Today the police decided to change the gathering point of the No One Is Illegal demonstration taking place this Saturday. The new starting location is now Carnegieplein (in front of the Peace Palace). The police motivated their decision by claiming the turn-out for the demonstration would be higher than expected.
We have decided, also due to the short notice, to accept this decision. We will depart from Carnegieplein and walk a route through the city centre. Spread this text as much as possible to let everyone know that the starting location has been changed. And let’s try to mobilise as many people as possible against fortress Europe! On Saturday we will take to the streets together to clearly state: “No One Is Illegal. Down with Fortress Europe. Freedom of movement for all!”
Migrants and refugees from four Asylum Seeker Centres (AZC)
In total four busses will depart from AZC’s across the country to transport refugees to the demonstration. The past week a lot of people donated money to make this possible, together we raised 1400 euros.
Come to the demonstration!
We call on everyone to come to the No One Is Illegal demonstration. Help mobilise people in the next two days! Spread the call-out and the Facebook event!
By closing the European borders 1600 people have died at sea trying to reach Europe this year alone. Boats carrying migrants, including women and children, are refused entry to European ports and spend weeks at sea waiting for permission to dock despite the acute situation.
The idea of ‘shelter in own region’ that was only proposed by fascist and neo-Nazi parties a couple of years ago now seems to be the European solution for containing migration. After the deal with Turkey the EU now wants to build refugee camps in North African countries. On top of that an additional 10,000 border guards will be deployed to stop migrants. The reality is that a war is being waged against people who merely seek a better life.
Those who dare to cross the Mediterranean will face death if European countries get their way. This exclusionary border policy is also militaristic and has blood on its hands. The Netherlands is also responsible for this policy. The country that locks up children in deportation prisons. The country that provides materials and logistical support to border guards and approves this deadly project.
That is why we call out for a broad demonstration to make a loud and clear statement against Europe’s migration policies and to call for freedom of movement for all. Let’s express our solidarity with refugees and migrants and take a stand against racism and exclusion.
No one is illegal. Down with fortress Europe. Freedom of movement for all!
Location: Carnegieplein, the Hague