Friday 10 August
Seebridge - Demonstration against EU Refugee Policy
On a near daily basis, people are drowning in the Mediterranean.
Although the amount of people attempting to gain entry to Europe via
this route has dropped significantly, the number of deaths actually
increases due to the European Union turning its back on these refugees
and immigrants. In the meanwhile, multiple vessels from NGOs with a
voluntary crew of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers are stranded in
Malta. European governments are preventing them from saving human lives.
We cannot accept this situation and have therefore set up the Seebrücke
/ Seabridge movement. We are a broad movement of citizens who are
committed to ensuring that rescue actions by civilians at sea remain
unpunished. We call on the European Union to establish a rescue program
for boat refugees, and to ensure that safe and legal refugee routes to
Europe are possible.
The people attempting to reach Europe through Libya or other coastal
nations often don’t have another choice. They are often taken back by the
Libyan coast guard (so-called pull-backs), or they drown. Back in Libya,
torture, extortion, human trafficking, slavery and rape await them. All of these abuses have
been researched and documented by human rights
organisations, the United Nations and the EU itself, yet still, the EU
continues to financially support and co-ordinate the so-called ‘Libyan coast guard’.
The situation in the Mediterranean at present is miserable and is in
direct opposition to universal human values, international maritime law,
refugee law and fundamental human rights. Migration has always been a
part of our society, as has international protection of those who need
it. Centuries of migration have shaped Europe into what it is now.
Instead of closing borders, we need a Europe that’s open, cities that
are solidary, and harbours which are safe.
In recent weeks there have been demonstrations in several German cities,
and also in The Hague a first demonstration already took place, to draw
attention to the gross violations at sea. We see this movement a
powerful instrument to steer the debate about immigration politics back
to a humane, pro-European and democratic direction. To achieve that, we
want to spread our protest, our solidarity, and our network throughout
the whole of Europe.
Seebrücke / Seabridge is an international movement, supported by
different societal alliances and people. We declare our solidarity with
those who have been forced to flee their own countries. We want the
Netherlands and Brussels to take a clear stance against the current
We stand in solidarity with all who are on the run. We want European
politicians to stop using the so-called ‘Libyan coast guard’ as the
bouncer of the continent. Instead, the EU must establish safe passage
routes, decriminalise civilian rescue operations at sea, and ensure humane and respectful
resettlement of those who have had to flee from war, violence and poverty.
Join us and let yourself be heard!
When: Friday August, 10th, 17:00
Where: Dam Square, Amsterdam
What you can do:
Invite your friends, come to the demonstration, and wear orange clothing (in solidarity
with the SOS-colour of the rescue vests and rescue vessels). Bring a rescue vest, an
(orange) banner, or a sign with your own text.
Date & Time:
- national callout