Op 9 juni organiseert Stop the war on migrants bij het Huis van Europa in Den Haag een protest tegen Frontex. De actie maakt deel uit van al langer voortgaand verzet tegen de militarisering van de Europese grensbewaking, waardoor in de loop der tijd tienduizenden vluchtelingen zijn gestorven.
Uit de Engelstalige oproeptekst: “Frontex is the European Union’s border agency and is a key actor in enforcing the EU’s border regime. It is responsible for systemic human rights violations through its operations; involvement in deportations; cooperation with third countries, and role in strengthening EU borders. The EU’s border policies are inherently racist and reinforce colonial and capitalist power structures. It’s time to abolish Frontex and the system it represents.
Woensdag 9 juni
Vanaf 14:00 uur
Huis van Europa
Korte Vijverberg 5, Den Haag
Frontex’s budget has grown by over 7.560% since 2005, with € 5.6 billion being reserved for the agency from 2021- 2027. Frontex has been recruiting an army of border guards who can own and use handguns, and aims to have 10,000 guards by 2027. The agency can now buy its own equipment – such as ships, helicopters and drones – benefiting the arms, security and surveillance companies that have been so influential in shaping the EU’s border and defence policies through lobbying.
We are calling for Frontex to be abolished. Our aim is not to reform or improve Frontex, or to replace it with more of the same. But rather to target the policies and system that keeps Frontex in place. We are working towards the dismantling of the border-industrial complex, and the building of a society where people are free to move and live.”