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Δευτέρα, 8 Φεβρουαρίου 2010

Police blockade newly-opened space for migrants and activists in Calais.

For Immediate Release: 05/02/10

Police blockade newly-opened space for migrants and activists in
Calais.

Today, despite a heavy police presence migrants successfully entered
the newly-opened Kronstadt hangar at the invitation of NoBorders
activists. The hangar is intended to be a space for
information-sharing, debate and practical solidarity.

Together, around 100 activists and migrants broke through police lines
chanting "Freedom! Freedom!". Riot police in full body protection are
currently circling the building and threatening the migrants with mass
arrests. People are currently occupying the building.

Stephane Blois, from Calais Migrant Solidarity, explains: "When the
police cleared the jungle, they used coaches like those outside the
hangar to transport hundreds of migrants to the detention centre. What
we see here tonight is another example of repressive policing where
migrants are routinely arrested and then shortly after released
shortly. We want to work together here to resist this coordinated
strategy of cross-channel oppression." (1)

The increase in opposition to the policies of the French state in
Calais are testimont to the failure of an immigration system which
rests on using police repression to drive away migrants (2). Besson?s
attempt to make the town a "migrant-free zone" can never be succesful
because it does not acknowledge the number of factors that contribute
to migration.

The events of tonight show the force of the state?s response to any
form of opposition to the current border regime. The hangar was opened
in response to the extreme situation in Calais and as an act of
solidarity with migrants.
Jenny Roberts said: "This is not a new Sangatte. This is the result of
the endless persecution of migrants in Calais, and the hangar was
opened with the support of local humanitarian organisations and some
residents"(3).

To speak to someone in the hangar call 0033 699 746 700

Contact in France: noborder-groupelocal-calais@hotmail.fr
Contact in the UK: calaisolidarity@gmail.com

http://noborders.org.uk
http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com


NOTES TO EDITORS

(1)
In November, NoBorders activists from both sides of the Channel
organised a demonstration at the centre of joint intelligence in
Folkestone and in December the first joint charter flight between the
UK and France took place.

(2)
The media response to the high-profile destruction of the jungle in
September showed the concerns surrounding the methods used by the
French government . Alan Johnson, the UK Home Secretary, said he was
"delighted" with the operation.

(3)
NoBorders activists have maintained a presence in Calais since the
NoBorder camp last June, and this new collaboration with associations
is an expression of the urgent need to have a political response to
ongoing oppression which has escalated since the destruction of the
jungle in September. For an overview, see
www.calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com

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