On Saturday 18 December, International Migrants Day and an action day of the international Abolish Frontex campaign, we blockaded the car gates of the Koning Máximakazerne, a location of the Koninklijke Marechaussee (KMar – military police) ner Schiphol airport. This location is home to the Border Security Training Centre, which is also a Frontex training location. On top of this the KMar itself is responsible for border security and control in The Netherlands and for deporting people on the move. KMar-personnel also takes part in Frontex operations and is involved in border externalisation efforts, by training and supporting border authorities in non-EU-countries, such as Libya, Niger and Lebanon.
while others unfolded banners. While we started publishing our action online and approaching press, hyped up KMar officials immediately came out violently forced two of our comrades out of one lockon by pulling on their arms and hittingkicking them The twowere then arrested and brought to holding cells at the police base.
moved to the near detention centre, which amongst other things is used to jail undocumented people, and did a detained persons.
The action put the spotlight on Frontex and the participation of The Netherlands in its operations and training, including of its new own armed border police force, the Standing Border Guard Corps. It was part of an international action day which saw over 40 actions in 13 countries in Europe and Africa demanding to Abolish Frontex and end the EU border regime. In the afternoon, at Dam Square in Amsterdam a few dozens of people demonstrated in support of the protesting Refugees in Libya signatures for a petition demanding the Dutch government to evacuate these refugees from their unlivable situation in front of the UNHCR office in Tripoli and an end of the cooperation with Libya to stop migration towards Europe.
On Saturday night noise protest at to support the arrestees
We will continue our fight to Abolish Frontex and against borders and border profiteers, for freedom of movement for everyone
Pictures by Jan-Kees Helms and !Koekblik!