Cops and borders killed once again.
In the night from wednesday 16th to thursday 17th, a van driving on the E42 didn’t stop at a police control in the area around Namur (Belgium). The police started chasing them. In unclear circumstances the cops then shot the van. When the van was finally blocked, near Mons, 30 people (“migrants”, in the medias) were found inside, 4 of which were minors. Everybody was arrested, but a little kurdish girl, aged of 2 or 3, who died in the ambulance.
The autopsy gave as reason of the death a bullet found in the girl’s cheek (article in French).
The girl and her parents had been living in Grande Synthe (Dunkerque) and trying to cross to the UK for around a month. Many people that were close to the family and living in the same gym (opened by the town hall to shelter part of the migrant population of the area through winter) blocked spontaneously the A16 Thursday May 17 morning-midday in protestation (see in french here).
People are shocked and made angry by what happened.
We do not forgive, we do not forget.
We will remember you.
Open the borders, they kill and always will!
Les flics et les frontières tuent une fois de plus.
Dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi,une camionnette circulant sur la E42 a tenté d’éviter un contrôle de police dans la région de Namur (Belgique). S’en est suivi une course-poursuite, et, dans des circonstances troubles, la police a ouvert le feu sur le véhicule. Quand le van a finalement été arrêté dans la région de Mons, 30 personnes ont été trouvées à l’intérieur, parmi lesquelles 4 mineur-e-s.
Toutes ont été arrêtées, sauf une petite fille kurde, âgée de 2 ou 3 ans, décédée dans l’ambulance.
L’autopsie conclut que la fillette est décédée d’une balle trouvée dans sa joue.
L’enfant et ses parents habitaient à Grande Synthe, et tentaient le passage vers l’Angleterre depuis à peu près un mois. De nombreuses personnes proches de la famille et habitant le même gymnase (ouvert par la mairie pour abriter une partie des éxilé-e-s des environs pour l’hiver) ont bloqué spontanément l’A16 ce jeudi 17 mai toute la matinée, en signe de protestation (voir ici )
Les citoyen-ne-s, quelle que soit leur situation administrative, sont choqué-e-s et excédé-e-s par ce qui s’est passé.
Nous ne pardonnons pas, nous n’oublions pas.
Nous nous rappellerons de toi.
Ouvrez les frontières, elles tuent et tueront toujours!
A 16 years old young Eritrean man succumbed to his wounds Wednesday, after having been hurt on the highway near Calais port, on last Friday, the 23, March.
This is the third known death from Calais border in 2018.
A memorial gathering was held yesterday at Parc Richelieu.
Un jeune érythréen de 16 ans a succombé à ses blessures mercredi, après avoir été grièvement blessé sur la rocade portuaire le vendredi 23 mars.
Le rassemblement pour lui rendre hommage a eu lieu hier soir.
C’est le troisième décès connu à la frontière de Calais en 2018.
A 25 years old young man was found dead, stabbed, in Calais yesterday afternoon, Saturday, 17 March.
This is the second known death from the Calais border in 2018. There will be a memorial gathering today Sunday, 6.30, at Parc Richelieu.
Un jeune homme de 25 ans, probablement afghan, a été trouvé mort à Calais hier samedi 17 mars en fin d’après-midi, poignardé.
C’est le deuxième décès connu à la frontière de Calais en 2018. Il y aura un rassemblement hommage ce soir, dimanche 18 mars, à 18.30 au Parc Richelieu.
This morning, Thursday 31st March, a 22 year old man from Afghanistan was killed after being hit by a truck on the A16.
On Tuesday 29th March, an underage person from Syria was seriously injured after being run over by a truck in the port. He is still in the resuscitation unit, it is still unclear whether he will survive.
This border kills.
Ce Jeudi 31 mars au matin ;un Afghan de 21 ans est décédé après avoir était écrasé par un camion sur l’A16.
Mardi 29 mars ,un mineur syrien à été grièvement blessé après avoir couru près d’un camion vers le port.Il est encore en service de réanimation ,on ne sait toujours pas si il survivra,leur pronostique vital est engagé.
Les frontières tuent.
The media reports that last night around midnight a car hit four Syrian and Palestinian migrants who were walking at the edge of Calais.
One person died, three others were injured. No further details are yet available to the identity of the person killed. The driver responsible fled the scene.
This is the 21st death this year in Calais that we are aware of. (The full list can be seen here)
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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.
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.
All the while, train travellers and other members of the public watched through locked entrances.
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.
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.
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.
This dignified and peaceful action was organised by ‘Global Women’s Strike’ (globalwomenstrike.net), and ‘All African Women’s Group’.
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”.
They were confronted by several dozen police, many in riot gear, and then kettled for about an hour.
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.
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.
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?
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.
There have two deaths in the last couple of months, that we have not yet fully acknowledged.
On the 13th of October, the body of a man found drowned in the port in Calais was identified. The body was found on the 20th of September, but it took a long time to identify him.
He was a Moroccan man, who was 22 years old, he had been in France since at least 2011, when he was controlled in France.
He had gone into the water with someone else on the 16th of September. The other swimmer, another Moroccan man, was rescued and taken to hospital suffering from severe hypothermia. They had been trying to swim to reach a ferry in the Calais port.
The second is a 20 year old Eritrean man, who was hit by a train at around 1am on the night of the 30th of September. He was the second person this year to be hit by a train, the third happened yesterday.
As usual, the main response by the media and the Eurotunnel, was to just discuss this death in terms of effects on the train timetable and traffic.
We mourn for the uncountable loss caused by this border. The fences must fall.