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FUNDRAISER FOR NO BORDER ACTIVISTS IN THE POLISH-BELARUSIAN WOODS
February 18, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm GMT
FUNDRAISER + SCREENING + DISCUSSION + SOCIAL
Seven months before Ukraine’s mass exodus to the EU, a different humanitarian crisis was taking place at the edge of Fortress Europe. On one side refugees are met with generosity and 100 km further north, Poland is constructing a border wall through Europe’s oldest natural forest to prevent the “wrong refugees“ from making crossings. Many have frozen to death in the forest, been abused by border guards, or repeatedly pushed back to Belarus. Polish activists supporting people in the emergency state zone, where human rights observers, journalists and humanitarian aid are forbidden, are being massively criminalized. In a documentary filmed in June 2022, refugees and activists maintaining covert networks of solidarity talk about their experiences and the urgent work that needs to be done within the limits and dangers of this violent border.
One year after the beginning of the so-called “migrant crisis” on the Polish-Belarusian border, we invite No Border members from Germany and Poland to discuss developments in the struggles happening around the EU’s eastern frontier. We will hear stories about recent hunger strikes in Polish detention centres, actions against the construction of the wall, transnational solidarity campaigns, and more.
After the screening, there will be homemade food and drinks on donation – all profits will go to the Polish No Border network.