Rebels moved to Alphen

Sali calls today to inform us that almost all the guys who started the rebellion for freedom in Block L on the 18th of February have been transferred to the detention complex in Alphen aan den Rijn.  The six that were transferred to Kamp Zeist en then to Rotterdam are also in Alphen. This means that Nasir and Fafana are back together with Sali, Faisal and Diallo. Only Mohamed is still in Schiphol-Oost. And Imani is free in an AZC somewhere.

So what’s it like to meet again? Listen to Sali!

If you live in the region of Alphen, we invite you to contact us and the rebels!

Route here.

Official info here.

M2M goes to Paris

Jo and Sakho have go to a conference in Paris to organize more support for more revolts against detaining mihgrants in Europe. And we need a ride in your car!  Call us at +31624148872

Freedom for all the accused of the Fire of Vincennes!

Since the end of 2007, the detainees of Vincennes (France), like many  others detainees of detention centers for migrants, have ceaselessly  struggled for their freedom. They have demonstrated and gone on hunger
strike, they have refused to be counted or to come back in their  rooms, they have burnt their mattresses.
The 9th of April a detainee of the center was already saying: “we have  to think about struggling differently. People and cops don’t give a  shit about the hunger strike. They don’t give a shit about sans-papiers. They don’t give a shit if we die. People eat razor blades  every day and nobody hears about them. The little things we do are not  worth it. We have to create a damned mess to put them under pressure.

On June 21st 2008, a Tunisian called Salem Essouli died because of a  lack of medical care. The next day, a silent demonstration organized  by the detainees was harshly crushed. Then a revolt blew up, and the
center was destroyed by fire. That night, the detainees were  transferred to other centers all over the country:  Rouen-Oissel,  Lille-Lesquin, Nîmes-Courbessac, Palaiseau, Mesnil-Amelot et Paris-
dépôt-Cité. Salem Essouli’s family has registered a complaint in  January.

The center of Vincennes had 280 beds, its destruction means less  arrests and deportations. During the next months we could observe a  clear diminution of razzias and deportations in Paris. That’s why the  state hurrried to build a new center in the same place, which opened  in November 2008.

Wanting to set an example, the state has arrested several ex-detainees  of Vincennes: two were arrested the very day of the fire. One has been  freed but stays under control as a witness with arisk of being  charged, the other has been detained; six other arrests occurred  during the months of July, October, November and December.  One of  them as been assailteed in jail on November 4th and is still in an  hospital with serious medical consequences.

So, eight persons are accused of destruction by fire of public good  and violence against policemen. There may be other persons accused. At  the end of February and beginning March, three of them have been freed
but are still prosecuted. Four persons are still detained despite the  numerous requests of liberation made by their lawyer. We still don’t  know when the trial will take place.

The Vincennes detainees’ revolt isn’t isolated. Others happened  before, others happened during the summer at Mesnil-Amelot, Nantes,  Italy, Belgium, and still others will happen.

The Vincennes detainees destroyed their jail. Solidarity with the  prosecuted detainees means struggling against migration policies,  their ideology and their practices!

We will hold on!

Free the prosecuted Vincennes detainees and drop the charges against
them!
Close the detention centers for migrants! Freedom of circulation and
installation!

Mail to liberte-sans-retenue@riseup.net
Send money for the defense of Vincennes detainees at : CICP-Vincennes,
21 ter rue Voltaire, 75011 Paris

mess-with-echelon: Ghaddafi Nuclear Taleban WTO Boeing

A question to you outside

Sali is still working on the rebel rap with the brothers of Block L.  He needs female voices for the chorus!

Does it make you happy to see somebody suffer?

Sali greets us outside and thanks us for our support of their fight for freedom. And he is happy with the news that Ali Reza Imani has finally obtained his recognition as a political refugee.  He had to do 34 days of hungerstrike to make his point.

Migrants demo in Napoli

while  in   Napoli  i   was  very  close   to  the   demonstration  in Castelvolturno,  which i  couldn’t  attend because  of  my feet  still injured and tight timings of  my trip, still i’ve gathered around some materials about it and heard from people.

it went  peaceful, mostly populated  by immigrants (lots  of Africans) and  a  few  italians  from  the  autonomous  social  center  squatter movements documenting it, also on the napolitan pirate TV “insu^tv”
mainstream  media gave ZERO  news about  it, despite  the fact  we are talking about  thousands of  immigrants demonstrating on  the streets, something that never really happened before why   demonstrating? tons  of  reasons: people  dying  weekly on  boats trying to  reach Lampedusa,  people beaten up  and burned  by fascists under  the bridges of  all Italy,  fascism uprising  everywhere… and
most  importantly in Castelvolturno  where 6  Africans were  killed by local  Camorra (Casalesi  clan)  as a  territorial  marking for  mafia activities, full story in english here:
http://www.stranitalia.com/

Pablo has  uploaded some  nice photos of  the demonstration, one year after   the  massacre,   on  his   profile  among   the   recent  ones

http://www.flickr.com/photos/17674815@N07/

this is the italian call for the demonstration

in case you  like to interview people and have more  text let me know, my friend Macedonio is real active on the Castelvolturno case greets from Austria,  on my way back to .NL,  quite shocked by several things i’ve  seen in  Italy, becoming an  extreme laboratory  where to observe the european crisis of values….

ciao

Gepetto

Report on the “Week of Ahmed Isa”

In the last week the campaign to “Free Ahmed Isa” has shifted gears and launched a renewed focus on public awareness. M2M Radio (Migrant to Migrant) and All Included have in the last week unveiled two key platforms in their campaign to represent the ‘scapegoat’ of the Schiphol Fire: a window exhibit (located at Ferdinand Bolstraat 6) and a theatrical production.

The challenge of course is to attract the attention of the average citizen. With minimal media attention and three and a half years since the actual event, the ‘Schiphol Fire’ has receded in the memories of most Dutch citizens and has probably taken on a ‘case closed’ feel. For the “Free Ahmed Isa” campaign the goal then is to once again raise the issue as one of importance, and, if possible, to ignite sympathies and understanding for a cause not too well understood or acknowledged.

As a grassroots campaign, run mostly on volunteers, donations and communal support, the effort has been considerable and the results impressive.

On Tuesday the 21st of April a window exhibit was made available at Ferdinand Bolstraat 6 in Amsterdam and will remain available for one week. With a speaker located on the street and a film admonishing the mistreatment of detainees playing on repeat, it is an easy opportunity to attract attention. Work by artists Ghalia Elsrakbi,and Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson were featured here.

While it is the film and the sounds which will initially attract the passerby, I personally feel that it is the subtle compliments which will have the most impact. On the one hand is a map and floor plan of a typical detention centre, demonstrating the prison-like and confined nature of the environment. On the other hand is a series of custom made post-stamps, each depicting separate detention centres throughout the country and crowned with the words ‘the Netherlands’. These two additions illicit emotional responses, first by portraying the conditions whereby detainees reside, and second by positing this image on a stamp, which is typically a symbol of national pride and adorned with images of heroics and patriotism. For the casual observer who is otherwise unaware of the issue, these images will, at the very least, raise questions.

On Wednesday the 22nd of April the first ‘try-out’ of a theatre production was shown for some 60 individuals. With the participation of the victims of the ‘Schiphol Fire’ the drama consisted of a series of 4-monologues surrounding and pertaining to the Schiphol fire and detainment in general, the depiction was both graphic and emotional, offering varied characters by  actors Saleh Hassan Faris, Ben Melis and Jetty Mathurin in portrayals that were candid, amusing, and sometimes uncomfortable in their honesty. Again, imagery and language were employed extensively to reach out to viewers and tap into sentiments. The opening scene, a difficult to watch portrayal of a man wrapped in plastic and frantically trying to breath/scream/escape, immediately sets the stage for the rest of the show, and sets the mood of the piece and the campaign as a whole.

The campaign to “Free Ahmed Isa” will not be an easy one, burdened by delays in the trial and financial/logistical constraints, however both the window exhibit and the soon to be finalized (and again presented) theatre production demonstrate that public support and creative ideas go a long way.

written by Carl Mercer

Italy: refugees squat in Bruzzano

After sleeping long periods in dormitories  in Milan and although most of them are officialy recognized as political refugee, some hundreds of African and Asian refugees decided to occupy an empty building in Bruzzano, near Milan City. The rightwing city-authorities sent a mass of police-forces to throw them out of the building on Tuesday 21 april 2009. The refugees protested in Bruzzano and the police reacted with brutal violence as the images [thank you manifesta 18] clearly show. After the first clash they marched to Milan where the police continued to act with surely racist motivated violence.

That night they sleapt in the park near Piazza Venezia and  on Wednesday 22nd of April they organized a manifestation in the center . After another night in the park the police came with huge forces, they encircled the people in less and less space and…brought them to the police headquarters to “identify the people”…an operation already terminated some days before in Bruzzano.
The video gives a clear image of this shocking and repulsive operation.
The refugees accept for the moment a temporary -two weeks- return to the dormitories.
The failing racist municipality will need almost two years to find a normal solution.

FREE AHMED ISA: streaming theatre

This evening, Wednesday 22nd of April, M2M Radio offers you the opportunity to join the try-out of the theatre production
SCHIPHOLBRAND(T) DOOR

or

SCHIPHOL FIRE BURNS ON

Four Monologues by Saleh Hassan Faris, Jetty Mathurin, Caspar Nieuwenhuis and Ben Melis and Gladys Toekaja.

We will stream in audio, and possibly video as well from 8 p.m.
From 10 p.m. we talk with survivors and artists on the things saw and heard.

Mostly in Dutch, but all languages are possible!

This is part of the Campaign FREE AHMED ISA
organzized by All Included and M2M

Opening Window Expo

Today at 5 p.m. we open the Exposition at F6 with works of Libia Casto & Ólafur Ólafsson en Ghalia Elsrakbi. Ferdinand Bolstraat 6 in the PIJP, next to the Heineken brewery museum.

Listen here.

Tram 7, 10, 16, 24, 25 to Wetering Circuit.

This is part of the Campaign FREE AHMED ISA, organized by All Included.

Wednesday evening, 22nd, you can Look with us to the Schiphol Fire monologues. At 8.30 p.m. at PERDU in Amsterdam. Make a reservation at 0624248872 or m2m<add>streamtime.org

Free Ahmed Isa! Schiphol Fire burns on: Sali raps on too!

It has been more than 3 years ago that the immigration detention centre at Schiphol airport burned down. An illegal government prison without fireproof materials, so it was a disaster just waiting to happen. 11 people died that october night in 2005. Libian immigrant Ahmed Isa is suspected of starting the fire by flicking a cigarette butt -say what?- He has been in jail ever since that night and still without trail. Testimonies by many immigrant inmates have proven that Ahmed Isa is innocent and that the insecure fire facilities are to blame. The government however, chooses to turn him into a scapegoat.
We say: Free Ahmed Isa! http://www.vertrokkengezichten.net/

During the night we will have Senegalese immigrant artists playing live & dj-ing alonside us. They were in that detention centre and survived that fire. We will give them a stage to spread their message, whether in words or music. We hope you want to listen and think deeply to them. Please tell your friends, family and come along to support!

Profits of the night will go to the Rapping rebels of Block L, who started theur fight last February.

Listen to Sali, making his first announcement and an appeal for assistance.

Black Lion (tribal animal dance from Senegal)
Sali (African hiphop (Ghana))
DJ Papa Sakho (Senegalese dance music)
Wontanara Takkita (various Guinean drums played by global folks)

Rebel Up! Soundclash (#23)
Diasporic sounds from the global underground…..
a global culture mashup of rougher world music and visuals,

Saturday 25th of april @ OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134 (tram #1 (stop Overtoomsesluis) or #2)
doors open 22:30 till late,
4 Euro fee.  ~Profit goes to charity~!
www.rebelup.org

Freedom for the accused of the Fire of Vincennes!

Since the end of 2007, the detainees of Vincennes (France), like many others detainees of detention centers for migrants, have ceaselessly struggled for their freedom. They have demonstrated and gone on hunger strike, they have refused to be counted or to come back in their rooms, they have burnt their mattresses.

The 9th of April a detainee of the center was already saying: “we have to think about struggling differently. People and cops don’t give a shit about the hunger strike. They don’t give a shit about sans-papiers. They don’t give a shit if we die. People eat razor blades every day and nobody hears about them. The little things we do are not worth it. We have to create a damned mess to put them under pressure.”

On June 21st 2008, a Tunisian called Salem Essouli died because of a lack of medical care. The next day, a silent demonstration organized by the detainees was harshly crushed. Then a revolt blew up, and the center was destroyed by fire. That night, the detainees were
transferred to other centers all over the country: Rouen-Oissel, Lille-Lesquin, Nîmes-Courbessac, Palaiseau, Mesnil-Amelot et Paris-dépôt-Cité. Salem Essouli’s family has registered a complaint in
January.

The center of Vincennes had 280 beds, its destruction means less arrests and deportations. During the next months we could observe a clear diminution of razzias and deportations in Paris. That’s why the state hurrried to build a new center in the same place, which opened in November 2008.

Wanting to set an example, the state has arrested several ex-detainees of Vincennes: two were arrested the very day of the fire. One has been freed but stays under control as a witness with a risk of being charged, the other has been detained; six other arrests occurred during the months of July, October, November and December. One of them as been assailed in jail on November 4th and is still in hospital with serious medical consequences.

So, eight persons are accused of destruction by fire of public good and violence against policemen. There may be other persons accused. At the end of February and beginning March, three of them have been freed but are still prosecuted. Four persons are still detained despite the numerous requests of liberation made by their lawyer. We still don’t know when the trial will take place.

The Vincennes detainees’ revolt isn’t isolated. Others happened before, others happened during the summer at Mesnil-Amelot, Nantes, Italy, Belgium, and still others will happen.

The Vincennes detainees destroyed their jail. Solidarity with the prosecuted detainees means struggling against migration policies, their ideology and their practices!

We will hold on!

Free the prosecuted Vincennes detainees and drop the charges against them!
Close the detention centers for migrants!
Freedom of circulation and installation!

Mail to liberte-sans-retenue@riseup.net
Send money for the defense of Vincennes detainees at : CICP-Vincennes,
21 ter rue Voltaire, 75011 Paris