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Ahmed Issa is free

Finally some justice after the Schiphol Fire (2005): Ahmed Issa has been relseased of he guilt for starting the Schiphol Fire in 2005 by the High Court of The Hague. The real crime is the practice of putting innocent
refugees in prison. That is the real lesson of the Schiphol Fire.

The fire killed 11 migrants in detention. People are being kliled every day, because it kills your mental health to be in prison for no other reason than to be deported. We are not criminals.

Papa Sakho comments: We Are Free
Gladys Toekaja is happy for Ahmed
Babak is relieved, for the survivors it is now clear.

thanks also to Mr. Eduard Damman, who worked so long as his lawyer.

Illegal Tribunal, Nov.3rd De Balie

Re-thinking the Schiphol Fire

PROGRAM (here in Dutch)

The Public hearing:

STREAM audio and video

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Papa Sakho  tells us what we see

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"After the fire we have to learn many things:
About what happened to the Schiphol People,
How they died in the fire.
And also about meeting the migrants.
Why the people move to die in the water.
To get a better life."

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 Proposal for a Momentary Migration Monument (Dutch)
By Tjebbe van Tijen Imaginary Museum Projects)

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Final of the auction of the poster Reisbureau Rita,
by Jo van der Spek, Sander and Papa Sakho of M2M (Dutch/English)

Four workshops  were held

Organized by: M2M and De Balie

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Continue reading Illegal Tribunal, Nov.3rd De Balie

Direct actions around Calais

[Al Jazeera saw this]


Calais Migrant Solidarity this morning has received three reports by email of direct actions made in and around Calais in solidarity with the 100s of migrants in the area at the receiving end of constant police harassment and violence.

#1 “Several banners were last night hung from bridges over the A16 Dunkerque-Calais and the A26 Calais-Paris road reading ‘Solidarite avec les migrants’. We took these actions to draw attention to the less publicised conditions of migrants in Dunkerque and along the northern French coast who are forced to live in make shift shelters as they wait a chance to cross the channel to the UK. Many of these people are fleeing persecution and war that the EU is enagaged in. We believe these people have a right to move freely to safety and should be treated with respect not the constant police violence that has been evident these last years, months and particularly last weeks in Calais where migrants have been temporarily detained while their shelters are destroyed, only to be dumped back on the streets again. These state and police actions are inhuman, counter-productive and we believe illegal. No person is illegal – No borders are necessary – Freedom of movement for all”

#2 “The fountain opposite the town hall in Calais was this morning filled with harmless red die to symbolise the blood on the hands of French Immigration minister Eric Besson and UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson. Besson is the worst kind of politician, flitting from left to right, by his wife’s recent allegations a constant liar and cheat, seeking to advance his own position by standing by as ‘jungles’ in Calais are razed, calling them ‘inhuman conditions’, conditions his policies have created – making people seeking safety and help malnourished, unable to access basic medical care and despite his claims not given the possibility of making asylum claims with due process. Among these people by the police’s own reckoning about half are children, many seeking refuge from the wars we have created. We owe these people dignity, not the ‘delight’ expressed by Johnson as their basic shelters are destroyed and they are displaced yet again. The UK should take responsibility for the human fallout from its illegal wars and let these people into the UK. Calais is the shame of France, the UK and all of Europe. Governments have failed here, only solidarity between people on a human level can make any sense of this brutal daily trauma. No Borders! No Nations! Freedom of movement for all!”

#3 ” In solidarity with the migrants of Calais we would like to report that at around 3.30am this morning the Coquelles police/detention/law court complex south of Calais had it’s main vehicle gate and both pedestrian access gates locked shut with heavy duty chains and padlocks. This was an attempt, however brief it may have lasted, to disrupt the daily dawn mobilisation of CRS police units to terrorise migrants ‘jungles’ and squats with their gas and batons. Enough violence! Enough fascism on the streets of Europe! Fuck Besson! No Borders! No Nations!

ACTION: Banners WELCOME everywhere

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The campaign FREE AHMED ISSA has launched a nationwide action to make and distribute banneres with WELCOME in as many languages, colours, places and shapes as we can. The start was Saturday 12th on the Museumplein.

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WELCOME

Bienvenue

TERANGA

Benvenuti

Everywhere around Holland banners are appearing in public places.

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The first banner was made on the day of the verdict (Sept. 3rd) in arab, saying

WELCOME AHMED ISSA

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Say Welcome to Ahmed Issa, detained again to be deported to Libya

Welcome to all refugees, migrants and other egals

hospitality yes, exclusion no

please send the pictures of your contribution to m2m[at]streamtime.org

D-Day in Court

Today in the afternoon the judge will read the verdict against Ahmed Issa, accused of seting fire in his cell.
The camapign FREE AHMED ISSA has staged a big welcome in front of court. We may have to defend his freedom again, because even if he is acquitted, he may be brought back to the detention complex, for being undocumented.
We don’t believe the IND and the Ministry of Justice will go to such an extreme, but how can we trust them?

The radical rapper Appa will perform on the street in front of the Palace of Justice, together with other actors and musicians.
And of course the Schiphol People are here. Together as one.

Come and join us at Prinsengracht 436 (near Leidseplein)
Send message of support to m2m@streamtime.org
Donate some cash for the costs to 4864527 of All Included,
Amsterdam, ref. Free AHMED ISSA.

After the verdict and the welcome ceremony we move to the Balie, around the corner across Leidseplein. Here we give a press conference and a theaterplay called “Donner“. It is a public confession by the ex-minister of Justice, who we claim is the first responsible for the Schiphol Fire.

M2M Radio will stream the event in De Balie live from ca. 3 p.m.

Trouw today published a short essay by philosopher Ernst van den Hemel.

The complete long text is at http://www.vertrokkengezichten.net (in Dutch).
This essay is the start of a long due debate on how to deal with migrants in a human way.

On Tuesday November 3rd. the campaign organizes an “Illegal Tribunal”:  a re-thinking of the fire, from various angles, to learn and change.

In the evening the Schiphol People are invited for an Iftar meal by Assadaaka, a social volunteer association in the Indische Buurt.

Welcome ceremony for Ahmed Issa

On Thursday the 3rd of September Ahmed Issa will hear the judge’s verdict as to whether he is guilty for the Schiphol Fire. We will be there, with our bus and friends to support and welcome Ahmed Issa.

We hope you can be with us, to show the world that we are together in our struggle for justice, to make a life again.

The prosecutor, Mr. Hans Wesselink, has created some confusion by demanding “only” 2 years and 24 days in prison. This is exactly the amount of time Ahmed has already spent in prison following the fire. Thus, this means that he still thinks Ahmed Issa is guilty, but has been punished enough. Many people think that he has been acquitted already, but that’s a wrong conclusion.

Lawyer Eduard Damman has demanded “vrijspraak”, acquittal for Ahmed Issa, as there is no evidence that he did it. We all know that the state built that bloody detention complex and is responsible for the well being of all inside.

But on Thursday Septemer 3rd at 1.30 p.m. the judges will decide: guilty or free. That is what matters.

After the verdict we will create a special ceremony to welcome Ahmed Issa. We invite artists, musicians, performers, etc. to create an event that looks a bit like the commemoration. Jos Zandvliet, Jose Tojo and Appa have already promised to come. Sjors Knol needs only 165 Euro to create this:

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The Dutch flag is sown to the trousers of the artist, and pulling legs:)

It will be a spontaneous event, to share the feeling and say what we have to say. We have announced this to the media and call on everybody to join us.

We have a license for this manifestation and we are cool with the court, so we don’t have to be afraid of the cops.

At 3 o’clock we will go to De Balie, just around the corner on the Leidseplein, to give a press conference. In the Press Conference, we will present a theatre called “Donner”. In this production, an ex-minister of Justice is struggling with his words, and his bad conscience, trying to make a confession to a priest, but failing.

With this act we make clear who is really responsible, and who should really do something to make things better for Ahmed Issa, the Schiphol People and all other migrants. It is for the government to learn from their mistakes.

Another problem

After the verdict Ahmed Issa can be arrested by the IND (the Immigration and Naturalisation Service) as he continues to be an “illegal alien” under Dutch law. While the possibility of him being arrested is slim, it is nonetheless a concern. Especially because he maybe jailed in a detention comlex again…

So even if he is free, he can go to prison immediately after
the judge has spoken. Three lawyers have confirmed to M2M that this is possible. And we know that the IND can do what they want with socalled illegal migrants. We know that Miloud Fritass was deported last January, even though he was in K, is traumatized and recognized as a victim. He even received compensation money. So we have no guarantee that they will let Ahmed Issa walk free.

That is another reason why we have to be there,
to make sure that Ahmed Issa is really free
to make him feel good and comfortable when he comes out of the palace of
Justice

to say WELCOME AHMED ISSA!

After the verdict, the welcome ceremony and the press conference with theatre we can relax and hopefully celebrate.
Ahmed Issa has told us that he observes Ramadan, like many of us. This means: no food or drinks before sunset. Respect.

Jo and Sakho and Vincent
Campaign FREE AHMED ISSA
M2M and All Included
tel 0624148872

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“Who knows where we are, when we are here?”

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a view from the Worldhouse hosting M2M Radio, Nieuwe Herengracht 20

The next campaign:

Welcome Ahmed Issa!

Ramadan Mubarak!

After the trial of last week, the verdict will be pronounced on September 3rd at 1,30 p.m.. Guilty or innocent? That’s the question for the judges. But according to the Dutch alien law Ahmed Issa is still a sans-papier, an irregular migrant. So he may be transferred to the detention complex to be deported after all. What’s at stake here?

  • What did the Schiphol People have to say after the trial? The Balie Conference, August 14
  • Listen to Jo and Sakho, directors of M2M in public conspiracy with Ben.
  • Sali salutes Ahmed Issa from inside the prison at Schiphol Oost

The National Ombudsman says that the police raid on an African Party in cafe Het Vervolg (June 2007) was an abuse of power. Roy of  All Included and Regina of the African Roots Movement give us their story and their comment. Hello Nigeria! Hello Zuid-Oost!

M2M Radio joined the Kerwin Memorial on Thursday evening in the Vondelpark at the Mama Baranca statue. Kerwin Duinmeijer was knifed 26 years ago and left bleeding to death by cab drivers.

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Friday live at the Worldhouse

On Friday M2M will be live in the Worldhouse, located at Nieuwe Herengracht 20 (Metro Waterlooplein).

  • Launch of the next  campaign
  • Welcome AHMED ISSA!

  • After the trial of last week, the verdict will be pronounced on September 3rd. Guilty or innocent? That’s the question for the judges. But according to the Dutch alien law Ahmed Issa is still a sans-papier, an irregular migrant. So he may be transferred to the detention complex to be deported after all. What’s at stake here? And what did the Schiphol People have to say after the trial? And what do we do about it?
  • The National Ombudsman says that the police raid on an African Party in cafe Het Vervolg (June 2007) was an abuse of power. We invite the complainers to give us their story and their comment. Hello Nigeria! Hello Zuid-Oost! All Included!
  • M2M Radio joined the Kerwin Memorial on Thursday evening in the Vondelpark at the Mama statue.
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to our Arab listeners

Mr. Anouar from Iraq has been so kind to offer his objectibe resumee of the first day of the trial. He talked to Boubakeur Cherrak and Moustafa Moujahid, two of the survivors present at the open studio in front of the Palace of Justice.Mr. Anouar has lived for many years in Holland and is an expert in objective reporting.

We are glad to offer this information

to all our Arab listeners!

M2M Radio.