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Rally in Berlin: Stop the criminalization and murder of refugees! Fortress Europe kills

We are publishing our shared call to action with Revolutionäre Linke: Rally in Berlin – Stop the criminalization and murder of refugees! Fortress Europe kills:

It was a crime: The shipwreck of Pylos (Greece) killed 600 refugees.

Join us on June 14 at 6PM to demonstrate in front of the European House (Unter den Linden 78, Pariser Platz),  the representation of the European Commission in Germany It was a crime, it was murder: The drowning of 600 refugees in the Pylos shipwreck in June 2023! 

In Pakistan, Egypt, Syria and Palestine hundreds of families are mourning the loss of their loved ones who were on board the ship Adriana and ended up at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Pylos on 14 June 2023. 

Refugees from Egypt who are fleeing the brutal military dictatorship that the EU supports and upholds: Palestinian refugees fleeing from a settler colonial apartheid regime that the EU upholds; or refugees from Syria fleeing the brutal dictatorship and over 13 years of civil war are being killed at the borders of fortress Europe. 

We join our voices with the survivors of the shipwreck who denounce that their ship sank after it was overturned by the violent towing of a Coast Guard vessel in order to be pushed back to Italy. The ship left Libya on 9 June and there were already people dying due to the appalling conditions before it sank. For 16 hours, on 13 June 2023, the Coast Guard and Frontex watched 750 people in distress and did not proceed with a rescue mission as they were obliged to do to save people in distress at sea. 

Only 104 survived while 82 bodies were recovered. Over 600 refugees drowned in the shipwreck. 

It was murder! Fortress Europe kills!

The shipwreck of Pylos was racist crime on borders of fortress Europe against people persecuted by dictatorships, wars and starvation, people who tried to escape certain death from bombs, and torture in their countries. They had the right to asylum and hospitality but were treated like all refugees and migrants: with fences, persecution by the Coast Guard, border guards and Frontex, camps, pushbacks and murder. 

The Greek government of the New Democracy is trying to cover up the responsibilities of the Ministry of Shipping and the Coast Guard for the crime of Pylos, this time blaming nine refugee survivors. Nine survivors were brought to trial on 21 May in Kalamata on charges of causing a shipwreck, migrant trafficking and criminal organization. The Greek court dropped the charges, “ruling it has no jurisdiction over the case because the disaster was in international waters”. We say: the real culprits need to be held accountable – the EU and its fortress Europe kill! 

We stand by the victims, the survivors and their families who are seeking justice. The real culprits, the Coast Guard, Frontex and the EU must be punished. Closed border policies have cost over 20,000 drowned refugees in the Mediterranean since 2015 to date. It is the policies that pave the way for the rise of the far right and fascists in Europe. 

We must finally put an end to the horrors of murder at the borders!  We say it with all the power of our voice!  No cover-up of the crime of Pylos, punish the real murderers, vindication of the victims of the shipwreck of Pylos! 

Come with us to demonstrate in Berlin-Mitte on June 14th at 6PM in front of the European House (Unter den Linden 78), the representation of the European Commission in Germany