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Demo for freedom of movement, Calais, 27th June

Phil Woolas-Hole | 24.05.2009 12:42 | Anti-racism | Migration | Repression

March from the centre of Calais to Coquelles, the immigration detention centre west of the town. March is part of the NoBorder camp which is taking place in Calais 23rd-29th June.

In Calais there are around 800-1000 migrants at any one time that are trying to cross the Channel, under constant harassment from the police.

These migrants are harassed because they do not have the right papers, or in many cases no papers at all – they are 'sans-papier'.

These 'sans-papier' in Calais are only the tip of the iceberg: it is estimated that there are over 200,000 sans-papier in France, 1 million in the UK, and up to 7 million in Europe as a whole.

All sans-papier face the same battle – to live and work without exploitation, harassment and fear of arrest and deportation.

No Borders calls for a world without papers, where everyone lives where they choose.

The route of the demo is the reverse of the walk that many migrants in Calais make on a daily basis – from Coquelles, where they are detained, to the lighthouse, where there is a daily food distribution.

We call on all individuals and groups that struggle for the rights of migrants to sign this call and mobilise for the demo.

The demo is part of a NoBorder camp that is taking place in Calais from 23rd to 29th June

The demo will start at 10am from the lighthouse on Boulevard des Alliés.

First signatories:

Bürengruppe Paderborn (Germany)
Comité des Sans-Papiers 59 (France)
Fédération Anarchiste (France)
Groupe D'Anarchistes de Lille et Environs (France)
Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (France)
No Borders Network (UK)
SUD étudiant Lille (France)
Union Locale CNT Lille (France)

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