15 personnes poursuivies pour avoir tenté d’empêcher le décollage d’un charter de 57 expulsés (Ghana et Nigeria) en se couchant sur le tarmac (voir End Deportation latest newsletter : ▻https://us16.campaign-archive.com/?u=ae35278d38818677379a2546a&id=6be6b043c3)
–-> reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop par Claire Rodier.
#Stansted_15 : Amnesty to observe trial amid concerns for anti-deportation activists
Amnesty considers the 15 to be human rights defenders
‘We’re concerned the authorities are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut with this case’ - Kate Allen
Amnesty International will be observing the trial of 15 human rights defenders set to go on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court next week (Monday 1 October) relating to their attempt to prevent what they believed was the unlawful deportation of a group of people at Stansted airport.
The protesters - known as the “#Stansted 15” - are facing lengthy jail sentences for their non-violent intervention in March last year.
Amnesty is concerned that the serious charge of “endangering safety at aerodromes” may have been brought to discourage other activists from taking non-violent direct action in defence of human rights. The organisation has written to the Director of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Attorney General calling for this disproportionate charge to be dropped.
The trial is currently expected to last for approximately six weeks.
Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said:
“We’re concerned the authorities are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut with this case.
“Public protest and non-violent direct action can often be a key means of defending human rights, particularly when victims have no way to make their voices heard and have been denied access to justice.
“Human rights defenders are currently coming under attack in many countries around the world, with those in power doing all they can to discourage people from taking injustice personally. The UK must not go down that path.”
The Stansted protesters saved me from wrongful deportation. They are heroes
The ‘Stansted 15’ face jail for stopping my flight from taking off. They helped me see justice – and the birth of my daughterhttps://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/cbefb623dc2882a743eb3497fbcb4ff0722b4b31/50_0_1500_900/master/1500.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=24aba90aee4957fd0974cb0f8ec72d71#.jpg
I’ll never forget the moment I found out that a group of people had blocked a charter deportation flight leaving Stansted airport on 28 March 2017, because I was one of the people that had a seat on the plane and was about to be removed from Britain against my will. While most of those sitting with me were whooping with joy when they heard the news, I was angry. After months in detention, the thought of facing even just one more day in that purgatory filled me with terror. And, crucially, I had no idea then of what I know now: that the actions of those activists, who became known as the Stansted 15, would help me see justice, and save my life in Britain.
Stansted 15 convictions a ‘crushing blow for human rights in UK’
I first arrived in Britain in 2004 and, like so many people who come here from abroad, built a life here. As I sat in that plane in Stansted last year I was set to be taken “back” to a country that I had no links to. Indeed there is no doubt in my mind that had I been deported I would have been destitute and homeless in Nigeria – I was terrified.
Imagine it. You’ve lived somewhere for 13 years. Your mum, suffering with mobility issues, lives there. Your partner lives there. Two of your children already live there, and the memory of your first-born, who died at just seven years old, resides there too. Your next child is about to be born there. That was my situation as we waited on the asphalt – imagining my daughter being born in a country where I’d built a life, while I was exiled to Nigeria and destined to meeting my newborn for the first time through a screen on a phone.
My story was harsh, but it’s no anomaly. Like many people facing deportation from the United Kingdom, my experience with the immigration authorities had lasted many years – and for the last seven years of living here I had been in a constant state of mental detention. A cycle of Home Office appeals and its refusal to accept my claims or make a fair decision based on the facts of my case saw me in and out of detention and permanently waiting for my status to be settled. Though the threat of deportation haunted me, it was the utter instability and racial discrimination that made me feel like I was going mad. That’s why the actions of the Stansted 15 first caused me to be angry. I simply didn’t believe that their actions would be anything more than a postponement of further pain.
My view isn’t just shaped by my own experience. My life in Britain has seen me rub along with countless people who find themselves the victims of the government’s “hostile environment” for migrants and families who aren’t white. Migration and deportation targets suck humanity from a system whose currency is the lives of people who happen to be born outside the UK. Such is the determination to look “tough” on the issue that people are rounded up in the night and put on to brutal, secretive and barely legal charter flights. Most take off away from the public eye – 60 human beings shackled and violently restrained on each flight, with barely a thought about the life they are dragged away from, nor the one they face upon arrival.
Stansted 15 activists vow to overcome ‘dark, dark day for the right to protest’
I was one of the lucky few. My removal from the plane gave me two life-changing gifts. The first was a chance to appeal to the authorities over my deportation – a case that I won on two separate occasions, following a Home Office counter-appeal. But more importantly the brave actions of the Stansted 15 gave me something even more special: the chance to be by my partner’s side as she gave birth to our daughter, and to be there for them as they both needed extensive treatment after a complicated and premature birth. Without the Stansted 15 I wouldn’t have been playing football with my three-year-old in the park this week. It’s that simple. We now have a chance to live together as a family in Britain – and that is thanks to the people who lay down in front of the plane.
On Monday the Stansted 15 were found guilty of breaching a barely used terror law. Though the jury were convinced that their actions breached this legislation, there’s no doubt in my mind that these 15 brave people are heroes, not criminals. For me a crime is doing something that is evil, shameful or just wrong – and it’s clear that it is the actions of the Home Office that tick all of these boxes; the Stansted 15 were trying to stop the real crime being committed. As the Stansted 15 face their own purgatory – awaiting sentences in the following weeks – I will be praying that they are shown leniency. Without their actions I would have missed my daughter’s birth, and faced the utter injustice of being deported from this country without having my (now successful) appeal heard. My message to them today is to fight on. Your cause is just, and history will absolve you of the guilt that the system has marked you with.
Regno Unito, quindici attivisti rischiano l’ergastolo per aver bloccato la deportazione di migranti
La criminalizzazione della solidarietà non riguarda solo l’Italia, con la martellante campagna contro le Ong che salvano vite nel Mediterraneo. In Francia sette attivisti rischiano 10 anni di carcere e 750mila euro di multa per “associazione a delinquere finalizzata all’immigrazione clandestina”. Nel Regno Unito altri quindici rischiano addirittura l’ergastolo per aver bloccato nella notte del 28 marzo 2017 nell’aeroporto di Stansted la deportazione di un gruppo di migranti caricati in segreto su un aereo diretto in Nigeria.
Attivisti appartenenti ai gruppi End Deportations, Plane Stupid e Lesbian and Gays Support the Migrants hanno circondato l’aereo, impedendone il decollo. Come risultato della loro azione undici persone sono rimaste nel Regno Unito mentre la loro domanda di asilo veniva esaminata e due hanno potuto restare nel paese. Nonostante il carattere nonviolento dell’azione, il gruppo che ha bloccato l’aereo è finito sotto processo con accuse basate sulla legge anti-terrorismo e se giudicato colpevole rischia addirittura l’ergastolo. Il verdetto è atteso la settimana prossima.
Membri dei movimenti pacifisti, antirazzisti e ambientalisti si sono uniti per protestare contro l’iniquità delle accuse. Amnesty International ha espresso la preoccupazione che siano state formulate per scoraggiare altri attivisti dall’intraprendere azioni dirette nonviolente in difesa dei diritti umani. Il vescovo di Chelmsford, la cittadina dove si tiene il processo, si è presentato in tribunale per esprimere il suo appoggio agli imputati. La primavera scorsa oltre 50 personalità, tra cui la leader dei Verdi Caroline Lucas, la scrittrice e giornalista Naomi Klein, il regista Ken Loach e l’attrice Emma Thompson hanno firmato una lettera in cui chiedono il ritiro delle accuse contro i “Quindici di Stansted” e la fine dei voli segreti di deportazione.
Nel Regno Unito questa pratica è iniziata nel 2001. Molte delle persone deportate hanno vissuto per anni nel paese; vengono portate via dai posti di lavoro, in strada o dalle loro case, rinchiuse in centri di detenzione, caricate in segreto su voli charter notturni e inviate in paesi che spesso non conoscono e dove rischiano persecuzioni e morte. Alcuni non vengono preavvisati in tempo per ricorrere in appello contro la deportazione. “Il nostro è stato un atto di solidarietà umana, di difesa e resistenza contro un regime sempre più brutale” ha dichiarato un’attivista.
Activists convicted of terrorism offence for blocking Stansted deportation flight
Fifteen activists who blocked the takeoff of an immigration removal charter flight have been convicted of endangering the safety of Stansted airport, a terrorism offence for which they could be jailed for life.
After nearly three days of deliberations, following a nine-week trial, a jury at Chelmsford crown court found the defendants guilty of intentional disruption of services at an aerodrome under the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, a law passed in response to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
The court had heard how members of the campaign group End Deportations used lock-on devices to secure themselves around a Titan Airways Boeing 767 chartered by the Home Office, as the aircraft waited on the asphalt at the airport in Essex to remove undocumented immigrants to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
The prosecution argued that their actions, which led to a temporary shutdown of Stansted, had posed a grave risk to the safety of the airport and its passengers.
The verdict came after the judge Christopher Morgan told the jury to disregard all evidence put forward by the defendants to support the defence that they acted to stop human rights abuses, instructing jurors to only consider whether there was a “real and material” risk to the airport.
In legal arguments made without the jury present, which can now be reported, defence barristers had called for the jury to be discharged after Morgan gave a summing up which they said amounted to a direction to convict. The judge had suggested the defendants’ entry to a restricted area could be considered inherently risky.
Human rights organisations and observers had already expressed concerns over the choice of charge, which Kate Allen, the UK director of Amnesty International, likened to “using a sledgehammer to crack a nut”. Responding to the verdict on Monday, Gracie Bradley, policy and campaigns manager at Liberty, called the verdict a “grave injustice” and a “malicious attack” on the right to peaceful protest.
Dr Graeme Hayes, reader in political sociology at Aston University, was one of a team of academics who observed the trial throughout. The only previous use of the 1990 law he and colleagues were able to find was in 2002 when a pilot was jailed for three years after flying his helicopter straight at a control tower.
“This is a law that’s been brought in concerning international terrorism,” he said. “But for the last 10 weeks [of the trial], we’ve heard what amounts to an extended discussion of health and safety, in which the prosecution has not said at any point what the consequences of their actions might have been.”
In a statement released by End Deportations after the verdict, the defendants said: “We are guilty of nothing more than intervening to prevent harm. The real crime is the government’s cowardly, inhumane and barely legal deportation flights and the unprecedented use of terror law to crack down on peaceful protest.
The protest took place on the night of 28 March 2017. The activists cut a hole in the airport’s perimeter fence, the court heard. Jurors were shown footage from CCTV cameras and a police helicopter of four protesters arranging themselves around the front landing gear of the aircraft and locking their arms together inside double-layered pipes filled with expanding foam.
Further back, a second group of protesters erected a two-metre tripod from scaffolding poles behind the engine on the left wing on which one of them perched while others locked themselves to the base to prevent it from being moved, the videos showed. In the moments before police arrived, they were able to display their banners, one of which said: “No one is illegal.”
Helen Brewer, Lyndsay Burtonshaw, Nathan Clack, Laura Clayson, Mel Evans, Joseph McGahan, Benjamin Smoke, Jyotsna Ram, Nicholas Sigsworth, Alistair Temlit, Edward Thacker, Emma Hughes, May McKeith, Ruth Potts and Melanie Stickland, aged 27 to 44, had all pleaded not guilty.
They will be sentenced at a later date.
This is a good time to remember that manufacturing false hierarchies based on race and gender in order to enforce a brutal class system is a very long story. Our modern capitalist economy was born thanks to two very large subsidies: stolen Indigenous land and stolen African people. Both required the creation of intellectual theories that ranked the relative value of human lives and labor, placing white men at the top. These church and state-sanctioned theories of white (and Christian) supremacy are what allowed Indigenous civilizations to be actively “unseen” by European explorers - visually perceived and yet not acknowledged to have preexisting rights to the land - and entire richly populated continents to be legally classified as unoccupied ad therefore fair game on an absurd “finders keepers” basis.
It was these same systems of human ranking that were deployed to justify the mass kidnapping, shackling, and torturing of other human beings in order to force them to work that stolen land - which led the late theorist Cedric Robinson to describe the market economy that gave birth to the United States and not simply as capitalism but as “racial capitalism.” The cotton and sugar picked by enslaved Africans was the fuel that kick-started the Industrial Revolution. The ability to discount darker people and darker nations in order to justify stealing their land and labor was foundational, and none of it would have been possible without those theories of racial supremacy that gave the whole morally bankrupt system a patina of legal respectability. In other words, economics was never separable from “identity politics,” certainly not in colonial nations like the United States - so why would it suddenly be today?
As the civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander wrote in her book The New Jim Crow, the politics of racial hierarchy have been the ever-present accomplices to the market system as it evolved through the centuries. Elites in the United States have used race as a wedge, she writes, “to decimate a multiracial alliance of poor people” - first in the face of the slave rebellions supported by white workers, then with Jim Crow laws, and later during the so-called war on drugs. Every time these multiethnic coalitions have become powerful enough to threaten corporate power, white workers have been convinced that their real enemies are darker-skinned people stealing “their” jobs or threatening their neighborhoods. And there has been no more effective way to convince white voters to support the defunding of schools, bus systems, and welfare than by telling them (however wrongly) that most of the beneficiaries of those services are darker-skinned people, many of them “illegal,” out to scam the system. In Europe, fearmongering about how migrants are stealing jobs, exploiting social services, and eroding the culture has played a similarly enabling role.
Ronald Reagan kicked this into high gear in the United States with the myth that food stamps were being collected by fur-wearing, Cadillac-driving “welfare queens” and used to subsidize a culture of crime. And Trump was no small player in this hysteria. In 1989, after five Black and Latino teenagers were accused of raping a white woman in Central Park, he bought full-page ads in several New York daily papers calling for the return of the death penalty. The Central Park Five were later exonerated by DNA evidence, and their sentences were vacated. Trump refused to apologize or retract his claims. No wonder, then, that his Justice Department, under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is arguing that social services and infrastructure in cities such as New York and Chicago are “crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime” - conveniently moving the subject away from years of neoliberal neglect toward the supposed need to crack down on crime, and to bar these cities from declaring themselves “sanctuaries” for immigrants.
Excerpted from No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
Caricature de Georges Bahgory surnommé par la presse le « Picasso égyptien »
Sofia - le genre et l’écran
Un film marocain pour faire plaisir au public européen
Wadjda, Noura, Rachida, Samia, Aïcha, Fatima... et maintenant Sofia...
Sofia ... C’est joli ça « Sofia ». Ça sent bon la Méditerranée. Comme un envoutant et sensuel parfum. Un doux parfum aux effluves coloniales. Ainsi, le film de Meryem Benm’Barek s’inscrit dans la longue tradition des films français et francophones dont le titre se réduit, parce que le personnage principal est une femme arabe, à un prénom féminin arabo-musulman.
Car pourquoi faire compliqué lorsque l’on parle de ces femmes-là ?
Tout est dit quasiment dans le prénom-sans-le-nom-de-famille, qui qualifie en France aussi bien la femme de ménage que la ministre de la justice, et les regroupe dans une même catégorie : la jeune femme arabe à sauver.
Judith Butler : "Edward Saïd a été capable d’imaginer un monde dans lequel l’héritage du colonialisme pourrait prendre fin et une relation d’égalité dans la différence pourrait prendre sa place sur les terres de la Palestine. Il a compris que le travail de l’imagination était au centre de la politique, car sans une vision « irréaliste » du futur, aucun mouvement ne pourrait être fait dans le sens de la paix sur la base d’une solution juste et durable.
Il vivait au milieu du conflit et utilisait les pouvoirs de l’art et de la littérature, de l’archive, du témoignage et de l’appel public, pour demander au monde d’imaginer un avenir dans lequel l’égalité, la justice et la liberté triomphent finalement de la subordination, de la dépossession, et la violence. Parfois, je pense qu’il était peut-être trop bon pour ce monde, mais cette incommensurabilité entre ce qu’il pouvait imaginer et ce qui existe réellement relève en partie du pouvoir de son écriture et de sa présence dans le monde."
Faut-il préférer le classique au dialectal ? Par Edward Said
La langue arabe, la Rolls et la Volkswagen
Dans le débat sur la réforme de l’islam, certains exigent des Arabes qu’ils modifient aussi leur langue en choisissant définitivement l’arabe classique des élites et en abandonnant le dialectal, parlé par le peuple. Avant sa mort, en septembre 2003, Edward W. Said a expliqué pourquoi cette exigence reflète une extraordinaire sous-estimation de la richesse de l’expérience quotidienne vécue qu’exprime la langue de la rue.
Une semaine marquée par les hommages à Semira Adamu, morte lors de son expulsion il y a 30 ans
Se souvenir, 30 ans après et manifester : c’est remarquable. J’espère qu’on manifestera à Vienne le 1er mai 2019 pour marcus Omofuma.
La mort de Semira Adamu reste très présente dans les esprits. Le 22 septembre 1988, la jeune Nigériane de 20 ans meurt étouffée par un coussin lors d’un rapatriement forcé. Elle avait fui le Nigéria pour échapper à un mariage forcé et introduit une demande d’asile en Belgique. Cette dernière avait été rejetée et la jeune femme avait été incarcérée au centre fermé 127 bis à Steenokkerzeel. Elle avait fait l’objet de plusieurs tentatives d’explusions, et la dernière lui fut fatale. Le 22 septembre, elle est étouffée lors de son rapatriement forcé à l’aide d’un coussin par deux policiers belges. À l’époque, la technique était autorisée par les autorités dans certaines conditions pour calmer les demandeurs d’asile déboutés.
AFP graphic on journalists killed worldwide so far in 2018
« Les puissances alliées ont donc accepté l’arrivée et l’installation au pouvoir des nazis sud-africains, comme elles acceptèrent, en 1933, l’arrivée des nazis au pouvoir en Allemagne. D’abord, parce que le régime de l’Apartheid, en supprimant de son discours l’aberration des théories nazies, paraissait fréquentable.Ses dirigeants ont bénéficié du soutien sans faille des puissances du monde libre (Angleterre, États-Unis, France...) dès lors qu’ils ne cherchaient pas imposer, à l’inverse des criminels du IIIe Reich la domination hégémonique de la race aryenne sur les non aryens, blancs et non blancs confondues. Cette seule variante a suffi pour que d’éminentes personnalités du monde occidental, ayant gagné leurs galons dans le combat contre le Nazisme, non seulement s’identifient à d’anciens nazies sud-africains,mais mettent leur prestige au service de la respectabilité des dirigeants de l’apartheid ».
– Rosa Amelia Plumelle-Uribe, La Férocité Blanche .
Algiers : Capital of Revolution
“From Cuban politicians to French intellectuals, Third Worldism encouraged a series of relationships that spanned multiple continents. When Mokhtefi boarded that ship as an “innocent” American, her destination was not so much Algiers as a lifetime of engagement with the languages, peoples, and ideas that constituted an international network of revolutionary politics.
Rather than seeing the Third World as an abstract and romantic ideal or as a set of diplomatic entanglements, Mokhtefi explores this geographic unit through her personal trajectory. Politics aside, if such a thing is possible, this story reminds us that the Third World was not merely a destination. It was also a fabric of people woven together, even if the patchwork was sometimes unexpected, and at other times, imperfectly sewn.”
We learned your French, we learned your English, we learned your Spanish, we learned your Dutch, your Portuguese, your German,
you learned our nothing, you called us stupid...that’s white privilege and I’m sure it probably hurts for you to hear those two words, kind of like gun shots and explosions from those commissioned
to protect you whisking past your ears.
What is white privilege? It is the only 5 decades of legal acknowledgment expected to correct 400 years of white transgression It is crack versus cocaine, blacks receiving almost 20 percent
longer sentences for the same exact offenses.
Or like, for instance, a black man without a record is less like to get a job than a white felon, well maybe it’s cause we are lazy and we don’t work hard enough, uhhhhhhh
like WTF, FOUR hundred years in the same field, literally, is an incredible resume builder.
it is Katrina answering the government’s prayers of eugenics, Dick Cheney going fishing the next day, Condoleeza on a shopping spree Bush, in San Diego, but Kanye is the one you call crazy, cause like it only took the U.S.A. 2 days to get aid to Asia, but five for FEMA
to get to canal street and esplanade.
It is the one black kid who beat the shit out of the odds, but only thanks to Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer and the white shadow, so now we all can make it, it is the only time thousands of white people are cheering for the black kid to win is in a stadium,
it is you looking at me crazy if I told you to go back to Europe even though we didn’t have a say, it is you all of a sudden having a problem with immigration, like this isn’t even your nation!!!!!
How the hell you discover some shit that wasn’t even missing to begin with, you’ve Columbused
our traditions, had white girls twerking in high definition, with multi colored hair and purple nails, but it was ghetto when we did it.
Oh I make you uncomfortable try a cramped slave ship oh wait slavery is over now, it’s just called the prison system cause like you’re not racist cause you don’t use the n word but y’all use niggas everyday what is white privilege, it is the acceptance of bombs over
Baghdad but not over Boston, it’s European history being taught as a major and African
as an elective, it is learning about my people only 28 days, like I’m not black every fucking second, It is every white boy who wanted to fuck my brains out, not because I’m pretty, but because I’m pretty for a black girl, it is people thinking that Africa is one nation, it is the waving of confederate flag like you didn’t lose the battle, and
then telling us to get over slavery, it is people saying that black people destroyed neighborhoods but forgetting that white people have destroyed continents.
it is every time I bring up my plight some white man has to tell me that I’m crazy, but is kind enough to praise my English, or say that we are all given the same opportunities even though he has a family history of wealth and I don’t even know my family history at all It is the justification of police brutality like what did that person do?
I’m sure it doesn’t hurt as much when the victim doesn’t look like you.
it is people thinking that affirmative action is an unfair advantage instead of keeping the qualified from being unfairly disadvantaged or throwing out a qualified applicant because their name sounded to African American.
It is newports imported into black communities but black boys exported for weed.
It is big plastic asses, that are called fat when we naturally have them, it is an Australian woman who’s the new classic of rap music,
it is everyone who hears this that dismisses this poem I just spit as reverse racism, that is white privilege. Thank you.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities released Palestinian poet, Darin Tatour, on Thursday after she completed two months out of her original five month sentence.
The Israeli authorities reduced Tatour’s five month sentence by three months, during which she was held in detention.
Following the decision, Tatour was released from the Israeli Damun prison, in the Haifa district in northern Isarel, where she completed the two month sentence.
Upon her release, Tatour said “After three years of suffering, imprisonment and house arrest, I finally feel happy.”
She added “I have gained my freedom and I will continue to write. All my suffering was due to a poem I wrote and it saddens me that they (Israeli authorities) imprisoned me for writing the poem.”
In July, the Israeli Magistrate Court of Nazareth sentenced Tatour to prison after the Israeli prosecution accused her of “incitement and supporting a terrorist organization” for writing a poem criticizing the Israeli occupation and posting it on her personal page on Facebook.
Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour set free
Dareen Tatour, who was arrested and jailed for poems she published on social media, is released from prison. Tatour: ‘It will be impossible to stop my writing.’
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Recognising this fact, Ahed’s mother, Nariman said: “Frankly it is probably Ahed’s looks that prompted this worldwide solidarity, and that’s racist, by the way, because many Palestinian children are in Ahed’s position but weren’t treated in this way.” ►https://www.aljazeera.com…/ahed-tamimi-power-palestinian-w…
Cartoon by Amorim (Brazil): Guernica by Pablo Picasso is one of the famous anti-war paintings in the world.
Addameer – Les forces israéliennes d’occupation ont kidnappé 3533 Palestiniens du début de 2018 jusqu’au 30 juin, dont 651 enfants, 63 femmes et 4 journalistes.