After the eviction of Idomeni: Situation in North Greece // CALL FOR SOLIDARITY ACTION-WEEK #overthefortress: 30.05.- 05.06.

Die Situation für die Geflüchteten in Nordgriechenland hat sich durch die Räumung Idomenis noch weiter verschlechtert. Daher ruft das internationale Bündnis #overthefortress für die Woche vom 30.05.-05.06. erneut zu einer SOLIDARITY ACTION-WEEK auf!
Den CALL FOR ACTION und die Beschreibung der Situation in Griechenland findet ihr hier:

„On Tuesday, 24.05.16, parallel to the World Humanitarian Summit in
Turkey, the eviction of Idomeni camp officially began.

In many ways, a forceful eviction began weeks ago. Idomeni has long been
subject of structural violence from both police and state policies,
which have slowly but continuously dismantled the camps aid-structures.

In the last few days, fresh water supply was cut, electronic music
blasted every night, toilets were locked, and trash was not removed.
Doctors, media and volunteers were denied access to the camp, slowly
taking away the most basic needs. The distribution of food, dry clothes,
tents, blankets, sleeping bags and medical care was systematically blocked.

As of Tuesday, police have forced people by threatening to increase
violence to move to the military camps.

But so far, media has portrayed the eviction as peaceful, stating that
people are leaving voluntarily to military facilities, totally
disregarding the aforementioned facts.

However, to represent those at Idomeni as passively accepting the
closure of the Balkan route, does not capture the whole picture;
compared to overcrowded military camps, Idomeni has remained the least
horrible option.

Military camps have been set up in a lackluster and rushed manner,
without sufficient infrastructure to cover basic needs, nor the right to
move freely in and out of these facilities. Although some camps appear
better equipped than others, conditions are widely insufficient.

Scarcely any of these camps have internet access, thereby denying people
their right to apply for the asylum or relocation procedure. Food is
often inedible and the majority of these camps do not supply baby food
or family support. In many cases, the locations chosen are completely
isolated, making social integration impossible, and creating a
dependence on the poorly supplied structures within the camps. Warm
water is only provided in very few camps. The intentional governmental
restraint of any information adds up psychological stress to a constant
boredom created by a solitary environment.

(Any argumentation that tries to legitimate the eviction of Idomeni as a humanitarian act has been proven wrong. K., who is still around Idomeni explains: “We do not want to go to these military camps. Our friends told us how bad it is there. We want to travel on. In the next days we will leave.”)

Let us not forget some of the underlying motives for the eviction of
Idomeni camp.

Since the closing of the Balkan route, Idomeni has become a symbol of
the struggle for freedom of movement on the borders of Europe. It has
unveiled the incompetence of EU powers and the failure of EU policies,
which far from solving the EU-political crisis, in turn created a
bottleneck, leaving thousands stranded on Europe’s locked borders.

By using media to further perpetuate xenophobic and racist structures
and fear of terrorism within the western world, Europe has legitimized
closing its borders. Europe exploits the situation to further obtain
cheap labor forces in a regulated manner, to sustain and maximize their
wealth and security.

As we speak, Idomeni’s forceful eviction has already been implemented
and will soon disappear from the frontlines of newspapers. People will
nevertheless be kept in indefinite detention that could result in years
of waiting in military facilities for Europe to act on their behalf. But
most probably the waiting will end in deportation.

Military camps have been portrayed as the next step and “only solution”
for those caught up between borders and legal abandonment. They are
meant to be “safe places” for people attempting to access the
discriminative relocation program or apply for the only choice available
for many, asylum in Greece.

But in fact people are shunned into militarized camps to decentralize
the problem away from the borders and spreading it throughout Greece.
This hides the topic away from the public eye and consequently minimizes
the pressure on EU policies to take responsibility. Out of sight, out of
mind. Concerning the role of many volunteers in this procedure, this text is worth a read:
https://refugeetrail.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/keep-quiet-and-eat-soup/.

Is this not tarnishing a reaction to the self-interested and
exploitative EU immigration policies?


CALL FOR ACTION

This coming week, between the 30.05-05.06, we will once again raise our
voices and show our outrage against the structural oppression denying
freedom of movement, enforced by Europe and its allies.

This is a call for international solidarity and outrage under the slogan
#overthefortress, as otherwise this political and humanitarian crisis
will vanish from the public discourse, and thousands will be forgotten.
The idea of having any real future has been traded for visa deals and a
booming “Refugee” industrial complex.
Lets take the responsibility we have and bring people’s hopeless
situation caused by structural repression out of the shadows back in to
the public perception to burn it into the ignorant mind of European society.

With decentralized and creative actions we want to condemn Fortress
Europe’s racist policies and formulate an accusation. Raise your
individual voice and show solidarity in protest and action.

Greetings,
Idomeni“