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Burn the borders, Paris calling






January 25th, 26th and 27th: trial of the revolt that set the detention centre of Vincennes on fire. The revolt, which led to the fire that destroyed the largest prison for foreigners in France, is a concrete and historical response to the existence of detention centres and to the whole of the policy of control of the migratory flows.

On January 25th, 26th and 27th, ten persons will  be tried for this revolt by the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris (a court which tries misdemeanours).
Our solidarity has to be at the height of the stake: the acquittal of the accused and beyond
that, freedom of movement and installation.
Continue reading Burn the borders, Paris calling

Calais jungle raids escalated to unprecedented levels

By way of Indymedia UK

The new Pashto jungle is being raided over and over, with dozens of
people arrested every time including several unaccompanied boys, some
as young as 11 or 12. Police brutality is on the increase for beatings
– a 13 years old boy has been injured in a leg by being hit with a
truncheon. The CRS have been seen again using gas.

All new camps have been destroyed. After arresting everybody who does
not manage to run or hide, the police slash the plastic covers with
knives and destroy blankets and people’s possessions. Two large urban
squats are also under constant attack and police patrol the beach and
the park arresting people there all the time.

Usually people are released after a few hours, or they have to spend
12 hours or more in the police station. They have to walk one hour to
go back, including under age children, sick and injured people and
people with papers (who have applied for asylum in
France). Increasingly people are detained for longer, lately often
taken to deportation centres other than Coquelles. They are routinely
threatened they will be deported if they do not apply for asylum in
France – to Afghanistan or other countries. Many people have finger
prints in other ‘safe’ counties from where they have transited – such
as Greece – and they may sent back there according to the Dublin2

There is evidence of police torturing migrants in Greece, two
have been killed; illegal deportations from Greece to Turkey are a
common occurrence –and from Turkey eventually to the countries the
people are escaping from, in flagrant violation of the 1951 Convention
on Refugees

The migrants of Calais want to go to England and eventually make a
claim for asylum there. They want to live without constant fear of
arrest. Shakir said: “the public of Calais are good but the police are
a problem”. His friend Tariq said: “If I am in England I will
celebrate Christmas, but I will probably spend my Christmas in the
police station. “…Shakir is under 16. He is alone in Calais, on his
journey from Afghanistan.


Calais Migrant Solidarity have been present on the ground all the time
since the No Borders camp in Calais (end of June).We now have an
office space and a space where people can sleep – it can get pretty
crowded though! More support is needed, especially since the
repression is escalating. With Besson’s threat to make Calais ‘a
migrant free zone’ by the end of the year in mind, we are calling for
more activists to come and support.

If you want to get involved or just would like more information,
please call 0634 810 710 or email For more
details and updates see


Migrants: still here. At least 300 people go to food distributions in Calais . An estimate 2000 migrants have spread around the coast to safer places, or down South. The most visible result of the repressive immigration policies implemented by the French government is that life for the migrants has become unimaginably hard.

Smugglers: still here. In fact the price of a journey from Calais to
England has pretty much doubled since the destruction of the jungles:
the average cost for a ‘guarantee’ journey to the UK in the back of a
truck is now 1500 euros. This is another remarkable result of the new
immigration policies, despite the French immigration minister’s
worthless claims that the destruction of migrants camps was done ‘with
dignity’ and for ‘humanitarian reasons’, and to defeat people’s
smugglers. In fact the smugglers are profiting from people’s misery
and people are pushed further into the mafia’s hands by the desperate
conditions they are forced to live in.

Jungles: still here. The Pashto jungle has been razed to the ground,
trees included, but people are sleeping in the woods nearby. The new
camps have also been destroyed by the CRS (riot police) and people
just shelter under bits of tarpaulin. The CRS keep going there and
arrest all those who do not manage to escape, any time day or
night. After, they slash the plastic covers with knives and destroy
the blankets and people’s property. It rains a lot. Hazara jungle:
similar situation. Iranian jungle: similar situation. Kurdish
jungle: similar situation. Sudanese jungle: camp destroyed again and
again, most people have gone to the beach (shelters have been
destroyed also there) or to squats or they are trying to sleep rough
in various places.

Bridges: gone. All the people who were sleeping under bridges, where
at least they had some shelter from the rain, have moved elsewhere due
to excessive police harassment and repeated destruction of tents and

Squats: still here. Africa house has been razed to the
ground. Ethiopia house still here but under attack by the
CRS. Recently evicted, everybody who did not manage to run or hide
arrested and all blankets and people’s property destroyed. People
returned having nowhere else to go. Calais Migrant Solidarity and than
Salam gave them new blankets and warm clothes. Later the police
returned and arrested people again… and again Another large squat
inhabited by Egyptians, Palestinians and other Arabs plus many Afghans
is also under attack.



14th December Copenhagen




From the 21st to the 1st January We are planning to have celebrations,
tours of jungles and squats, films, workshops and a surprise party!


Calais Migrant Solidarity activists – Homepage:

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!

Live streaming from the SCUB

The UTB Studio hosts the third live stream of M2M Radio on Friday 3rd of July. We start at 7 p.m. and hope to offer you a good vegetarian meal.

Come and see the fresh graffitti of the SCUB, Social Centre Under the Bridge on the De Ruyterkade 153, between Central Station and the Muziekgebouw, behind the OBA,  public library.

Special Guests:

Mavuso Macebo from Johannesburg, performing “Red Earth” in Edam

We hear from our African correspondent Steve Wembi, on his way fro  Kinshasa to Bukavu.

We go to Paris, where the sans-papiers were evicted by the trade union CGT.

We check what happened at the No Border Camp (french) in Calais and English.

We talk with visitors of Keti Koti, last wednesday in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam.

Paris: Union kicked out migrants

On Monday 29 the French trade union CGT has evicted the undocumented migrants (sans-papiers) who had occupied the Bourse du Travail for more than a year. They demanded respect from the CGT in their struggle for acceptance in France.

M2M Radio talked with Gibril last May, under the painting on the picture. Ecoute!

“The occupation had turned into a squat”, declared a spokesperson of the CGT.


Here’s a report in French

Chez elle, la CGT n’aime pas les sans-papiers. Expulsion. Le service d’ordre du syndicat a fait évacuer la Bourse du travail de Paris, hier.


Matelas sous le bras, sacs et couvertures à la main, ils sont sortis un à un, sous le regard des CRS.  Sur le trottoir,  bordé par des dizaines de fourgons de police et de cars de CRS,  des femmes pleurent,  en état de choc.  Après quatorze mois passés à vivre jour et nuit dans les locaux de la Bourse du travail à Paris,  les occupants de ce grand bâtiment proche de la place de la République se sont retrouvés à la rue hier midi, évacués de force.


.Africains en situation irrégulière,  ils étaient autour de 500 à y vivre en permanence et près de 1 200 par intermittence. Qui a mené l’opération ? Les évacués ont vite accusé non pas la police mais la CGT, qui aurait envoyé son service d’ordre faire le sale boulot.  Scénario que le syndicat a fini par reconnaître quelques heures plus tard : «Après avoir essayé en vain de négocier pendant des mois, nous avons décidé de mettre un terme à une occupation qui était devenue un squat», justifie Patrick Picard, secrétaire général de l’Union départementale de Paris.
Pourquoi un syndicat qui monte régulièrement au créneau sur la question
des travailleurs sans-papiers a-t-il délogé. des travailleurs sans-papiers
? D’abord pour récupérer son lieu de travail, la CGT disposant d’une
partie du bâtiment. Ensuite, le syndicat entretient depuis le début des
relations tendues avec les occupants, pour la plupart travailleurs isolés,
employés dans le nettoyage ou la sécurité, qui se sont rassemblés dans un
collectif autonome, la CSP 75 (coordination des sans-papiers), sans jamais
vouloir se rapprocher de la CGT pour les demandes de régularisation.

Après plusieurs semaines de menaces, la CGT a donc envoyé hier «quelques
dizaines de militants», qui n’ont pas fait les choses à moitié. Les
témoins décrivent tous la même scène, très brutale : vers 12 h 30, alors
que, comme chaque mercredi, le gros des occupants manifestait place du
Châtelet pour réclamer des régularisations, une trentaine de gros bras,
«crânes rasés», brassard orange, masqués, ont débarqué armés de «bâtons»
et de «bonbonnes de lacrymo», les yeux protégés par des «lunettes de
piscine». Gazés, les occupants sont contraints de quitter les lieux. La
police, arrivée «dix minutes plus tard», reste à la porte du bâtiment,
faute, explique-t-on, de réquisition du propriétaire, en l’occurrence la
mairie de Paris.  CRS et pompiers suivent.


One wall of the occupied   Bourse du Travail.
«ratonnade»,«nettoyage»,«Sarkozy assassin». Certains jurent reconnaître
parmi les policiers en civil présents les mêmes qui ont forcé le bâtiment une demi-heure plus tôt. Dans les rangs de la police, on ne nie pas avoir eu des hommes présents, «comme chaque mercredi, pour encadrer la manifestation», mais on se défend d’avoir participé à l’évacuation, menée «par le service d’ordre de la CGT». En fin de journée, les sans-papiers achevaient de débarrasser leurs affaires, sans savoir où ils allaient passer la nuit. Impossible pour l’heure de réoccuper le bâtiment, bloqué par la police.
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New revolt starts in Alphen

The inmates of Block West A3 of  the detention complex in Alphen a.d. Rijn (Between Amsterdam and Rotterdam) collectively refused to return to their cells on Friday 19th.  All are undocumented migrants,  like Fofana who is already one year detained. They fight again for their freedom, after some of them launched a hungerstrike before, on the 18th of February at Schiphol Oost.  The action has been triggered by the suicide of a guy from Irak. It was inspired also by the visit of ten activists protesting the planned construction of yet another prison at Rotterdam Airport Zestienhoven.

The activists showed their phone number and the inmates started to call them, using LIPS cards.  Later on one of them told M2M that it appears that the uprising was been cut short by riot police who forcefully pushed them inside their cells. Tomorrow is another day.

World Refugee Day.

In Paris a manifestation took place in front of the “Retention Center” of Vincennes. This prison was evacuated a year ago after fire that was  caused by trhe death of a protesting prisoner from Tunesia.

On Saturday 20th hundreds of migrants and activists will act in front of the CIE (Centro de Internamiento de Extranjeros)  of Aluche in Madrid.

so many different names for the same shit

we have only one:

no borders between us

Live stream from SCUB Studio

M2M tactical news service from Amsterdam:


  • M2M Radio, Migrant to Migrant, starts live streaming from the SCUB Social Center Under the Bridge on Friday at 7 pm
  • SCUB starts campaign to survive eviction order: Ymierda!
  • Demonstration against new constructions of detention complex
  • Cleaners launch campaign at Central Bank
  • dnb21
  • Worldhouse hosts conference on illegalized migrants
  • Wolrd Refugees day in Madrid, Paris and Alphen
  • One year after the fire at Paris-Vincennes Retention Center
  • Expo: Lost and Found by Oumar Mbengue

and much more

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Jo and Sakho present
Migrant to Migrant Radio, live stream from SCUB Studio
Starting at 7 p.m.
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I was in Calais (Sangatte)

Hi everyone…..

I was in Calais, France for a few days this week at the invitation of Nouri, an Afghan migrant and a survivor of the Schiphol Fire that burnt down a refugee detention center in Holland 3 years ago killing 11 migrants.
He took me there to show the situation of migrants that try to get to the UK from Europe. Mostly of Arab, Eritrean, Sudanese, Afghan and Kurdish descent. These migrants are fleeing a devastated life in the hope for a better one and in the process many end up shredded to pieces or frozen to death!
Calais, France is the port of departure in France where the trucks, cars and buses get on the ferries to cross to Dover, UK. It is also the place where the Euro-rail goes inside the Channel Tunnel. The Channel is a 50 km undersea rail tunnel linking UK to France for those who dont know!! This gives the migrants 2 different ways to get to the UK. Jump on top of the train before it gets inside the tunnel or hide inside or under the trucks which then gets ferried across!! The truck journeys are longer (some last 12-15 hours) and more dangerous but the train is much more harder to get into.

Continue reading I was in Calais (Sangatte)

5/12: money and justice

This our last live program of 2008.          Eid Mubarak!

Papa Sakho speaking with Selle Diop in Senegal about the commemoration of France. (French-Wolof)

Pooja and Cherrak taking pictures of the crew. It’s our last meeting for 2008.

We have 2 special guests today: filmer Martin Hansen creator of the website Surprising Europe and Ozz Tatari who is looking into the faces of the guards of Rotterdams floating prison.

Richelle is our cook today, we thank the Frida’s foor cooking somany times.

Interview by Jo van der Spek with Peter Sonder (Dutch, English)). All victims of the Schiphol Fire in K and J can get 10.000 Euro  compensation. But only if they can prove that they suffer from PTSS because of the fire. Call 0332541746 (Monday-Friday)

A round table on money and justice, with Cherrak, Sakho, Jennifer, Martin, Ozz and Jo. And a story of Tati in the shower.

We’ll be back on the air on the 9th of January 2009

Il faut pas me prendre la tete. Don’t drive me crazy.

Listen to Selle Diop, from Dakar. In Wolof with Papa Sakho

He is a great tennis player and a great singer too. He lived and worked for some years in Paris and then moved back to his country Senegal. He has seen a lot and wants to share his experience and his views on migration.
This summer we have seen African migrants in small boats crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean in an attempt to find . Europe saw them in the news, especially when they failed: when they drowned or arrived dead. This summer on the coast of Spain we even saw dead babies.

In Senegal people hear what we don’t see: only the successful migrants call home. The dead don’t call. And when they come home they show how: their camera’s, their cars and clothes, their false gold. Their message is: I made it, so you can make it too.

When they fail to succeed in Europe, they don’t call. They don’t send money home. They can’t go home. Because failure is unacceptable. They would rather die than face their family. Deportation is the final fate. And many end up going mad or commit suicide rather than face this fate.
You can only go back to Senegal when you are strong.

How come, what is at the root of this miserable conflict, this clash of perspectives?
Ignorance, says Selle. Many people have never seen the sea before. They have no idea what waves are. They never tried to swim. They live in a myth, the myth that Europe is Paradise. They go without education or profession, without understanding the cultural differences between Africa and Europe.
Poverty. The mafia makes use of this ignorance and of the greed of the poor. They sell cheap visa and tickets for thousands of Euro’s, to people who can only pay by using all the resources they have: their house, their family capital, evrything. They risk it all, including their feelings of belonging, their family, their village, their self-respect and finally their life.
And the government? Corruption. Some officials conspire with the mafia to make more money, exploiting the citizens. They prefer to answer the call from Europe to stop the emigration, receiving military aid to guard their waters and borders (Frontex). This only makes the underground business of human trafficking more profitable.
This makes migration only more tragic. Diop thinks that some women bring their baby with them as a protection. With a baby the chance is better to get a residence permit for humanitarian reasons…

That is Selle Diops analysis. He never took a boat. He took the plane, like most migrants from Senegal are doing actually. He feels that he must do something about it. To educate, to communicate, to criticize. He intends to bring intellectuals and artists around the table to talk. How to get the message across to the young, the poor, the ignorant?
And they will report on Radio M2M on a weekly basis.

And then we sing the song: Il faut pas me prendre la tete. Don’t drive me crazy.