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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.

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.

For Change – Demo called by people living in the Jungle

“For change

We – the people living in the jungle – are organising a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday 13th October at 10am, for our demands:

  • No deportations
  • Safe housing for everybody
  • Open the border

Meet at Salam camp

Also we will have a celebration (for everybody in the jungle) on Monday 12th October from 1pm at the theatre in the jungle.

Lets go friends!”

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“Pour changer

Nous – qui vivons dans la jungle organisons une manifestation pacifique ce mardi 13 Octobre à 10h, pour nos réclamons:

Aucune déportations
Un logement sécuritaire pour tout le monde
Ouvrez la frontière

Rendez-vous au camp Salam

Aussi, nous aurons une fête (pour tout le monde dans la jungle) le lundi 12 Octobre à partir de 13 heures au théâtre dans la jungle.

Lets go amis!

Arabic callout for St. Pancras demo, 24th October

تضامناً مع المهاجرين في كاليه! مظاهرة في محطة “سانت بانكراس” في لندن، 24 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر

تضامناً مع المهاجرين في كاليه!
الحرية لمشّاء نفق المانش عبد الرحمن هارون!

مظاهرة أمام حاجز “يوروستار” في محطة “سانت بانكراس” الدولية في لندن
الساعة السادسة مساء، الأحد 24 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر

هناك أكثر من 4000 شخص حالياً عالقون على الحدود الفرنسية-البريطانية في مدينة كاليه الفرنسية. وقد نظمت مجموعات كبيرة منهم مظاهرات دورية عند مدخل نفق المانش هناك تدعو إلى فتح الحدود وإيقاف العنف.

يتعرض المهاجرون في كاليه إلى معاملة وحشية من قبل الشرطة وقوات الأمن الخاصة التي تعمل لصالح نفق المانش، الذين يستخدمون الكلاب والأسلاك الشائكة والغازات المسيلة للدموع بشكل دوري. من بين 15 شخصاً قتلوا عند هذه الحدود منذ حزيران/يونيو، توفى العديد منهم عند أو داخل النفق. وتلعب شركتا “يوروستار” و”يوروتانل” دوراً فاعلاً في استمرار العنف عند الحدود، كما أنهما تجنيان أرباحاً طائلة بينما يموت الناس ويصابون بجروح. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، تحاول شركة “يوروتانل” جاهدة لرفع دعوى قضائية ضد عبد الرحمن هارون، السوداني الذي عبر النفق سيراً على الأقدام، لتعتقله الشرطة البريطانية بموجب قانون غريب يعود للقرن التاسع عشر.

أظهرت مظاهرات “مرحباً باللاجئين” في أنحاء أوروبا في شهر أيلول/سبتمبر مدى التضامن مع معاناة اللاجئين عند الحدود. لكن إذا أردنا التعبير عن تضامن حقيقي وفعال، علينا أن نتجاوز المسيرات التقليدية من أ إلى ب ونوجه طاقاتنا لمواجهة المؤسسات والشركات المسؤولة عن ما يدعى بـ “أزمة المهاجرين”.

تضامناً مع المهاجرين الذين لا يملكون أوراقاً في كاليه، ندعو إلى تظاهرات وأعمال احتجاجية ضد “يوروستار” و”يوروتانل” ونظام الحدود الذي يشكلان جزءاً منه. ندعو جميع المجموعات والأفراد المتضامنين مع المهاجرين في كاليه إلى التظاهر أمام حاجز “يوروستار” في محطة “سانت بانكراس” الدولية في لندن، الساعة السادسة مساء يوم الأحد الموافق 24 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر.

نطالب بما يلي:

– الحرية لمشّاء نفق المانش عبد الرحمن هارون، المعتقل حالياً في بريطانيا.

– تذكر جميع الذين قتلوا بقطارات “يوروستار” ومن قبل شركتي “يوروستار” و”يوروتانل” وتعويض عائلاتهم تعويضاً مناسباً.

– إزالة الأمن والكلاب والأسلاك الشائكة المسؤولة عن موتهم من النفق.

– دعوة جميع المسافرين إلى التوقف عن استخدام قطارات “يوروستار” حتى يتمكن الجميع من السفر بحرية، مع أوراق ثبوتية أو دون أوراق، مع بطاقات سفر أو دون بطاقات.

– فتح الحدود.

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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.