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(en) COUNTER SUMMIT AGAINST FORTRESS EUROPE, TAMPERE 15-17/10/99

From Jyrki Lappalainen <bozo@kaapeli.fi>
Date Fri, 13 Aug 1999 03:45:45 -0400


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AUTONOME OFFENSIVE '99
Autonome Offensive ’99 is a Finnish autonomist collective involved in the 
organization of the Tampere counter-summit on immigration (15-17.10.99). In 
the organization of the counter-meeting at the moment are involved also 
local organization as the Finnish Anarchist League, the syndicalist 
organization Solidaarisuus, the Socialist League of Finland 
(socialist-revolutionary organization). We have also contacted the 
representative of refugees in Finland as Kurdish, Iranians and others.

Regarding the technical aspect of the event we inform You that we have 
reserved a school in Tampere in order to host our foreign comrades and we 
will organize bus transportation from Helsinki and other cities of Finland 
to Tampere. Also workshop and press conferences are in program. The clou of 
the Tampere event will be the demonstration in front of the meeting place of 
European Presidents and Prime Ministers.

We send you in the body of this message the letter of invitation to Tampere 
and we kindly ask You to inform us about Your interest to the participation 
to the event. We will also participate at the different meetings planned in 
Europe in August and September concerning the items of immigration.

We underline that for us is very important Your presence in Finland as a 
form of support to us and especially in order to give a strong answer to the 
authoritarians policies that EU will take in use.

Internationalist greetings,

finlandia@ecn.org – www.ecn.org/finlandia
www.ecn.org/finlandia/autoff99 home page of Autonome Offensive ’99
www.ecn.org/finlandia/tampere home page of the Tampere counter-summit

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COUNTER SUMMIT AGAINST FORTRESS EUROPE, TAMPERE 15-17/10/99

>From the beginning of July to the end of December, Finland will serve as 
president of the European Union. One central aim on this period is 
re-definition of EU's immigrant policies. For this reason there will be held 
a special European Council meeting (meeting of EU prime minsters and 
presidents) on immigrant policies and internal security in Tampere, 
15th-16th of October.

Re-definition of immigrant policies mean more control, more expulsions and 
more borders. In the same meeting EU will also give a new development to the 
Europol project. The EU has be very silent concerning the items of the 
meeting and this mean that police control and repression will increase in 
our continent. It is clear that the intention of European governments is to 
build a machine that will control not only immigrants but also all the 
social movements.

Refugee and immigrant policies are central themes in EU, because the 
prevailing system, while it has given capitals an opportunity to free 
movement both inside EU borders and globally, has caused enormous migration 
of peoples. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing from misery caused 
by globalisation and war, seeking to get in Europe to look for even a bit 
better living conditions for themselves and their families. While capitals 
have had first-rate treatment everywhere, have these people been interned, 
killed, deported and pushed into the arms of criminal leagues who dominate 
illegal immigration.

We have many examples of suffering caused by fortress-Europe: hundreds of 
people die in the sea surrounding Europe in the attempt to come here by 
illegal way. The most impressive examples of the European governmental 
policies are the cases of Semira Adamu and Apo Öcalan. Semira escape in 
Europe from a marriage arranged by his family against Semira’s wish. She try 
to take his own life in his hands and to build a better future in Europe. 
Two Belgian policemen killed Semira at the Bruxelles Airport when they try 
to expulse Semira using forces. The Curdish freedom fighter Apo Öcalan came 
in Europe asking for refugee status, he was ready to go in front of a German 
court in order to answer to accusations of terrorism. Apo was not accepted 
as refugee and he was not accepted as a prisoner. Apo Öcalan now wait in a 
Turkish military jail for execution.

European Union will make decisions about these issues in Tampere, Finland - 
in a country, which has been an example for all about how distressed people 
are not helped; a country, where the percentage of non-aboriginal population 
is smallest inside European Union; a country, which has stayed outside mass 
movements of undocumented immigrants.

To bring up these facts we have decided to convene the whole European 
movement to Tampere from 15th to 17th of October to demand free movement in 
and to Europe for all; to demand, that the wealth produced by us is used to 
support people's opportunity to move freely and the right to participate in 
the wealth, which is all the time being reduced also from us for the benefit 
of enlargening capitals.

We ask all the people and organizations interested to contact us in order to 
create a serious counter-summit on the streets, squares and refugee centers 
in Tampere.

No to internation camps, no to deportations, no to barriers! For free 
movement of people, for international solidarity and everyone's attendance 
to social wealth!

Citizens' committee for free and solidary Europe

At the event will participate:

Solidaarisuus (syndicalist organisation, Finland), Sosialistiliitto (Finnish 
Socialist League), SAL (Finnish Anarchist League), Autonome Offensive’99 
(autonomist collective, Finland)

Program:

15.10 Bus transportation to Tampere and arrival at the school. Workshops.
16.10 Press Conference, Demo-info and Demo at 15.00. In the evening a 
concert will be organized.
17.10 Public meeting and departure from Tampere.

The collective Meijän Keittiö (Our Kitchen) will provide food to all our 
guests.

Contacts: finlandia@ecn.org



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