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#NoPushbackistlegal – Aufnahme statt Abschottung

30. January 2021

On 30.01.21, Seebrücke Schweiz participated in the action day #KeinPushbackistlegal – Aufnahme statt Abschottung.

Video of the SEEBRÜCKE Zurich on the day of action #KeinPushbackistlegal

In summer Moria burned, now Lipa. On 23 December 2020, the Lipa camp in north-western Bosnia burnt down almost completely. In one fell swoop, more than 1,000 people lost their roof over their heads and are now defenceless against the snow and cold.

Even before the fire, the situation for refugees in Bosnia was catastrophic: thousands had to hold out in forests and ruins.

At Croatia’s external border with Bosnia, all means are being used to prevent people seeking protection from entering the EU. The border police carry out pushbacks in which violence is systematically used. The German government supports this procedure – as recently as December, 20 vehicles worth 800,000 euros were donated to the Croatian border police.

Vucjak, Moria, Lipa – the names of the camps change, but what they show remains the same: the EU is committed to sealing itself off at any price!

We will not accept this any longer! We demand:

  1. An immediate stop to the violent illegal pushbacks at Europe’s external borders. The right of all people to access a fair asylum procedure in the EU must finally be respected! #NoPushbackisLegal
  2. Support for the Croatian border police must be stopped immediately.
  3. The federal government must act immediately and evacuate the camps. Cities and municipalities in Switzerland are also ready to take them in. #WeHavePlace and demand #AufnahmeStattAbschottung.

Switzerland and the EU must finally take responsibility. The makeshift reconstruction of tents in Lipa is not a solution for the people. Camps are not a solution. They are part of the problem!

We will stay loud until the EU’s external borders are no longer a lawless space! Because #NoPushbackIsLegal!