.blogsport.de/category/300-im-hungerstreik/
in English here: http://w2eu.net/