Sunday, November 14, 2021

Belarus-Poland standoff: The lives of refugees are not a tool in imperialist antagonisms

In a statement about the tension in the Belarusian-Polish border the Secretariat of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) underlines that "the lives of refugees are not a tool in imperialist antagonisms" and calls for an end to
the imperialist interventions which are the root of refugee-migrant crisis, The statement reads:

"The tension on the Belarusian border with Poland is intensifying every day at the expense of thousands of stranded migrants and refugees who are treated like a tennis-ball in the EU – USA – NATO geopolitical confrontation with Belarus and Russia.

Hundreds of people – mostly from African and Middle Eastern countries – have tried to cross the Polish border. At least seven migrants, out of the hundreds trapped in the border area, have died.

With the pretext of these events, the EU and NATO express their readiness to intervene on the Polish-Belarusian border in order to “deal with” the thousands of refugees and migrants caught up in the geopolitical antagonism.

Brussels’ interest in refugees and migrants can only be described as hypocritical, when in other countries such as Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, etc. it is imprisoning thousands of people in prison camps under its agreements.

In the context of this debate, an attempt is being made to keep the real perpetrators of the drama of refugees and migrants in the dark once again, which we are currently witnessing at the Belarus-Poland border, which we have been witnessing for years in the Aegean, which we have been witnessing in Spain a few months ago.

The same people who turn peoples to refugees with their wars and their agreements sometimes appear as saviours and sometimes prepare for military action and new sanctions that will bring new suffering to the peoples. These innocent people are added to the thousands of refugees who die in the land or sea to avoid the consequences of the wars generated by the imperialists, they are not accidents, they are crimes. Immigrants and refugees are forced into this position by the imperialist policies of NATO, the United States and the European Union, through their aggressiveness and intervention

The WFTU calls the peoples of countries to be alarmed: they have no interest in the bargaining of their governments. Solidarity with the oppressed means fighting against the causes that drive them out of their countries, fighting against the imperialist interventions in which the EU, USA and NATO are leading.

We demand:

  • Stop the imperialist interventions
  • Withdrawal of the occupying armies"