Re-thinking the Schiphol Fire
PROGRAM (here in Dutch)
The Public hearing:
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Papa SakhoÂ tells us what we see
"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."
Proposal for a Momentary Migration Monument (Dutch)
By Tjebbe van Tijen Imaginary Museum Projects)
Final of the auction of the poster Reisbureau Rita,
by Jo van der Spek, Sander and Papa Sakho of M2M (Dutch/English)
Four workshopsÂ were held
Organized by: M2M and De Balie
Continue reading Illegal Tribunal, Nov.3rd De Balie
The day Colonel Gaddafi made a courageous humanitarian gesture and came to Schiphol to pick-up his countryman Ahmed Al-J.
Art works by Tjebbe van Tijen, publisher of The Limping Messenger and curator ofÂ Imaginary Museum Projects.
Two days ago I went to a combined theatre performance and action meeting in the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam in support of the the Libyan migrant Ahmed Al-J. who has been at the center of years of court cases and juridical and technical researches about a fatal fire on October 27, 2005 in a detention center at Schiphol airport for migrants, waiting for the result of their appeal against planned extradition. Ahmed had at first been labeled by the court as the main culprit, because of a burning cigaret in his cell that set the whole section of the center aflame an left 11 people dead. Recently he has been acquited of this charge, as a whole series of management and construction mistakes have come to light, as result of a series of inquiries and counter-inquiries. I will not further detail this case too much here as the facts are widely known by now. The incessant support for the traumatized migrants by several action groups (of which at least two should be mentioned here Migrant To Migrant/M2M and All Included), lawyers and some politicians, have had some concrete results, but the essential question of who is to be held responsible for the fact that a single cigarette in a prison-like new facility can lead to so many victims, has still not been answered in a satisfactory way. Singling out the Libyan migrant and his cigaret has allowed to keep out of focus the planners, management and local authorities who have to control the safety of this detention facility (located at Schiphol Oost). Many see this as a form of scapegoating.
Observe this unfolding story in all its details at The Limping Messenger
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.
Everywhere around Holland banners are appearing in public places.
The first banner was made on the day of the verdict (Sept. 3rd) in arab, saying
WELCOME AHMED ISSA
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
On Friday M2M will be live in the Worldhouse, located at Nieuwe Herengracht 20 (Metro Waterlooplein).
- Launch of the nextÂ 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.
This is our new poster to announce the trial against Ahmed Isa that start on Monday the 10th of August in Amsterdam. And our program of parallel activities! M2M Radio will report live from the Palace of Justice, Prinsengracht 426. Please be a witness. Please do spread the word.
Zondebok means scapegoat. The state tries to make Ahmed Isa guilty, because it cannot admit its own mistakes, it cannot feel ashamed,Â it cannot suffer the consequences.
We have made a campaign to Free Ahmed Isa, demanding justice for all.
With the help from artists and activists, in concert with lawyers and those journalists who are serious about the truth.
We take this trial as an opportunity to show that he is not guilty,
that we are with him
and that we ask the citizens of the world to look with us and see the truth like we do.