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The European Union is enforcing it’s borders (again)

Yesterday, 15.10.2015, late at night an Afgan refugee has been shot by the Bulgarian border control police, after 50 refugees tried to cross the border Sredets to Bulgaria from Turkey. Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs is using an excuse that the refugees didn’t obey the orders to stop and even though they were not armed the Bulgarian police was compelled to use such force (

This is of course nothing new and surprising for how the EU’s member states deal with the influx of people trying to come within its borders. Let us just remember the rubber bullet shootings by the Spanish border police in February 2014, when an unknown number of people trying to reach “Spanish” side of Ceuta drowned. This is the reality of the European Union’s immigration and asylum system which rather spends money to enforce its borders than help the people who are fleeing desperation from their settings, which is a direct product of Western Europe’s colonialism and decades of interventions by the world superpowers in the 20th century.

If we read the Frontex budget report for the years 2014 and 2015, we see an increased budget injections in external border controls. Citing Statewarch and EU’s budget expenditures to Frontex:

The 2015 budget of EU border agency Frontex has been increased by 17.5%, from €97 million to €114 million, with the largest share of the extra funding going towards Joint Operations at Sea Borders.’


The EU leaders are currently discussing of giving Turkey 3 billion financial resources and other political-social benefits for its citizens (e.g. better VISA-FREE travel). The idea is to keep (at least) 2 million refugees within Turkey’s borders and ask for its help with enforcing EU’s external borders (source:

Turkey is suppose to be a so called safe county, but we all know that is on the verge of a small civil war (mostly with Kurdish people or people with different political orientation), if we just look at the events that happened few days ago in Ankara, where more than 100 people were killed by most likely state sponsored suicide bombing. Citing The Guardian newspaper:

Turkey is currently the main source of the 700,000 people who have entered the EU this year. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is to travel to Istanbul on Sunday for talks with the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, only two weeks before a crucial general election in Turkey, leaving her open to charges that she is boosting the victory chances of his governing Justice and Development party.’


But the borders are not just on the edges of the Fortress Europe, but also inside it. They are the borders that separate people, who are illegalized by the fascist European Union’s immigration and asylum system, from European citizens. The good example and a symptom of such system is LaGeSo which dehumanizes people to non-beings, who are supposedly claiming benefits from the German state. But let us not forget that Germany is benefiting from such system and has historical and recent responsibilities towards countries that people flee from.

This is why making the so called “refugee” crisis, named by the EU’s institutions and mainstream media, a political issue that must directly adress the EU’s fascist immigration and asylum system, its neo-colonial practices and capitalist-neoliberal development in the recent years. No, there is no “refugee crisis”, but only European xenophobia towards human beings!

Next post will focus on the recent happening at the Balkan route borders and camps.

Until then: Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here!!


protocol #5 – forming a ‘lager mobilisation’ group in berlin

free all lagers.

this is our 5th protocol to form a “lager mobilisation”-group in berlin and maybe later on in brandenburg. again, around 19 people were there – thanks to u all. please add, correct and criticize in the comment section.

protocol #5 – forming a ‘lager mobilisation’ group in berlin
1. introduction
2. weekly action + URGENT ACTION
3. next meeting

13th october 2015, 7pm at migrationsrats office –

address: oranienstr. 34, 10999 berlin-kreuzberg, right backyard, 2nd floor, please ring the bell, if the door is closed
next to u-station kottbusser tor

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Kundgebung // Theatre // Concerts // Performances // Statements – LaGeSo

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Wednesday, 7. October, 15:00 – 20:00

Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales, Turmstraße 21, 10559 Berlin
The aim is to organize a gathering in front of the LAGESO as a central place, where Refugees first arrive in Berlin, register and thereby start their existence as Refugees.
For every simple thing Refugees have to visit the LAGESO. So since weeks the Reality in front of the LAGESO is an “emergency situation”. Hundreds of people are going every day to this place. There are people who stay there for more than 3 weeks and waiting for further process. Continue reading

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Open Letter to those who are governing Western countries (by Emmanuel Mbolela)

Emmanuel Mbolela Open Letter

Emmanuel Mbolela Open Letter to the governers of the western world

Francais en bas



Dear governors of the western world,

In front of the chaotic and dramatic situation of the Syrian refugees which we bear witness to today, which adds up to many more, in particular those refugees fleeing African countries, and in front of which you have kept remarkably silent and complicit, which have now caught up with you, but which  you feign to discover with the terrible images of the drowned baby Aylan (may his soul rest in peace), broadcasted these days by your countries’ tv channel, I make it my citizen’s duty to send you this letter. For me it is a way to express my solidarity and compassion for  the Syrian refugees, as I have always done with other migrants and refugees from Africa, and as others have done with me when I was, together with fellow African refugees in the same situation of flight.
Furthermore, I would like to express to you my indignation towards this situation which of course is a result, for one thing, of your domination politics, which you never cease to produce, day and night, in your laboratories, and for the rest, of  the cynical, inhuman, and drastic so-called border-control measures which you have introduced.

First of all, I want to express all my solidarity to the Syrian men, women, children and babies who have lost their own or their beloved ones’ lives because they were fleeing the atrocities of war and  blood-shedding repression skillfully sparked, kept and orchestered by the system of this world’s mighty ones, and who have found themselves left to die and been denied entry in the countries where they could have found refuge. May the death, pain and suffering of these men, women, and defenseless children call out to the entire human community.

My thoughts also go to the migrants and refugees of subsaharian Africa, who fall in the desert, far away from TV channel’s cameras, and to those dying in the Mediterrannean every day, and who shall not be rescued lest, so the western world’s governors, many more try to come.

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State of emergency in Lageso in Moabit

Hundred of refugees wait in Turmstraße (Moabit) for their permission documents to an accommodation place. The people are told to do not leave the waiting queue – they must stay there all the time, including their children. Water and food supply is low, it lacks water bottles (there is only one water tap while temperatures rise to 40 degrees today), umbrellas and stuff for shade, also snacks like fruits. What is more, there is need of people who feel able to coordinate actions and supply.


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Who wants to donate to the initiative “Moabit hilft” (Moabit helps) which is present right now, can find information here:

Twitter hashtag: #lageso


Am Berliner Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales (Lageso) in der Turmstraße (Moabit) gibt es gegenwärtig einen Notstand: Dort warten seit Tagen hunderte Refugees in der prallen Sonne auf Wartenummern/Papiere/Unterkunft/? und das #Lageso kriegt es nicht hin, eine vernünftige Wasser- oder Lebensmittelversorgung aufrecht zu erhalten, von Schattenplätzen ganz zu schweigen. Dazu wird den Leuten, sie sollen die Warteschlange auch mit ihren Kindern nicht verlassen.

Heute sind es 40 Grad, es fehlen laut Leuten vor Ort neben Wasser in Flaschen, auch Getränkebehälter (es gibt nur 1 Wasserhahn), Schattenspender (Sonnen oder Regenschirme, Sonnensegel etc.) und Obst/Snacks. Und mehr Leute, die dort koordinieren.

Genaueres hier:

und hier:


Wer Geld über hat kann Moabithilft unterstützen, die sind auch vor Ort:

Twitter-Hashtag: #lageso


Weitere Einschätzungen und Details durch den Flüchtlingsrat Berlin und Asyl in der Kirche:

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Petition: Appell an Frau Aydan Özoguz: Mehr Ehrlichkeit im Umgang mit Asylsuchenden!

zur Petition

Sehr geehrte Frau Özoguz,

als Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration tragen Sie Verantwortung für alle Menschen, die auf der Suche nach Schutz vor Verfolgung nach Deutschland kommen. Wir fordern Sie auf, dieser Verantwortung gerecht zu werden, indem Sie sich ehrlich für alle Flüchtlinge einsetzen:
Wenden Sie sich entschieden gegen den Vorschlag der CSU, Asylsuchende nach der Herkunft zu segregieren und in Sonderlagern unterzubringen!
Setzen Sie sich dafür ein, die Lüge von „sicheren Herkunftsstaaten“ abzuschaffen, statt die Liste der vermeintlich sicheren Staaten als Instrument der Abschottungspolitik nach Belieben zu erweitern!
Sorgen Sie für ein menschenwürdiges Leben und gleiche Rechte für alle Asylsuchenden! Continue reading

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ERKLÄRUNG zur Gedenkveranstaltung und bundesweiten Aktionen gegen Abschiebungen von Roma am 2. und 3. und 5. August 2015


Click on the photo to see the statement.

Bis heute ist die Geschichte der Verfolgung und Vernichtung von Roma und Sinti nicht ausreichend erforscht und nicht genau bekannt. Dies ist kein Zufall, es ist Ausdruck von fortgesetzten Mechanismen der Ausgrenzung und Ablehnung.

Roma und Sinti wurden während der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus in die Konzentrationslager Belzec, Siedlce, Bergen-Belsen oder Auschwitz, aber auch nach Neuengamme bei Hamburg deportiert. Schätzungen zufolge waren hier ungefähr 500 Menschen als sogenannte „Zigeuner“ inhaftiert. Als Zwangsarbeiter_innen wurden die Menschen dort körperlich ausgebeutet und bei Mangelernährung fürchterlich gequält. Von den insgesamt 100.000 Häftlingen überlebte mehr als die Hälfte diese Tortur nicht.

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Unterzeichnende: Bundes Roma Verband e.V., Roma Antidiscrimination Network (RAN), Freiburger Forum aktiv gegen Ausgrenzung, Aktion Bleiberecht Freiburg, Romano Jekipe ano Hamburg, Recht auf Stadt Hamburg -never mind the papers,alle bleiben!, Roma Center Göttingen e.V.,Recht auf Stadt Hamburg – never mind the papers, NoBorder Passau, Sahra Mirow (Stadträtin Die Linke Heidelberg),

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This week: Day X – Stop the tightening of the asylum law / Diese Woche: Tag X – Asylrechtsverschärfung stoppen / Cette semaine: Jour X – Stop le durcissement du droit d’asile

2. Juni 2015 / Berlin* Demonstration zum Bundestag / 14.00 / Willy Brandt Haus / mehr Infos

Demonstration to the Bundestag/ 2 pm/ Willy Brandt House/ more information


The tighteneing of the asylum law will be adopted this week in Bundestag. There will be actions nationwide. 1st and 2nd of July in Berlin!
Die Aslyrechtsverschäfung soll diese Woche im Bundestag verabschiedet
werden. Bundesweit wird es Aktionen geben. 1. und 2. Juli in Berlin!

Le durcissement du droit d´asil sera adopter cette semaine au Bundestag. Il y aura des actions dans différentes villes. Le premier et deuxième juillet à Berlin!

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Radio Play & Audio Installation, Audioworkshop

(francais en bas, deutsch weiter unten)


Radio play and audio installation, Produced by: WDR

Paul Plamper and Jelka Plate are doing a research for the radio play project ABSPRUNG

We are looking for people who would like to discuss these subjects with us and are willing to talk about their experiences with migration. We would like to record these conversations. The conversations will only be published in agreement with the dialog partner.


When: Sunday 21st, from 5–7 p.m. and 28th of June from 5–9 p.m. Where: Institute for intercultural and transnational social work, project space, Adalbertstrasse 96, 10999 Berlin, Kreuzberg, close to Kaffee Kotti What: radio play author Paul Plamper teaches basic knowledge about audio field recordings and audio post production.We are going to train how to work with microphones for voice recordings. We will edit these recordings and are going to play with sounddesign and musical arrangement. please register: Continue reading

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Invitation for open meeting of the alliance for unconditional right to stay on June, 8th at 6.30 pm

Francais en bas

English below


Einladung für alle

Offenes Treffen des Bündnises für bedingungsloses Bleiberecht – Jede_r hat die Möglichkeit, etwas zu verändern!

Die bundesweite Aktionswoche vom 13.04. bis 18.04.2015 und die Konzertkundgebung am 18.04., hat der Asylrechtsverschärfung zu mehr Wahrnehmbarkeit verholfen, auch medial, aber wir wünschen uns mehr…und dafür brauchen wir eure Hilfe. Continue reading