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European Law Condemns Immigrants to Death
Written by Cristina Portela, MAS   
Sunday, 13 October 2013 20:02

More than 300 immigrants drowned in the Mediterranean, 500 meters from the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The European Commission says is very concerned about the growth of fascist parties in Europe and the authoritarian measures adopted by governments like Hungary. But what the European Commission does not say is that these facts do not arise from nothing, they have as support their own European guidelines, including the legislation criminalizing non-consensual immigration, called "illegal."

The anti-immigrant legislation extends to the countries of the European Union (EU), including Italy, where it is a crime to help immigrants without legal documentation, even if their life would be in danger.

That's why more than 300 migrants died on October 3, in the Mediterranean, 500 meters from the Italian island of Lampedusa. The boat they were in caught fire, which forced more than 500 immigrants, mostly Eritreans and Somalis, to throw up overboard. Three fishing boats witnessed the tragedy and did nothing to help the castaways, possibly for fear of being accused, as has already been occurred, of collaboration with illegal immigration.

Racist, reactionary and xenophobic Laws

This cruelty is caused by a fascist legislation designed to prevent poor immigrants to come to Europe and unbalance the industrial reserve army, called unemployment, within the European capitalism. Before the crisis, immigration was regulated so that the immigrants were transformed in an illegal, cheap and vulnerable manpower for the needs of different national bourgeoisies. Now, with the crisis and unemployment, the governments and the EU do not want immigrants at all, and don’t hesitate to condemn them to death.

Since 1988 at least 19,142 people drowned - according to the blog Fortress Europe - trying to cross the Mediterranean fleeing poverty and war in their countries. Shortly before the latest tragedy, the Council of Europe accused Italy of not effectively preventing the entry of immigrants, that is, due to the ineffectiveness of their policies of "deterrence".

Now, the Italian and European politicians show moved faces before the cameras, but discuss ways to avoid the problem behind them, that is, to prevent more immigrants being closer to the Italian coast that could create them more problems. Since the beginning of this year until September 30, according to the United Nations, 30,100 people arrived in Italy by sea, including Somalis, Eritreans and 7,500 Syrians who have fled the war in their country.

The solution

Immigration can’t be treated as if the immigrant were a criminal. The immigrant is a worker seeking survival and/or a better life, and has every right to it. The bourgeoisie and their imperialist governments, who do not hesitate to continuously exploit their former colonies - such as Somalia and Eritrea - a former Italian colony - keeping them in a semi-colonial status (relative political independence and full economic dependence) are the real criminals.

The solution to immigration is the same for all workers: end the exploitation and borders, and create a society in which everyone has equal rights.

 
Response to theManifesto: “What to do about the Debt and the Euro?”
Written by MAS, Corriente Roja, PdAC, European Coordination of the IWL-FI   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 20:04

Halt the social catastrophe: fight for a Europe of the workers and the peoples

It has just been published the manifesto “What to do about the debt and the euro?” [1], "driven by a number of economists from the left", among which it stands out Francisco Louçã, former congressman of the Left Bloc in Portugal and member of the International Committee-IV (formerly United Secretariat), together with Catherine Samary and Michel Husson, of France, and the Spanish Daniel Albarracin. The manifesto is presented by the alternative left as the strategic proposal to tackle the debt crisis, which has condemned the outlying countries of Europe to a social catastrophe and ruined their sovereignty.

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Cyprus, the true face of the euro
Written by MAS – Portugal   
Friday, 12 April 2013 18:44

Cyprus, a small island with less than a million inhabitants is on everyone's lips in Europe and worldwide. The beaches of mild temperatures and clear waters of this country are not the reasons capturing the global attention, but the measures of economic warfare that the Troika threw over the country.

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Cyprus, the True Face of the Euro
Written by MAS – Portugal   
Thursday, 11 April 2013 01:46

Cyprus, a small island with less than a million inhabitants is on everyone's lips in Europe and worldwide. The beaches of mild temperatures and clear waters of this country are not the reasons capturing the global attention, but the measures of economic warfare that the Troika threw over the country.

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An International Revolutionary Youth Camp: Trotskyists, Youth And Workers.
Written by Margaret McAdam, ISL   
Thursday, 11 October 2012 03:53

A successful youth camp was held jointly by the Portuguese (MAS) and Spanish (CR) sections of the IWL attended by 120 members and sympathisers including members of the IWL from Belgium (LCT), the International Socialist League in Britain and a young Spanish miner.

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Social Warfare In Europe: Struggles Rise And Criminalization Intensifies.
Written by Ronald León Núñez, IWL-FI, August 7th 2012   
Friday, 24 August 2012 04:42

In Europe we are experiencing social warfare: brutal attacks of the imperialist bourgeoisie against all the historical conquests and rights of the working class and peoples from the "old" continent. And the background of this reactionary crusade is the biggest economic crisis of the capitalist system since 1929.

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Germany dictates greater austerity to European countries
Saturday, 17 December 2011 03:42

The growing crisis of capitalism has become increasingly transparent however at the same time there is a crisis of the labour movement frustrating a mass movement to defend the conditions of the working class.

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No to EU, European Central Bank and the IMF
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:15

To get a job, to have full democracy, and worthy public education and health care, workers and the peoples of Europe must break up with the European Union (EU), European Central Bank (ECB), the euro [common European currency] and IMF!

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The threatening catastrophe in Europe.
Written by Socialist Voice   
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 04:08

Market trader Alession Rastani shocked the BBC, when he responded to questions about the Greek bailout and the problems facing the Eurozone at a time when tear gas and the police tried to control the general strike on the streets of Athens as movements of opposition to the austerity measures heightened.

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