kein mensch ist illegal hamburg

"Ihr sollt wissen, daß kein Mensch illegal ist.
Das ist ein Widerspruch in sich. Menschen können schön sein oder noch schöner. Sie können gerecht sein oder ungerecht. Aber illegal? Wie kann ein Mensch illegal sein?"

Elie Wiesel

Samstag, 25. April 2015

Aktion am 1.Mai um 3 Uhr

 auf unserer Demo und in ganz Hamburg:
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Sonntag, 19. April 2015

Alarm Phone Press Release: The EU kills Refugees, Ferries not Frontex!

Press Release, 19.4.2015

Last night at least 650 people drowned about 73 nautical miles north of the Libyan coast when seeking to reach Italy. They were on board of a 30 meter long boat that capsized when the container vessel King Jacob approached them for assistance. There were only 28 survivors.

This is the biggest refugee boat catastrophe in the recent history of the Mediterranean Sea. With its decision from the 27th of August 2014 to scale down rescue operations at sea, the EU is responsible for this mass dying. The EU has the means and possibilities to rescue refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. But instead, they let people drown.

Over the last weeks, we, as the Watch The Med Alarm Phone, became direct witnesses of struggles over life and death on these boats and of the relatives’ worries. We also witnessed how the coastguards of Italy and Malta as well as the crews of commercial vessels made great efforts but could often not prevent the dying as they were not sufficiently equipped to conduct rescue operations. And this is due to political decisions made on the level of the European Union.

Fortress Europe has caused ten thousands of deaths in the Mediterranean Sea in the last 25 years.

Those responsible are:

Politicians and police forces that have created, through the Schengen Regime, the general visa-duty and the organised manhunt of refugees and migrants without visas;

The politicians, police and military forces that have established Frontex in the past 10 years and have turned the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy since the Arab Spring into a maritime high security zone;

The EU politicians who decided on the 27th of August 2014 in Brussels to scale down the Italian rescue operation Mare Nostrum in the Mediterranean Sea and enforced a politics of deterrence through Frontex’s Triton operation along the Italian coast!

They carry responsibility for the thousands of deaths that have occurred in the last months in the maritime zone between Libya and Italy.

The dying needs to end:

We demand an immediately created direct ferry line for refugees from Tripoli and other places in Northern Africa to Europe.

We demand safe and legal corridors for refugees to reach a place of refuge without the need to risk their lives.

We call out, beyond all confessions and political sides, to take immediate direct action against these murderous EU policies and politics.

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Samstag, 18. April 2015

Die Wehrmacht klaut das Oliven öel von Lesvos und exportieren es

     während die Bevölkerung hungert  und an junger stirbt.
     Aus der Untersuchung von Savvas Kofopoulos :
     "Hunger , Schwarzmarkt und Tote in Lesvos während der Deutsche Besatzung."

ausgehungertes kind in Agiasos Lesvos während der deutsche Besatzung.

Samstag, 11. April 2015

Thoughts and Thanks from the distance:

 Refugees who lived in PIKPA, talk about the importance of an open welcoming space.

In early March 2015, the mayor of Lesvos Spiros Galinos called on the ‘Village of all together’ to move out all the refugees accommodated in PIKPA. He wanted to renovate PIKPA for a tennis tournament that would take place in May. He seriously proposed the prison of Moria as an alternative that could be turned into an open centre. This is where the refugees could live!   

The ‘Village of all together’ responded by saying that a prison would not be an alternative option, even if the fences were to be removed. They demand to be offered a different place, otherwise they would be forced to remain in PIKPA.  

Us from w2eu and as part of the ‘Village of all together’ outside of Mytilene want to contribute to the discussion by offering a little story from PIKPA as well as comments from people who made PIKPA their home for some time.

PIKPA was an empty and run-down former holiday camp for children, located near the airport of Mytilene. Since November 2012, in accordance with the mayor at the time, it could be used by the group ‘Village of all together’. The story of this unique and self-organised place of solidarity that welcomes newly arrived refugees, was not only known to the locals of Lesvos but also internationally.

It began in the winter of 2012 when refugees arrived from Turkey in bad weather conditions on a small boat and had to sleep under trees, waiting for the police to arrest them for registration. Fascists threw stones at a pregnant woman who was sleeping outside.

The ‘Village of all together’ opened PIKPA and an unbelievable number of people in solidarity made sure that food was offered to all every day.

It started off as a small place that was used as a place of arrival before the arrest and registration would take place. Coastguards and the police did not support this place which proved that arriving people would not abscond or be dangerous but were visibly looking for protection. PIKPA transformed several times, especially after October 2013 when the prison of Moria opened, funded with EU money. PIKPA was empty for a short while but then people who were released from Moria began to use PIKPA again. Later, when the asylum system collapsed in Athens, people came to Mytilene to claim asylum and stayed in PIKPA for a few weeks.

In summer 2014 when more and more arrived from Turkey and Moria became overcrowded, even the coastguard began to move refugees to PIKPA in order to ‘spare’ the tourists on cruise boats the sight of waiting refugees in the burning sun at the harbour.

The ‘Village of all together’, with its few members, was able to deal even with this situation that grew more acute, with about 600 refugees staying in one day at a place that has merely 80 beds.

It was in September 2014 that the new conservative mayor took office. He requested from the coastguard to cease bringing newly arrived people to PIKPA and, instead, move them straight to the prison near Moria. Nonetheless, all those who have already claimed asylum and thus left Moria, as well as those who are ill, do not have the money to continue their journey, are waiting for family reunification or are searching for their missing relatives, remain in PIKPA.  In addition, all those who are released on Fridays stay the night in PIKPA since no boats are leaving on that day.

At the moment there are 20 long-term guests at PIKPA. The children go to school and the Village of all together is able to organise, through self-organised donations, everyday life.  

The new Syriza government has announced to close down all prisons for refugees and to have instead open centres. Moria is still open.

We asked people, who spent a long time in PIKPA, some of them have now succeeded to escape Greece and are recognised as refugees in other European countries, to tell us why PIKPA was important to them:

Ablulahi und Laila,
One day in April 2013, around midnight, a boat capsized and everybody fell into the water, when the coastguard tried to stop them. It was Abdulahi, the only one who knew how to swim, who rescued all the people by bringing them to the boat of the coastguard. Laila was rescued even twice as she was caught by another wave and was washed away, about to drown. The coastguard shone light and handed out life buoys so that he could find and rescue the people.
Once he had rescued all and was climbing to the boat of the coastguards with Laila, someone turned on the engine and injured Abdulahi’s leg severely by the boat’s propeller. Laila was also injured but fortunately less badly.

At the hospital of Mytilene Abdulahi was lucky to see a doctor who operated on him and saved his leg. It was, however, also clear that he would not be allowed to get up and move for several months. Laila decided to stay with her rescuer to help him in his everyday life. They both remained in PIKPA and when physiotherapy was recommended, the Village of all together organised daily transfers to the city for Abdulahi.

4 months later they could, with the hobbling Abdulahi, go to Athens and try to continue their journey. There were no legal charges against the coastguard and no compensation was given.

Their journeys seemed to part there. But in the end they managed to arrive in the same country. They now have a child together and their tragic story seems to have found a happy end.

Abulahi says:
Pikpa is the place I can never forget, specially “the village of together”. Without Pikpa I couldn't walk with my leg right now.
Pikpa is where I got saved, cured, fed and met such good people. What happened to me in the midnight of the second of April, I remember it full, but I remember all the great people who showed me the great heart they have.
It is in Pikpa where I stayed when I could not even manage to go to the toilet alone.
It is in Pikpa where many family who had children got a place to sleep and felt save. 
I honestly cry when I remember Mitilini, where I almost lost my leg. But when I also remember the great “village of together” the doctors who cured me, physiotherapy, people who drive me, people just helping me. Pikpa is great and I dream one day I will came back. Please allow Pikpa to welcome people like me and others who absolutely can not stay in the harbour or elsewhere. Life is difficult.
Pikpa is great........