Archive for april, 2017

april 13, 2017

#RefugeesSRB: Back in #Belgrade

One of us joined Cars Of Hope Wuppertal in Belgrade. We are working with refugees there.

Image: The Soul Welders shower truck. 

Written by Riot Turtle

Solidarity not charity! Today we helped to prepare the shower truck for tomorrow. Many refugees in Serbia live outside or in abandoned buildings and have no access to running water. Refugees can take a shower in the shower truck and get a clean towel, a t-shirt, socks and underwear. We also distribute soap, shampoo, tooth paste and tooth brushes. The truck drives to Belgrade, the Serbian/Croatian border and the Serbian/Hungarian border. It’sWith our work we support a Soul Welders project.

If you want to support our work with refugees, please donate.

Paypal account: carsofhopewtal@gmx.de

Bank account information :

Name of account holder: Sozialtal e.V.

Iban: DE80 3305 0000 0000 6968 49

Bic: WUPSDE33XXX

Description : Cars Of Hope

april 12, 2017

ZINE: FREE the röszke 11 Imprisonment of Migrants and Repression against MOvements in Hungary and Beyond

april 12, 2017

Documenta Under Fire over Artist and Refugee Evictions

Following the opening of Documenta 14 in Athens, an artist group published an open letter criticizing the exhibition’s silence after a series of evictions of artists and raids of buildings housing refugees in the city.

Artists Against Evictions claim that viewers are not “Learning from Athens”—the title of this year’s exhibition—but are instead only seeing a version of the city that is state-approved. It accuses the mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis, of standing by while the government evicted artists from the shared space Villa Zografou, arrested 120 refugees who were squatting in Alkiviadou, and bulldozed refugee homes in Thessaloniki. Kaminis had said that refugees occupying buildings owned by the municipality are “degrading the city.” In response, the signatories declared that this is “not a time of culturally archiving crisis. Now is a time of action not blind consumption.”

Addressed to all Documenta 14 visitors, participants, and cultural workers, the letter states: “The silence of Documenta is not acceptable and only goes further to accommodate Mayor Kaminis, the State, the Church, and the NGOs who stand against us and force thousands into segregated concentration camps, prepped and ready for the very bodies your director says he’s trying to protect. This violent act is dividing the legitimate bodies from the illegitimate ones by state force and Documenta has so far been silent.”

Unofficial refugee housing, known as squats, have cropped up throughout Athens in order to provide shelters that often have far better living conditions than official refugee camps. While the mayor allegedly calls these spaces “ghettos,” Artists Against Evictions considers them to be homes to thousands of displaced people. The group calls for all those participating in and visiting the exhibition to help refugees by supporting housing for migrants in Greece. The group believes that Documenta has a responsibility to address the constant raids on refugee shelters. It also claims that the “Parliament of Bodies,” a series of programming—talks, events, workshops—that preceded the opening of Documenta, had pledged to represent minority voices. “Well, we are those voices, we are inclusive to all genders, we are migrants, we are modern pariahs, we are the dissidents of the regime and we are here.” The letter continues, “We walk with you, we tread the parallel streets, but you don’t see us.”

The full letter is as follows:

To all Documenta 14 Viewers, Participants and Cultural Workers,

We call for your attention, in this immediate moment of “Learning from Athens.”
We are the people who inhabit this city and we are talking to you as our guests.

Your jostling bodies crowd the streets of Athens, your mouths are speaking of our hardship, your feet are pounding the pavements. But this is not enough. Now is a time for carving out a space for all, not a time of culturally archiving crisis. Now is a time of action not blind consumption. We ask you to redirect your limbs into the shadows and the black outs, away from the feast the Mayor of Athens has staged for you.

You say you want to learn from Athens, well first open your eyes to the city and listen to the streets.

One of you laments the discourse of illegitimate bodies. At the same time, by staying silent, he is assisting the eradication of spaces for the thousands of bodies who inhabit this city in autonomous units. These squatted houses are under constant threat; daily we are told we will be evicted through violent means. Not only jeopardizing our basic human needs, but our support networks, spaces of autonomy and unified cultural practices. In these buildings, artists and activists coexist together with thousands of refugees, who have come here from war-torn countries to seek new lives with dignity and freedom.

The silence of Documenta is not acceptable and only goes further to accommodate Mayor Kaminis, the State, the Church and the NGOs who stand against us and force thousands into segregated concentration camps, prepped and ready for the very bodies your director says he’s trying to protect. This violent act is dividing the legitimate bodies from the illegitimate ones by state force and Documenta has so far been silent.

The precursor events of Documenta 14, entitled “The parliament of bodies” spoke of the voices of resistance, transgender voices, the voices of the minority. Well, we are those voices, we are inclusive to all genders, we are migrants, we are modern pariahs, we are the dissidents of the regime and we are here. We walk with you, we tread the parallel streets, but you don’t see us – you have your eyes trained on the blue dotted lines of your Google map. You have been programmed and directed not to see us, to just miss us, reverse and avoid us – our culture has been censored from you. We ask you to recalibrate your devices, we ask you to get lost, to hack your automation, and rewire your cultural viewpoint.

In the run up to all those budget airlines hitting the tarmac, we have confronted some serious battles.

Only three weeks ago, at dawn on the 13th March 2017 the state evicted the social space Villa Zografou. They simultaneously raided Alkiviadou refugee squat and arrested 120 refugees only to release them out into the cold, homeless and without their belongings in the streets at midnight. This is not an isolated incident of oppression. Last summer in Thessaloniki, people faced the violent eviction and bulldozing of refugee homes. Immediately after these barbaric evictions and abuses, mayor Kaminis stated that the occupation of municipality owned buildings by migrants is “degrading the city.” The same mayor stood before you on April 6th, presiding with pomp over the Documenta press conference.

The Greek government today threatens to destroy anyone who seeks grassroots solidarity, self-organization and to build spaces for new beginnings. Over 2000 refugees share these spaces with artists and others, and form communities.

This aggressive cleansing will not stop, and we are under threat of losing all autonomous houses by the summer of 2017. These houses are our culture, our homes, and our structures. The mayor of Athens calls them ghettos but what is one man’s ghetto is thousands of people’s home, and site of social expression and interaction.

WE ARE ASKING YOU TO FIRST SEEK ATHENS AND THEN LEARN FROM US.

BY PARTICIPATING BLINDLY YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE GOLDEN GHETTOISATION OF OUR NEIGHBOURHOODS, THE EVICTION OF OUR COMMUNITIES, AND THE SYSTEMS OF PATRIARCHY THAT STAND ON OUR FINGERS AS WE TRY TO BUILD OUR OWN, SELF-SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURES.

CONSIDER YOUR PARTICIPATION AND ROLE IN EVENTS THAT IMPLICITLY LEND COVER AND LEGITIMACY TO THE MAYOR AND STATE’S ACTIONS.

YOU ARE CONDONING THE WAR ON GRASSROOTS INITIATIVES FOR ALL IF YOU IGNORE OUR CALL.

WE CALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY TO:

CLOSE THE CAMPS, NOT THE SQUATS
SOLIDARITY TO ALL SQUATS
AGAINST THE AGREEMENT OF EU-TURKEY SHAME
OPEN THE BORDERS

8th April 2017, Artists Against Evictions

april 12, 2017

#NoBorder: International Mobilisation at the French/Italian Border

Apart from the transnational demonstration at the Serbian/Hungarian border on April 15th, there will be also an International Mobilisation at the French/Italian Border against the borders and all their world at April 15th and 16th.

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Originally published by Mobilisation Internationale

Note: Presence Counts is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing them for people across the US and Europe so they are able to read what is going on.

Place

Saturday, April, the 15th we will be in Flayosc to the factory of « La
Redonne » near Draguignan, 20 minutes from Les Arcs-Draguignan station,
the motorway and the National 7.
Sunday, the 16th, we drive to the border with Italy.

Program

Friday afternoon camp organization and reception of the first arrivals.

Saturday: workshops, debates, music at the factory site, La Redonne in
Flayosc

In the morning:
-> reception of participants from 9 am.
-> pactical workshop for the creation of banners and signs for events
-> Roundtable: How to actively participate in the struggle in support of
migrants?

The afternoon :
14h-16h: Parallel workshops and debates
-> the situation in Italy: projection of the documentary « For a
proportionate use of the force » and presentation of the situation in
Italy (practics to take fingerprints, torture, deportation …).
-> Debate on legal self defense for everyone, regardless of their
administrative status. (What to do in case of arrests, deportations,
crimes of solidarity …)
-> Round Table: How to fight against immigration policies?
(Externalization of the borders, Dublin IV, international agreements
…)
-> Proposition of a workshop animated by immigrant people, if they wish
16h30-18h30: Plenary session to share common ideas, experiences,
strategies and tools  for the struggle and perspectives.

The evening:
19h30-20h30: during dinner, screenings of short films in loop
music from 20:30 onwards (bands, choirs, revolutionary groups, according
to proposals)

Sunday:  caravan to the French-Italian border for demonstration and
supporting actions

Monday Camp dismantling and if possible a bit of time devoted to
strengthening knowledge and ties, etc.

For Information: we will organize meals and breakfast for the day of
Saturday and Sunday morning.
The evenings of Friday, Sunday and Monday, there will not be collective
meals although it is still possible to prepare a meal together –
drinking water is on site)
Camping in the fields. And ecological toilets on site.

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april 12, 2017

Call for Transnational Demo At Serbian/Hungarian Border

On April 15th, 2017 there will be a transnational demonstration at the Hugarian/Serbian border. In the call for the demonstration, Migszol writes: “We demonstrate against the dehumanizing state-propaganda! We demonstrate against any kind of detention of people seeking asylum and migrants! We demonstrate against the illegal practice of violence by the Hungarian authorities on the border!

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Originally published by MigSzol Facebook event page

Note: Presence Counts is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing them for people across the US and Europe so they are able to read what is going on.

Transnational demonstration, Saturday April15th from 03:00pm until 06:00pm at the Hungarian side of the Horgoš / Röszke Border Crossing.

Since March 15th changes in the Hungarian law were passed which mean that ALL people seeking asylum will be detained in prison-containers at the Hungarian-Serbian border. It also means that the only place to apply for asylum is in the two transit zones at the border, where only 10 people per (week) day can enter. Everybody who enters the country ‘illegally’ can be pushed back from the whole territory of Hungary to the Serbian side of the fence again.

These push-backs are already happening since the fence was built in September 2015. People report about serious violence committed by Hungarian police, including hours of beating, humiliation, attacks with dogs and theft. A special unit of the police, the border hunter unit, who gets trained in 2 months, equipped with weapons and sent to the borders, has started to work. The legal changes systematically legalize the violence and over the last years have decreased the rights of people seeking protection to the current level of dehumanization as indefinite prisoners.

We demonstrate against the dehumanizing state-propaganda!

We demonstrate against any kind of detention of people seeking asylum and migrants!

We demonstrate against the illegal practice of violence by the Hungarian authorities on the border!

Join us on the 15th of April on the Hungarian side of the border!

Further information later at the Facebook event page.

april 8, 2017

Hamburg July 8th #NoG20 Demonstration: Solidarity without borders instead of G20!

Although cops are planning to ban all demonstrations in Hamburg city center, the mobilisation for the demonstrations continue. Here we publish a call for a No G 20 demonstration on July 8th.

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Read all of our articles about the No G 20 protests in Hamburg in July 2017: here

Note: Presence Counts is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing them for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on.

Coalition Call to Action for the Major demonstration against the G20 summit on Saturday, July 8 in Hamburg!

Solidarity without borders instead of G20!

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Something is going very wrong in the world:

  • There seems to be no end to wars and armed conflicts as in Syria, Iraq or Ukraine. 1.8 trillion euro are spent each year for armament and war. St the same time, weapons exports are increasing.
  • More than 65 Million people are on the run worldwide. The borders of Europe and Germany are sealed off once again. Thousands of people in search of safety are drowning in the Mediterranean, which has become the deadliest border in the world.
  • In many countries of the world, racism and open hatred are increasing – including in Germany. The truth is no longer a criterion; everything gets claimed and lied about if only it stirs up fears and prejudices. The ruling policy is to give in to these moods and even fuel them. Refugees are forcibly returned even to war zones like Afghanistan.
  • Man-made climate change is an undisputable and threatening reality. Its consequences are noticeable even today and affect above all those people and countries that are least responsible for causing it. Still the German federal government has adjusted its climate protection plan to the interests of the brown coal industry. In the White House, there’s a president who even think s that climate change is a lie.
  • Social division has reached dramatic extends. Just 8 men own more assets than the poorer half of the world population. This division doesn’t only exist on a global scale, it runs through almost all societies, including Germany’s. Millions of people have to make ends meet with low wages, have no perspective for a secure pension and have to fight for the few affordable apartments. Instead of dealing with these problems, they’re made even worse with free trade agreements like EPA, CETA, TISA or TTIP.

On July 7 and 8, those politically responsible for this humanitarian and social disaster want to meet in Hamburg. At their annual summit, the heads of the G20 countries talk about “fighting the causes for migration”, but none of the big countries of origin sits at the table. They talk about “a partnership with Africa”, but almost the whole continent is missing. They talk about climate change, but represent the interests of the oil, coal and car industry. They talk about peace, but they themselves are the biggest belligerent and weapons producing countries.

In the midst of these illustrious guests, Merkel and the federal government want to present themselves as a haven of reason and balancing. At the same time, they shut down the borders of Fortress Europe, dictate a neoliberal policy of impoverishment to Greece and other countries and are involved in illegitimate regime changes all over the world. Germany’s role in the worldwide battles for resource allocation and markets is to be extended. That’s also what the increasing number of foreign deployments of the Bundeswehr is for. The German government even makes deals with dictators like Erdogan, therefore supporting his war against the Kurdish people, in order to pursue its own interests in the region and have Turkey block the way to Europe for refugees.

The G20 summit will paralyze Hamburg for days and misuse the city as a backdrop for a staged show, as the people living there are to be marginalized. But this plan won’t work out. May the state visitors and their delegates barricade themselves in the exhibition halls. The streets will belong to the people who aren’t hosting the summit. Our criticism isn’t just against individual persons and representatives, but against the circumstances and structures that produce them. We will clearly express our rejection of this cold and cruel world of global capitalism, as it’s represented and organized by the G20. We will express our solidarity with all those who oppose the politics of the G20 through protests, strikes or uprisings worldwide. Our demand for a world of peace, global justice and borderless solidarity will be unmistakable.

We invite everyone who shares our outrage and our hope to take to the streets of Hamburg with us in a loud, colorful and diverse demonstration on July 8, 2017.

For further information (soon): http://www.g20-protest.de/startseite/ or http://g20-demo.de

Major demonstration against the G20 summit on Saturday, July 8 in Hamburg!

If you want to sign this call as a group/organization or individual, send an e-mail to info@g20-demo.de. With the signature we ask for a donation of 20€ (small organizations), 100€ (medium-size organizations) and 500€ (large organizations). Individuals please pay 10€. We will send the account details.

First signatures are collected till February 28th.  A later signature is possible.

april 8, 2017

#Thessaloniki #Greece: About the Eviction of the “Albatross” Squat

Izvor: #Thessaloniki #Greece: About the Eviction of the “Albatross” Squat