||This is the second year of
the Global War. People are on the move. The world leaders are preaching of a
"War Without End" to defend Western values and civilisation, to justify
military adventures and their support for oppressive regimes.
In the name
of protecting "our way of life" and unrestricted access for Western
corporations to resources, the military might of the over-developed regions is
being deployed to police a new world order of global capitalism and is creating
millions of displaced persons in the process. British companies, aided by
massive State subsides, are amongst the world's leading manufacturers and
exporters of arms, profiting from this business of mass destruction.
Millions world-wide, from Iraq, Afghanistan, Columbia, Chechnya, from places
too many to list, are being forced to flee their homes due to state sponsored
violence and terror, huddling beneath canvass or risking all to seek refuge
abroad. Most remain exiled in their own or in neighboring countries. Through
international organisations such as the WTO and World Bank, the West uses its
economic dominance to impose on the rest of the world neo-liberal policies
favourable to its interests, catapulting whole nations into debt and poverty.
Poverty and hunger are forms of violence: being used daily by the wealthy and
powerful to discipline the world's poor, to ensure cheap labour and low
In response, migrants risk persecution, hardship and
death crossing borders in search of a better life. A spectre is haunting the
overdeveloped world: the spectre of the migrant. In Europe opportunist
politicians and the corporate media use this bogeyman to stir up xenophobia and
racism, to divide and segregate "indigenous" and migrant communities. At the
same time, the information driven economy of the 'new' Europe needs the labour
of migrants, especially in the older hyper exploited sectors of the economy. By
keeping migrants who arrive, fleeing persecution or simply to find a better
life, subject to harassment, discrimination and the threat of deportation, the
institutions of fortress Europe function to discipline and control the market,
regulating the supply of cheap labour.
Driven by its need to realise ever
greater profits, capitalism needs to expand globally, leaving a trail of
environmental degradation and human misery in its wake. Unsustainable
exploitation of natural resources, together with the pollution and carbon
emissions of the over-developed world is fuelling rapid changes in the global
climate, forcing even more people to leave their homelands because of floods,
deforestation, droughts and other forms of environmental destruction.
are currently witnesses to the mass extinction of numerous species of animal
and plants, of ecosystems and of the traditional human societies that nurtured
and relied on them. The flows and networks of migration will continue to grow
as the globalised economy of Capital and War develops.
Migration is both a
direct response and a source of resistance to these processes.
earliest times, migrants and nomads have carried the hopes of humanity for a
better world. If there is to be a future for humanity and for the other species
which with we share this planet, the global movement must prevail.
not demanding the right to asylum, we are demanding freedom of movement for
all. Against the current climate of fear and separation, we are asserting
friendhip, love and solidarity - No One Is Illegal!. Ours is the World of the
Many. We¹re not handing it over to the profit the Few. We need to act in
solidarity for a world in which there is freedom of movement for all. No
Borders / No Nation Let our Resistance be as International as Capital. We Have
a New World in Our Hearts.