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We Are Here


Who are we

We are refugees. We have applied for asylum in this country. Our claims have been rejected. Now we are called ‘illegals.’ But we prefer to call ourselves refugees. Wars, international conflicts and systematic violence have devastated our countries. So you understand why we don’t like being called illegals. We are refugees. And now we live on the streets. We barely have rights. We have no means of subsistence.Here we are together. Here we are more safe. Here we keep hope. For a normal life.



Why we are here

We came here because our lives and freedom are in danger in our countries. That’s why the right to leave your country is a fundamental human right. We have no right to stay in Holland. We have been denied the right to move to another country. We cannot return to where we came from. Sometimes the governments of our countries refuse to take us back in. Sometimes our country does not even have a government. And sometimes we don’t want to go back because we fear it is not safe. We don’t agree with the decision of the Dutch government to deny our refugee status. We claim that asylum procedures are not always fair and just. And many practitioners and scholars in law agree with us. We are not allowed to live here but we can also not go back there. We are suffering the drastic consequences of an unfair and unjust asylum system and a failing return policy.



Where we go

We want to have a normal life and a future. We want to make ourselves a home, work, raise our children, learn, love and laugh. We want the insecurity and despair to end. We claim the basic human rights that have been denied to us. We have been pushed back to the margins of society. But now we are in your face. And by becoming visible we have made visible the severe shortcomings in Dutch asylum and return procedures.



We are here. And so are you. If you want to bestow dignity, freedom and justice upon your country, raise your voice with us. Support us in our struggle to emancipate ourselves from this misery. As a citizen you have the power to stand up and say ‘No’ to your government. Come and talk with us. Many have done so before you. Citizens, academics, lawyers, journalists, artists, photographers, local politicians, and human rights activists support our cause. We kindly invite you to join in.



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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!

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:


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


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
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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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  • 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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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:

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

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….



Demo for Gaza

An impressive sound system flooded the big Museum Square in Amsterdam last Saturday, when thousands gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli attack on Gaza.

Hear here.

In the middle of the square some women squatted with a few bags filled with paper bags, sand and candles.

And lighting them.

A small ritual of remembrance, recognized by Assiye.

While watching the signs with Cecile, we spotted Anja Meulenbelt, Dutch senator and activist with a family in Gaza. She was quite happy to meet us. But the question remains: Where is Gaza?

Off the record: Confessions of an activist

And proud of it!

Dutch TV on August 14th broadcast (NOVA) some fragments from an interview with an old activist about another old activist. The story is about this guy Wijnand Duyvendak who resigned last week from parliament after confessing a burglary in 1987. And now he wants all activists to make confessions about their past.
If you want to listen to the complete interview (in Dutch), click here.

geachte luisteraars,

ik heb Marcel Ouddeken van NOVA over de vloer gehad over de zaak W. Duyvendak. Ik heb plechtig verklaard dat alle aktievoerders van 50+ en daaronder als een man achter hem staan, maar dat zijn inbraak in het parlement tot teleurstellend weinig onthullingen hebben geleid.

Aangezien NOVA hoogstens twee quotes uitzendt, wat ze vanavond dreigen te doen, als aankeiler voor Femke Halsema, heb ik de complete opname vast on line gezet.

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