Wednesday, 6 januari 2016
This article was written for Doorbraak, where it is published already in an illustrated version and with even more hyperlinks. It is also a blog piece on Libcom. By the way, happy and subversive new year to all of you
The Netherlands is experiencing a wave of racist, sometimes openly violent, actions and street mobilizations, mainly against refugees and the sheltering of refugees. Street mobilizations of an intimidatory character have occured where municipal councils debate whether to establish an AZC (Asielzoekerscentrum, centre for asylum seekers) or an emergency refugee shelter in their city or town. Small scale violence against houses where refugees live occur repeatedly. Meanwhile, official politics talks about the issue of refugees in a way that portrays them, not als people trying to escape the horrors of war and persecution, but mainly as ‘fortune-hunters’ who only come to the Netherlands to find jobs and social security.
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In the desert, the smugglers lace their water with petrol so the smuggled won’t gulp it down and cost more. Sometimes the trucks they’re packed into stall crossing the Sahara; they have to jump out to push, and some are left behind when the trucks drive off again. In transit camps in Libya before the perilous venture across the Blue Desert, they play football, fight, and pool their scanty resources so an even poorer friend can pay his way. One man says his tiny wooden boat was flanked by dolphins as they made the journey, three on each side, like guardian angels, and this was what gave him hope.
We make a clear stance against the racist migration policy of the Dutch state. Civil servants like Heida and Geeroms are directly co-responsible for the daily torture of thousands of people behind prison walls and for the many deportations of people who will meet a sure death in the country they are forced to go to. Heida and Geeroms will most likely claim they are only doing their job and that all these crimes are not their responsibility. But they do make themselves complicit to a colonial system of repression and exclusion. We hold them responsible for their contributions to the Dutch policies and practices of exclusion, detention and deportation of migrants. No one should make a living out of this inhumane system. No longer they can do their “jobs” in the anonymity and pretended innocence they’ve been hiding in so far.
We’ll keep on fighting for a world without borders and an end to the capitalist system that ruins the world and keeps billions of people in the grip of poverty, hunger, war, oppression and exploitation.´´ (1)