About the “stop deportations” demonstration today in Turku 1st of May.
It is a very good thing that there are proper reactions against the tightening asylum policies that right now are making people undocumented, homeless and pushed into impossible corners, and might even be sending people to circumstances of death and torture. The “Stop Deportations” demonstration in Turku for today had a very well articulated description. I practice, however the demonstration did not live up to my expectations. To mix the pursuit for a sovereign Kurdish state and at the same time (Finnish) anarchistic non-state, no-borders identity political agenda, is not only paradoxical but extremely unwise.
I support Kurdish sovereignty, and I support and insist on that Finland takes responsibility in the refugee crisis caused by the conflicts and crisis. And I support and insist that Finland (and other states) stop selling weapons that creates and maintains the wars and terrorism. I support that the international community should put pressure on Turkey to stop advancing its military interests in the Middle East. But I do not support the anarchist agenda for eliminating borders and states. So I left the demonstration in the midst of it, because the demonstration was not credible.
I don’t see that these same people that shouts for no borders would be the ones taking responsibility for integration, or even have any idea of what it would entail or why it is important. What does it mean to integrate people from a war zone, places where inequality is written in both the unofficial and official laws and where no real justice state exist? Yeah what does that mean? Or more exactly, why do I ponder on these questions instead of idealizing the anarchist agenda for no states, and no borders?
Because I want not end wars and fascism, not create new problems.
And generally, I would suggest to the local anarchist to actually get to know the system they what to “fuck” before they “fuck” it.
We can find and push for alternative, maybe even mind blowing, ways how to increase democracy and peaceful diplomatic relations locally and globally, and how to end exploitative capitalist relations, but by eliminating borders, you will definitely not eliminate fascism, oppression, terrorism and exploitative capitalism. Actually, capital has basically no borders as it is, and neither do the ones owning the concentrated mass of it, borders and boundaries only concerns the ones that cannot afford to pay for transgressing the rules and boundaries.
Administrative units are needed, and states are such. I have said it before, I have a rather pragmatic view on politics. Politics is about responsibility. States are unities that take responsibility for the natural resources, the distribution of wealth, the security and protection for both the units’ minorities and majorities, diplomacy the trade and cooperation between states. And for that you need (administrative) institutions (units) that upholds these functions so that justice and stability is being reached and maintained.
Last week, Thursday the 27th of April I went to the event organized by the Human Rights students at Åbo Akademi. There Samran Khezri gave a very well thought speech about why Kurdistan needs sovereignty and what it really means to make a journey in life from war to peace, from the familiar to the unknown, and with the heavy luggage of war and persecution in one’s back pack. Too bad the word of this event had not reached out well enough so that the content of this event would have reached more people.
I left the demonstration today, because I did not find it credible. I look forward the one next Saturday however, the one Dialogue Without Borders, because I believe that one truly is about dialogue, peace, diplomacy and responsibility for the crisis and conflicts that destroys people’s lives.
The thing is though, the pressure to end the weapon trade and increase the work for peace, the pressure for a reasonable labor- and asylum policy needs to be way stronger than it is right now! And we also need much better reporting on the happenings in the Middle East right now!