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(en) Sweden, Planka.nu-campaign awards No One is Illegal

From Mikael Altemark <altemark@home.se>
Date Fri, 6 Jun 2003 10:07:45 +0200 (CEST)

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>From the Network No One Is Illegal Gothenburg and Planka.nu*.
The Network No One Is Illegal, an association that for two years have worked
with supporting hidden immigrants in the Gothenburg area with for example
juridical help, education, food and housing, are receiving a grant of 5000 kr.
The money will be used to purchase bus-cards for "illegal" immigrants and is
given by Planka.nu, a campaign of the Syndicalist Youth Federation for a
zero-tax in the public transport system, which involves for example the
political fine-fund ("p-kassan") for "plankare", people who refuse to pay for
public transport, something which has been given a lot of attention in the
press.,The reason for this cooperation is very simple: the fee-based public
transport traffic with it's control system has developed into a trap for already
heavily pressured hidden immigrants.

When poor "illegal" immigrants, who have had their applications for asylum
rejected and therefore been forced into a underground life without social
security net, are caught in the ticket-controls they have no possibility of
presenting satisfying identification. They are instead arrested by police,
taken into custody and almost immediately deported. During the latest months
activist groups have observed cases like these were parents have been deported
with their children remaining and political activists sent back to states were
the opposition routinely are tortured and executed.

The ticket controls in the public transport system is probably today the most
common reason that people who have been forced underground are arrested and
deported. Aside from the practical counter-action of giving bus-passes to hidden
immigrants the planka.nu-campaign and the Network No One Is Illegal works
together to foment debate about the role and functions of the inspectors in
general and in particular their cooperation with the police in the search of
hidden immigrants.,

- The political system of today is hard to change for groups who do not have big
economic or parliamentary resources and therefore we are forced to create our
own, if faulty, safety networks outside the institutions of the state, says Mina
Majedi of the Planka.nu-campaign.

- 50 buspasses means safer living for a large number of people on the run, whose
existence once was shattered by an inhumane and illegal Swedish immigrant
policy. But the basic problems for asylum seekers in Sweden remain as long as
the hypocrites of the Social Democrats and Moderaterna [the conservatives] can
continue with their immigrant political course, adds Johan Andersson of the
Network No One Is Illegal.


*[Ed. Note: Anti-authoritarian groups of the left]

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