Friday, 29 January 2010

Autonomous Space For Migrants And Activists To Open In Calais

***PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release: 29/01/10***

Activists from the transnational No Borders network and the French organisation, SôS Soutien aux Sans Papiers, are shortly to open a large warehouse for migrants in Calais [1].

The building is to be an autonomous space for migrants and activists struggling for the right to freedom of movement. It will be host to information-sharing, debate and practical solidarity. The Kronstadt building is located in the town that has become the symbol of Fortress Europe, a place where arrests and beatings of migrants by the police are a daily occurrence, and where night-time pursuits are relentless [2].

By this act, they stand in solidarity with those for whom border and immigration control is a discriminatory, oppressive and unjust reality. In a real democracy, every person enriches society in myriad ways, and no-one is surplus to requirements; neither the unemployed, the young, the old, or the foreign.

The space, the activists emphasise, is NOT to be a new Sangatte. No band-aid such as Sangatte could suffice to deal with the horrors undergone by the thousands who seek protection or survival from authoritarianism, or capitalist wars, while arbitrary national borders remain in place.

The first meeting with organisations and local residents to discuss how they wish to support and participate in the project is to take place today.

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[1] The No Borders Network use direct action and practical solidarity to fight for freedom of movement for all. They form part of the Calais Migrant Solidarity group which has maintained a continued presence in Calais since last summer.

[2] For a summary of police activities in December, please see our report here:

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