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From samizdat@ecn.org
Date Sun, 14 Feb 1999 15:51:20 +0100
Posted-Date Sun, 14 Feb 1999 16:00:19 +0100

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March 27th can be turned into a large European rally to demand a radical
change of the migration policy within the European Union countries.

March 27th recalls that, after three years, the 'sans papier' movement in
France has both given political visibility  to every person who is excluded
because of racist legislation, and encouraged the creation of a solidarity
network committed to back the 'sans papier'.

March 27th as the will of continuing the European development of struggles
aiming at closing down detention centres for immigrants, obtaining the
regularization of all the undocumented, their freedom of travelling and
have a residence, the return of the deported, and an end to the
double-charge (European demonstrations on October 24, 1998, and January 23,

March 27th , an echo to the struggle-day against exclusion that Zapatistas
have launched. It means the arising of all those who oppose neo-liberalism
to demand the construction of a Europe where man's rights, solidarity,
coopertion, social justice and the respect of the enviroment aren't empty
words any longer but daily and concrete practices.

March 27th to say aloud that we are not going to delegate political experts
to make social choices any longer. And that our demands will have to find
expression in the coming European elections

We will join the European demonstration in Paris on March 27, and we invite
all individuals, associations, networks of struggle who share such claims
to take part in it.

decided to give a specific  contribution to the event. At the train station
of many an Italian town, we will 'occupy' different trains to get free to
Ventimiglia, the last Italian station before the border with France, where
we are going to refuse producing our identity cards, and from where we are
going to Paris.

Two points of departure are particularly pregnant to illustrate the
struggle against the Shengen agreements.
- A boat will be hired. It will leave Valona (Albania) for Brindisi with a
delegation from the Albanian civil society without visa. We will meet them
in Brindisi and, all together we will 'occupy' a train to Ventimiglia.
  It will be a chance to us to be up to the promise we made when we went by
sea to Valona in December 1998. The delegation will be able to witness the
plight in that Balkans' area as well as to claim that an office to receive
refugees is to be set up in Albania. It should be UE-financed, and run by
independent local associations so that to allow migrants and refugees to
enter Italy, and therefore the Shengen-bloc, legally. This would avoid
their becoming victims of the mafia-like organizations that control the
Otranto channel crossing (dividing Valona from the Italian south-eastern
· The other point of departure is Trieste (city bordering Slovenia that has
become one of the new Shengen-gates), from where also asylum seekers and
war refugees (often rejected) will be among the participants.

In this way we mean to claim once more the necessity to re-define
citizenship's rights, particularly with regard to freedom of travelling and
having an income.

"LE TRAIN EN LIBRE CIRCULATION " from Ventimiglia to Paris leaves at 8.oo
pm on Friday, March 26.

By then, some Euro-parliament members will have been contacted. They will
meet the Albanian delegation and other associations and groups, and will be
demanded to commit themselves to open a debate in Parliament over a radical
change of the Shengen agreements.

We are going to do our best so that this initiative is participated by a
large number of organizations, associations, groups…, opposing the Shengen
system, ie neo-liberalism and exclusion, and claiming new citizenship's

"Movimento delle tute bianche - Gli invisibili", Associazione Ya Basta,
Centri Sociali della Carta di Milano - February 9, 1999

Ps: if you want to join us at Ventimiglia, please get in contact with us

Collettivo Infodiret(t)e-Sherwood Comunicazione

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