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VIDEO: A talk with Sandro Mezzadra in Budapest

Interviewers: Raia Apostolova and Mathias Fiedler

On June 22 a group of migrants declared a hunger strike in Munich, Germany. The strike struck at the heart of the European Empire which in the last decades has been the source of the migration policies responsible for the production and further reinforcement of the European Apartheid and flexibilization of labor and class hierarchies. Stripped of all political rights, migrants throughout Europe often resort to hunger striking as their only weapon against the imposition of violence through practices such as deportations and detentions. After more than a year of fierce resistance to which the German authorities responded with only false promises, migrants from all over Bavaria occupied one of the major squares in Munich. Three days passed without any attention being paid to their demands, prompting the declaration of a dry strike first by 70 migrants, who were then joined by 12 citizens. Just eight days after the start of the hunger strike, the camp was evicted by the police with the commitment of special forces. In the midst of the hunger strike we talked to Sandro Mezzadra, associate professor in political theory at the University of Bologna, who has been writing about the issues of migration and borders for a long time. In his new book, Border as a Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor, co-authored with Brett Neilson, the authors explore the proliferation of borders under capitalist transformations and what these transformations entail regarding the political.

We published the interview earlier. Now you can enjoy the video:

By Raia Apostolova

Raia Apostolova is from Sofia and a Ph.D. student at the Central European University, Budapest.