Calais: after the Jungle – an interview with Calais Migrant Solidarity, June 2019

Corporate Watch

In 2016, the northern French port town of Calais was all over the TV screens, as an army of Gendarmes and CRS riot police evicted the “Jungle” – a largely self-built refugee camp where about 6,000 exiles from the world’s war zones lived in sight of the razor wire border fences. But Calais’ refugee story goes back much further, and it’s not over yet. Hundreds of refugees are still gathered around the main channel crossing point, living in even more miserable and precarious conditions now the big jungle is gone. To get a snapshot of the current situation Corporate Watch talked to friends from Calais Migrant Solidarity, a network that has been active alongside migrants in Calais since 2009.

See also: Calais border profiteers update June 2019

How many people are still trying to cross the border at Calais? Where do they come from?

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Statement by the Anarchist Comrades Detained in Madrid

AWM English 19/05/19

Madrid

The following is the statement of the compañeras arrested in Madrid on May 13 in an “anti-terrorist” operation carried out jointly by agents of the Information and Riot Squad of the UIP in two squatted spaces in the district of Tetuán, a house and the Anarchist Space The Ambush.

“Guilty” or “innocent”, for them our solidarity, complicity and affection.


On the morning of May 13, an anti-riot unit, together with the group 21 of the Provincial Information Brigade of Madrid, dedicated exclusively to espionage and hunting, burst into our homes and into the anarchist space La Emboscada, three weeks after its inauguration.

They informed us that they were bringing a warrant for the arrest and detention of two of us under the charge of terrorism.

During the registration, which lasted approximately 6 hours, comrades from all over Madrid came to show their support.

Meanwhile, the police seemed especially interested in taking clothes: colored and black coats, scarves of concrete colors, foulards, flower handkerchiefs, specific footwear; they were also interested in agendas, calendars, some notebooks, some notes, notes between the pages of books, computers, hard drives, memory cards, usb, mobiles, cameras and video, CDs and DVDs, construction tools and, in particular, hammers; as well as stickers, patches and T-shirts of the brand M.A.L.P; posters and propaganda in relation to the counter-summit of the G20 2017.

During the investigation, which has been ongoing since March 2017, they have intervened in emails, ordinary mail, mobile phones, tablets, whatsapp, icloud, dropbox and communications in general. For now, we do not have more information, since the investigation continues under summary secrecy.

We were detained 32 hours and, although there were times when the situation was confusing and did not seem favorable, any sadness or fear became insignificant when we left and saw the support and solidarity we received from our friends and friends.

Because even if the State comes for us, the ideas and practices that they pursue are irrepressible and multiply in every gesture of solidarity. And although we do not know what we are accused of, we are very clear about what we are and why we are being persecuted: and we do not ever regret being anarchists.

Repression has always been on the lookout for those who fight but throughout our lives it has given us strength and encouragement to know that there were anarchists all over the world and people who shared our affinity and, living this in the first person and finding so many people, it has been very beautiful and meaningful for us.

No anarchist will be alone as long as there are comrades who continue to fight.

A hug to Embers, arrested on May 1 in Paris and still in prison along with many others. And to all the other anarchists and prisoners in struggle, we do not forget.

From: https://vozcomoarma.noblogs.org/?p=22194

Call-out for Demonstration at the Home Office tomorrow (Friday 29th Sept): Give us Our Files!

Join us to demonstrate at the Home Office this Friday, 29th September:

Give us our files! Release the cover names! (And the list of over 1000 groups spied upon by the Special Demonstration Squad and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit….)

Stand in solidarity with those spied upon by abusive undercover #spycops units

Outside the Home Office in Marsham Street SW1 – between 9-10am…

…and again between 4-5.30pm. (We may visit other places in between – call or text us on 0759 869 7591 to find us during the day)

We aim to go in the morning and demand our Special Branch files, giving them till 4.00 that afternoon to hand them over. After years of revelations about undercover police spying on us, they have had enough time. We’ve had enough of police cover-ups, lies and delays to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

We want to know who spied on us, what information they have collected, the groups and movements they have targeted and the people they have abused/miscarriages of justice they have colluded in.

“No More Delay! Give us our Files Today!”