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(en) Ireland: "No Borders, No Nations" - 04/03/04, Dublin

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Date Wed, 18 Feb 2004 11:46:40 +0100 (CET)

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From: "redflaremist" <redflare (a) dublin.com>
Dublin Grassroots*** present: "No Borders, No Nations", a street theatre play in 3 acts.
Thursday March 4th - assemble at 5pm at the Central Bank on Dame Street.
After the popular success of "No Justice, No Peace!", performed during
the EU Justice Ministers summit, activists from the Dublin Grassroots
network are organising a street theatre event, entitled "No Borders,
No Nations". The EU circus is rolling into Dublin Castle again, this
time for a high-level working meeting of the "Strategic Committee on
Immigration, Frontiers, and Asylum" (SCIFA).
The consolidation of the EU's immigration policy has led in one
direction: Fortress Europe. This is the policy of a Europe that cares
only about profit and economic expansion, at the detriment of human
life. Ireland in recent months has shown itself no longer to be the
island of "Céad Mile Fáilte"(*), taking whatever steps neccessary,
through the courts, to expel people who do not meet its stringent
guidelines that define 'legality'. No human being is illegal!

The Fortress Europe policy manifests itself in the refusal to grant
asylum to over 90% of the applicants. It means the arrest, harassment
and deportation of men, women and children back to their country of
origin - regardless of the circumstances. It means that people who
travel here trying to built a better life are treated inhumanely. What
have we become? For years Irish people were 'economic migrants',
travelling across the world wherever work could be found. The Irish
State cries foul when the US tightens its laws when it threatens Irish
immigrants working without permits, but when it comes to allowing
people to live and work here, we do not apply the same standards.
Hypocrisy at the highest level - it would be hilarious if people were
not suffering as a result.

The State's recent deportation of 64 Romanians and Moldovans, including
12 children, ranks as a low point in respect for human rights and
dignity. These people were spied on and followed by the
Immigration Bureau, rounded up in dawn raids reminiscent of a police
state, and escorted on a plane by 35 Gardai(**). The flight alone is
understood to have cost the State more than €120,000. Is this what the
Gardai spend their time and resources on? Arresting ordinary working
men and women, and shipping them en masse like cattle?

According to Pat Guerin of the Irish Refugee Council, "The term
Fortress Europe has been for some years used by human rights groups and
other critics to describe the gradual dismantling of the rights of
asylum-seekers, the increasing hostility of EU states to persons
seeking refuge, as reflected in the introduction of draconian asylum
rules and regulations, and the ongoing attempt at closing Europe's
borders to those who wish to apply for protection as refugees.

"The measures that combine to make Europe resemble a fortress include
the effective militarisation of the EU's external frontiers, both on
land and at sea; policies of destitution, detention and deportation;
punitive sanctions for airlines, shipping companies and road hauliers
who fail to police their passengers by applying rigid documentation
standards that ignore the often desperate need of refugees for
clandestine travel; and the setting of ever higher refugee recognition
hurdles on an asylum track of shrinking legal protections. Such
policies do not augur well for the development of a humane approach to
people seeking refuge in what is fast becoming one of the largest
social, economic and political blocs in the world."

We believe in No Borders and No Nations. Everyone should be free to
travel, work, and live wherever they wish on this planet. Allowing
people from different cultures to freely associate will lead to
tolerance and understanding - and create a better world for all of us
to live in. Borders are raised by those who control us, to create fear
and suspicion between us. Nationalism is an ideology that fosters
racism and hatred - we are all human beings, regardless of our
religion, skin colour, ethnicity, place of origin. We are all different
- and all equal.

Join with us on Thursday March 4th at 5pm, at the Central Bank on Dame
Street, for the street theatre production "No Borders, No Nations", to
deliver a message to the EU that we will not accept their Fortress

[From the Irish anarchism discussion list]

* in Irish literally "a hundred thousand welcomes", traditional
greeting to strangers
** Irish police
*** "Dublin Grassroots" is an anti-authoritarian grassroots coalition

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