Friday, 18th of September 2015
19:00, Claraplatz / Basel, Switzerland
Neither borders, nor nations. Sabotage Conex15.
From the 16th-25th of September 2015, a Swiss military training called „CONEX15“ will take place in Northwestern Switzerland and formulates the threat scenario as follows: „In a fictional Europe of the future, with new countries and borders, there is an economic crisis. The following consequences also have an impact on Switzerland: supply shortages, a black market, and criminal organizations. Big oil, gas and grain stocks are the target of sabotage and looting. Moreover, ethnic tensions lead to larger refugee flows to Switzerland.“
In today’s Europe, the economic crisis is driving more and more people into poverty and in part, the most basic necessities of life can not be satisfied. For millions of people there’s only one reality: an empty wallet and daily struggles to somehow keep afloat.
In presentday Europe, as well as in Switzerland, the borders are already militarized. Migrants fleeing war, repression and misery to search for a better life in Europe, are met with fortified border protection systems, are hindered from crossing the borders with aircraft, drones, ships and monitoring satellites. This is even more grotesque when you look at how European countries are involved in the exploitation and „destabilization“ of other countries.
For the people who manage the dangerous entry, a life in the camps and prisons of the democracies of Europe is waiting for them: a life under surveillance and control, at the mercy of the mills of asylum laws and subjected to the constant threat of being deported again. At the same time, a profit is again reaped from the people, either while they are exploited as cheap labor or by their administration, which makes an independent life an inpossibility. This is how Switzerland and many companies also benefit, such as ORS (a Swiss asylum company), Securitas etc., in the management of the administration of the camp, the control of migrants, etc.
The questions, the scenarios, which seek to be answered in the scope of this military exercise, are for us the questions of the rulers and those who have power in this capitalist system and/or adhere to its continued existence: it is the question of how the worldwide social and political positions of power are maintained and how capital profits can be secured; how the people are brought to let themselves be exploited more and more; how the „unwanted“ migrants are prevented from coming to Europe, or to come to Switzerland, resp. And finally, how one silences those that fight against it or simply strive for self-empowerment.
Their answers are always the same: strengthening of the laws, expansion of the repressive apparatus with its cops and prisons and when it appears necessary, the use of the military.
The military exercise, Conex 15, is an example of what such an answer looks like and only a visualization of the strategies and goals of the rulers.
In addition, the psychological effect that the military exercise should have on the population: a threatening scenario from the „outside“ is evoked while insisting that one must „protect stable democracy and economy.“ Militarization and repression should be legitimized, whereby people should get used to the presence of soldiers on the streets, as well as the fact that people are imprisoned in camps.
We do not ask for more democracy or a fairer capitalism. Even democracy is just a form of government that is used in a capitalist system to control, manage, and prevent people from thinking for themselves in which they’re deluded into thinking they have a say in things. Democracy, the nation-state and capitalism serve the same logic: The usability and control of the people. In this logic, borders, prisons, deportations, etc. will always exist.
We have no answer to these questions within this order and this system. Our only answer is the anger over this world with its borders and walls, and solidarity with all those who disappear in the camps and prisons of this system, because they allegedly do not belong here.
For a world without borders and nations! For a world without camps and prisons!
This is a call to disrupt and sabotage Conex15 and the entire migration system!