No Borders announce Kronstadt Hangar in Calais
Published by group: dissident island radio
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
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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