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(en) No Border camps 04

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(dr.woooo-A-nomasters.org)
Date Fri, 2 Jul 2004 15:43:56 +0200 (CEST)

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9th - 16th of july 2004 in imatra/finland:
nobordercamp near the border to russia. The camp will gather to Imatra people
interested in migration and free movement issues from Finland, Russia and other
parts of Europe. The purpose is to strengthen our understanding of border
related issues and find ways for abolishing borders.

15th -19th of july in Krynki/Poland:
Anti-Border Camp The camp will take place at the same place it did 3 years ago
and last year, in Kundzicze near Krynki on the border with Belarus. more info:
nobordercamp2004.prv.pl (warning: obscure, hippiesque)

july, august, september 2004 from the balcan to the baltic states:
border 04 - a manifold project with stations, contacts, researches, workshops
and actions to surround, circumvent and perforate the new external borders of
europe ...

23rd - 29th of july 2004 in beograd/post-yugoslavia:
3rd gathering in europe of peoples global action - network (pga) including an
"embedded meeting" of noborder-network, with workshops about eu-enlargement and
borderregime, about global migration management and the IOM. read the call

20th of august - 5th of september 2004 in various cities in germany:
anti-lager-action-tour along and against all forms of camps/lager, for example
isolated refugee-homes, reception-centers, deportation-prisons, detentions

20th - 29th of august 2004 in rivesaltes, near perpignan:
temporary autonomous zone against borders. a self-managed space at the end of
August near Perpignan, in the south of France. About ten kilometres outside
town, near Rivesaltes, the French authorities have located a migrant detention
centre in the ruins of a concentration camp originally designed as barracks for
the colonial Tirailleurs Senegalais, a regiment of African troops. more info:

10th - 12th of september 2004 in london/uk: international preparation-meeting
for migration related topics and networking during the 3rd european social
forum, which will take place from 14th - 17th of october 2004 in london.
contact: frassainfo@kein.org

[Ed. note: The no border network is a nonauthoritarian
anticapitalist direct action social struggle initiatie]
Presentation of the no border network from http://www.noborder.org

The no border network is a tool for all groups and grass root
organizations who work on the questions of migrants and asylum
seekers in order to struggle alongside with them for freedom of
movement, for the freedom for all to stay in the place which they
have chosen, against repression and and the many controls which
multiply the borders everywhere in all countries. This network is
different from lobbying groups and NGOs because it is based on
groups of grass root activists and intends to stay so.

The coordination between the groups is done through two
meetings every year and a working list on e-mail.

The no border network is born of the convergence of campaigns
in various European countries at the moment when
undocumented foreigners had started to get self organized to get
together and become visible to all (occupations, especially of
churches, actions, demonstrations), to take their struggle in their
own hands, in short to be autonomous. Freedom of movement,
documents for all, abolish racist laws, no deportations were the
main slogans of these sans-papiers.

The no border network was created in 1999. The European
summit of Tampere in October 1999 was one more step toward
the constitution of "corporation Europe" with its level of control
adapted to the level of exploitation. Various European groups
called for demonstrations against this summit, under the motto:
"this actually means more controls, more arrests, more
deportations". Actions and demonstrations took place in eight

The first no border meeting took place in Amsterdam in
December 1999. It's there that a mailing list was established. It
enables many grass root groups, including out of Europe, to
coordinate actions, to exchange information and to discuss about
migrations and borders. Within the noborder network, we aim to
work against all forms of exploitation and division, by working
together to create new forms of collaboration and resistance. We
aim to create a platform for exchange of information and
experience among groups and individuals involved in different
political struggles with an emancipatory anti-capitalist
perspective. We also aim to work together with self organized
groups of migrants. We aim to interconnect people working from
different political practices and coming with different regional

Among the no border activities, one can mention five major axes.

1 the deportation alliance - It links the campaigns against airlines
which take part in the deportation business: many successful
actions were done against the main ones (Lufthansa, Air France,
Swissair, Sabena, British Airways, Iberia ...) In several countries
actions took place at the airports to prevent deportations,
especially by talking the passengers into imposing that the
migrant be disembarked. Some airlines renounced, at least
officially, to accept forced deportations on their flights.


2 the border camps - Many camps have been organized near the
borders of European countries: Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia,
Germany and Poland, Sicily, Spain, and also at the Mexico-US
border. In 2001 more than 1000 people took part in a camp near
the airport of Frankfurt. The aim of these camps is to act against
the border regime which allows for the deportation and sending
back of migrants; they are also an opportunity to create relations
between vaious groups through debates and cultural and festive
activities. In July 2002 a camp has been organized, where at least
2000 people gathered in Strasbourg, the city which houses the
Schengen Information System (SIS), a data base for search and
control, with tens of thousands of terminals all over Europe. It
targets not only migrants, but every "suspected" individual. This
camp was the scene of various demonstrations and actions and a
platform of exchange between groups and individuals who
struggle toward emancipation.


3 the international action days around October 15th - They give
rise to simultaneous actions in as many countries as possible on a
common theme of the network (of course, there are also actions
of the various groups on these themes at other moments). The
first one has been at the time of the Tampere summit and was at
the origin of the network.

4 The Campaign to combat global migration management- The
presence of many countries of Eastern Europe in the network has
made it possible to put on the agenda the problem of the IOM
(International Office of Migrations) and beyond it the problem of
the international management of migrations. The IOM presents
itself as a manager of migrations: policy of internment and
deportation of immigrants undesired for the governments, of
recruitment and exploitation of the workers who are cansidered
economically (and temporarily) "useful". It reigns over the control
of migrants in Ukraine and other East European countries and
also has an activity in other countries in the world. (See the rubric
IOM on this website)


5 The struggle against deportations and against detention centres
and other forms of privation of freedom - prisons, closed centres,
imposed residence placeÉ Various actions have been done in
various countries in and out of Europe (demonstrations at airports
and detention centres, evadings, destruction of centres, struggles
against the construction of new centres).

Moreover, many initiatives and calls for actions in various
countries circulate on the mailing list and we try to coordinate
common activities. This particular approach to coordinate actions
as an expression of a fundamental criticism of migratory policies
is a major issue in the no border project. It implies a permanent
work of networking and exchange of information, for or project is
aimed at creating structures for a practical and effective

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