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#AbolishFrontex demo in Zurich

12. September 2021

On Friday evening, over a thousand people took to the streets of Zurich for several hours. With diverse speeches, slogans and banners, they demanded the abolition of the border agency Frontex and criticised the racist Swiss migration regime.

In diverse and powerful speeches, people spoke about racism, about the violence in the Swiss asylum system and at the borders, and about the everyday life of Sans-Papiers in Zurich. People who are affected by structural racism as well as everyday discrimination had their say. A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the people who lost their lives fleeing to Europe. 

The #AbolishFrontex campaign gets to the heart of what reports on the violence at Europe’s external borders reveal week after week: Frontex cannot be reformed, Frontex should be abolished. Instead, we need an immediate halt to deportations, freedom of movement for all and the closure of all camps.

Actions and demonstrations also took place in other European cities. The next transnational day of action is on 03 October. For Switzerland, an action is then planned in Lucerne. 

Also this weekend, the Enough. Action Days took place in Zurich. They facilitated workshops, inputs and networking on migration struggles and anti-racist resistance. The topics were climate and flight, freedom of movement from a Tunisian perspective and blockades of war material in the port of Genoa. Seebrücke Schweiz was present with an information stand.