On the 6th of February plenty of right-wing populists, neofascist movements and parties will come together in different places around Europe to take to the streets for their reactionary idea of superior “people” and “nations”. On the one hand we don’t want to accept this and therefore we call you to counter them firmly together taking a stand for political solidarity! On the other hand we want to proclaim this day Europe-wide as a day of action against Fortress Europe!
The conditions in many places all over the world become more unstable with capitalism widening the gap between the poor and the rich. The neo-liberal structural changes of the 70’s and 80’s forced many areas of the global south into deep poverty and debts. After the period of colonialism those changes had once again created dependency from the “western world”. These politics bring exploitation and poverty as well as destruction of the basis of existence. Today neo-colonianism shows itself in it’s diverse forms: land grabbing, siezure of natural resources and raw materials, weaponry exports and free trade agreements, wars under the cover of “interventions to protect the human rights”, support of dictators and authoritarian regimes. One of the consequences is the death of many people not just at the European borders, but also in their home countries. The European Union is one of the major players in this game. The official politics of solving the crisis of capitalism (like austerity measures) catalyzed authoritarian and racist reactions all over the world. The fear of people losing their wealth is transformed into pure hatred against “the others I have to share with” and leads to the construction of conservative entities like nations, races and traditional gender roles.
We also see the increasing militarization on the external borders of Europe. Humans get selected according to their nationality; deportation centers get extended and new ones are to be build. To improve such inhumane systems the EU cooperates with states like Turkey, that wages war against the Kurds in their own country and supports the “Islamic State” (Daesh).
Racist movements and parties like PEGIDA, UKIP (UK Independence Party), BPI (Block Against Islam), Golden Dawn, Front National and many others, the European immigration policies and Frontex are actors in the same play. If we really want the misery of the migrants run to end, then political pressure in the streets is necessary everywhere, so the borders open for all and safe routes for migration with dignity become possible. That means organization of protests, direct actions, civil disobedience and the establishment of spaces of solidarity.
We want to use the chance to put this subject on the agenda on the 6th of February. If the right-wing populist and reactionary movement tries to bring their politics in the streets, we will counter them. We have to point out the connection between restrictive and authoritarian European migration, austerity policies and the everyday street racism and how these are linked to capitalism and patriarchy. All of these are global mechanisms of domination and oppression that attack all of us. Therefore we have to act together.
It is necessary to organize globally to attack the european politics in order to destroy the standing ground of the right-wing. Instead of believing in national states that are capable of acting, we have to declare the solidarity across the borders, learn from each other and fight for common autonomous and open spaces. The creation of resistant, self-determined networks provides perspective for freedom for all.
We will fight for free life in social equality, beyond nations, capital and patriarchy. Together we take to the streets! We call for civil disobedience and direct actions for freedom of movement and equal rights for all. It has to be fought in a political way! We don’t want to be governed. We stand up and fight against racist and authoritarian crisis reactions of the European politics and right-wing populistic movements!
Let´s stick the finger to the Fortress Europe!
Organize political solidarity!
Fight Fortress Europe!