söndag 30 september 2012

this is what EU is spreading:

(from a festival call out)

In the recent years, Serbia has turned from a country of transit for undocumented migrants into a country where migrants are stuck for increasingly longer periods of time. Under the pressure of approaching the EU membership, Serbia has developed its independent asylum system and reinforced border controls and deportation mechanism on the border with Macedonia. It has also obediently cooperated with the EU's efforts to keep migrants out of EU -- it has signed the readmission agreement with the EU and developed the cooperation with Frontex, the EU agency for the management and operational cooperation on the external borders of the EU. The result of this is the increased repression of migrants in Serbia.


Hundreds of undocumented migrants living in make-shift jungles close to the Schengen border with Hungary (especially in Subotica) are daily persecuted by the police and fear violence, arrest, detention and deportation. Unfortunately there is a complete lack of migrant solidarity mobilisations, and a relative lack of a discourse, critical of the repressive EU policies and their externalisation in Serbia. That's why one of the focuses of the ZAF – the Zrenjanin Antifascist Festival – this year will be the resistance against the border system in the Serbian context and the critique of the EU migration politics.
If you are interested in attending the festival, or participating in the program, especially if you need accommodation in Zrenjanin, please let us know that you are coming in advance. Please note that accomodation places are very limited, so providing your own sleeping arangements would be great. Please get in touch with the organizers to consult the options of accomodation. If you come by car, it would be great if you could bring blankets, sleeping bags and other warm stuff that the undocumented migrants, stuck in Subotica on their way towards the EU, will be in need of, as the colder months approach! http://zaf.anarhija.org/

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