[EMRAWI:] ‚Solidarity with the struggle of the imprisoned in camp at Veliki Otok near Postojna’ – Statement of APL-FAO (Ljubljana)

—ENG—

Soli­da­ri­ty with the strugg­le of the impr­i­son­ed in camp at Veli­ki Otok near Pos­to­j­na

In the shadow of the nor­ma­li­zed sta­te of emer­gen­cy in the name of pro­tec­tion of public health the ent­rench­ment of the aut­ho­ri­ta­ri­an regime at the bor­ders of Fort­ress Euro­pe con­ti­nues. The cur­rent government of Slo­ve­nia con­ti­nues the poli­ci­es of ter­ror, dehu­ma­niz­a­ti­on and cri­mi­na­liz­a­ti­on of peop­le that was first set and then faith­ful­ly fol­lo­wed and deepe­ned by the pre­vious governments. In recent years razor-wire, fence, mili­ta­ry patrols, poli­ce ter­ror, employ­ment of high tech­no­lo­gy in human hun­ting have all beco­me part and par­cel of ever­y­day expe­ri­ence for both peop­le that are try­ing to find a way to a secu­re and bet­ter life and for many others that have long lived in the are­as that were cho­sen by the secu­ri­ty experts as a tes­ting ground for their vio­lent games. While the lat­ter count the euros on the accounts of sub-con­trac­tors that erect the fence at the bor­der, the rest of us regu­lar­ly read in sad­ness about yet ano­t­her death in Kol­pa river, on the road and in the forest.

Suf­fe­ring that the phra­se „migrant cri­sis“ at the same time implies and hides indi­ca­tes the dou­ble natu­re of the sys­tem we live in. On the one side the­re is a mira­ge of demo­cra­cy for the citi­zens and on the other a tota­li­ta­ri­an manage­ment of lives of the non-citi­zens. But the bounda­ry bet­ween the two is beco­m­ing incre­a­singly fra­gi­le. Decla­ra­ti­ons of this or that emer­gen­cy situa­tions – due to peop­le on the move, dan­ge­rous virus, war, soon also cli­ma­te cri­sis – have beco­me com­mon and are clear indi­ca­ti­ons that we live in the midst of an acce­le­ra­ting tran­si­ti­on towards the open­ly unde­mo­cra­tic regime with clear fascist fla­vour. This exp­lains why the governments – both of the extre­me cent­re and the extre­me right varie­ty ‑respond to every new cri­sis, regard­less of its natu­re, with the same move towards ever more mili­ta­ri­zed socie­ty. In the wake of the recent pan­de­mic the local Slo­ve­ni­an government thus reac­ted to what clear­ly was a health cri­sis with a push for an incre­a­se in the mili­ta­riz­a­ti­on of its bor­ders, the move that was its­elf made a legal pos­si­bi­li­ty only during one other not so distant cri­sis epi­so­de that was impo­sed on the popu­la­ti­on by government of the time. On the one hand the nor­ma­liz­a­ti­on of fascist and/​or para-mili­ta­ry for­ma­ti­ons opens the way for dis­car­ding of any doubts about the use of bru­tal and open vio­lence against tho­se that are offi­cia­ly recor­ded as ’sur­plus’, ‚ille­gal’ and ‚unju­s­ti­fied’. On the other hand the decla­ra­ti­on of an epi­de­mic opens the way for the hid­den use of medi­ci­ne for the pur­po­se of poli­cing the popu­la­ti­on.

None of this is an excess, but only alrea­dy well estab­lis­hed con­tours of the regime of modern tota­li­ta­ria­nism. This is why the strug­gles of migrants who by their very exis­tence and dis­re­spect for the bor­ders of Fort­ress Euro­pe threa­ten its very foun­da­ti­ons are also strug­gles for a real life of all of us. We need to con­nect our future with the future of ever­y­bo­dy, regard­less of whe­re they were born or whe­re they want to live.

One of the pla­ces whe­re ter­ror of the Slo­ve­ni­an sta­te and poli­ce is most obvious­ly visi­ble also to the eyes of gene­ral public is a con­cen­tra­ti­on camp in Veli­ki Otok near Pos­to­j­na. In many years of its exis­tence the so cal­led Cen­ter for for­eig­ners has been a place of most bru­tal vio­la­ti­ons of human rights of peop­le which due to many dif­fe­rent sets of cir­cum­s­tan­ces find tem­sel­ves its pri­so­ners. The­re peop­le are impr­i­son­ed without ever having com­mi­ted a crime and with very limi­ted opti­ons to claim their rights. In addi­ti­on they are regu­lar­ly tar­gets of poli­ce vio­lence, psy­cho­lo­gi­cal harras­ment, are sub­jec­ted to thre­ats and to many other forms of dehu­ma­niz­a­ti­on.

Late­ly the need of Fort­ress Euro­pe to inten­si­fy the ter­ror over migrants is adding to the deter­mi­na­ti­on of local human hun­ters. In last few mon­ths the poli­ce added new faci­li­ties to the camp in Veli­ki Otok. Sin­ce the num­ber of the impr­i­son­ed has risen shar­ply it has even estab­lis­hed a ‚con­tai­ner depart­ment’ in a big, old and pre­vious­ly unused wareh­ouse. It has put fence around it and now many peop­le who app­lied for asyl­um are for­ced to wait the­re for weeks and mon­ths to see what the desti­ny will bring them. Many of them are put the­re still inju­red from the poli­ce vio­lence and left without pro­per clot­hing and basic pro­vi­si­ons.

Des­pi­te the fan­ta­sies of the poli­ce offi­cers, their poli­ti­cal bos­ses and tho­se who embrace poli­tics of hate tho­se who are impr­i­son­ed in the camp in Veli­ki Otok are peop­le who want not­hing else but what all of us desi­re and deser­ve: free­dom, digni­ty, respect, pos­si­bi­li­ty of life. In last few weeks again in the midd­le of all the hor­ror of a con­cen­tra­ti­on camp the­se legi­ti­ma­te desi­res gave rise to a wave of resis­tance. For more than a mon­th the impr­i­son­ed are enga­ging in dif­fe­rent forms of pro­test, inclu­ding a hun­ger strike, to bring public atten­ti­on to their see­min­gly hopeless situa­ti­on.

As an expres­si­on of our soli­da­ri­ty with the impr­i­son­ed in con­cen­tra­ti­on camp in Veli­ki Otok near Pos­to­j­na (and in all the other camps) and of our sup­port to their strugg­le we will assem­ble on Tues­day 25th August 2020 at 5 pm in front of the camp at a public pro­test. We demand an immedia­te clo­sure of the camp and a stop to all the depor­ta­ti­ons. At the same time we express our anger with the mur­de­rous bor­ders and with the poli­ce vio­lence against migrants at Kol­pa river, in Aege­an Sea and else­whe­re.

We reject the regime that divi­des peop­le to citi­zens and migrants!

We reject racism and natio­na­lism!

Des­troy Fort­ress Euro­pe!

25th August 2020

Anar­chist initia­ti­ve Ljub­l­ja­na – Fede­ra­ti­on for anar­chist orga­ni­zing (APL-FAO)

Source: http://​komu​nal​.org/​t​e​k​s​t​i​/​5​8​5​-​s​o​lid…>

See the video report of Komu­nal about the pro­test at Veli­ki Otok: http://​komu​nal​.org/​v​i​d​e​o​/​p​r​o​t​e​s​t​i/5…>


— SLO—

Soli­dar­nost z bojem zaprtih v tabo­rišču Veli­ki Otok pri Pos­to­j­ni

V sen­ci nor­ma­li­z­i­ra­nih kriz­nih razmer pod krinko varo­van­ja jav­ne­ga zdra­v­ja se nadal­ju­je utrje­van­je avto­ri­tar­ne­ga reži­ma na mejah Trdnja­ve Evro­pa. Slo­ve­ni­ja tudi pod tak­tir­ko aktu­al­ne vla­de nadal­ju­je s poli­ti­ko ter­or­ja, razčl­ovečen­ja in kri­mi­na­li­za­ci­je lju­di, ki so ji zves­to sle­di­le in jo poglab­l­ja­le tudi pre­jšn­je vlad­ne gar­ni­tu­re. Rezil­na žica, panel­ne ogra­je, obme­j­ne vojaš­ke patrul­je, poli­c­ij­ski teror, upor­a­ba viso­ke teh­no­lo­gi­je za lov na lju­di so v zadnjih letih posta­le stvar vsak­dan­je izkušn­je tako za lju­di, ki išče­jo pot v var­no in bol­jše življen­je kot za števil­ne ostale, ki že dol­go živi­mo na področ­jih, ki so si jih var­nost­ni stro­kovnja­ki izbra­li za poli­go­ne za svo­je nasil­ne igri­ce. In med­tem, ko oni preš­teva­jo evre na raču­nih pogod­be­nih izva­ja­l­cev, ki pos­t­avl­ja­jo ogra­je, ostali red­no v kroni­ki beremo o še eni smrti v Kol­pi, na cestah in v gozdo­vih.

Trpljen­je, ki se skri­va za flo­s­ku­lo „migrants­ka kri­za“, priča o tem, da živi­mo v dvo­j­nem sis­temu: na eni stra­ni navi­dez­ne demo­kra­ci­je za državl­ja­ne in nad dru­gi stra­ni tota­li­tar­ne­ga upra­vl­jan­ja z življen­ji ne-državl­ja­nov. Toda meja med obe­ma sis­te­mo­ma se vse bolj krha. Ponavl­ja­joče se izred­ne razme­re – zara­di lju­di na poti, nevar­ne­ga viru­sa, voj­ne ali kma­lu kli­ma­ts­ke kri­ze – priča­jo o tem, da se naha­ja­mo sre­di pospeše­ne­ga preho­da v odkri­to nede­mo­kra­tič­ne in fašis­to­id­ne reži­me. Zato oblast tako ekstrem­ne­ga cen­tra kot ekstrem­ne des­ni­ce na vsa­ko kri­zo, ne gle­de na nje­no nar­a­vo, ponu­ja ved­no isti odgo­vor pre­mi­ka k mili­ta­ri­za­ci­ji druž­be. Oblas­ti tako na zdravst­ve­no kri­zo želi­jo odgo­vo­ri­ti z nadal­j­no mili­ta­ri­za­ci­jo druž­be, opi­ra­joč se pri tem na novo zakon­sko mož­nost­jo, ki jo je pri­ne­sel eden od pre­jšn­jih vsil­je­nih kriz­nih momen­tov. Če na eni stra­ni nor­ma­li­za­ci­ja fašis­tič­nih oz. para­vo­jaš­kih for­macij odpi­ra pot za odpra­vo zadrž­kov pred upor­abo bru­tal­ne­ga in odkri­te­ga nasil­ja nad tis­ti­mi, ki so v urad­nih evi­den­cah zabe­leže­ni kot ‚odveč­ni’, ‚ile­gal­ni’ ali ’neu­pra­viče­ni’, pa po dru­gi stra­ni razglas epi­de­mi­je odpi­ra pot za očem javnos­ti skri­to poli­c­ijs­ko rabo medi­ci­ne. V nobe­nem od teh pri­mer­ov ne gre za eksces, tem­več za že izde­la­ne pote­ze reži­ma moder­ne­ga tota­li­ta­riz­ma. Tudi zato so boji migrantk in migran­tov, ki že s svo­jim golim obs­to­jem in nespoš­to­van­jem meja trdnja­ve Evro­pe ruši­jo nje­ne temel­je, hkra­ti tudi boj za res­nič­no življen­je vseh nas. Našo prihod­nost mora­mo pove­z­a­ti s prihod­nost­jo vseh lju­di, ne gle­de na to, kje so se rodi­li ali kje želi­jo žive­ti.

Eden od kra­jev, kjer je teror slo­vens­ke drža­ve in poli­ci­je naj­bolj očit­no dosegljiv tudi pog­le­dom sploš­ne javnos­ti je kon­cen­tra­c­ijs­ko tabo­rišče v Veli­kem Oto­ku pri Pos­to­j­ni. V dol­gih letih svo­je­ga delo­van­ja je t.i. Cen­ter za tujce pros­tor bru­tal­nih zlor­ab člove­ko­vih pra­vic, v kate­rem se ljud­je znaj­de­jo zara­di sple­ta zelo različ­nih oko­liščin. V njem so ljud­je zaprti, ne da bi sto­ri­li kakš­no kazni­vo dejan­je ter z zelo ome­je­n­imi mož­nost­mi za uvel­javl­jan­je svo­jih pra­vic. Tam so žrt­ve poli­c­ijs­ke­ga nasil­ja, psi­ho­loš­ke­ga nad­le­go­van­ja, groženj in števil­nih dru­gih oblik razčl­ovečen­ja.

V zadnjem času je pot­re­ba Trdnja­ve Evro­pe po inten­zi­vi­ra­nu ter­or­ja nad migran­ti in migrant­ka­mi dala še dodat­ne­ga vetra v jadra lokal­nih lov­cev na lju­di. Poli­ci­ja je tako v zadnjih mes­e­cih še razši­ri­la tabo­rišče v Veli­kem Oto­ku, zara­di njego­ve pre­na­tr­pa­nos­ti pa je vzpos­tavi­la tudi “kon­te­j­nerski odde­lek” v veli­kem, z rešet­ka­mi zaprtem skla­dišču, kjer pro­silci za azil brez osnov­ne oskr­be, mno­gi še ved­no poš­ko­do­va­ni od istih poli­c­ijs­kih rok in brez čis­tih oblek, po ted­ne in mes­e­ce čaka­jo na odloči­tev o svo­ji uso­di.

Ne gle­de na fan­ta­zi­je poli­ci­je, nje­nih poli­tič­nih botrov in zas­top­ni­kov poli­ti­ke sov­rašt­va do sol­ju­di, so zaprti v tabo­rišču ljud­je, ki zase ne želi­jo nič dru­ge­ga, kot si želi­mo vsi ostali: svo­bo­do, dos­to­janstvo, spoš­to­van­je, mož­nost življen­ja. Iz teh stremljenj je tudi sre­di gro­ze tabo­rišča v zadnjih ted­nih zra­sel upor. Že več kot en mes­ec pos­kuša­jo zaprti in zapr­te s pro­tes­ti in gla­dov­ni­mi stav­ka­mi jav­nost opozori­ti na svoj bre­zu­pen položaj.

V znak soli­darnos­ti zaprti­mi migran­ti in migrant­ka­mi v kon­cen­tra­c­ijs­kem tabo­rišču Veli­kem Oto­ku pri Pos­to­j­ni in pov­sod dru­god ter nji­ho­vim bojem se dobi­mo v torek, 25. avgus­ta 2020 ob 17h pred tam­ka­jšn­jim Cen­trom za tujce. Zah­teva­mo tako­jšn­je zaprt­je tabo­rišča in zaus­ta­vi­tev deporta­cij. Hkra­ti izraža­mo naše ogorčen­je nad morils­ki­mi meja­mi in poli­c­ijs­kim nasil­jem, tako na Kol­pi, v Ege­js­kem mor­ju kot pov­sod dru­ge.

Zav­rača­mo režim delit­ve lju­di na državljane/​državljanke in na migrante/​migrantke!

Zav­rača­mo rasi­zem in nacio­na­li­zem! Uniči­mo Trdnja­vo Evro­po!

25.08.2020, APL/​FAO

Source: http://​komu​nal​.org/​t​e​k​s​t​i​/​5​8​5​-​s​o​lid…>

See the video report of Komu­nal about the pro­test at Veli­ki Otok: http://​komu​nal​.org/​v​i​d​e​o​/​p​r​o​t​e​s​t​i/5…>

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