TWENTYONEMILES: Migrant struggles and resistance in Belgium, France and Switzerland

May 6, 2010

Paris, May 15th: Day of action for freedom of movement

Filed under: France — twentyonemiles @ 9:14 pm

**TRANSNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, MAY 15TH, PARIS**

 The Mass Action

 The struggle against migration control snakes through to Calais via Paris. At the heart of this city lies the *Gare du Nord*, a Franco-British border and the target for mass action. Several hundred Afghans, most of whom intend to make the journey north to the UK and elsewhere, are currently living a precarious existence in the city, often living in the streets exposed to the elements and to arrest or eviction at the whim of the police. To enforce elitist migration laws, oppressive levels of surveillance are employed at the station: the police are on permanent stand-by, the military patrol the area, and CCTV is pervasive…

This surveillance facilitates the identification and exclusion of those deemed ‘undesirable’ such as ‘illegal’ immigrants who often congregate near the station or  ‘yobs from the surburbs’. These youth are often excluded from participating in major public events by the CRS (public order police) who await them on the platforms and send them back to their areas…

Without the requisite I.D. or travel documents – or the means to pay for the prohibitively high cost of public transport – access to the Eurostar, other international lines, & suburban trains, is denied. Join us in this mass action & fight to reclaim freedom of movement for all!

The March

A march will be taking place in the area around the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est.

Itinerary:

 – People will be assembling at 2pm from Jaurès station, a point of food distribution for migrants.

– It will move along Quai de Valmy, where Afghan migrants are living under a bridge, before heading down Rue des Recollets (next to Square Villemin where Afghan migrants were living prior to the eviction).

– We will then be passing the Gare de l’Est, before moving down Boulevard Magenta and passing before the Gare du Nord.

– We will then be moving on to Barbès, before turning towards la Chapelle and rejoining Place de la Rotonde, Jaurès station

The Party

After the march, we will be gathering at the Place de la Rotonde for an evening music, food (free or donation), infostalls and discussion

Debate and discussion

On Sunday 16th, there will be discussion and debates with No Borders activists at CICP, 21 rue Voltaire (venue plans still being finalised).

And don’t forget the Festival of Autonomous Resistance, taking place in
the week leading up to, and over the weekend of, the 15th- 16th May:
http://frap.samizdat.net/#programme
(Note: The Festival is not linked to this event).

Other practical info:

Accomodation: If you need accomodation, email noborderparis [at] riseup.net, and you’ll be provided some

Legal support: The legal support number and bust card will be distributed on the day, and a legal briefing will be available on the blog in the coming week

Check the blog for contact info and other details:
http://parisactionday.wordpress.com/
http://parisactionday.noblogs.org/

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