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(en) Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam: New Year's Eve Noise demonstration at Schiphol.

Date Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:35:52 +0200

On New Year's Eve, 31st of December 2015, 120 people demonstrated at the migrant prison Schiphol. We do this every year in solidarity with the people who are being held inside, to show them solidarity and hoping for a new year in freedom. ---- When we arrived at the prison, we had fireworks, played music with a samba band and with a sound system, and many people gave speeches to let the people inside knowthat they aren't forgotten. As one of the people who were giving a speech said it beautifully: “It doesn't matter who you are, what color you have and where you come from, we wish you a happy new year in freedom, with equal rights.” ---- We could cleary see the people in the cells, they reacted to us and waved back at us. It was horrible to think that they most probably fled situations of war, poverty, repression, racism or a future without prospects, and are locked up by the government only because of that. With the exceptionally high amount of people fleeing, this year especially was a year of sorrows for many who chose to leave their homes because it was too dangerous there. We think that people always have the right to flee to a safe place. The system we live in with borders and prisons is something that should be ended as soon as possible, everybody should have the right to live in the place they choose to live in.

Unfortunately we ourselves saw that same Schiphol prison fron the inside after the marechausse (military police) chose to arrest us all. This was very unpleasant, especially for the We Are Here group who don't have papers and take the risk every year of joining us in solidarity with the people on the inside. Fortunately everybody got released eventually.

Let's not forget that it was a great action, and that we started a new year together in the name of freedom, and will commit ourselves this year again for everybody else's freedom.

Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam


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