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Bifo: Democracy is not possible in Europe


Franco “Bifo” Berardi has written a mournful and damning open letter to resign from his position on the advisor board of DIEM25, a pan-European organization that aims to make the European Union truly democratic. Bifo has resigned, he writes, because he no longer believes that democracy is possible in Europe. He compares the deadly ongoing refugee crisis in Europe to the Holocaust, and denounces Europe as “nothing but nationalism colonialism capitalism and fascism.” He ultimately renounces his European identity as well: “I declare that I’m not European anymore, and I declare that I have never been European.” Read the full letter below:

Dear friends and comrades of the Democracy in Europe Movement 25,

After the shameful decisions of the Paris meeting of Minniti Collomb de Maziere it’s time to understand that there is something flawed in our project of re-establishing democracy in Europe: this possibility does not exist. Democratic Europe is an oxymoron, as Europe is the heart of financial dictatorship in the world. Peaceful Europe is an oxymoron, as Europe is the core of war, racism and aggressiveness. We have trusted that Europe could overcome its history of violence, but now it’s time to acknowledge the truth: Europe is nothing but nationalism colonialism capitalism and fascism.

During the Second World War not many protested against deportation, segregation, tortures and extermination of Jews, Roma, communist militants and homosexuals. People had no information about the extermination. Now we are daily acquainted about what is happening all around the Mediterranean basin, we know how deadly is the effect of the European neglect and of the refusal to take responsibility for the migration wave that is a direct result of the wars provoked by two centuries of colonialism.

The Archipelago of infamy is spreading all around the Mediterranean Sea.

Europeans are building concentration camps on their own territory, and they pay their Gauleiter of Turkey Libya Egypt and Israeli to do the dirty job on the coast of the Mediterranean sea where salted water has replaced ZyklonB.

To stop the migratory Euro-Nazism is going to build enormous extermination camps. The non governmental organisation, guilty of rescuing people from the sea will be contained, downsized, criminalised, repressed.

The externalisation of the European borders means extermination. Extermination is the word that defines the historical mission of Europe. Nazism is the only political form that corresponds to the soul of the European people.

In the last twenty-five years (since when, in February 1991, a ship loaded with 26,000 Albanians entered the port of Brindisi) we have known that the great migration had began. Two paths were possible at that point.

Opening its borders, starting a global distribution of resources, investing its wealth in a long lasting process of reception and integration of young people coming massively from the sea. This was the first path.

The second was to reject, to dissuade, to make almost impossible the easy journey from Northern Africa to the coasts of Spain Italy and Greece.

Europeans have chosen the second way, and they are daily drowning uncountable children and women and men.

Auschwitz on the beach.

With the exception of a minority of doctors, voluntary workers, activists and fishers who now are accused of being the abetters of illegal migrants, the majority of the European population are refusing to deal with their own historical responsibility.

Therefore I declare that I’m not European anymore, and I declare that I have never been European.

We have naively expected that the alliance of the British murderers the French killers the Italian stranglers the German slaughterers and the Spanish slayers could give birth to a democratic peaceful friendly union. This pretence is over, and I’m sick of it.

Five centuries of colonialism, capitalism and nationalism have turned Europeans into the enemy of the human kind. May they be cursed forever.

May Europeans be swept away by the storm they have generated, by the weapons they are building, by the fire they have ignited, by the hatred they have cultivated.

Because of the aforementioned reasons I must renounce to the honour of being part of the advisory board of DIEM25.

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