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Rassemblement / Gathering in Lille – 2016/03/18 – 18:30 – Place de la république

Gathering place de la république in Lille against the eviction of the jungle in Calais
Friday march 18 2016 at 6.30pm
Location : Lille Centre – Place de la République
Metro République Beaux-Arts
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Rassemblement place de la république à lille contre l’expulsion du bidonville d’État à calais
L’appel : http://lille.demosphere.eu/rv/4039Vendredi 18 mars 2016 à 18h30
Lieu : Lille Centre – Place de la République
Métro République Beaux-Arts

Pegida and Police fight in Calais!

01Well, maybe fight is too strong a word, but for the first time today French patriots will be happy to know that valuable French policing resources, including CS gas, have not been all used up on migrants! It was also refreshing, although a little odd, to watch the French police throw to the ground and arrest someone in a black hoodie without any CMS folks feeling the need to panic.

At around 1pm yesterday about 150 Pegida gathered at Calais Ville train station to deliver their hatemongering message, and were disappointed to find that, (though the prefecture had already told them the demonstration would not go ahead) the demonstration was not going ahead! Before the demo Pegida claimed that they were expecting 800 to 1,000 numpties to make it to Calais, so with these low numbers and a lack of visible local support the day seems to have been a bit of a wash out.03

As well as French flags there were masked men sporting the iron cross, showing that Pegida cannot deny their association with neo-nazis. Among the 20 reported arrests are Pegida leader Loïc Perdriel and figurehead General Piquemal – so Pegida will be unable to blame conflict with police on rogue members.

Despite the heavy policing of the Fascists, showing that the police are not their allies as they may have hoped, the ban on this demonstration seemed largely to focus on the percieved ‘threat to public order’ posed by a counter demo. Opposition to Pegida from locals, migrants, associations and humanitarian volunteers was intimidated both by the threat of attacks from fascists and the threat of heavy policing. Associations in the jungle warned volunteers to stay out of town ahead of the demo, hindering the possibility of a visible pro-migrant presence on the streets.

On this occasion police partially contained a dangerous fascist presence, and the rare sight of our enemies fighting each other warmed our hearts. However, this is limited cause for celebration when we know the new state of emergency ban on demonstrations will also be used against migrant and pro-migrant demonstrations, probably with more heavy handed tactics. Further, the police continue to do nothing about the continued attacks on migrants in Calais and there are concerning speculations that an attack by an ‘armed militia’ last Thursday may be associated with off-duty police.

 

 

 

 

 

Crise humanitaire à Calais ! / Humanitarian Crisis in Calais Now !

Crise humanitaire à Calais.

Une crise humanitaire se déroule actuellement à Calais. Les exilé-es ne reçoivent pas assez de nourriture pour manger. Le Centre Jules Ferry fourni seulement un repas par jour à la moitié des exilé-es (1800 repas par jour). Le Centre est également extrêmement loin des lieux de vie à l’ouest de la ville , ce qui rend la situation alimentaire encore pire dans ces lieux de vie. Il y a seulement deux points d’eau pour les exilé-es dans la ville, l’un est au Squat Galloo (une lance à incendie) et l’autre au Centre Jules Ferry (trois robinets), pas de point d’eau pour le camp plus à l’ouest. Dans Jules Ferry le point d’eau est très loin, il est difficile de transporter de l’eau pour toutes les personnes vivant sur le Bidonville autour du centre. Les gens ont besoin davantage de tentes pour dormir, mais il n’y a pas plus de tentes à distribués. Il y a aussi pas assez de capacités de soins médicaux pour traiter tout le monde qui en a besoin. Plus de cent femmes vivent dans les jungles sans aucun accès à la structure censé les mettre à l’abri (pas d’accès séparé pour elles aux repas ou aux installations sanitaires). Un nombre encore plus grand de mineurs isolés vivent dans les jungles sans aucun suivie particulier.

Les autorités sont très désireuses de construire de nouvelles clôtures et d’isoler les personnes en dehors de la ville , mais sont incapable ou refuse de fournir suffisamment de ressources pour couvrir les besoins humains fondamentaux dans le dénis total des droits humains.

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Humanitarian Crisis in Calais Now

There is a Humanitarian crisis is happening in Calais at this very moment. People are not getting enough food to eat. The Jules Ferry Centre is only providing one meal a day to only half of the migrants (1800 meal a day). The food situation is even worse for people who stay in the western part of the city as the Jules Ferry Centre is very far. There are only two places in the city where people can get water, one in Galloo and the other in the Jules Ferry Centre, none near the western camp. In Jules Ferry the water point is very far to carry water for many people who stay in the jungle around the center. People need more tents to sleep in, but there are no more tents to be distributed. There is also not enough medical supplies or personel to treat everyone in need. Over one hundred women live in the jungles outside of the center and do not have acsess to the womens shelter which is already filled to capacity. The are forced to que with thousands of men to use the same sanitation facillities. There is also now a large poppulation of children under the age of 18 in the jungles who are living and traveling alone without any support.

The authorities were very keen to build new fences and segragate people outside the city, but are unwilling to provide enough resources to cover even their basic human needs in a total denial of their humans rights.

VIDEO of police violence in Calais just after Interior Minister Cazeneuve visit (4th May 2015)

These images were captured on the 5th of May 2015, beginning at 8 am and continuing throughout the day on the motorway branch leading to the ferry port of Calais (A216). These are just some examples of the everyday police brutality against people who attempt to cross the channel from Calais to the UK by hiding inside trucks. Calais Migrant Solidarity also intends to recall the difficult conditions faced when documenting police violence.

1 – at 0’12, Three members of the French riot police (CRS) force a person who was hidden in a truck to the other side of the motorway guardrail. At the end of the sequence (0’22) a second police officer discharges a burst of tear gas while the two persons were fleeing.

2 – at 0’28 “,A CRS officer removes a person from a truck and pushes him violently over the guardrail.

3 – at 0’42 “On the motorway junction A16) towards the Eurotunnel the police spray pepperspray from a van against a group of migrants. (a policecar slows down and discharges a burst of tear gas passing near agroup of migrants on the the other side of the guardrail to deter them from trying to cross.)

4 – at 0’51 “, One person is violently thrown over the guardrail by the police. After that a CRS officer assaults another person, kicking him to the ground. The person assaulted gets up and tries to run away but then receives kicks and punches and is pushed violently over the guardrail. At 1’09 (left of the image) a CRS officer uses pepper spray against people who are walking away.

5 – at 1’15 “, A CRS officer removes a person from a truck and violently pushes him over the guardrail.

6 -at 1’24 “, A CRS officer threatens a group of people by running towards them with a baton screaming, as it if he was playing with them.

7 – at 1’40 “A scene shot 22th of April 2015 near the junction of the A16 and Eurotunnel where police chase a member of a group who were documenting

police violence, they stop him, floor him and push his head into the ground with a knee.

8 – at 1’55 “: A CRS officer hits the guardrail with his baton, threatening a group of people.

Recall that in January the NGO Human Rights Watch published a report denouncing police violence, resulting in a condescending reaction dénégatrice the Ministry of the Interior (“the Government deployscomprehensive and appropriate responses.”).

http://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2015/01/20/france-les-migrants-et-les-demandeurs-dasile-victimes-de-violence-et-demunis

http://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/Communiques/Accusations-publiques-contre-les-forces-de-l-ordre-formulees-par-l-association-Human-Rights-Watch

More info:

(EN/FR) https://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/

(FR) https://passeursdhospitalites.wordpress.com/

#2B Black Is Not A Crime

Neighbours on the east side of the new migrant jungle located near the Jules Ferry Day Centre have paid a contracter to dump large amounts of earth along the encampment. The intention of the erected embankment seems to be to block the view of the jungle from the neighbours large county farmhouse and to stop black people walking near their house.

People living in the jungle came out to protest, sitting on the dirt as construction trucks dumped earth dangerously close to spectators. The police stood by to enforce this construction. Since when is it an issue for the police to enforce construction? Not even on the neighbours land ? Or with a building permit ?

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Some people told the police the only reason they are building the embankment is because they are black. That if they were white, it would not happen. Immeadiatly after the trucks and the police left, many people began working together to dig through the wall, to reopen an entrance into the camp.

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A december in Calais

Winter has arrived with storms and rains. The big jungles and Galloo squat are still there; Tioxide-jungle with 2 restaurants, school, church, mosque and a shop. (see below news about forthcoming evictions). There are around 2000 people living rough in these spaces. The cold weather shelter is open occasionally with 350 sleeping spaces: it’s located far from the city and even when open it is not easily accessible due to the short opening hours.

December saw a high level of police violence concentrated on truck parkings and traffic jams leading to the Euro Tunnel and port. Attacks were sporadic and beatings seemingly random, aimed at discouraging migrants form trying for England and plainly expressing police racism. Police chased people into oncoming traffic, broke many limbs, and regularly used pepper spray at point blank range. They destroyed cameras when people attempted to film these illegal acts of violence.

When arrested from the streets near the jungles people were often taken to far away detention centers, such as Rennes, Metz, Nimes, Strasbourg and Paris. Some were even transported by plane to distant detention centers via a small airport in Calais.

The border entails various forms of violence. Migration controls violates women’s rights through racism and sexism in a way that these two systems of oppression are very much interlinked.

The hospital of Calais refuses to carry out abortions for migrants with an extremly cowardly explanation. The authorities based their decision on law that says that you cannot travel to France to have an abortion there, obviously that is not the case of the women at all. They systematically send women that could not proove an official residence in France to the hospital of Grande Synthe, that is 50 kilometers away. They claim that this is because they are concerned about the womens security, since abortion is supposed to be a specific medical intervention (although it is an intervention like any other with very low risks) they say it is to dangerous for the women to go back to the jungle afterwards. So yeah, they think staying pregnant against their own will is healthier and safer for the women.

After complaints having been made, the hospital should be called out by the ministry of health, since this racist, selective practice of carrying out basic health services is completely illegal!

However, not all was bleak. There were a few festive moments, namely a demo on the International Migrants’ day on the 18th, a couple of small Christmas parties in the jungles and a big New Years party at the Galloo Squat. The demo was organized by various associations as a response to the ‘Wall of Shame’, a large security fence recently installed by the UK government to increase security in the Ferry Port and previously used for the NATO summit in Cardiff. It was well-attended with over 1000 people. All of the parties were a great success with no violent police interventions or other incidents – just wild dancing to a very mixed play list and general merriment.

Next week on wednesday at 2pm (Centre Social Espace Fort Yves

2 B Rue D Ajaccio) self defense classes for women, trans* and queers will start ! These classes will hopefully take place regularly on a longterm basis- we are still looking for teachers that are happy to come around and hold one or several classes!

What to expect for January ?

An eviction notice, without a specific date being set has been placed in front of the sudanese jungle and the Bois Dubrulle (forest on the opposite side of Tioxide mainly inhabited by the afghan and ethiopian comunity) by the CRS. Several asylum seekers living in the spaces being threatened are ready to challenge the decision in court.

The last official announcements made by the prefecture claimed that there would be no forced evictions of any living spaces until the new day center opens. So when does it open? Food is supposed to be served there starting from mid-january and the original opening date of the center was set for the end of the month. But it seems like there are some additional works inside the building that take up more time than foreseen, so we don’t reall know at what point they actually wanna get going. Anyways we aren’t waiting for it with high expectations. The day center is part of a wider anti-migration strategy and comes along with other agreements between Natacha Bouchart and Cazeneuve with the UK (more policemen in Calais, closing-off of the port with the fence all around). Starting from the moment the daycenter opens, all other squats and jungles etc. are supposed to disappear and a ‘zero tolerance politic’ towards them has been announced. All services for migrants are supposed to be centralised in this space far from the city center, in order to concentrate the migrants outside of Calais. There will be no sleeping places for men, camping will be tolerated on the fields around. The outcome will be an even more official segregation between the habitants of the city and the migrants being locked out in the middle of nowhere.

Location of the center: https://www.google.fr/maps/place/Centre+A%C3%A9r%C3%A9+Jules+Ferry/@50.974514,1.903281,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x7dacbfa7f4b841b5

Christmas miracle / Miracle de Noël

A storm decide to bring us a Christmas miracle :

Une tempête a decidé de nous apporter un miracle de noël :

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ps : Personnes n’as été bléssé durant la tempêtes, quelques abris vont avoir besoin d’être réparés et renforcés pour l’hivers.

ps : Nobody was hurt during the storm, some shelters will need a bit of fixing and to be reinforce for the winter.

 

 

 

The 11 persons from Sudan, that had been arrested on the 28th of november were released yesterday morning!

The 11 persons that had been arrested on the 28th of november were released yesterday morning!
Small overview of what happened in the meantime:

After their tough arrestation in Calais in front of the sudanese jungle, where they had not even been given the chance to get their papers from their tents (some of them had for example proof that they were about to ask asylum in France) the arrested people were first brought to the detention center in Coquelles and then send to the detention center in Roissy close to Paris. They arrived in Roissy after 22 hours. Until their arrival there, during these 22 HOURS, THEY WERE NOT GIVEN WATER NOR MEDICATION INDESPENSABLE TO LIFE !! Another example that not even a tiny minimum of rights is respected in Calais.
Monday:
In the afternoon five of them were convocated, but send back to the detention center basically without a decision being made. They were released on monday after the maximum amount of 5 days of detention possible without prolongation ( neither the prefect had asked nor the judge had decided on an extension)
Tuesday:
During the courtcase of the six other persons, the maximum amount of 5 days of detention ( the prefect had not asked for an extension in their case either) had passed and technically all of them were already free before the judge took her decision. This was respected by the court and people decided by themselves whether they wanted to wait for the decision or leave. The judge repealed the request to leave french territory done by the prefecture.

The arrested persons were really disgusted about the brutality and unjustifiedness of their arrestment and the fact that they were brought away so far from Calais!! They felt treated like criminals and very threatened of being deported! This tactic of creating fear and sending people to prisons in other cities in order to get rid off them is not new at all, but shocks and scares everytime anew.

STOP ARRESTATIONS AND HARRASSMENT! BURN ALL DETENTION CENTERS! FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR ALL!

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Les 11 personnes originaires du Soudan, qui avaient été arrêtées le 28 novembre ont été relâchées hier matin !

petit aperçu de ce qui s’est passé entre-temps :

après leur violente arrestation à calais en face de la jungle soudanaise, où on ne leur a même pas laisser la possibilité de prendre leurs papiers qui étaient dans leurs tentes (certains d’entre eux possédaient par exemple la preuve qu’ils étaient sur le point de demander l’asile en France), les personnes arrêtées ont été d’abord conduites dans le centre de détention de Coquelles et ensuite dans celui de Roissy, à côté de Paris. Elles sont arrivées à Roissy 22 heures après leur arrestation. Jusqu’à leur arrivée là-bas, pendant ces 22 heures ON NE LEUR DONNE A BOIRE NI LES MEDICAMENTS INDISPENSABLES A LEUR SURVIE !! un autre exemple que même un minimum de droits n’est pas respecté à Calais.

Lundi :
dans l’après-midi cinq d’entre eux été convoqués, mais renvoyés en centre de détention, en fait sans qu’aucune décision ne soit prise. Ils ont été relâchés lundi après le temps de détention maximum sans prolongation, soit cinq jours (ni le préfet ni le juge n’ont demandé une prolongation)

Mardi :
pendant le jugement de 6 autres personnes, le temps de détention maximum de cinq jours (le préfet n’avait pas non plus demandé de prolongation) s’était déjà écoulé et techniquement ils étaient tous libres avant même que le juge ne prenne sa décision. cela a été respecté par le tribunal et les personnes ont décidées elles-mêmes si elles voulaient attendre la décision ou partir. le juge a répété la demande faite par la préfecture de quitter le territoire français.

Les personnes arrêtées étaient déjà dégoutées par la brutalité et le caractère injustifié de leur arrestation et le fait qu’elles avaient été emmenées loin de Calais ! Elles se sentaient traitées comme des criminels et très menacées d’être déportées ! Cette tactique de créer la peur et d’envoyer les personnes en prison dans d’autres villes pour se débarrasser d’elles n’est pas nouvelle. mais elles choque et effraye a chaque fois que quelqu’un doit la vivre.

STOPPONS LES ARRESTATION ET LE HARCELEMENT ! BRÛLONS TOUS LES CENTRES DE DETENTION ! LIBERTE DE MOUVEMENT POUR TOUS !

A body found on the A16

Yesterday, on Monday 1st December at around 7am, the police found the body of a man on the A16 in the direction Calais-Boulogne. It is believed to be a body of a person trying to cross to England, but has yet to be identified.

Due to constant repression, people often make dangerous journey’s across motorways at night, trying to find a vehicle to hide in on roads further away from the tight surveillance of the port and to avoid being chased down by police and their dogs. Or people make a long dangerous walks back to Calais along the highway after getting in a truck going in the wrong direction, or after being dumped outside the police station and detention centre 10km away from town.

So many lives have already been lost on these motorways, like the 16-year old girl from Ethiopia, a 22-year old Sudanese and 26-year old Eritrean who all died in separate incidents on highways all in one week last Ocotber.

We also know that we have arrived at a point of dehumanization where it is not unusual for a driver who struck a ‘migrant’ not to stop.

The border regimes and the situations they create force people to risk and lose their life in a climate of daily repression and violence. The puppeteers of the borders are responsible for each and every one of these deaths, if there can be any justice at all it can only come from the fall of theses regimes!

Freedom of movement for ALL

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Un corps retrouvé sur l’A16

Hier, le lundi 1er décembre à environ 7h du matin, la police a trouvé le corps d’un homme sur l’A16 dans la direction Calais-Boulogne. Tout laisse à penser qu’il s’agit du corps d’une personne essayant de traverser vers l’Angleterre, mais il faut désormais qu’elle soit identifiée.

A cause de la répression constante, des gens font souvent des voyages dangereux à travers l’autoroute de nuit, essayant de trouver un véhicule où se cacher sur des routes à l’écart de la surveillance rapprochée du port et d’éviter d’être chassés par la police et ses chiens. Ou les gens font de longues marches dangereuses vers Calais le long de l’autoroute après s’être retrouvées sous un camion allant dans la mauvaise direction, ou après s’être fait rejeté du poste de police et du centre de détention à 10km de la ville.

Tellement de vies ont déjà été perdues sur ces autoroutes, comme la fille éthiopienne de 16 ans, ou un Soudanais de 22 ans, ou un Érythréen de 26 ans, qui sont tous morts dans différents accidents sur des autoroutes durant la même semaine d’octobre dernier.

Nous savons aussi que nous sommes arrivés à un point de déshumanisation où il n’est pas inhabituel pour un conducteur de camion qui percute un migrant de ne pas s’arrêter.

Les régimes des frontières et les situation qu’ils créent force les gens à risquer et perdre leurs vies dans un climat de la répression quotidienne et de violence. Ceux qui tirent les ficelles de ce régime de frontières sont responsables de la mort de chacune de ces morts. si la justice existe vraiment, elle ne peut venir que de la chute de ces régimes !

Liberté de mouvement pour tous !