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(en) Spaine, CGT: [CGTPV] Antonio Pérez Collado*: Homo insolidarius vs homo sapiens (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 21 Mar 2023 08:32:17 +0200

The tragedy suffered by a group of immigrants near the Italian coast, with the result of 69 deaths (the balance could exceed one hundred fatalities if we take into account the missing) once again points to those responsible for European border policy. The Schengen Agreement and the Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) have meant the closure of the European space to anyone who tries to reach the old continent in search of refuge or in some way to survive the hardships that force them to leave their land and risk their lives in the Mediterranean or in the waters of the Canary Islands.
This recent disaster in Calabria joins many others that have occurred in recent years and which already leave a mark, at least in some consciences, of several thousand deaths and disappearances. Europe spends many millions of euros to build border fences and surveillance equipment in a futile attempt to prevent human beings lacking the essentials to live from reaching the gates of consumer paradise. In many cases these people come from countries that until not so long ago were colonies of the main European powers and even today continue to suffer the plunder of their resources for the benefit of large companies in the developed world.

In the case of this last misfortune, all the limits of human insensitivity have been exceeded, since apparently the Italian authorities knew that the precarious boat with which these migrants left Turkey was sinking and, knowing their obligation to provide help, they did not send relief ships or allow humanitarian organizations to carry out rescue work in jurisdictional waters, in compliance with the new xenophobic rules imposed by the far-right government of Giorgia Meloni.

With great cynicism, the Italian Minister of the Interior went so far as to declare that they knew what was happening, but that they did nothing to avoid the maximum amount of misfortune because nobody forces immigrants to get on a boat, much less to do it with children. We are facing a new example of institutional xenophobia and breach of human rights by the government of a democratic country.

These racist and unsupportive policies towards people seeking refuge have been applied by European states for years, regardless of the fact that in some cases (such as the wars in Syria and Ukraine) a small part of the exodus has been accepted caused by these armed conflicts.

Unfortunately, political parties with clearly racist and ultranationalist programs are increasing throughout Europe, which, despite their anti-democratic messages, achieve the electoral support of an important sector of the population. The left, the little that remains of it, instead of effectively combating these retrograde ideas, moderates its discourse to win the electorate and assumes restrictive proposals on immigration policies.

Deprived of society of discourses in favor of solidarity between peoples and the free movement of people (at least at the same level as goods), racist behavior, aggression and hatred of foreigners settle in our cities, impoverishing coexistence, democracy and dialogue between cultures.

But rejection and lack of solidarity are no longer limited to the foreigner, to the one with a darker skin tone, to the one who follows other customs, etc. Now the poor are beginning to be looked down upon, those who do not have a job, those who lose their homes, those who need to resort to social services. Recently, the Madrid Deputy Minister of Health came to wonder publicly if it makes sense for a chronically ill person to live free of the system. Without ceasing to be nonsense, the reflection of this pathetic character is nothing more than the follow-up of the capitalist plan to ensure that health, education and the rest of the public services are privatized as soon as possible... and whoever cannot pay for them, let it go away A sad social panorama, without a doubt.

*Antonio Pérez Collado, General Confederation of Labor for the Valencian Country and Murcia

Communication Office of the General Confederation of Labor of the Valencian Country and Murcia
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