NO BORDERS – MAKE FORTRESS EUROPE HISTORY
an antiauthoritarian call for a No Border-Camp in Thessaloniki/Salonica 2016
The social and economic developments of the last few years shed light on the near future we are facing: deprivation of democratic structures and processes, an increase of economic insecurity and precariousness, a return of authoritarian forms of politics through an enormous increase of executive power and a resurgence of right populist and right wing parties all over Europe. While promising human rights, equality and peace for all, European political agenda is experienced by millions as a pure nightmare.
Europe is changing rapidly.
But these changes have never been made without a fight. The conflicts that formed along social, ecological, feminist and antiracist struggles were reinvigorated with the advent of the financial crisis in 2007. However, the implementation of austerity measurements that followed worsened the situation for people in southern Europe, causing extreme cuts to the social state, the health care system, pensions and workplaces.
NOT A “REFUGEE CRISIS” BUT A CRISIS OF FORTRESS EUROPE
Today the discourse on the financial and economic crisis, and its effects on people‘s lives, has almost completely disappeared from media and politics and has been replaced by a new crisis. A crisis that emerged with thousands of refugees shaking up Europe’s “safety zone”, by overcoming its militarized borders and -for a moment- making their racist regulations inapplicable. While the origins and those affected by these crises are not the same, their common point is the disgusting way they are being managed. The same authoritarian and neoliberal management, that was responsible for millions of Greeks being excluded from their health care system, is now errecting barbed wire fences all over Europe.