No Borders announce Kronstadt Hangar in Calais

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On Saturday 6th February the Kronstadt Hangar was opened for the public. In the afternoon, despite a heavy police presence migrants successfully entered the newly-opened space at the invitation of NoBorders activists. The hangar is intended to be a space for information-sharing, debate and practical solidarity.

Together, around 100 activists and migrants broke through police lines chanting “Freedom! Freedom!”. Riot police in full body protection are currently circling the building and threatening the migrants with mass arrests. People are currently occupying the building.      Read full feature

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No Borders - No Nations!

On Thursday 4 February 2010 at 10am, London NoBorders held a press conference at Conway Hall to announce and discuss the aims and intentions of a new self-organised space located in Calais (France), known as the Kronstadt Hangar. The space is to be opened to the public later in the week by French group SôS Sans Papier and the NoBorders Network. This article features audio recorded at the press conference.

Activists from the transnational No Borders network and the French organisation, SôS Soutien aux Sans Papiers, have opened a large warehouse for migrants in Calais.

The building is to be an autonomous space for migrants and activists struggling for the right to freedom of movement. It will be host to information-sharing, debate and practical solidarity. The Kronstadt building is located in the town that has become the symbol of Fortress Europe, a place where police arrests and beatings of migrants are a daily occurrence, and where night-time pursuits are relentless.

By this act, they stand in solidarity with those for whom border and immigration control is a discriminatory, oppressive and unjust reality. In a real democracy, every person enriches society in myriad ways, and no-one is surplus to requirements; neither the unemployed, the young, the old, or the foreign.

The space, the activists emphasise, is NOT to be a new Sangatte. No band-aid such as Sangatte could suffice to deal with the horrors undergone by the thousands who seek protection or survival from authoritarianism or capitalist wars while arbitrary national borders remain in place. Plans are afoot to hold meetings with organisations and local residents to define how they wish to support and to participate in the project.

The audio linked below feature the following speakers:

  • Thomas Hausberg, No Borders activists from London - speaking about the UK governments role and responsibility in the situation in Calais.
  • Alexandra Bennett, active in Calais - speaking about police repression of migrants and their supporters and the new migrants support project.
  • Frances Webber - Human Rights and Immigration Lawyer - speaking about European Immigration Laws and the suppression of freedom of movement.

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Sound 03. No Borders Press Conference - Frances W and Q&A

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Open for the public and police repression

On Saturday 6th February the space was opened for the public.

On Saturday afternoon, despite a heavy police presence migrants successfully entered the newly-opened Kronstadt
hangar at the invitation of NoBorders activists. The hangar is intended to be a space for information-sharing, debate and practical solidarity.

Together, around 100 activists and migrants broke through police lines chanting “Freedom! Freedom!”. Riot police in full body protection are currently circling the building and threatening the migrants with mass arrests. People are currently occupying the building.

read more at http://london.noborders.org.uk/node/289

Update Saturday 6th February

A warehouse in Calais, rented by No Borders, opened today to offer to migrants a dry, partially heated space with cooking, toilet and washing facilities.

At approximately 5pm, a small police presence attempted to block access by the migrants. This was not successful and a large number broke through shouting "Freedom, No Borders, No Nations".

At 6pm, most of the migrants left to attend the twice daily NGO food distribution. During this period, the police took the opportunity to blockade all three access roads to the No Borders centre.

At 7pm, a large number of migrants and other activists collected outside the blockades on two fronts. Aided by people from within the police lines, both groups successfully breached the blockades and entered the centre. A large contingent of CRS police has arrived but currently remain in their vans on a nearby street.

The police are demanding that no migrant, excepting children, are allowed to sleep in the centre overnight. No Borders is very clear, Noone is illegal, Freedom to move, Freedom to stay. The No Borders centre welcomes migrants to stay overnight if they choose.

Update Sunday 7th February

Police force entry and arrest all those who were inside, who all had papers. Illegal eviction of space.

Phoned in report from Calais, 16.45 Uk time:

As of about 3 or 4pm there were about 30-40 migrants still at Krondstat and many police surrounded the space. Riot vans were lined up outside to block the view from media. No Borders activists encouraged the migrants to go or stay as they pleased. All voluntarily left. As the No Borders crew were trying to decide whether or not to allow police in to see that there were no people without papers there, police forced their way in by smashing windows and and arrested all the people. No major injuries as far as we know. After having IDs checked hey are now being released a few at a time. There are a lot of police on the ground, around 20 vans of CRS just by the hotel police. Rumours of mass arrests tonight. Migrants are currently being chased and arrested around the town. No one sure what will happen as the night goes on.

More updates to follow.
http://calaismigrantsolidarity@wordpress.com

Call for Solidarity demo in London

London NoBorders and Noborders Brighton call for an emergency demonstration at the French consulate ( Cromwell Road, Corber to Cromwell Street,SW7 2EN) in London to protest against the repression of the new Kronstadt Hangar Project in Calais by the French authorities.

Tuesday, 9th February, 12.30, French Consulate , Cromwell RD, SW7 2EN

For updates and more info see http://london.noborders.org.uk and http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/

Demonstration at the French Consulate

About 20 people demonstrated today (9 February) at lunch time in front of the French consulate in Cromwell Rd, London. The demo had been called by London NoBorders to protest the police raid of the "Kronstadt Hangar" by French authorities in Calais last Sunday.

People put up banners and distributed leaflets. Police was around and made sure no protester got inside the consulate.

See photos here: http://london.indymedia.org/articles/4288

Migrant Hangar reopens despite police repression

After last weeks violent raid, the Kronstadt Hangar is back in business!!

Read it all here:

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/02/446260.html?c=on#comments