Salvini tests the European governments: Italy ignores emergency calls of boats in distress at sea, denies access to Italian harbours and threatens to send rescued people back to Libya. If we don’t act now, the Italian state will establish this as common practice for the upcoming years.
At the moment boats continue to leave the Libyan shore, with people putting their lives in danger in order to cross the Mediterranean. At sea, all those on board are in distress and there is hardly anyone left to help: meanwhile almost all ships chartered by private rescue organizations have been moored in ports for flimsy reasons. European politicians such as Seehofer, Salvini, and Kurz are systematically blocking private rescues at sea and are consciously involved in the deaths of many more people. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in June and July of this year alone, 851 people died fleeing across the Mediterranean and more than 1,500 people have drowned there since the beginning of 2018. We will no longer tolerate this!
NOT IN OUR NAME
To stop this, governments need to see that we know they’re responsible for every single death. Massive EUROPEAN PROTESTS are needed right now.
We demand the decriminalisation of maritime rescue, safe, legal and dignified routes, as well as a greater focus on the sustainable improvement of living conditions in these countries of origin, from the EU and its member states. The foreclosure policy (militarization, push-backs, EU-Turkey deal, etc.) on the EU’s external borders, forcing refugees to choose increasingly dangerous escape routes, must end. The cynical shift of the EU external border into Turkey, and far into the African continent, must be replaced by cooperation of the societies with the ultimate aim of receiving and integrating those seeking protection.
EUROPEAN PROTESTS – BUILD BRIDGES, NOT WALLS!
After the countless actions and demos over the past few weeks in Germany, we want to hit the streets together, from 25.08. – 02.09.2018 all over Europe! This European-wide action will include protests and demonstrations in many European cities!
SEEBRÜCKE is an international movement, supported by several civil society alliances and people. We declare our solidarity with people who are forced to flee their homes. From German and European policy makers, we demand the establishment of safe routes for refugees, to stop the criminalisation of sea rescue and to receive them in a humane way whilst respecting their rights.
SEA RESCUE IS NOT A CRIME
BUILT BRIDGES, NOT WALLS
CREATE SAFE HABOURS
WE ALL ARE THE SEA BRIDGE! AND WE ARE MAY-EUROPAWIDE
PS: Orange is the colour of the lifejackets migrants on the Mediterranean are wearing and became the colour of the SEEBRÜCKE movement. So wear something orange during the protest, to make us visible on the streets of Athens.