Enough is enough – Press Release, 17.09.2020 Berlin and Vienna
Berlin, Chancellery and Vienna, Thursday, the 17th of September 2020
Enough is Enough – Evacuate Now
A trans-European video projection following the fires
that ripped through Moria Refugee Camp
On 9th September 2020, a giant fire destroyed Europe’s biggest refugee camp, Moria, a place described as hell on Earth. For years, refugees have been fleeing war, persecution and torture and coming to Europe hoping to find safety. But what they found in Moria and other refugee camps on the Aegean islands, was much worse than their worst nightmares; huge overcrowded camps, without access to adequate medical care, police violence, no justice, hundreds sharing one dirty toilet, no schools and much much more. For months and years, refugees, aid workers, humanitarians and activists have been warning that one day a catastrophe will happen. And now it has.
Before and after the fires.
©Nina Zuckerstätte © Yousif Al Shewaili
13,000 people are homeless, starving and without any support. They are forced to stay in the so-called “restricted area”, a street along the shoreline between the former Moria camp and the city of Mytilene. This sector is blocked by police from both sides, barring aid workers and journalists to enter, and forbidding refugees to leave. What is happening within this “restricted area” cannot be put in words. Police are beating pregnant women and firing tear gas into the faces of babies, fascists are chasing refugees and people haven’t eat in days. Humans are dying, and the world is silent. Again.
We say Enough is Enough – Evacuate Now. The camp cannot be rebuilt and a new one should not be set up. Refugees are humans with equal rights. After years of human rights violations and many deaths, it is time for Europe to step up for humanity. We demand the immediate evacuation of these people and from all refugee camps on the Aegean islands.
To underline the responsibility of all European leaders, we decided to find a new way to address our claim: A wave of solidarity moving through Europe in form of a video projection on politically relevant buildings across our cities. We will start in
Berlin & Vienna, Thursday, the 17th of September 2020.
More cities all over Europe will follow in the coming days.
Send a message to the press phone for more detailed information:
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Organized by #EuropeansForHumanity and
Erik Marquardt, MEP, Green Party
Grüne Jugend (Green Youth, Germany)
Sozialistische Jugend (Socialist Youth Austria)
Linksjugend Solid (Left Youth Solid, Germany)
Kevin Kühnert, Federal Chairman of the Jusos
Michel Brandt, MdB DIE LINKE (Member of the German Parliament)
Christine Buchholz, MdB DIE LINKE (Member of the German Parliament)
Ulla Jelpke, MdB DIE LINKE (Member of the German Parlament)
Özlem Alev Demirel, MdEP DIE LINKE (Member of the European Parliament)
Grüne Jugend, Niedersachsen (Green Youth)
Georg Kurz, Federal Chairman of the Green Youth
Florian Siekmann, Grüne (Bavarian State Parliament)
Humans Before Borders
European Network of Migrant Women
Diversity Development Group (Lithuania)
Sarah Mardini, Human Rights Activist
David Pichler, Human Rights Activist
069 vs Racism
Lars Mentrup, SPD Munich
Lena Odell, SPD Munich
Micheael “Gene” Aichner, Crush Eyes Media GmbH
Unified Rescue Group
Wir packen’s an e.V