TUNISIA: The Border is the Problem – Call for International Action Days in Tunis
17.07.2013 by Article 13, Afrique-Europe-Interact and Welcome to Europe
Action-days for Freedom of movement in Tunis between 5th and 7th of September 2013
At 6th of September 2012 a boat with 135 harragas capsized very close to the rocks of Lampione near Lampedusa. Although observed and known by tunesian and italian borderguards and although SOS was sended, the resuce-operations started only with much delay. Finally 79 men, women and children died or disappeared.
The incident is the consequence of a border regime, which caused thousands of death and disapperance within last years all around the European Union because of its restrictive and exclusive Visa-System. The EU-migration policy is characterized by militarized controls, by (illegal) push-backs, by detention and deportation of refugees and migrants. Searching for a secure life and a better income is criminalized by the goverments of the same richer countries, which are responsible for an injust world and which profit by the permanent exploitation, by cheap rawmaterials and by very low wages in the global south.
For the anniversary of the death and disappearance of the 79 boat people at
transnational protest in Tunis around the 6th of September 2013.
We are sad. We are angry. We want change!
The border is the problem… and we demand the immediate abolishment of
the deathly Visa-regime of the European Union. To the tunesian government we demand to cancel all agreements with EU to become a new watchdog of migration-control. We are struggling for a world without borders and
for freedom of movement for everybody. In particular we support all boat people, all Harragas, who try to take their right. The revolution in Tunesia was made for dignity and freedom, including the freedom to travel. The earth is for all!
We call and invite to come to Tunis between 5th and 7th of September for
transnational activities. The three days of actions will include protests in front of european embassies and a commemoration. We plan for public interventions and a stage in the city center for a political and cultural program for freedom of movement.
Join us, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Initiated by Activists from Article 13, from Afrique-Europe-Interact and from Welcome to Europe;
Supported by La Terre pour Tous and LeVenticinqueundici
With Participation of Blech Hess and Watch The Med