Letter to TU Delft

Dear Tim van der Hagen (president of the executive board of the TU Delft),

On Tuesday the 20th of February, we were present at the Delftse Bedrijvendagen. We wished to voice our protest against the presence of large arms companies, Airbus and Thales. These companies profit from destabilizing the Middle East and North Africa, and from militarizing the borders of the European Union. They make our world less safe, and force the people fleeing the wars fuelled by the arms industry into ever more dangerous routes. These companies have no place in a university, recruiting students and developing arms technologies. Their future employees have a right to know about the nefarious practices their companies are involved in.

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Protesteer tegen de propaganda voor wapenbedrijf Airbus op de Leidse universiteit!

From: Doorbraak

Op 29 maart gaat Hannah de Vries namens het wapenbedrijf Airbus op de faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen van de Leidse universiteit een praatje houden over haar werk in human resource management. In het kader van een “CareerCollege” wil ze studenten aan die faculteit gaan voorspiegelen dat Airbus voor hen in de toekomst een aantrekkelijke werkplek zou kunnen zijn. Zo zet de universiteit haar deuren wagenwijd open voor een van de grootste wapenbedrijven ter wereld, die handelt volgens het motto “de ander z’n dood is nu eenmaal ons brood”. Maak bezwaar tegen de propaganda voor wapenbedrijven op de universiteit en stuurt ook een protestmail (zie hieronder).

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April 11: Demonstration & Die-In against Airbus and the militarisation of EU borders

Wednesday 11 April – 13:00 hrs. – Airbus’ shareholders meeting, Hotel Okura – Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, Amsterdam

Let Hotel Okura know they should cancel the reservation from Airbus!

Just in case: about legal team / arrestee group


أوقفوا الحرب على المهاجرين

Theatrical demonstration and die-in against Airbus and the militarisation of EU borders.
– Also a facebookevent

– Follow us in the build up to this action on twitter and spread the word using #stopthewaronmigrants.

– Help us spread the flyer and/or the poster, thanx!

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Stop the War on Migrants – TU Delft action report

Action detailed-report of the demonstration on 20/02/2018 outside AULA conference center, TU Delft.

See also:
TU Delft Feminists: Demand for a statement from the TU Delft Executive Board on the repression of freedom of speech on campus, also on Delta TU Delft

We are writing this report to inform our friends, comrades and supporters about the demonstration at TU Delft during Delftse Bedrijvendagen.

We would like to draw your attention on the way all the authorities (mayor Marja van Bijsterveldt, police, TU Delft) systematically tried to criminalize our campaign while the real criminals such as Airbus continue to freely promote their deadly business, enjoying privileged collaboration with TU Delft. We would also like to specifically highlight police extreme repression, discrimination and targeting of our friends, before, during and after the demonstration, setting an example of what happens to those who support our campaign.

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Stop the War on Migrants demonstration update + call-out noise demo

Noise demo tonight: 20 hrs. at the headquarter of the police of The Hague (Patijnlaan 35)

Yesterday we took action at TU Delft Bedrijvendagen against the cooperation of the university with the big arms companies Airbus and Thales. TU Delft has been cooperating with Thales and Airbus on research and development of advanced military technology, such as radar systems and composites for military aircraft. Their products are being used in war-zones and by EU border guards, making the borders more and more deadly. They spend huge amounts of money to lobby the European Union to militarize its borders.

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Info talks about new campaign

The EU is waging a war against migration and the arms’ industry is profiting.

Infotalks: where and when

Migration is perceived as a security threat in which EU responds by militarizing border security, both at its borders but also intervening in third countries.

This include sending armed forces to the borders, erecting security fences (with all kinds of surveillance and detection technology), increasing use of autonomous systems (drones etc), use of military means by border police, (para)military Frontex operations in the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia before the coast of Libya, with support of NATO, and training and providing equipment to (para)military border guards in third countries.

The European military and security industry has been very influential in setting the discourse of a migration-security nexus and shaping the policies to their benefit.

Large arms and technology companies, in particular Airbus, Thales, Leonardo and Indra, as well as lobby organisations, such as the European Organisation for Security (EOS), are key players in this deadly ‘game’.
After influencing the market demand towards advanced borders’ security, these companies offer their products as a solution to stop migration flows, while previously have equipped the wars that created them in the first place.

Meanwhile, EU not only turns a blind eye to this process but also cooperates with, and thus legitimizes and strengthens, human-rights abusive regimes in third countries by combating migration.

Specifically speaking, in the last decade alone 80 billion euros of arms have been exported from EU countries to the Middle East and North Africa.
The Turkey deal led to the closure of the so-called Balkan route which forces refugees to go to Italy through Libya, resulting in more deaths in the Mediterranean.
At the same time EU feeds the rise of nationalism, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia by depicting refugees as security threat.

During these info-talks we will delve into the parties who benefit from the further militarization of the EU borders, highlighting the necessity of a collective response. Together we aim to shape this response by shedding light to this inhumanity and forcing those responsible to pay for it.