[FOSDEM] visas and invitation letters

Daniel Pocock daniel at pocock.pro
Mon Dec 21 19:20:12 CET 2015

On 21/12/15 19:07, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> On Mon, December 21, 2015 18:32, Daniel Pocock wrote:
>> On 21/12/15 18:24, Emanuil Tolev wrote:
>>> Gah, what a headache. Is there some kind of tourist visa that Schengen
>>> allows? I can't believe we allow nobody to enter the Schengen area
>>> without an invite by a citizen, that just seems ridiculous.
>> The thing that is really ridiculous is that European countries ransacked
>> the countries these people come from and now these people are the ones
>> being fingerprinted
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_Darkness
> I think your sneer at present-day Belgians by relating them to events from
> colonial history is completely out of line. Belgians host a great
> conference for us through hard work and it's even free of charge. On their
> mailing list, they can do without your references to their colonial
> history which I'm sure they personally had not the slightest part in. Or
> even any politial discussion, for that matter, because it's completely off
> topic.

It is not directed at Belgians although I apologize if you feel that
way, almost all European countries played their part in their own way,
some still do but more discretely, and all the EU countries are now
doing this nasty fingerprinting at the border.  My own country allowed
the UK to come and nuke members of the indigenous population at Maralinga.



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