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Freedom for channel walker Abdul Rahman Haroun!

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At the start of August, Abdul Rahman Haroun, a Sudanese man, was arrested just short of the exit to the Channel Tunnel in Folkstone, UK, having walked 50km through the tunnel from Calais. He successfully crossed the Channel Tunnel on foot, making it to the UK unharmed and undetected. The British and French governments pretend that they can control the flows of people across the border, spending millions of pounds on fences and cameras. They like to believe they can turn the UK into a fortress but Abdul Rahman Haroun has proved them wrong and because of that they intend to make an example out of him.

Having traveled from Sudan all the way to Britain to seek sanctuary, he now faces up to two years in prison. He has been charged under an outdated piece of legislation, the Malicious Damages Act of 1861, ‘for obstructing a railway carriage or engine’. He had a court date on the 24th of August where he plead not guilty but was remanded in custody by the judge. Being placed on remand for such an offence relates to the political nature of his arrest and is totally uncalled for. He has a further hearing in November and following that a trial in January 2016. He is currently being held in HMP Elmley in Kent.

As he is being prosecuted under such an arcane piece of legislature (the Malicious Damages Act has its history in the criminilsation of dissent by the Luddites in the 18th Century and has recently been used to detain protesters involved in direct action), his prosecution is clearly a politically motivated attack on the freedom of movement designed to intimidate those who would follow his example.

His actions have made him a target but he has a good defense. Under Section 31 of the Refugee Convention and within British law, it is accepted that people may enter the UK ‘illegally’ if doing so to claim asylum. However, as we have witnessed in the past few years, the Tories don’t care much for ‘human rights’ and Abdul needs our solidarity and support to fight their malicious form of justice.

As it stands, his remand means that even if he is found not guilty at trial, he will have already spent 5 months in jail. However, it would not stop there, if found guilty it could have serious consequences for his ability to regularise his status in the UK. A dual punishment that often occurs in the UK, where people who have served out the sentence for their ‘crimes’ (which can be offenses related to immigration) are then punished a second time, by being denied Indefinite Leave to Remain or by being immediately deported (if their country of origin is a country the UK considers ‘safe’).

Abdul’s incarceration and prosecution is an attempt to set a clear example to anyone considering the same journey as him. An attempt to put fear and doubt into the heads of people in Calais about what awaits them on the other side of the channel. We must show them that they cannot scare us into submission with their prisons and their courts!

We absolutely condemn the continued incarceration and prosecution of Abdul. Freedom for Abdul. Freedom for all those detained and incarcerated by the border regime. No one is free until we are all free!

Au début du mois d’août, un homme d’origine soudanaise, Abdul Rahman Haroun, a été arrêté alors qu’il sortait tout juste du tunnel sous la Manche situé côté anglais à Folkstone. Il venait de parcourir les 50 km à pied sous le tunnel, depuis Calais, sans se blesser ni se faire repérer. Les gouvernements français et anglais prétendent contrôler le flux de migrants arrivant aux frontières, dépensant des millions d’euros en barbelés et caméras de surveillance. Ils aiment à croire qu’ils sont entrain de faire de l’Angleterre une forteresse bien gardée, mais  Abdul Rahman Haroun leur a prouvé le contraire et Ils comptent bien le lui faire payer.

Parti du Soudan pour chercher refuge en Angleterre, il encourt aujourd’hui jusqu’à deux ans de prison. Il est inculpé, sous un mandat législatif périmé The Malicious Damages Act of 1861, “d’obstruction à locomotive ou wagon de chemin de fer”. Convoqué le 24 août dernier, il a plaidé non coupable, mais a été placé en détention par le juge. Être incarcéré pour ce type de délit est complètement disproportionné et révèle clairement le caractère politique de cette arrestation. Une prochaine audience est prévue en novembre prochain, avant le procès qui lui aura lieu en janvier 2016.  Abdul Rahman Haroun est actuellement détenu à Elmley dans le Kent.

Étant poursuivi sous une telle législature (“The Malicious Damage Act” qui a été créée dans le but de poursuivre les dissidents de l’église anglicane au XVIIIème siècle, et a été récemment utilisée pour enfermer des personnes accusées d’action directe), nous affirmons haut et fort que cette affaire est clairement politique et constitue une attaque à la liberté de circulation. Abdul Rahman Haroun sert de bouc émissaire pour intimider ceux et celles qui voudraient suivre son exemple.

Ses actions ont fait de lui une cible, mais il dispose d’une bonne défense. D’après l’article 31 de la convention des réfugiés, ainsi que dans la loi anglaise, il est possible d’entrer “illégalement” sur le territoire anglais si c’est dans le but de demander l’asile. Cependant, comme nous en avons toutes et tous été témoins ces dernières années, le gouvernement se fiche bien des “Droits de l’Homme”, et Abdul a besoin de notre soutien et de notre solidarité pour combattre leur justice perverse.

Dans l’état actuel des choses, son renvoi d’audience montre que même s’il est jugé non coupable lors du procès, il aura déjà passé 5 mois en prison. Mais ça ne s’arrête malheureusement pas là. S’il est jugé coupable cela pourrait avoir des conséquences dramatiques quant à sa demande de régularisation en Angleterre. Une double peine récurrente au Royaume-Uni, laissant les personnes ayant purgé leur peine sans aucun droit sur le territoire, ou même directement expulsées (si leur pays d’origine est considéré par l’État comme non dangereux).

L’incarcération d’Abdul et ses poursuites judiciaires montre clairement la volonté de l’État à faire de lui un exemple pour quiconque souhaiterait tenter le même voyage. Une tentative d’intimidation, faire peur, faire douter les gens à Calais sur ce qui les attend de l’autre côté. Montrons-leur que nous n’avons pas peur d’eux avec leurs tribunaux et leurs prisons!

Nous condamnons fermement l’incarcération et la poursuite d’Abdul. Liberté pour Abdul. Liberté pour toutes celles et ceux détenus par le régime des frontières. On ne peut être libre quand les autres sont enfermés.

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Court for the Calais port occupiers / Tribunal pour les occupants du port

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Calais: freedom of movement – solidarity banner from La Chapelle, Paris.

On the 25th of January, 8 defendants were led out in front of the Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI) in Boulogne-Sur-Mer for occupying the ‘Spirit of Britain’ ferry after Saturday’s protest in Calais port. 6 of the defendants were people without papers from the Jungle, charged with a breach of the transport code which involved entering a ferry without permission. The residents of the Jungle that appeared in court today were from conflict zones across the world, there were people from Afghanistan, Sudan, and Syria. There were also 2 supporters in court, these two francophones were charged with the same breach of the transport code and also face an extra charge of facilitating entry. The maximum sentence for these offenses is 6 months in prison or a €3,500 fine.

The accelerated nature of the hearing was a point of contention. After the defence barristers were informed that all 8 cases would be heard together, they requested that the tribunal be delayed. The judges decided to put the hearing back until February 22nd. After the delays placed upon this case the 2 francophone supporters were released on bail, while the 6 people without papers were held in dentention. They have since been returned to Longeunesse penitentary near Saint-Omer to stew for a month in prision before the next hearing. Calais Migrant Solidarity will be organising prisoner support for those detained in the coming month.

The political nature of this prosecution is obvious. After a demonstration involving over two thousand people and supported by an entire pletheroa of organisations (including: ATMF, CISPM, CNT-RP, Collectif Paris 20ème Solidaire avec touTEs les migrantEs, CSP 75, Droits Devant !!!, EELV Paris, Intégration 21, La Horde, LDH, NPA, Sans-Voix Paris 18ème, SNPES-PJJ-FSU IDF, SUD Culture, UJFP, Union Locale Solidaires des 5e-13e arrondissements de Paris et d’Ivry, UNSP, London2Calais, and Nord-Pas-de-Calais Antifascists) these 8 people face prosecution. Similar to the continual disrubitions over the summer and the imprisonment and political prosecution of the three Channel Tunnel walkers for ‘disrupting a railway carriage’, even after one of the defendants, Abdul Rahman Haroun, was granted asylum. The French state is reproducing the tactics of its British counterpart by criminalising the actions of those fighting the border. As those without papers, detained by the state for willing to fight for their freedom of movement, sit in their cells tonight, those outside the prisons walls should not forget our friends inside!

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Legend : Liberté de circulation- banderole de solidarité à La Chapelle, Paris.

Dans le 25 janvier, 8 inculpés passaient devant le Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI) de Boulogne-sur-Mer pour occupation du ferry “Spirit Of Britain” après la manifestation de samedi au port de Calais. 6 des inculpés étaient des sans-papiers de la Jungle, accusés d’infraction au code du transport qu’implique l’entrée dans un ferry sans permission. Les résidents de la jungle qui sont apparus à la cour aujourd’hui viennent de zones de conflits d’à travers le monde. Ils viennent d’Afghanistan, du Soudan, et de Syrie. 2 soutiens étaient également inculpés. Ces deux francophones ont été inculpés pour la même infraction au code du transport avec en prime une inculpation de “faciliter l’entrée”. La peine maximum pour ces faits est de 6 mois de prison ou une amende de 3500 euros.

La nature accélérée de l’audience a été un point contentieux. Après que les avocats ont été informés que les 8 cas seraient entendus ensemble, ils ont demandé au tribunal que le procès soit reporté. Les juges ont décidé un report d’audience pour le 22 février. Une fois le report obtenu sur cette affaire, les 2 soutiens français ont été libéré sous contrôle judiciaire avec interdiction de se rendre dans la région et les 6 sans papiers ont été envoyé en détention. Ils sont depuis au centre pénitencier de Longuenesse près de Saint Omer, à mariner pendant un mois en prison avant la prochaine audition. CMS organisera un soutien aux prisonniers pour les détenus du mois prochain.

La nature politique de ce procès est évidente. Après une manifestation impliquant  plus de 2000 personnes et soutenue par une pléthore d’organisations ( incluant :  ATMF, CISPM, CNT-RP, Collectif Paris 20ème Solidaire avec touTEs les migrantEs, CSP 75, Droits Devant !!!, EELV Paris, Intégration 21, La Horde, LDH, NPA, Sans-Voix Paris 18ème, SNPES-PJJ-FSU IDF, SUD Culture, UJFP, Union Locale Solidaires des 5e-13e arrondissements de Paris et d’Ivry, UNSP, London2Calais, et Nord-Pas-de-Calais Antifasciste), ces 8 personnes font face à un procès. Similaire au raffut continu depuis cet été et l’emprisonnement et le procès politique des 3 marcheurs du tunnel, inculpés de “perturbation de la structure ferrée”, alors même que l’un des inculpés, Abdul Rahman Haroun, a obtenu le droit d’asile en Angleterre par la suite. L’État français reproduit les tactiques de son homologue britannique en criminalisant les actions de ceux et celles qui combattent la frontière. Alors que ces sans-papiers, détenus par l’état pour avoir voulu combattre pour leur liberté de circulation, assis dans leurs cellules ce soir, ceux hors des murs n’oublieront pas leurs amis à l’intérieur !

Update on the 3 Channel Tunnel refugees imprisoned in the UK

Abdul Rahman Haroun, 40, from Sudan, has been held for nearly three months in a cell at HMP Elmley, Kent. He faces 2 years in prison.

Mr. Haroun, was forced from his village near Darfur, after it was attacked by government forces. He is unable to speak English, he cannot read or write Arabic and is very isolated in prison.

To send Abdul a message of solidarity, of kindness, or a £5 postal order for phone calls, address the envelope to:

Abdul Rahman Haroun, PN A0964CX, HM Prison Elmley, Church Road, East Church, Kent ME12 4DZ

Postal orders must be made out to: “The Governor”, on the back of the postal order write: Abdul Rahman Haroun PN A0964 CX

2 Iranian men, Payam Moradi Mirahessari, 25, and Farein Vahdani, 20, also made the journey through the tunnel.

It is understood that they used a movable plank to avoid live wires that would have caused serious injuries. They were also arrested in Folkestone and were charged under the same piece of legislation used against Abdul Rahman Haroun.

If you have any information regarding their wherabouts please contact: calaisolidarity@gmail.com

24th October – Migrant Solidarity Protest at London St. Pancras and Paris

This is taken direct from the blog Indyrikki and is about what happened in London at the weekend…

In 2005, the Anarchist Bookfair, held that year in Holloway Road, ended in a practical session of massive policing. The local Coronet pub, on police advice, suddenly refused to serve alcohol, and as hundreds of anarchists spilled out onto the dual carriageway, they were met with riot police geared up for local football matches. The ensuing clashes led to several arrests and injuries, although most if not all were acquitted of serious offences months down the line.

A full decade on, the bookfair today was held at the Granary Building occupied by the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins. While on the one hand it’s an excellent space for the bookfair, with a large and airy open area for stalls, and lots of classrooms and lecture theatres for group events, on the other it is surrounded by lots of pseudo-public space, corporatised, controlled, and covered by private regulations rather than public rights – another example of the accelerating privatisation of public space in cities across the world.

Still, this year’s event was well attended, with packed lectures and workshops and a buzzing hall of stalls.

In solidarity with actions today in both Paris and Budapest, Calais Migrant Solidarity called a “No Borders” action to take place at the Eurostar terminal in nearby St Pancras station.

So, ten years on from the Holloway Road kerfuffle, clashes seemed likely again, as huge numbers of police waited at St Pancras and a group of a couple of hundred activists, intent on reaching the Eurostar, set off along private roads shortly after 6pm.

At one of the entrances to the station, they were met by a line of police, and with sheer weight of numbers, first one, and then dozens more, squeezed their way into the station before police reinforcements regained control, after deploying metal batons.

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Suddenly, the group inside the station turned back to help their comrades, and at that point things got quite messy. Activists were grabbed and pushed back through the lines on to the pavement, with some injuries and a few arrests. Police began to kit themselves in full riot gear, and they also grabbed a large red banner and threw it aside.

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All the while, train travellers and other members of the public watched through locked entrances.

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Deeper inside the station, police were picking out people hanging around near the Eurostar entrance, and an entirely peaceful woman was forcibly removed, dragged much of the way on her knees, before police finally picked her up and carried her. Police claimed she was being removed to prevent a breach of the peace.

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Despite the massive police operation, a group of around 30 women suddenly appeared in the concourse, chanting “No human is illegal” and “No borders”, and carrying large banners.

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They set up right in front of the access point to the Eurostar departure lounge, and handed out leaflets while continuing their protest. Police Liaison Officers moved among them, and more than a dozen police soon arrived in full riot gear, but thankfully they thought better than to interfere, and the protest continued for a few more minutes before the group (who had other appointments) packed up and left.

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This dignified and peaceful action was organised by ‘Global Women’s Strike’ (globalwomenstrike.net), and ‘All African Women’s Group’.

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Outside the station, the large crowd had been pushed away from the area back towards the Granary Building, and policing continued on a huge scale.

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A small peaceful group of around a dozen protesters entered King’s Cross Station concourse, with a banner that said “people want to bring down the borders”.

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They were confronted by several dozen police, many in riot gear, and then kettled for about an hour.

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Police used Railway Bye-Laws – Sect 6 (8) – (no person shall molest or wilfully interfere with the comfort or convenience of any person on the railway), & Sect 23 – (anyone suspected of breach must give name and address), – to process, photograph and identify each protester before escorting them from the station with a 24 hour ban. A few were arrested during this time too.

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Interestingly, there was an attempt before this process, for a station representative to make an announcement on a megaphone, but it wouldn’t work and no announcement was made – my feeling was that the announcement was meant to be part of a legal process and so it might be pertinent that it was never made.

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One of the causes being championed by migrant solidarity groups is for the release of Abdul Rahman Haroun, a Sudanese man, who after walking through the Eurotunnel is being prosecuted under an obscure 1861 ‘Malicious Damages Act’ and has spent months in jail. Earlier this month, the same legislation was used to arrest two Iranian men in Folkestone after they had completed the 31-mile walk. Calais Migrant Solidarity are calling for the release from prison of the ‘Channel Tunnel 3’.

During the action in King’s Cross, the Harry Potter Hogwart’s platform was closed by police – surely a wilful interference with the convenience of excited Potter fans?

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Paris – police evict migrant shelter the night before demonstration

In Paris, there were premptive raids by the security services at a school offering shelter to refugees and migrants. Some activists and French associations helped the police facilitate their midnight raid. Telling people that they would recieve better accommodation if they cooperated with the police.

On the demonstration itself, on the 24th  there were 700/800 people. The police attacked because they were worried people would use the demonstration to occupy a new camp. Subsequently there were two arrests and two people were hospitalized.

IT’S TOMORROW: London and Paris in solidarity with Calais migrants and the Channel Tunnel 3

A final reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, there will be No Borders demonstrations in London St Pancras at 6PM at the Eurostar terminal; and Paris at the Place des Fêtes at 3PM.

We are gathering for the three people — Abdul Rahman Haroun, Payam Moradi Mirahessari, and Farein Vahdani — now in prison in the UK after they walked through the Eurotunnel. We are gathering for all those killed at the border, including 19 people killed so far in Calais this year, 13 of them at the Eurotunnel. We are gathering for our friends and comrades and all those risking their lives and fighting every night and day against the border in Calais and across Fortress Europe. We are gathering as the repression steps up in Calais, with 460 new riot cops in town carrying out a wave of mass arrests, and a big eviction threatened in the jungle.

For further details on the demos see here for the London Eurostar call-out in English, French and Arabic.

And see here for details of the Paris demo.

Finally, here is this video from back in August as a reminder of the passion and commitment with which people are going up against the borders in Calais. Can we make our solidarity active and alive and bring a dose of this passion back to the capital cities tomorrow?


** Freedom for the channel tunnel walkers currently imprisoned in UK.
** Remember all those killed by Eurostar trains, Eurotunnel and Eurostar to give major compensation to their loved ones.
** Remove murderous security, dogs and fences from the tunnel.
** Ask all passengers to stop using Eurostar and Eurotunnel until all can travel freely: with or without papers, with or without tickets.
** Open the borders.

Next Saturday 24 October: demos in Paris and London

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Alongside the demo planned for 6PM at London St Pancras, there will now also be a demo in Paris in solidarity with the 3 Channel Tunnel walkers and against the borders.

The Paris demo starts at 3PM at Place des Fetes in the La Chapelle neighbourhood. This is close to the Paris eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord and is also an area that has been very active in recent migrant struggles, including a major occupation of public areas by people without papers this summer.

Here is the call-out and leaflet for the Paris demo.

LIBERTÉ POUR LES 3 MIGRANTS EMPRISONNÉS EN ANGLETERRE
DES PAPIERS ET DES LOGEMENTS POUR TOUS ET TOUTES
LIBERTÉ DE CIRCULATION ET D’INSTALLATION
À BAS LES FRONTIÈRES
FREEDOM FOR 3 MIGRANTS IMPRISONED IN ENGLAND
PAPERS AND HOMES FOR ALL
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
NO BORDERS
لتسقط الحدود
الحرية للمهاجرين الثلث المسجونين في انقلترا
مساكن و بطاقات اقامة للجميع
حرية التنقل و الستقرار

Manifestation contre les frontières

Rendez-vous le 24 octobre à 15h place des Fêtes, après la déambulation du collectif 20e de soutien aux migrant-es

Liberté pour les trois marcheurs sous la Manche incarcérés en Angleterre.
Liberté pour tous et toutes.
À bas les frontières. Liberté de circulation et d’installation.

Le 2 octobre dernier, dans la nuit, plusieurs centaines de migrant-es ouvrent une brèche dans les barbelés qui entourent la zone d’accès au tunnel sous la Manche pour tenter de pénétrer à l’intérieur et ainsi espérer atteindre l’Angleterre. Cette nuit là, plusieurs d’entre-eux/elles réussissent à parcourir 16 kilomètres à pied dans le tunnel avant d’être repoussés par la police. Mais deux parviennent au bout. À leur arrivée ils sont arrêtés par les flics anglais et placé en détention. C’est la seconde fois que des personnes réussissent à traverser à pied le tunnel sous la Manche : il y a deux mois, le 4 août, Adbul Rahman Haroun a lui aussi prouvé que la forteresse de l’eurotunnel n’est pas si bien gardée et à réussi à traverser l’entièreté du tunnel à pied, déjouant tout les systèmes de sécurité existant. Il est lui aussi actuellement en prison.

À Calais, là où se dresse une frontière mortifère sur la route de celles et ceux qui veulent rejoindre l’Angleterre –au moins 19 personnes sont mortes depuis juin 2015, des actions collectives sont régulièrement menées pour tenter le passage en Angleterre, en montant dans les camions, dans les navettes ferroviaires, où en tentant la traversée à pied. Ces actions, quoi qu’en dise l’État, sont organisées par les migrant-es eux/elles mêmes, sans passeurs ni réseaux mafieux : elles émanent de la détermination de celles et ceux qui veulent passer les frontières et n’ont pas les bons papiers.

La sécurité du site du tunnel sous la Manche est sans cesse renforcée et les accords de coopération répressive se multiplient entre les deux pays. Les gouvernements français et britannique aiment à croire que la frontière entre la Grande-Bretagne et Calais est un mur infranchissable, protégé à grands coups de barbelés, de flics et de gadgets électroniques, mais toutes les personnes qui réussissent à passer leur prouvent le contraire.

À travers toute l’Europe, c’est cette même logique qui est à l’œuvre : les murs de barbelés se dressent ici et là, l’armée patrouille en mer Méditerranée, les contrôles se multiplient aux postes frontières, dans les trains et sur les routes. C’est bel et bien une guerre aux migrant-es qui est menée et elle a déjà fait plus de 30 000 mort-es depuis vingt ans.

Alors que de plus en plus, des voix s’élèvent, des solidarités et des résistances se construisent pour lutter contre ce régime des frontières, les États européens tentent de nous faire marcher dans le jeu de la division, en annonçant qu’ils sont prêts à accueillir les réfugié-es, créant une séparation avec les migrant-es dits « économiques » qui eux doivent être expulsés. Mais partout en Europe des mouvements de solidarité se créent et refusent cette logique de tri, revendiquant la liberté de circulation et d’installation pour toutes et tous.

À Paris, la mairie et la préfecture annoncent à qui veut l’entendre que les réfugié-es sont les bienvenu-es, surfant sur la vague de solidarité qui s’est intensifiée depuis le mois de juin avec l’expulsion du campement sous le pont du métro aérien dans le quartier de La Chapelle. Mais depuis cinq mois les expulsions de campements et de bâtiments occupés se multiplient et les migrant-es se retrouvent dispersé-es et isolé-es dans des centres d’hébergement où les conditions de vies sont difficiles. Le lycée occupé dans le 19ème arrondissement par plusieurs centaines de migrant-es est lui aussi expulsable sous peu, la mairie ayant assigné les habitant-es au tribunal.
À travers ce qu’elles nomment des « mises à l’abri », les autorités veulent surtout empêcher que les personnes migrant-es et les personnes solidaires ne se regroupent et s’organisent pour arracher par la lutte des papiers, des logements et peut être même plus.

Dans les quartiers où se retrouvent les migrant-es (comme celui de La Chapelle), dans les gares et les transports, les rafles et les contrôles de sans papiers continuent. À Gare du Nord, où nombre de migrant-es cherchent à monter dans les trains pour rejoindre Calais puis l’Angleterre, l’amplification des contrôles mène les sans papiers à prendre toujours plus de risque. Le 29 août dernier un homme a été électrocuté par un caténaire en essayant de sauter sur l’Eurostar depuis le train d’à côté.

Quelles que soient les raisons qui les ont mené-es ici, nous sommes solidaires de celles et ceux qui mettent à mal le régime des frontières. Ce 24 octobre, un appel a été lancé à la solidarité avec les trois marcheurs sous la Manche incarcérés en Angleterre. Un rassemblement se tiendra à Londres, à la gare d’arrivée de l’Eurostar.

À Paris une manifestation est appelée au départ de la Place des fêtes pour rejoindre le quartier de La Chapelle. Rendez-vous à 15h00 place des Fêtes (ligne 11).

Liberté pour les trois marcheurs sous la Manche incarcérés en Angleterre.
Liberté pour tous et toutes.
À bas les frontières. Liberté de circulation et d’installation.

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Soutenez Notre Appel. Manifestation A St. Pancras International 24 Octobre !

Il ya maintenant moins de deux semaines avant la démonstration de solidarité à Eurostar de Saint-Pancras. Depuis, nous avons émis l’appel, deux autres personnes ont été détenus dans les prisons du Royaume-Uni pour se promener à travers le tunnel sous la Manche, dans le but de parvenir à la sécurité ici. S’il vous plaît lire et partager notre dernière légende ci-dessous.

Solidarité avec les migrants à Calais !
Liberté pour le marcheur du tunnel sous la Manche, Abdul Rahman Haroun ! Liberté pour tous les marcheurs du tunnel emprisonnés au Royaume-Uni!
A Calais, plus de 4000 personnes sont en ce moment piégées à la frontière. De grands groupes manifestent régulièrement à l’entrée de l’Eurotunnel, appelant à ouvrir les frontières et à ce que les violences s’arrêtent.
Les personnes à Calais sont sujettes à un traitement brutal et cruel de la part de la police et des vigiles de sécurité privé, embauchés par Eurotunnel, utilisant des chiens, des clôtures surplombées de lames de rasoir et du gaz lacrymogène. Parmi les 15 personnes tuées à cette frontière depuis le mois de juin, beaucoup sont mort-es au tunnel. Les entreprises Eurostar et Eurotunnel jouent une part active dans la violence à la frontière et engrangent des profits tandis que les gens meurent ou sont blessés.

De plus, l’entreprise Eurotunnel insiste durement à  poursuivre  Abdul Rahman Haroun, le soudanais qui a traversé le tunnel à pied, voué à être emprisonné et poursuivi d’après une obscure loi du 19ème siècle. Les manifestations “Refugees Welcome” qui ont eu lieu à travers l’Europe en Septembre ont montré l’étendue des soutiens pour les migrant-es souffrant-es aux frontières. Mais si nous montrons déjà de la solidarité pratique, nous devons aller au devant et diriger nos énergies vers les institutions et multinationales responsables de la soit-disante “crise migratoire”.
En solidarité avec les personnes sans-papiers à Calais, nous appelons à des manifestations et des actions contre Eurostar, Eurotunnel et le régime frontalier dans son ensemble auquel ces deux entreprises appartiennent.
Nous appelons tous les groupes et individu-es solidaires des migrant-es de Calais à manifester à Eurostar, dans St Pancras International Station, London, N1C 4QP à 18h, samedi 24 octobre. Ou dans une gare Eurostar près de chez vous

Nous faisons les demandes suivantes :

** Liberté pour les marcheurs du tunnel actuellement emprisonné au Royaume-Uni.
** Se souvenir de tous celles et ceux tué-es par les trains Eurostars, qu’Eurostar et Eurotunnel donnent des compensations importantes à leurs proches.
** Supprimer les chiens et les clôtures meurtrières du tunnel
** Demander à tous les passagers d’arrêter d’utiliser Eurostar et Eurotunnel jusqu’à ce que tout le monde puisse voyager librement : avec ou sans papiers, avec ou sans tickets.
** Ouvrir les frontières

A bientôt là-bas.

Solidarity with the Calais migrants; free the Channel Tunnel 3! Protest at St. Pancras on 24th!

There are now less than two weeks to go before the solidarity demo at Eurostar St. Pancras. Since we issued the call, two more people have been held in UK prisons for walking through the channel tunnel in a bid to reach safety here. Please read & share our latest callout below.

Solidarity with Calais migrants!
Freedom for the channel tunnel walkers imprisoned in the UK!

Protest at Eurostar, St Pancras International station, London
6pm, Saturday 24th October

In Calais, up to 4000 people are currently trapped at the border. Large groups have been holding regular demonstrations at the Eurotunnel entrance there, calling for the borders to be opened and the violence to stop.

People in Calais are subject to cruel and brutal treatment by police and by private security hired by Eurotunnel, using dogs, razorwire fences and teargas. Of the 15 people killed at the border since June, many have died at the tunnel. The companies Eurostar and Eurotunnel play an active part in the violence at the border, and profit as people die and are injured. In addition, the Eurotunnel company is pressing hard for the prosecution of Abdul Rahman Haroun, the Sudanese man who walked through the tunnel in August, only to be imprisoned and charged with an obscure 19th century law. Since then, two others, Payam Moradi Mirahessari and Farein Vahdani, have made the journey through the tunnel and have been detained and prosecuted under the same law.

The ‘Refugees Welcome’ demos which took place across Europe in September showed the scale of support for migrants suffering at the borders. But if we are to show effective solidarity, we must move beyond A-B marches and direct our energies towards the institutions and corporations responsible for the so-called “migrant crisis”.

Standing in solidarity with people without papers in Calais, we call for demonstrations and actions against Eurostar, Eurotunnel and the whole border regime of which they are a part. We call for all groups and individuals in solidarity with Calais migrants to protest at Eurostar in St Pancras International station, London, N1C 4QP at 6pm on Saturday 24th October.

We make the following demands:

** Freedom for the channel tunnel walkers currently imprisoned in UK.
** Remember all those killed by Eurostar trains, Eurotunnel and Eurostar to give major compensation to their loved ones.
** Remove murderous security, dogs and fences from the tunnel.
** Ask all passengers to stop using Eurostar and Eurotunnel until all can travel freely: with or without papers, with or without tickets.
** Open the borders.

Arabic callout here.

2 more channel walkers imprisoned, as Eurotunnel boss gloats/ Deux marcheurs sous la Manche emprisonnés en plus, le patron d’Eurotunnel jubile

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(traduction ci-dessous)

Two Iranian men were arrested in Folkestone on Saturday, after managing to walk the 31 mile length of the Channel Tunnel (article in The Guardian). They have been locked up and charged with the same nineteenth century law being used against Abdul Rahman Haroun, who made it through a month ago and is lingering in prison awaiting trial.

Also on Saturday, as these men were being hunted down, Eurotunnel boss Jacques Gounon was making a speech reported in the French press (article in Nord Littoral) celebrating Abdul Haroun’s imprisonment and complaining about how hard his job has become. The company chairman and chief executive, who receives a million euro annual salary, said: “just one illegal has finished his journey, in Folkestone, where he will be imprisoned for 2 years”. (NB: Abdul Haroun has not yet gone to trial, let alone been convicted, and Gounon is pre-emptively assuming he will get the maximum sentence.)

He went on to call for reinforcements to further militarise the area. “Let’s be clear: the other night, these were very far from poor unfortunates who seek refuge in England and have a right to a humanitarian approach. We were faced by veritable commandos, well coordinated, who haven’t just come up against us: they also massively attacked the port and stoned the trucks on the road to the port. Their goal: to make politics and destabilise the government.”

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Support our call! Protest at St. Pancras International, 24th October!

Solidarity with Calais migrants!
Freedom for the channel tunnel walkers imprisoned in the UK!

Protest at Eurostar, St Pancras International station, London
6pm, Saturday 24th October

In Calais, up to 4000 people are currently trapped at the border. Large groups have been holding regular demonstrations at the Eurotunnel entrance there, calling for the borders to be opened and the violence to stop.

People in Calais are subject to cruel and brutal treatment by police and by private security hired by Eurotunnel, using dogs, razorwire fences and teargas. Of the 15 people killed at the border since June, many have died at the tunnel. The companies Eurostar and Eurotunnel play an active part in the violence at the border, and profit as people die and are injured. In addition, the Eurotunnel company is pressing hard for the prosecution of Abdul Rahman Haroun, the Sudanese man who walked through the tunnel in August, only to be imprisoned and charged with an obscure 19th century law. Since then, two others, Payam Moradi Mirahessari and Farein Vahdani, have made the journey through the tunnel and have been detained and prosecuted under the same law.

The ‘Refugees Welcome’ demos which took place across Europe in September showed the scale of support for migrants suffering at the borders. But if we are to show effective solidarity, we must move beyond A-B marches and direct our energies towards the institutions and corporations responsible for the so-called “migrant crisis”.

Standing in solidarity with people without papers in Calais, we call for demonstrations and actions against Eurostar, Eurotunnel and the whole border regime of which they are a part. We call for all groups and individuals in solidarity with Calais migrants to protest at Eurostar in St Pancras International station, London, N1C 4QP at 6pm on Saturday 24th October.

We make the following demands:

** Freedom for the channel tunnel walkers currently imprisoned in UK.
** Remember all those killed by Eurostar trains, Eurotunnel and Eurostar to give major compensation to their loved ones.
** Remove murderous security, dogs and fences from the tunnel.
** Ask all passengers to stop using Eurostar and Eurotunnel until all can travel freely: with or without papers, with or without tickets.
** Open the borders.

We ask groups standing in solidarity with migrants in Calais to circulate & share this call, and most importantly, come out in large numbers on 24th October.

See you there.