Today we received a phone call from Block C in detention complex Schiphol East. It was Blaise from Congo. Listen to his story of maltreatment by the Dutch military police. And how he resisted his deportation to Congo.
We wish Blaise and all detained migrants a merry Christmas…
Notice:Â The commemoration of the Schiphol FireÂ (26-10-2005) will take place on Monday 26th of October. The Schiphol People will stand together with the eleven dead at their monument at the foot of the fence of the detention complex at Schiphol Oost.
The Blue House on IJburg will be open from 12 in the morning.
On FridayÂ October 2nd we had anotherÂ session of M2M Radio, with Sakho, Jo, Jean, Elisa, Carmen, Johnson and Ahmed Issa :
Dedicated to Ahmed Issa
Hey Yo, Ahmed
My brother from another mother
No matter how far you fall down
you gotta be ready to stand up.
Stay strong and never give up.
Life is hard, so let’s keep trying.
No harm in trying so make it happen
Life is gonna be the way
you want it to be.
To be a man is not easy.
Many things I learn in prison
bless and still living
try to earn every peny
that I am getting.
Since the beginning of my mission.
When I was conceived
to come in this position
This reminds me of my forefather
who fought and died while demanding
for freedom to live.
Thanks to M2M for making it real.
This is the voice of your lovely brother
On Thursday the 3rd of September Ahmed Issa will hear the judgeâ€™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.
After the verdict Ahmed Issa can be arrested by the IND (the Immigration and Naturalisation Service) as he continues to be an â€œillegal alienâ€ 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
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
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M2M and All Included
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a view from the Worldhouse hosting M2M Radio, Nieuwe Herengracht 20
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Welcome Ahmed Issa!
After the trial of last week, the verdict will be pronounced on September 3rd at 1,30 p.m.. Guilty or innocent? Thatâ€™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. Whatâ€™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 ofÂ All Included and Regina of the African Roots Movement give us their story and their comment. Hello Nigeria! Hello Zuid-Oost!
- African brothers protesting t0 mayor Job Cohen, oct.2007
- What questions remain? Papa Sakho on the right to move.
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.