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Political performance against illegal pushbacks

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Solidarity with migrants at the Polish border

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A collective in the Czech Republic is taking action against the illegal pushbacks that continue to take place. Countless migrants are mistreated and forcibly sent back to other countries. With a confrontational performance, these Czech activists want to put political pressure on the Polish and Belarusian embassies.

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For months already there has been a dire humanitarian crisis on the border between Poland and Belarus. Thousands of migrants try to reach the EU via Poland in the hope of a better life. They are trapped in an improvised camp where men, women and children try to keep warm with campfires. Meanwhile, temperatures drop below freezing and there is hardly any food; the living conditions are inhumane.

Action

Revenge of Lukashenko
The border is heavily guarded by about 15,000 military personnel. Poland and the European Union accuse Lukashenko of sending the migrants to Poland’s border areas in retaliation for Western sanctions against his bloodthirsty regime. A few months ago, Het Actiefonds spoke with an anonymous activist about life in a dictatorship.

Stop illegal pushbacks
A collective in the Czech Republic is taking action against the illegal pushbacks that continue to take place. Countless migrants are mistreated and forcibly sent back to other countries. With a confrontational performance, these Czech activists want to put political pressure on the Polish and Belarusian embassies. In the performance they play militias and a group of refugees; the ‘refugees’ try to come to the embassy to apply for asylum, but they are attacked by the ‘militias’.

Confrontational street theater
The scene will be repeated several times. The performance will take place in the public space between the two embassies and will therefore attract a lot of attention. The performance is recorded and also distributed via social media. The collective uses the subsidy of Het Actiefonds to buy fake blood, make-up, uniforms and (fake) batons. The aim of the group is to draw attention to the subject in Czech media discourse.