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(en) A call in relation to the organization of the NO BORDER temporary autonomous zone - TAZ at Rivesaltes, near Perpignan in French Catalonia 2004

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Date Sat, 1 May 2004 06:26:04 +0200 (CEST)

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Over the last few years, a series of camps against social control and in
favour of the free circulation of human beings has been organized throughout
Europe, notably through the No Border network. These initiatives have brought
together a wide variety of people, with or without documentation, as well as
organizations and collectives determined that the barbed wire and frontiers
that constitute an obstacle to freedom for all must be brought down,
whatever form such obstacles take, whether the SIS Schengen Information
System, chartered flights out of Europe for refugees, international
cooperation between police forces or the projected joint detention centres
beyond the boundaries of Europe's new collective frontier.

This is a period of security-madness and prison-worshipping delirium. French
immigration minister Sarkozy's law on immigration has made it harder for

foreigners to enter France and obtain residency, as well as reinforcing the
apparatus of repression. Special features include lengthening maximum
detention times, construction of new detention centres, maintaining

computerized records on people requesting visas, criminalizing those who
assist aliens, increasing social control of undocumented people and their
families by making it easier for the police to find them. A new law by
Justice Minister Perben has also been adopted to reinforce this system of
social control for all.

In order to roll back such policies and mechanisms, we are collectively
organizing a self-managed space at the end of August near Perpignan, in the
south of France near the Catalan border.

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. The size of the camp was increased under the
pro-Nazi Vichy regime in order to contain those then dictator Marshal Petain
called members of the anti-France, meaning Spanish Republicans in exile,
communists, anarchists, anti-fascists, gypsies, Jews, 2300 later died in
Auschwitz. The French government has subsequently had recourse to these
facilities whenever convenient. It housed pro-German sympathizers in 1945,
then pro-French Algerians after the Algerian War.

The self-managed space is being organized in conjunction with the
establishment of a network of local organizations. The experience of
organizing the space is not considered a goal in itself, but as a matrix
through which local initiatives may be encouraged and also to help
coordinate the struggle for free circulation of human beings, the struggle
against detention centres, security policies, capitalism and all forms of

A common charter will be established during the course of the village's
preparation. This will define self-management practices to cover collective
decision-taking, both with regarded to determining actions and regarding the
management of everyday life in an anti-capitalist and anti-patriarcal
perspective (drawing on the experiences of Strasbourg – No Border camp
against social control – and the VAAAG, libertarian village against the G8
summit in Evian).

The intention is that this camp should express our capacity to determine our
own locations and our own timetables, our own communication and action. We
intend to initiate actions as well as hold debates and organize local
encounters, as initiated by people according to proposal or need. The
experiment will last about ten days and should provide an opportunity for
pooling the tools we use and the various paths chosen in the struggle.

Local collectives are already up and running. Do not hesitate to join them
or start one of your own.

For further information : www.rivesaltes2004.org/
or by e-mail taz@rivesaltes2004.org

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