• Réinventons l’enseignement supérieur après la pandémie : un manifeste slow science

    À tous les recteurs, directeurs-présidents, organismes de financement et gouvernements compétents

    La pandémie actuelle et les mesures prises pour l’arrêter affectent profondément nos vies. La vie académique est elle aussi touchée de plein fouet par la crise sanitaire. Même si l’enseignement supérieur semble continuer ses activités, les campus en ressentent l’impact et cette crise va les affecter durablement. La continuité pédagogique apparente, assurée à distance et en ligne, masque une crise dans les universités de notre pays. Tous les laboratoires de recherche, sauf ceux qui travaillent activement sur le Covid-19, sont à l’arrêt. Le travail de terrain des chercheur·euse·s est devenu impossible. Le bibliothèques et les archives sont fermées. Quelques soient leurs statuts, les étudiant·e·s, le personnel technique et administratif, les enseignant·e·s et les chercheur·euse·s sont tous confrontés à des difficultés importantes : précarité financière, surcharge de travail, séparation, maladie voire décès des proches. Et l’impact est d’autant plus dur que leurs situations sont précaires.

    Les autorités universitaires ne sont pas restées insensibles aux effets de la crise sur le personnel et les étudiant·e·s. Elles ont envoyés de messages de gratitude et de soutien soulignant le courage, la résilience et les efforts d’adaptation de tous à cette situation inédite. Néanmoins, sur le terrain, elles ont choisi de maintenir leurs activités, en recourant massivement à l’enseignement à distance et au télétravail, forçant ainsi les étudiant·e·s et le personnel à s’adapter coûte que coûte. En l’absence de toutes mesures d’aide concrètes, ces discours sur la bienveillance et la possibilité de reporter les “tâches non-essentielles” servent essentiellement à renforcer la pression sur le personnel, les chercheur·euse·s et les étudiant·e·s, exacerbant les rapports de forces existants.

    Avant la crise sanitaire, la communauté universitaire était déjà fracturée par les inégalités : statuts précaires et sous-payés, recours à la sous-traitance, charge familiale inégalitaire, racisme,… La situation actuelle aggrave encore ces inégalités structurelles liées au genre, à la classe sociale, à l’orientation sexuelle et à l’origine raciale, entraînant un recul du progrès social. Nous constatons également que la situation actuelle sert de prétexte à une gestion autoritaire, au mépris des processus de décision démocratique existants dans nos institutions, ce qui risque de compromettre le futur de l’éducation supérieure dans notre pays.

    En annexe à cette lettre ouverte (ci-dessous), nous avons tenté d’établir une vue d’ensemble des effets de la pandémie sur les différentes catégories de personnes présentes dans nos université et des problèmes auxquels elles doivent faire face.

    Au delà des mesures qui s’imposent à court terme, nous demandons aux gouvernements, aux autorités universitaires et aux organismes finançant la recherche d’envisager des changements profonds dans l’organisation de l’enseignement et de la recherche :

    Des moyens financiers supplémentaires. A l’heure où nos gouvernements et la commission européenne mettent sur pied des aides au monde économique, l’éducation supérieure ne doit pas être oubliée. A court terme, les contrats à durée déterminée de nos chercheur·euse·s doivent être prolongés, des aides pour les étudiant·e·s les plus précaires doivent être mises en place. Des moyens doivent être dégagés pour faire face à la charge de travail due à la crise et qui ne fait qu’aggraver une situation qui était déjà difficile. A long terme, il est nécessaire d’améliorer les conditions de travail dans nos universités et de repenser les mécanismes d’attribution des moyens qui reposent trop souvent sur une compétition exacerbée à tous les niveaux.
    Adapter les critères d’évaluation de la recherche et de l’enseignement. A court terme, les écoles doctorales, les organismes de financement de la recherche et les universités doivent tenir compte de la situation des chercheur·euse·s et des étudiant·e·s en reconnaissant explicitement l’impact de la pandémie dans leurs processus d’évaluation et en adaptant les échéances. A plus long terme, les processus de recrutement, d’évaluation et de promotion dans nos universités doivent être réformés afin d’être plus inclusifs notamment en valorisant le travail reproductif et de soins (tout travail qui rend la vie au sens large possible, (se) nourrir, (se) reproduire, élever les enfants, prendre soin de ses proches, etc.), permettant ainsi un meilleur équilibre entre vie professionnelle et privée.
    Prendre en compte la santé mentale et charge de travail. Les universités doivent immédiatement mettre en oeuvre des plans d’action pour la santé mentale et adapter les conditions de travail à la fois pour les étudiant·e·s, les chercheur·euse·s et le personnel. A plus long terme, il faut remédier aux causes systémiques des problèmes de santé mentale dont l’existence est connue et liés aux conditions de travail dans le milieu académique.
    Les gouvernements, les universités et les organismes finançant la recherche doivent, au plus vite, dialoguer pour coordonner leurs actions afin de mettre sur pied des mesures collectives pour minimiser les effets de la crise sanitaire. Ce dialogue doit aussi avoir lieu démocratiquement au sein de chaque université, en évitant toute dérive autoritaire. Ceci afin que tous les travailleur·euse·s et les étudiant·e·s puissent recevoir l’information et l’aide nécessaire dans les mêmes conditions. A long terme, ce dialogue et cette coordination ne peuvent qu’être bénéfiques.

    Une crise telle que la pandémie que nous vivons pose de nombreux défis, mais c’est aussi une occasion de repenser l’enseignement supérieur. Plutôt que de se limiter à quelques mesures de sauvetage, nous avons l’occasion d’ouvrir une large discussion sur ce que devrait être l’université et sur comment la transformer. Comment garantir que l’éducation et la recherche restent des services publics ? Comment permettre un équilibre entre la vie professionnelle et la vie privée dans les carrières académiques ? Comment participer à la diminution des inégalités structurelles sur nos campus et dans la société ? Nous devons réfléchir collectivement pour créer l’université que nous voulons pour l’éducation, pour une recherche de qualité, pour de bonnes conditions de travail, pour des campus où le dialogue démocratique constitue la base d’une communauté vivante.

    En dessous vous trouverez le manifeste complet, dans celui-ci nous avons tenté d’établir une vue d’ensemble des effets de la pandémie sur les différentes catégories de personnes présentes dans nos université et des problèmes auxquels elles doivent faire face.

    Soutenez le manifeste en signant !
    https://forms.gle/GTom2JAJ2AEwmuRD7

    https://slowscience.be/corona-manifesto-fr
    #slow_science #université #ESR #science #manifeste #résistance #le_monde_d'après #post-coronavirus #facs

  • La crise économique post-covid de 2020-2021 pire que 1929 ?
    https://ricochets.cc/La-crise-economique-de-1929-sera-depassee-en-2020-2021.html

    De nombreux experts confirment ce dont on se doute intuitivement : la crise économique post covid-19 sera pire que la très grave crise de 1929 ! 2020 : les prévisions les plus sombres et incertaines de tous les temps - Il n’y a plus de doute : 2020 sera pire que 1929. Banque de France, Trésor, OCDE, Fed : toutes les prévisions le confirment. La fin de la crise serait pour quand ? Trop tôt pour le dire. La crise, pour qui sera-t-elle la pire ? Ça, on le sait. Revue des prévisions publiées cette semaine, (...) #Les_Articles

    / #Résistances_au_capitalisme_et_à_la_civilisation_industrielle

    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/la-bulle-economique-edition-speciale/covid-19-les-previsions-dramatiques-du-printemps

  • Au journal El País : la violence a bien un sexe
    Nous, les femmes de l’Assemblée abolitionniste de Madrid, dénonçons la négation de la violence structurelle à l’égard des femmes que constitue l’article « Ni toutes les femmes ont des règles, ni toutes les personnes qui ont des règles sont des femmes », publié dans le journal El País le 20 juin. Depuis quelque temps, nous assistons à une tentative d’institutionnalisation de la novlangue machiste promu par les théories queer, qui déshumanisent les femmes en parlant de « corps menstrués » ou de « personnes enceintes ». Ces expressions objectifient les femmes dans nos fonctions de reproduction et effacent le vécu et la violence que nous subissons en raison de notre réalité biologique. « Les règles ne sont pas le patrimoine exclusif des femmes », précise l’article mentionné. Si ce ne sont pas les femmes qui ont leurs règles, alors toutes les expériences de violence découlant de ce processus biologique ne sont plus considérées comme l’expression du machisme avec lequel notre corps a été historiquement maltraité.
    En novembre 2019, El País a publié une interview de Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie dans laquelle l’écrivaine féministe raconte à la première personne l’exclusion dont souffrent des millions de filles dans différents pays lorsqu’elles commencent à avoir leurs règles et comment le tabou entourant la biologie féminine est arrivé au point d’éliminer le mot « vagin » de leur vocabulaire. Les femmes sont une classe sexuelle, et l’oppression que nous subissons dans le patriarcat est indissoluble de notre corps et de notre sexualité, tant dans ses aspects reproductifs qu’érotiques. Il n’y a pas d’essence masculine et féminine, il n’y a pas de trucs comme des cerveaux d’hommes et de femmes, c’est la socialisation différente selon le sexe qui perpétue l’inégalité. Si la catégorie sexuelle est supprimée et échangée contre le genre - définitions basées sur des stéréotypes sexistes historiquement acceptés - les femmes sont effacées et deviennent le produit de leur propre oppression. En une semaine, c’est la deuxième fois que El País publie un contenu qui promeut l’effacement des femmes. Le 17 juin dernier, elle a publié sur son réseau Twitter un post qualifiant des femmes de « personnes enceintes », post qui a été supprimé peu après. Notre législation proclame « le droit à l’égalité et à la non-discrimination sur la base du sexe » dans l’article 14 de la Constitution espagnole . La loi pour l’égalité effective entre les hommes et les femmes inclut dans sa section sur la discrimination directe fondée sur le sexe « tout traitement défavorable des femmes lié à la grossesse ou à la maternité ».
    Nous invitons toutes les personnes et tous les groupes engagés en faveur de l’égalité effective à adhérer à la présente déclaration, qui informe El País et ses rédacteurs que nous, féministes, ne permettrons pas à la presse, en tant que principaux acteurs de l’opinion publique, de diluer la violence structurelle contre les femmes dans un discours postmoderne qui ignore commodément le sexe comme racine de notre oppression." ( Asemblea abolicionista de Madrid )

    #abolitionnisme #transgenrisme #résistance féministe #ElPais #"personnes enceintes" #"hommes menstrués"

    http://abolicionmadrid.com/diario-el-pais-la-violencia-si-tiene-sexo
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  • 20 JUIN 2020 : Lancement du #campement des jeunes majeurs pour leurs droits !


    Transféré du collectif jeunes majeurs :

    Bonjour à tous et toutes,

    A partir de ce samedi 20 juin à 16h30, nous allons camper pour nos
    droits. Nous allons camper sur le parvis sous le Musée de Grenoble
    (arrêt notre dame musée) pour obtenir notre régularisation, un
    #logement, des contrats jeunes majeurs. N’hésitez pas à venir nous
    soutenir, en respectant les mesures sanitaires.

    Pour l’instant notre #manifestation_statique de plusieurs jours n’a pas
    été interdite par la préfecture.

    Nous nous retrouverons pour le rassemblement appelés par différents
    collectifs dès 14h Place Verdun, devant la préfecture de l’Isère,
    pour ensuite aller installer notre camp. L’inauguration aura lieu à
    16h30. Si vous voulez rester la nuit, amenez de quoi dormir.

    La lutte continue ! Un toit une école des papiers !

    #résistance #Grenoble #régularisation #asile #migrations #réfugiés

  • Indonesia: Police crackdown on peasants protesting land-grab by a Michelin subsidiary
    https://viacampesina.org/en/indonesia-police-crackdown-on-peasants-protesting-land-grab-by-micheli

    Peasants living in Tebo district in the Jambi province of Indonesia, who have long been resisting the attempts of land grabbing by big plantation firms in the region, were in for a shock when the police arrested Junawal, a local peasant leader and organiser on May 26, 2020.
    Junawal

    Mr Junawal is the Chairperson of Serikat Petani Indonesia’s (SPI) Tebo unit and was leading the local resistance against PT Lestari Asri Jaya (PT LAJ) – a subsidiary of Royal Lestari Utama (RLU). RLU is a joint venture company between PT Barito Pasifik and French transnational tyre-manufacturing giant Michelin. Through its subsidiaries, RLU manages more than 88,000 hectares of plantation land in Jambi and East Kalimantan.

    #Indonésie #hévéa #caoutchouc #répression #résistance #Michelin

  • The Antipode Film Project - Antipode Online
    https://antipodeonline.org/the-antipode-film-project

    The journal Antipode celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, and one of the ways in which we are marking the event is the launch of the Antipode Film Project. We have commissioned two publicly accessible online documentaries presenting some of radical geography’s leading thinkers. Speaking to a wide audience, from undergraduate students both within and beyond the discipline, as well as an interested public outside the university, we hope these films will offer cutting-edge resources for interpreting and changing our world.

    The Project envisioned short, engaging interventions from scholars “on location”, that is, in a place where they work, that their work speaks to or illuminates in some way. The films would introduce viewers to some of the most provocative thinking from critical geography’s leading lights. They would have attitude and directness, and be timely and pressing – springboards for discussion, inciting conversation. Among other things, we imagined the presenters might meditate on a “live” event or reflect on strategies for change or forms of organisation producing a more socially just and radically democratic life. Or they might comment on the state of radical practice and theory or introduce debate and disagreement around a politically contentious issue.

    Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore and David Harvey and the City are documentaries of the highest quality; both will be made available in perpetuity through our websites, AntipodeOnline.org and Wiley Online Library. Professors Ruth Wilson Gilmore and David Harvey were invited by the trustees of the Antipode Foundation to participate in the Project, working with directors Kenton Card and Brett Story respectively to talk about their research and its implications for praxis. We hope that the films will form a distinctive archive, preserved for teachers, researchers, and anyone with an interest in the history, present condition, and future directions of critical geography.

    #capitalism #géopolitique_critique #résistance #université_populaire

  • #BLM – Demonstrations in #Calais and #Dunkerque / Manifestations à Calais et Dunkerque

    On the wave of Black Lives Matter movements around the globe, demonstrations took place also in Dunkerque and Calais, to denounce racist politics and their consequences.

    About 80 people gathered in a public square in Calais, last Saturday, June, 13th. The speeches highlighted the violence that exiled people suffer on a daily basis in the border city, amongst which the discrimination in city buses, which was almost officially acknowledged by the president of SITAC, which manages the urban network.

    The demonstration continued with a spontaneous march all the way to the sea side , chanting slogans without interruption.
    “racist state, complicit police”, “police hates everyone” “no border no nation stop deportation” “no justice, no peace”… a reminder that police and racist politics such as border ones have made victims also in Calais.

    The message is clear.

    Sur la vague des mouvements Black Lives Matter dans le monde entier, des manifestations ont également eu lieu à Dunkerque et à Calais, pour dénoncer les politiques racistes et leurs conséquences.

    Environ 80 personnes se sont réunies sur une place publique de Calais, ce samedi 13 Juin. Les prises de paroles ont mis en avant les #violences que subissent quotidiennement les exilé-es, dont la discrimination dans les bus de ville quasi officialisée par le président de la SITAC qui gère le réseau urbain.

    Le rassemblement a été suivi d’une manifestation sauvage jusqu’au front de mer avec des slogans sans interruption.
    “Etat raciste, police complice”, “La police déteste tout le monde” “no border no nation stop deportation” “no justice, no peace”….. un rappel que la police et les politiques racistes comme celles des frontières ont fait des victimes également à Calais.

    Le message est clair.

    https://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/2020/06/14/blm-demostration-in-calais-and-dunkerque-manifest
    #manifestation #résistance #Black_Lives_Matter #France #discriminations #répression #racisme

  • UK Deportations 2020: how BA, #Easyjet and other airlines collaborate with the border regime

    The Home Office’s deportation machine has slowed during the corona crisis, with hundreds of people released from detention. But a recent charter flight to Poland shows the motor is still ticking over. Will things just go “back to normal” as the lockdown lifts, or can anti-deportation campaigners push for a more radical shift? This report gives an updated overview of the UK deportation system and focuses in on the role of scheduled flights run by major airlines including: #BA, Easyjet, #Kenya_Airways, #Qatar_Airways, #Turkish_Airlines, #Ethiopian_Airlines, #Air_France, #Royal_Jordanian, and #Virgin.

    On 30 April, with UK airports largely deserted during the Covid-19 lockdown, a Titan Airways charter plane took off from Stansted airport deporting 35 people to Poland. This was just a few days after reports of charter flights in the other direction, as UK farmers hired planes to bring in Eastern European fruit-pickers.

    The Home Office’s deportation machine has slowed during the corona crisis. Hundreds of people have been released from detention centres, with detainee numbers dropping by 900 over the first four months of 2020. But the Poland flight signals that the Home Office motor is still ticking over. As in other areas, perhaps the big question now is whether things will simply go “back to normal” as the lockdown lifts. Or can anti-deportation campaigners use this window to push for a more radical shift?
    An overview of the UK’s deportation machine

    Last year, the UK Home Office deported over seven thousand people. While the numbers of people “removed” have been falling for several years, deportation remains at the heart of the government’s strategy (if that is the term) for “tackling illegal immigration”. It is the ultimate threat behind workplace and dawn raids, rough-sleeper round-ups, “right to rent” checks, reporting centre queues, and other repressive architecture of the UK Border Regime.

    This report gives an overview of the current state of UK deportations, focusing on scheduled flights run by major airlines. Our previous reports on UK deportations have mainly looked at charter flights: where the Home Office aims to fill up chartered planes to particular destinations, under heavy guard and typically at night from undisclosed locations. These have been a key focus for anti-deportation campaigners for a number of reasons including their obvious brutality, and their use as a weapon to stifle legal and direct resistance. However, the majority of deportations are on scheduled flights. Deportees are sitting – at the back handcuffed to private security “escorts” – amongst business or holiday travellers.

    These deportations cannot take place without extensive collaboration from businesses. The security guards are provided by outsourcing company Mitie. The tickets are booked by business travel multinational Carlson Wagonlit. The airlines themselves are household names, from British Airways to Easyjet. This report explains how the Home Office and its private sector collaborators work together as a “deportation machine” held together by a range of contractual relationships.

    Some acknowledgements

    Many individuals and campaign groups helped with information used in this report. In particular, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants shared their valuable research and legal advice, discussed below.

    We have produced this report in collaboration with the Air Deportation Project led by William Walters at the University of Carleton in Canada, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Corporate Watch received funding from this project as a contribution for our work on this report.

    Names, numbers

    First a quick snapshot of deportation numbers, types and destinations. We also need to clear up some terminology.

    We will use the term “deportations” to refer to all cases where the Home Office moves someone out of the country under direct force (for scheduled flights, this usually means handcuffed to a security “escort”). In the Home Office’s own jargon, these are called “enforced returns”, and the word “deportation” is reserved for people ejected on “public policy” rather than “immigration” grounds – mostly Foreign National Offenders who have been convicted by criminal courts. The Home Office refers to deportations carried out under immigration law euphemistically, calling them “removals” or “returns”.i

    As well as “enforced returns”, there are also so-called “voluntary returns”. This means that there is no direct use of force – no guard, no leg or arm restraints. But the term “voluntary” is stretched. Many of these take place under threat of force: e.g., people are pressured to sign “voluntary return” agreements to avoid being forcibly deported, or as the only chance of being released from detention. In other cases, people may agree to “voluntary return” as the only escape route from a limbo of reporting controls, lack of rights to work or rent legally, or destitution threatened by “no recourse to public funds”.

    In 2019, the Home Office reported a total of 18,782 returns: 7,361 “enforced” and 11,421 “voluntary”.ii
    These figures include 5,110 “Foreign National Offenders” (27%). (The Home Office says the majority of these were enforced returns, although no precise figure is provided.)
    There is a notable trend of declining removals, both enforced and “voluntary”. For example, in 2015 there were 41,789 returns altogether, 13,690 enforced and 28,189 “voluntary”. Both enforced and voluntary figures have decreased every year since then.
    Another notable trend concerns the nationalities of deportees. Europeans make up an increasing proportion of enforced deportations. 3,498, or 48%, of all enforced returns in 2019 were EU citizens – and this does not include other heavily targeted non-EU European nationalities such as Albanians. In 2015, there were 3,848 EU enforced returns – a higher absolute figure, but only 28% of a much higher overall total. In contrast, EU nationals still make up a very small percentage of “voluntary” returns – there were only 107 EU “voluntary returns” in 2019.
    The top nationalities for enforced returns in 2019 were: Romania (18%), Albania (12%), Poland (9%), Brazil (8%) and Lithuania (6%). For voluntary returns they were: India (16%), China (9%), Pakistan (9%).

    We won’t present any analysis of these figures and trends here. The latest figures show continuing evidence of patterns we looked at in our book The UK Border Regime.iii One key point we made there was that, as the resources and physical force of the detention and deportation system are further diminished, the Border Regime is more than ever just a “spectacle” of immigration enforcement – a pose for media and key voter audiences, rather than a realistic attempt to control migration flows. We also looked at how the scapegoat groups targeted by this spectacle have shifted over recent decades – including, most recently, a new focus on European migration accompanying, or in fact anticipating, the Brexit debate.

    Deportation destinations

    Home Office Immigration Statistics also provide more detailed dataiv on the destinations people are “returned” to, which will be important when we come to look at routes and airline involvement. Note that, while there is a big overlap between destinations and nationalities, they are of course not the same thing. For example, many of those deported to France and other western European countries are “third country” removals of refugees under the Dublin agreement – in which governments can deport an asylum seeker where they have already been identified in another EU country.

    Here are the top 20 destinations for deportations in 2019 – by which, to repeat, we mean all enforced returns:

    It is worth comparing these figures with a similar table of top 20 deportation destinations in the last 10 years – between 2010 and 2019. This comparison shows very strongly the recent shift to targeting Europeans.

    The Home Office: who is targeted and how

    As we will see, the actual physical business of deporting people is outsourced to private companies. The state’s role remains giving the orders about who is targeted for arrest and detention, who is then released, and who is forced onto a plane. Here we’ll just take a very quick look at the decision-making structures at work on the government side. This is based on the much more detailed account in The UK Border Regime.

    The main state body responsible for immigration control in the UK is the Home Office, the equivalent of other countries’ Interior Ministries. In its current set-up, the Home Office has three divisions: Homeland Security, which runs security and intelligence services; Public Safety, which oversees the police and some other institutions; and Borders, Immigration and Citizenship. The last of these is further divided into three “directorates”: UK Visas and Immigration, which determines visa and asylum applications; Border Force, responsible for control at the frontiers; Immigration Enforcement, responsible for control within the national territory – including detention and deportations. Immigration Enforcement itself has an array of further departments and units. Regular restructuring and reshuffling of all these structures is known to bewilder immigration officers themselves, contributing to the Home Office’s notoriously low morale.v

    At the top of the tree is the Home Secretary (interior minister), supported by a more junior Immigration Minister. Along with the most senior civil servants and advisors, these ministers will be directly involved in setting top-level policies on deportations.

    For example, an enquiry led by then prisons and probation ombudsman Stephen Shaw into the Yarl’s Wood detention centre revolt in 2002 has given us some valuable insight into the development of modern Home Office deportation policy under the last Labour government. Then Home Secretary Jack Straw, working with civil servants including the Home Office permanent secretary Sir David Omand, introduced the first deportation targets we are aware of, in 2000. They agreed a plan to deport 12,000 people in 2000-1, rising to 30,000 people the next year, and eventually reaching 57,000 in 2003-4.vi

    Nearly two decades later, Home Secretary Amber Rudd was pushed to resign after a leak confirmed that the Home Office continued to operate a deportation targets policy, something of which she had denied knowledge.vii The 2017-18 target, revealed in a leaked letter to Rudd from Immigration Enforcement’s director general Hugh Ind, was for 12,800 enforced returns.viii

    As the figures discussed above show, recent austerity era Conservative governments are more modest than the last Labour government in their overall deportation targets, and have moved to target different groups. Jack Straw’s deportation programme was almost entirely focused on asylum seekers whose claims had been refused. This policy derived from what the Blair government saw as an urgent need to respond to media campaigns demonising asylum seekers. Twenty years on, asylum seekers now make up a minority of deportees, and have been overtaken by new media bogeymen including European migrants.

    In addition, recent Home Office policy has put more effort into promoting “voluntary” returns – largely for cost reasons, as security guards and detention are expensive. This was the official rationale behind Theresa May’s infamous “racist van” initiative, where advertising vans drove round migrant neighbourhoods parading “Go Home” slogans and a voluntary return hotline number.

    How do Home Office political targets translate into operations on the ground? We don’t know all the links, but can trace some main mechanisms. Enforced returns begin with arrests. One of the easiest ways to find potential deportees is to grab people as they walk in to sign at an Immigration Reporting Centre. 80,000 migrants in the UK are “subject to reporting requirements”, and all Reporting Centres include short-term holding cells.ix Other deportees are picked up during immigration raids – such as daytime and evening raids on workplaces, or dawn raids to catch “immigration offenders” in their beds.x

    Both reporting centre caseworkers and Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) raid squads are issued with targets and incentives to gather deportees. An Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) report from 2017 explains how reporting centre staff work specifically to deportation targets. The inspector also tells us how:

    Staff at the London Reporting Centres worked on the basis that to meet their removal targets they needed to detain twice the number of individuals, as around half of those detained would later raise a barrier to removal and be released from detention.

    ICE raid teams are set monthly priorities by national and regional commanders, which may include targeting specific nationalities for deportation. For example, the Home Office has repeatedly denied that it sets nationality targets in order to fill up charter flights to particular destinations – but this practice was explicitly confirmed by an internal document from 2014 (an audit report from the director of Harmondsworth detention centre) obtained by Corporate Watch following a Freedom of Information legal battle.xi

    Day-to-day deportation and detention decisions are overseen by a central unit called the National Removals Command (NRC). For example, after ICE raid officers make arrests they must call NRC to authorise individuals’ detention. This decision is made on the basis of any specific current targets, and otherwise on general “removability”.

    “Removability” means the chance of successfully getting their “subject” onto a plane without being blocked by lack of travel documents, legal challenges and appeals, or other obstacles. For example, nationals of countries with whom the UK has a formal deportation agreement are, all other things being equal, highly removable. This includes the countries with which the UK has set up regular charter flight routes – including Albania, Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana, and more recently Jamaica and a number of EU countries. On the other extreme, some nationalities such as Iranians present a problem as their governments refuse to accept deportees.

    The Home Office: “arranging removal” procedure

    A Home Office document called “Arranging Removal” sets out the steps Immigration Enforcement caseworkers need to take to steer their “subject” from arrest to flight.xii

    On the one hand, they are under pressure from penny-pinching bosses keen to get the job done as quick and cheap as possible. On the other, they have to be careful not to make any mistakes deportees’ lawyers could use to get flights cancelled. Immigration Officers have the legal power to order deportations without the need for any court decision – however, many deportations are blocked on appeal to courts.

    Here are some of the main steps involved:

    Removability assessment. The caseworker needs to assess that: there are no “casework barriers” – e.g., an ongoing asylum claim or appeal that would lead to the deportation being stopped by a court; the detainee is medically “fit to fly”; any family separation is authorised correctly; the detainee has a valid travel document.
    Travel Document. If there is no valid travel document, the caseworker can try to obtain an “emergency travel document” through various routes.
    Executive approval. If all these criteria are met, the caseworker gets authorisation from a senior office to issue Removal Directions (RD) paperwork.
    Risk Assessment. Once the deportation is agreed, the caseworker needs to assess risks that might present themselves on the day of the flight – such as medical conditions, the likelihood of detainee resistance and of public protest. At this point escorts and/or medics are requested. A version of this risk assessment is sent to the airline – but without case details or medical history.xiii
    Flight booking. The caseworker must first contact the Airline Ticketing Team who grant access to an online portal called the Electronic Removal Form (ERF). This portal is run by the Home Office’s flight booking contractor Carlson Wagonlit (see below). Tickets are booked for escorts and any medics as well as the deportee. There are different options including “lowest cost” non-refundable fares, or “fully refundable” – the caseworker here should assess how likely the deportation is to be cancelled. One of the options allows the caseworker to choose a specific airline.
    Notice of removal. Finally, the deportee must be served with a Removal Directions (RD) document that includes notification of the deportation destination and date. This usually also includes the flight number. The deportee must be given sufficient notice: for people already in detention this is standardly 72 hours, including two working days, although longer periods apply in some situations.

    In 2015 the Home Office brought in a new policy of issuing only “removal window” notification in many cases – this didn’t specify the date but only a wide timeframe. The window policy was successfully challenged in the courts in March 2019 and is currently suspended.

    #Carlson_Wagonlit

    The electronic booking system is run by a private company, #Carlson_Wagonlit_Travel (#CWT). CWT is also in charge of contracting charter flights.

    Carlson Wagonlit has been the Home Office’s deportation travel agent since 2004, with the contract renewed twice since then. Its current seven year contract, worth £5.7 million, began in November 2017 and will last until October 2024 (assuming the two year extension period is taken up after an initial five years). The Home Office estimated in the contract announcement that it will spend £200 million on deportation tickets and charters over that seven year period.xiv

    Carlson is a global #business travel services company, i.e., a large scale travel agent and booker for companies and government agencies. Its official head office is in France, but it is 100% owned by US conglomerate #Carlson_Companies Inc. It claims to be active in more than 150 countries.

    A report on “outsourced contracts” by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration gives us some information on CWT’s previous (2010-17) contract.xv This is unlikely to be substantially changed in the new version, although deportation numbers have reduced since then. The contract involved:

    management of charter flights and ticketing provision for scheduled flights for migrants subject to enforced removal and escorts, where required, and the management of relationships with carriers to maintain and expand available routes. […] Annually, CWT processed approximately 21,000 booking requests from Home Office caseworkers for tickets for enforced removals. Some booking requests were for multiple travellers and/or more than one flight and might involve several transactions. CWT also managed flight rescheduling, cancellations and refunds. The volume of transactions processed varied from 5,000 to 8,000 per month.

    The inspection report notes the value of CWT’s service to the Home Office through using its worldwide contacts to facilitate deportations:

    Both Home Office and CWT managers noted that CWT’s position as a major travel operator had enabled it to negotiate favourable deals with airlines and, over the life of the contract to increase the range of routes available for enforced removals. (Para 5.10).

    The airlines: regular deportation collaborators

    We saw above that Home Office caseworkers book flight tickets through an online portal set up and managed by Carlson Wagonlit Travel. We also saw how CWT is praised by Home Office managers for its strong relationships with airlines, and ability to negotiate favourable deals.

    For charter flight deportations, we know that CWT has developed a particular relationship with one charter company called Titan Airways. We have looked at Titan in our previous reports on charter flight deportations.

    Does the Home Office also have specific preferred airline partners for scheduled flights? Unfortunately, this isn’t an easy question to answer. Under government procurement rules, the Home Office is required to provide information on contracts it signs – thus, for example, we have at least a redacted version of the contract with CWT. But as all its airline bookings go through the intermediary of CWT, there are no such contracts available. Claiming “commercial confidentiality”, the Home Office has repeatedly information requests on its airline deals. (We will look in a bit more depth at this issue in the annex.)

    As a result, we have no centrally-gathered aggregate data on airline involvement. Our information comes from individual witnesses: deportees themselves; their lawyers and supporters; fellow passengers, and plane crew. Lawyers and support groups involved in deportation casework are a particularly helpful reference, as they may know about multiple deportation cases.

    For this report, we spoke to more than a dozen immigration lawyers and caseworkers to ask which airlines their clients had been booked on. We also spoke to anti-deportation campaign groups including Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, who have run recent campaigns calling on airlines to refuse to fly deportees; and to the trade union Unite, who represent flight crew workers. We also looked at media reports of deportation flights that identify airlines.

    These sources name a large number of airlines, and some names come up repeatedly. British Airways is top of the list. We list a few more prominent collaborators below: Easyjet, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Royal Jordanian. Virgin Airlines is the only company to have publicly announced it has stopped carrying deportees from the UK – although there have been some questions over whether it is keeping this promise.

    However, the information we have does not allow us to determine the exact nature of the relationship with these airlines. How many airlines appear in the CWT booking system – what determines which ones are included? Does CWT have a preferential arrangement with BA or other frequent deportation airlines? Does the Home Office itself have any direct interaction with these airlines’ management? How many airlines are not included in the CWT booking system because they have refused to carry deportees?

    For now, we have to leave these as open questions.

    British Airways

    We have numerous reports of British Airways flying deportees to destinations worldwide – including African and Caribbean destinations, amongst others. Cabin crew representatives in Unite the Union identify British Airways as the main airline they say is involved in deportation flights.

    The airline has long been a key Home Office collaborator. Back in 2003, at the height of the Labour government’s push to escalate deportations, the “escort” security contractor was a company called Loss Prevention International. In evidence to a report by the House of Commons home affairs committee, its chief executive Tom Davies complained that many airlines at this point were refusing to fly deportees. But he singled out BA as the notable exception, saying: “if it were not for […] the support we get from British Airways, the number of scheduled flight removals that we would achieve out of this country would be virtually nil”.xvi

    In 2010, British Airways’ role was highlighted when Jimmy Mubenga was killed by G4S “escorts” on BA flight 77 from Heathrow to Angola.

    Since 2018, there has been an active calling on BA to stop its collaboration. The profile of this issue was raised after BA sponsored Brighton Pride in May 2018 – whilst being involved in deportations of lesbian and gay migrants to African countries where their lives were in danger. After winning a promise from Virgin Airways to cease involvement in deportations (see below), the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) have made BA the main target for their anti-deportation campaigning.

    The campaign has also now been supported by BA cabin crew organised in the union Unite. In December 2019 Unite cabin crew branches passed a motion against airline scheduled flight deportations.xvii

    Kenya Airways

    We have numerous reports from caseworkers and campaigners of Kenya Airways flying deportees to destinations in Africa.

    The typical route is a flight from Heathrow to Nairobi, followed by a second onward flight. People deported using this route have included refugees from Sudan and Somalia.

    Easyjet

    We have numerous reports of Easyjet flying deportees to European destinations. Easyjet appears to be a favoured airline for deportations to Eastern European countries, and also for “third country” returns to countries including Italy and Germany. While most UK scheduled deportations are carried out from Heathrow and Gatwick, we have also seen accounts of Easyjet deportations from Luton.

    Qatar Airways

    We have numerous reports of Qatar Airways carrying deportees to destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Qatar Airways has carried deportees to Iraq, according to the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR), and also to Sudan. (In March 2019 the airline suspended its Sudan route, but this appears to have been restarted – the company website currently advertises flights to Khartoum in April 2020.xviii) Other destinations include Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Thailand, the Philippines, and Uganda. The typical route is from Heathrow via Doha.

    Turkish Airlines

    We have numerous reports of Turkish Airlines carrying deportees. The typical route is Heathrow or Gatwick to Istanbul, then an onward flight to further destinations including Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR), Turkish Airlines has been one of the main companies involved in deportations to Iraq. A media report from June 2019 also mentions Turkish Airlines carrying someone being deported to Somalia via Istanbul.xix In August 2017, a Turkish Airlines pilot notably refused to fly an Afghani refugee from Heathrow to Istanbul, en route to Kabul, after being approached by campaigners – but this does not reflect general company policy.xx

    Ethiopian Airlines

    We have reports of this airline deporting people to Ethiopia and other African countries, including Sudan. Flights are from Heathrow to Addis Ababa. In April 2018, high-profile Yarl’s Wood hunger striker Opelo Kgari was booked on an Ethiopian flight to Addis Ababa en route to Botswana.

    Air France

    Air France are well-known for carrying deportees from France, and have been a major target for campaigning by anti-deportation activists there. We also have several reports of them carrying deportees from the UK, on flights from Heathrow via Paris.

    Royal Jordanian

    According to IFIR, Royal Jordanian has been involved in deportations to Iraq.

    Virgin Airlines

    In June 2018, Virgin announced that it had ceased taking bookings for deportation flights. Virgin had previously been a regular carrier for deportations to Jamaica and to Nigeria. (NB: Nigeria is often used as a deportation transit hub from where people are subsequently removed to other African countries.) The announcement came after the Windrush scandal led to the Home Office apparently suspending deportations to the Caribbean, and following campaigning by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) – although Virgin claimed it had made the decision before being contacted by the campaign. A Virgin statement said:

    we made the decision to end all involuntary deportations on our network, and have already informed the Home Office. We believe this decision is in the best interest of our customers and people, and is in keeping with our values as a company.xxi

    But there are doubts over just how much Virgin’s promise is worth. According to a report by The Independent:

    The airline had agreed to deport a man to Nigeria […] a day after announcing the decision. The only reason he wasn’t removed was because the Home Office agreed to consider new representations following legal intervention.xxii

    Do airlines have a choice?

    In response to its critics, British Airways has consistently given the same reply: it has no choice but to cooperate with the Home Office. According to an August 2018 article in The Guardian, BA says that it has “a legal duty under the Immigration Act 1971 to remove individuals when asked to do so by the Home Office.” A company spokesperson is quoted saying:

    Not fulfilling this obligation amounts to breaking the law. We are not given any personal information about the individual being deported, including their sexuality or why they are being deported. The process we follow is a full risk assessment with the Home Office, which considers the safety of the individual, our customers and crew on the flight.xxiii

    The last parts of this answer fit the process we looked at above. When booking the flight, the Home Office caseworker sends the airline a form called an Airline Risk Report (ARA) which alerts it to risk issues, and specifies why escorts or medics are needed – including an assessment of the likelihood of resistance. But no information should be shared on the deportee’s medical issues or immigration case and reasons for deportation.

    But is it true that an airline would be breaking the law if it refused a booking? Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants have shared with us a legal opinion they received from law firm Duncan Lewis on this issue. We summarise the main points here.

    The law in question is the Immigration Act 1971, Section 27(1)(b)(iii). This states that, when issued the correct legal order by the Home Office, the “owner or agent of a ship or aircraft” must “make arrangements for or in connection with the removal of a person from the United Kingdom when required to do so [by appropriate Removal Directions]”. It is an offence to fail to do so “without reasonable excuse”.

    The offence is punishable by a fine, and potentially a prison sentence of up to six months. As a minor “summary only” offence, any case would be heard by a magistrates’ court rather than a jury.

    In fact many airline captains have refused to carry deportees – as we will see in the next section. But there are no recorded cases of anyone ever being prosecuted for refusing. As with many areas of UK immigration law, there is simply no “case law” on this question.

    If a case ever does come to court, it might turn on that clause about a “reasonable excuse”. The legal opinion explains that the airline might argue they refused to carry a deportee because doing so would present a risk to the aircraft or passengers, for example if there is resistance or protest. A court might well conclude this was “reasonable”.

    On the other hand, the “reasonable excuse” defence could be harder to apply for an airline that took a principled stand to refuse all deportations as a general rule, whether or not there is disruption.

    Again, though, all this is hypothetical as the Home Office has never actually prosecuted anyone. Virgin Airlines, the first company to have publicly stated that it will not fly deportees from the UK, so far has not faced any legal comeback. As reported in the press, a Virgin spokesperson explained the company’s position like this:

    We’ve made the decision to end all involuntary deportations on our network, and have informed the Home Office. We always comply with the law and would continue to comply with legislation; however, we have ended our contractual agreement to carry involuntary deportees.xxiv

    Due to our lack of information on Home Office agreements with airlines, it’s hard to assess exactly what this means. Possibly, Virgin previously had an outstanding deal with the Home Office and Carlson Wagonlit where their tickets came up on the CWT booking portal and were available for caseworkers, and this has now ended. If the Home Office insisted on contacting them and booking a ticket regardless, they might then be pushed to “comply with the law”.

    Above we saw that, according to evidence referred to in a report of the House of Commons home affairs select committee, in 2003 the majority of airlines actually refused to carry deportees, leaving the Home Office to depend almost exclusively on British Airways. Even in this context there were no prosecutions of airlines.

    This is not an uncommon situation across UK immigration law: much of it has never come to court. For example, as we have discussed in reports on immigration raids, there have been no legal cases testing many of the powers of ICE raid squads. To give another example, on numerous occasions campaigners have obstructed buses taking detainees to charter flights without any prosecution – the Stansted 15 trial of protestors blocking a plane inside the airport was the first high-profile legal case following an anti-deportation action.

    Even if the government has a legal case for prosecuting airlines, this could be a highly controversial move politically. The Home Office generally prefers not to expose the violence of its immigration enforcement activities to the challenge of a public legal hearing.

    Resistance

    We want to conclude this report on an upbeat note. Deportations, and scheduled airline flights in particular, are a major site of struggle. Resistance is not just possible but widespread and often victorious. Thousands of people have managed to successfully stop their “removals” through various means, including the following:

    Legal challenges: a large number of flights are stopped because of court appeals and injunctions.
    Public campaigning: there is a strong tradition of anti-deportation campaigning in the UK, usually supporting individuals with media-focused and political activity. Common tactics include: media articles highlighting the individual’s case; enlisting MPs and appealing to ministers; petitions, letters of support; mass phone calls, emails, etc., to airlines; demos or leafletting at the airport targeting air crew and passengers.
    Solidarity action by passengers: in some high-profile cases, passengers have refused to take their seats until deportees are removed. This creates a safety situation for the airline which may often lead to the pilot ordering escorts to remove their prisoner.
    Direct action by detainees: many detainees have been able to get off flights by putting up a struggle. This may involve, for example: physically resisting escorts; taking off clothes; shouting and appealing to passengers and air crew for help. Unless the deportee is extremely strong physically, the balance of force is with the escorts – and sometimes this can be lethal, as in the case of Jimmy Mubenga. However, pilots may often order deportees off their plane in the case of disruption.

    There are many reports of successful resistance using one or more of these tactics. And we can also get some glimpses of their overall power from a few pieces of aggregate information.

    In a 2016 report, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration revealed one telling figure. Looking at the figures for six months over 2014-15, he found that “on average 2.5 tickets were issued for each individual successfully removed.”xxv Some of this can be put down to the notorious inefficiency of Home Office systems: the Inspection report looks at several kinds of coordination failures between Home Office caseworkers, the escort contractor (at that point a subsidiary of Capita), and Carlson Wagonlit.

    But this is not the biggest factor. In fact, the same report breaks down the reasons for cancellation for a sample of 136 tickets. 51% of the sampled cancellations were the result of legal challenges. 18% were because of “disruptive or non-compliant behaviour”. 2% (i.e., three cases) were ascribed to “airline refusal to carry”.

    Where there is resistance, there is also reaction. As we have discussed in previous reports, one of the main reasons prompting the development of charter flights was to counter resistance by isolating deportees from passengers and supporters. This was very clearly put in 2009 by David Wood, then strategic director of the UK Border Agency (Home Office), who explained that the charter flight programme is:

    “a response to the fact that some of those being deported realised that if they made a big enough fuss at the airport – if they took off their clothes, for instance, or started biting and spitting – they could delay the process. We found that pilots would then refuse to take the person on the grounds that other passengers would object.”xxvi

    For both deportees and supporters, charter flights are much harder to resist. But they are also very expensive; require specific diplomatic agreements with destination countries; and in some cases (Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka) have been blocked by legal and political means.xxvii The Home Office cannot avoid the use of scheduled flights for the majority of deportations, and it will continue to face resistance.

    –—
    Annex: issues with accessing airline information

    We will expand a bit here on the issues around obtaining information on the Home Office’s relationships with airlines.

    Under UK and EU public sector procurement rules, central government departments are obliged to publish announcements of all contracts valued over £10,000, including on the contractsfinder website. However, there is no publicly available information on any contracts between the Home Office and specific airlines. This is legally justifiable if the Home Office has no direct contractual agreements with airlines. It has a signed contract with Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), which is published in a redacted form; and CWT then makes arrangements with airlines on a per-ticket basis.

    The Home Office certainly has knowledge of all the tickets booked on its behalf by CWT – indeed, they are booked by its own employees through the CWT maintained portal. And so it certainly knows all the airlines working for it. But it has refused all requests for this information, using the excuse of “commercial confidentiality”.

    There have been numerous attempts to request information on deportation airlines using the Freedom of Information Act.xxviii All have been refused on similar grounds. To give one standard example, in December 2018 A. Liberadzki requested statistics for numbers of removals carried out by British Airways and other scheduled airlines. The response confirmed “that the Home Office holds the information that you have requested.” However, it argued that:

    “we have decided that the information is exempt from disclosure under sections 31(1)e and 43(2) of the FOIA. These provide that information can be withheld if its disclosure would have a detrimental effect on the Home Office and its ability to operate effective immigration controls by carrying out removals or would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any persons (including the public authority holding it).”

    In April 2019 Kate Osamor MP put similar questions to the Home Secretary in parliament.xxix She received the same reply to all her questions:

    “The Home Office does not disclose the details or values of its commercial contracts. Doing so could discourage companies from dealing with the Home Office.”

    Of course this answer is blatantly false – as we just saw, the Home Office is legally obliged to disclose values of commercial contracts over £10,000.

    https://corporatewatch.org/uk-deportations-2020-how-ba-easyjet-and-other-airlines-collaborate-w

    #rapport #corporate_watch #compagnies_aériennes #British_Airways #avions #renvois #expulsions #asile #migrations #déboutés #sans-papiers #UK #Home_Office #résistance #Jimmy_Mubenga

    ping @isskein @karine4 @reka

  • La rivoluzione dei gelsomini

    A soli otto anni Takoua ha dovuto lasciare il paese in cui è nata per raggiungere il padre, rifugiato politico in Italia. Solo molto più tardi, dopo la Rivolta dei Gelsomini che abbatte la dittatura di Ben Ali, quella giovane donna cresciuta parlando con l’accento romano è potuta tornare in Tunisia per rimettere assieme i pezzi della sua storia familiare, per smascherare il funzionamento della macchina repressiva e testimoniare di come le
    donne – le grandi protagoniste di questa storia – ne fossero oggetto.

    Ed è ripercorrendo al contrario quel viaggio, che l’ha portata dalle porte del deserto del Sahara alla periferia di Roma, che conosciamo la storia di Takoua: la storia di una delle tante bambine che, nate o cresciute in Italia da genitori non italiani, molti si ostinano ancora a definire straniere.

    http://www.beccogiallo.it/prodotto/la-rivoluzione-dei-gelsomini
    #BD #livre #bande_dessinée
    #Tunisie #torture #prisonniers_politiques #viol #violence_sexuelle #persécution #femmes #résistance #solidarité_féminine #celles_qui_restent #autobiographie #voile #Takoua_Ben_Mohamed #révolution_tunisienne #révolution #révolution_de_jasmin #printemps_arabes #printemps_arabe

  • La Coronavidéo de l’€glise de la Très $ainte Consommation 13 Mars 2020

    Les temps sont durs en ce moment pour les plus riches de la planète, mais nous avons su s’adapter à la pandémie. Comme vous pourrez le voir dans nos vidéos, en investissant dans le papier toilette et revendant des masques au marché noir, on s’est fait des couilles en or ! 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L46AgqTbRT8

    Nous vous annonçons d’ores et déjà qu’il y aura bien une 8e Cérémonie des Doigts d’or malgré la pandémie. Il nous paraît vital de récompenser le Capitalisme qui, en ces temps de crise, nous montre toute sa grandeur. La première aura lieu au Théâtre Sébastopol le 18 Février 2021, SAVE THE DATE !

    Nous sommes en train de réfléchir à un modèle de production alternatif résilient au Covid basé sur des pré-commandes de la prochaine Cérémonie en VOD. On vous écrira bientot un autre message avec plus de détails.

    En attendant, au boulot les Français !
    Le Doigt du Capital 🖕🖕🖕
    A très vite,
    Votre PAP 40 et le Cardinal Triple A

    #covid-19 et le #coronavirus #EnMarche #réforme #artivisme #copinage #capitalisme #Résistance #humour #Consommation #travail #économie #Alessandro_Di_Giuseppe #désobéissants #Lille #Masques #Médicaments #gel #business

  • Grèce : nouvelle extension du confinement dans les #camps de demandeurs d’asile

    En Grèce, les autorités ont à nouveau prolongé le confinement des principaux camps de demandeurs d’asile pour 15 jours supplémentaires, soit jusqu’au 21 juin. C’est la troisième fois que ce confinement est prolongé depuis le mois de mai, officiellement en raison de la lutte contre la pandémie de coronavirus. Un virus qui a pourtant relativement épargné le pays, où moins de 200 victimes ont été recensées depuis le début de la crise sanitaire.

    C’est début mai que le confinement de la population grecque a été levé. Depuis, celui-ci se poursuit pourtant dans les centres dits « d’accueil et d’identification » de demandeurs d’asile. Des camps où s’entassent au total près de 35 000 personnes et qui se situent sur cinq îles de la mer Égée - à l’image de #Moria sur l’île de #Lesbos - ou à la frontière terrestre avec la Turquie, comme le centre de l’#Evros.

    Officiellement, il s’agit pour les autorités grecques de lutter contre la propagation du coronavirus. Or, parmi l’ensemble des demandeurs d’asile, seuls quelques dizaines de cas ont été signalés à travers le pays et aucune victime n’a été recensée.

    Avant la crise sanitaire, la tension était vive en revanche sur plusieurs îles qui abritent des camps, en particulier à Lesbos fin février et début mars. Une partie de la population locale exprimait alors son ras-le-bol, parfois avec violence, face à cette cohabitation forcée.

    Athènes a d’ailleurs l’intention de mettre prochainement en place de premiers centres fermés ou semi-fermés. Notamment sur l’île de Samos et à Malakassa, au nord de la capitale. La prolongation répétée du confinement pour plusieurs dizaines de milliers de demandeurs d’asile semble ainsi s’inscrire dans une logique parallèle.

    http://www.rfi.fr/fr/europe/20200607-gr%C3%A8ce-nouvelle-extension-confinement-les-camps

    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #extension #prolongation #confinement #coronavirus #covid-19 #Grèce #camps_de_réfugiés

    ping @luciebacon @karine4 @isskein

    • Νέα παράταση εγκλεισμού στα ΚΥΤ των νησιών με πρόσχημα τον κορονοϊό

      Αν δεν υπήρχε ο κορονοϊός, η κυβέρνηση θα έπρεπε να τον είχε εφεύρει για να μπορέσει να περάσει ευκολότερα την ακροδεξιά της ατζέντα στο προσφυγικό.

      Από την αρχή της εκδήλωσης της πανδημίας του κορονοϊού η κυβέρνηση αντιμετώπισε την πανδημία όχι σαν κάτι από το οποίο έπρεπε να προστατέψει τους πρόσφυγες και τους μετανάστες που ζουν στις δομές, αλλά αντιθέτως σαν άλλη μια ευκαιρία για να τους στοχοποιήσει σαν υποτιθέμενη υγειονομική απειλή. Εξού και δεν πήρε ουσιαστικά μέτρα πρόληψης και προστασίας των δομών, αγνοώντας επιδεικτικά τις επείγουσες συστάσεις ελληνικών, διεθνών και ευρωπαϊκών φορέων.

      Δεν προχώρησε ούτε στην άμεση εκκένωση των Κέντρων Υποδοχής και Ταυτοποίησης από τους περισσότερους από 2.000 πρόσφυγες και μετανάστες που είναι ιδιαίτερα ευπαθείς στον κορονοϊό - άνθρωποι ηλικιωμένοι ή με χρόνια σοβαρά προβλήματα υγείας. Αντιθέτως, ανέβαλε στην πράξη με προσχηματικές αοριστολογίες ή και σιωπηρά για τουλάχιστον δύο μήνες τη σχετική συμφωνία που είχε κάνει το υπουργείο Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου με την κυρία Γιόχανσον στις αρχές Απριλίου.

      Με άλλα λόγια, αν δεν υπήρχε ο κορονοϊός, η κυβέρνηση θα έπρεπε να τον είχε εφεύρει για να μπορέσει να περάσει ευκολότερα την ακροδεξιά της ατζέντα στο προσφυγικό. Στην πραγματικότητα, αυτό ακριβώς κάνει ο υπουργός Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου : χρησιμοποιεί την πανδημία του κορονοϊού για να παρατείνει ξανά και ξανά την καραντίνα σε δομές. Ιδίως στα Κέντρα Υποδοχής και Ταυτοποίησης στα νησιά, όπου εξελίχθηκαν σε φιάσκο οι άτσαλες και βιαστικές απόπειρες του υπουργού Νότη Μητασράκη και του υπουργού Προστασίας του Πολίτη Μιχάλη Χρυσοχοΐδη να επιβάλουν με επιτάξεις, απευθείας αναθέσεις και άγρια καταστολή έργα πολλών δεκάδων εκατομμυρίων ευρώ για τη δημιουργία νέων Κέντρων Υποδοχής και Ταυτοποίησης, πολλαπλάσιας χωρητικότητας από ατυτή των σημερινών.

      Η επιβολή καραντίνας στα ΚΥΤ στα νησιά ξεκίνησε στις 24 Μαρτίου, αρκετά πριν την επιβολή καραντίνας στο γενικό πληθυσμό, και από τότε ανανεώνεται συνεχώς. Το Σάββατο 20 Ιουνίου οι υπουργοί Μηταράκης και Χρυσοχοΐδης έδωσαν άλλη μια παράταση υγειονομικού αποκλεισμού των ΚΥΤ μέχρι τις 5 Ιουλίου, οπότε και θα συμπληρωθούν 3,5 μήνες συνεχούς καραντίνας. Τουλάχιστον για τα μάτια των ξενοφοβικών, καθώς στην πράξη οι αρχές αδυνατούν να επιβάλουν καραντίνα σε δομές που εξαπλώνονται σε μεγάλη έκταση έξω από τους οριοθετημένους χώρους των ΚΥΤ.

      Οι υπουργοί ανακοίνωσαν επίσης παράταση της καραντίνας στις δομές της Μαλακάσας, της Ριτσώνας και του Κουτσόχερου, όπου είχαν εμφανιστεί κρούσματα πριν από πολλές εβδομάδες, και έκτοτε δεν υπάρχει ενημέρωση για νέα κρούσματα μέσα στις δομές, παρόλο που έχει παρέλθει προ πολλού το προβλεπόμενο χρονικό όριο της καραντίνας.

      Πρόκειται για σκανδαλωδώς προκλητική διαχείριση, επικοινωνιακή και μόνο, τόσο του προσφυγικού και μεταναστευτικού όσο και του ζητήματος του κορονοϊού.

      https://www.efsyn.gr/node/248622

      #hotspot #hotpspots

      –—

      Avec ce commentaire de Vicky Skoumbi, reçu le 21.06.2020 via la mailing-list Migreurop :

      Sous des prétexte fallacieux, le gouvernement prolonge une énième fois les mesures de restriction de mouvement pour les résidents de hotspots dans les #îles et pour trois structures d’accueil au continent, #Malakasa, #Ritsona et #Koutsohero. Le 5 juillet, date jusqu’à laquelle court cette nouvelle #prolongation, les réfugiés dans les camps auront passés trois mois et demi sous #quarantaine. Je rappelle que depuis au moins un mois la population grecque a retrouvé une entière liberté de mouvement. Il est fort à parier que de prolongation en prolongation tout le reste de l’été se passera comme cela, jusqu’à la création de nouveaux centres fermés dans les îles. Cette éternisation de la quarantaine -soi-disant pour des raisons sanitaires qu’aucune donné réel ne justifie, transforme de fait les hotspots en #centres_fermés anticipant ainsi le projet du gouvernement.

      #stratégie_du_choc

    • Pro-migrant protests in Athens as Greece extends lockdown

      Following protests in Athens slamming the government for its treatment of migrants, the Greek government over the weekend said it would extend the COVID-19 lockdown on the migrant camps on Greek Aegean islands and on the mainland.

      Greece has extended a coronavirus lockdown on its migrant camps for a further two weeks. On Saturday, Greece announced extension of the coronavirus lockdown on its overcrowded and unsanitary migrant camps on its islands in the Aegean Sea for another fortnight.

      The move came hours after some 2,000 people protested in central Athens on Saturday to mark World Refugee Day and denounced the government’s treatment of migrants.

      The migration ministry said migrants living in island camps as well as those in mainland Greece will remain under lockdown until July 5. It was due to have ended on Monday, June 22, along with the easing of general community restrictions as the country has been preparing to welcome tourists for the summer.

      The Greek government first introduced strict confinement measures in migrant camps on March 21. A more general lockdown was imposed on March 23; it has since been extended a number of times. No known coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Greek migrant camps so far and only a few dozen infections have surfaced. Rights groups have expressed concern that migrants’ rights have been eroded by the restrictions.

      On May 18, the Greek asylum service resumed receiving asylum applications after an 11-week pause. Residence permits held by refugees will be extended six months from their date of expiration to prevent the service from becoming overwhelmed by renewal applications.

      ’No refugee homeless, persecuted, jailed’

      During the Saturday protests, members of anti-racist groups, joined by residents from migrant camps, marched in central Athens. They were holding banners proclaiming “No refugee homeless, persecuted, jailed” and chanting slogans against evictions of refugees from temporary accommodation in apartments.

      More than 11,000 refugees who have been living in reception facilities for asylum seekers could soon be evicted. Refugees used to be able to keep their accommodation for up to six months after receiving protected status.

      But the transitional grace period was recently reduced significantly: Since March of this year, people can no longer stay in the reception system for six months after they were officially recognized as refugees — they only have 30 days.

      Refugee advocacy groups and UNHCR have expressed concern that the people evicted could end up homeless. “Forcing people to leave their accommodation without a safety net and measures to ensure their self-reliance may push many into poverty and homelessness,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said last week.

      The government insists that it is doing everything necessary “to assure a smooth transition for those who leave their lodgings.”

      Moreover, UNHCR and several NGOs and human rights groups have spoken out to criticize the Greek government’s decision to cut spending on a housing program for asylum seekers by up to 30%. They said that it means less safe places to live for vulnerable groups.

      Asylum office laments burden, defends action

      In a message for World Refugee Day, the Ministry for Migration and Asylum said Greece has found itself “at the centre of the migration crisis bearing a disproportionate burden”, news agency AFP cites.

      “The country is safeguarding the rights of those who are really persecuted and operates as a shield of solidarity in the eastern Mediterranean,” it added.

      Government officials have repeatedly said Greece must become a less attractive destination for asylum seekers.

      The continued presence of more than 36,000 refugees and asylum seekers on the islands — over five times the intended capacity of shelters there — has caused major friction with local communities who are demanding their immediate removal.

      An operation in February to build detention centers for migrants on the islands of Lesbos and Chios had to be abandoned due to violent protests.

      Accusations of push-backs

      Greece has also been repeatedly accused of illegal pushbacks by its forces at its land and sea borders, which according to reports have spiked since March.

      On land, a Balkans-based network of human rights organizations said migrants reported beatings and violent collective expulsions from inland detention spaces to Turkey on boats across the Evros River. In the Aegean, a recent investigation by three media outlets claims that Greek coast guard officers intercept migrant boats coming from Turkey and send them back to Turkey in unseaworthy life rafts.

      Athens has repeatedly denied using illegal tactics to guard its borders, and has in turn accused Turkey of sending patrol boats to escort migrant boats into its waters.

      According to UNHCR, around 3,000 asylum seekers arrived in Greece by land and sea since the start of March, far fewer people than over previous months. Some 36,450 refugees and asylum seekers are currently staying on the Aegean islands.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/25521/pro-migrant-protests-in-athens-as-greece-extends-lockdown

      #résistance

  • #Webinars. #COVID-19 Capitalism #Webinar Series

    Since 1 April, #TNI with allies has brought together experts and activists weekly to discuss how this pandemic health crisis exposes the injustices of the global economic order and how it must be a turning point towards creating the systems, structures and policies that can always protect those who are marginalised and allow everyone to live with dignity. Every Wednesday at 4pm CET.

    TNI works closely with allied organisations and partners around the world in organising these webinars. AIDC and Focus on the Global South are co-sponsors for the full series.

    –—

    Les conférences déjà en ligne sont ci-dessous en commentaire.

    –----

    Les prochains webinars:

    On 10 June, TNI will hold a webinar on Taking on the Tech Titans: Reclaiming our Data Commons.

    Upcoming webinars - Wednesdays at 4pm CET

    17 June: Borders and migration
    #frontières #migrations

    24 June: Broken Trade System
    #commerce

    https://www.tni.org/en/webinars
    #capitalisme #vidéo #conférence #coronavirus

    ping @isskein @reka

    • Building an internationalist response to Coronavirus
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5qN35qeB1w&feature=emb_logo


      Panellists:

      Sonia Shah, award-winning investigative science journalist and author of Pandemic: Tracking contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (2017).
      Luis Ortiz Hernandez, public health professor in UAM-Xochimilco, Mexico. Expert on social and economic health inequities.
      Benny Kuruvilla, Head of India Office, Focus on the Global South, working closely with Forum For Trade Justice.
      Mazibuko Jara, Deputy Director, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, helping to coordinate a national platform of civic organisations in South Africa to confront COVID-19.
      Umyra Ahmad, Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Associate, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Malaysia

      #internationalisme

    • The coming global recession: building an internationalist response

      Recording of a TNI-hosted webinar on Wednesday, 8 April with Professor Jayati Ghosh, Quinn Slobodian, Walden Bello and Lebohang Pheko on the likely global impacts of the economic fallout from the Coronavirus and how we might be better prepared than the 2008 economic crisis to put forward progressive solutions.

      The webinar explored what we can expect in terms of a global recession that many predict could have bigger social impacts than the virus itself. How should we prepare? What can social movements learn from our failures to advance alternative progressive policies in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiP5qJhHsjw&feature=emb_logo

      Panellists:

      Professor Jayati Ghosh, award-winning economist Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Author of India and the International Economy (2015) and co-editor of Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, 2018.
      Quinn Slobodian, associate professor of history, Wellesley College. Author of Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (2018)
      Walden Bello, author of Paper Dragons: China and the Next Crash (2019) and Capitalism’s Last Stand?: Deglobalization in the Age of Austerity (2013)

      Lebohang Liepollo Pheko, Senior Research Fellow of Trade Collective, a thinktank in South Africa that works on international trade, globalisation, regional integration and feminist economics

      #récession #crise_économique

    • A Recipe for Disaster: Globalised food systems, structural inequality and COVID-19

      A dialogue between Rob Wallace, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu and agrarian justice activists from Myanmar, Palestine, Indonesia and Europe.

      The webinar explored how globalised industrial food systems set the scene for the emergence of COVID-19, the structural connections between the capitalist industrial agriculture, pathogens and the precarious conditions of workers in food systems and society at large. It also touched on the kind of just and resilient food systems we need to transform food and agriculture today?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9A6WkeqPss&feature=emb_logo

      Panellists:

      Rob Wallace author of Big Farms Make Big Flu and co-author of Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm.
      Moayyad Bsharat of Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), member organization of La Via Campesina in Palestine.
      Arie Kurniawaty of Indonesian feminist organization Solidaritas Perempuan (SP) which works with women in grassroots communities across the urban-rural spectrum.
      Sai Sam Kham of Metta Foundation in Myanmar.
      Paula Gioia, peasant farmer in Germany and member of the Coordination Committee of the European Coordination Via Campesina.

      #inégalités #agriculture #alimentation

      –—

      #livre:
      Big Farms Make Big Flu

      In this collection of dispatches, by turns harrowing and thought-provoking, #Rob_Wallace tracks the ways #influenza and other pathogens emerge from an agriculture controlled by multinational corporations. With a precise and radical wit, Wallace juxtaposes ghastly phenomena such as attempts at producing featherless chickens with microbial time travel and neoliberal Ebola. While many books cover facets of food or outbreaks, Wallace’s collection is the first to explore infectious disease, agriculture, economics, and the nature of science together.


      https://monthlyreview.org/press/new-big-farms-make-big-flu-by-rob-wallace
      #multinationales

    • Taking Health back from Corporations: pandemics, big pharma and privatized health

      This webinar brought together experts in healthcare and activists at the forefront of struggles for equitable universal public healthcare from across the globe. It examined the obstacles to access to medicines, the role of Big Pharma, the struggles against health privatisation, and the required changes in global governance of health to prevent future pandemics and bring about public healthcare for all.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KSIRFYF3W8&feature=emb_logo

      Panellists:

      Susan George, Author and President of the Transnational Institute
      Baba Aye, Health Officer, Public Services International
      Mark Heywood, Treatment Action Campaign, Section27 and editor at the Daily Maverick
      Kajal Bhardwaj, Independent lawyer and expert on health, trade and human rights
      David Legge, Peoples Health Movement Moderator: Monica Vargas, Corporate Power Project, Transnational Institute

      #santé #big-pharma #industrie_pharmaceutique #privatisation #système_de_santé

    • States of Control – the dark side of pandemic politics

      In response to an unprecedented global health emergency, many states are rolling out measures from deploying armies and drones to control public space, to expanding digital control through facial recognition technology and tracker apps.

      This webinar explored the political dimension of state responses, particularly the securitisation of COVID-19 through the expansion of powers for military, police, and security forces. It examined the impact of such repression on certain groups who are unable to socially distance, as well as how digital surveillance is being rolled out with little, if any democratic oversight.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KI515hJud8&feature=emb_logo

      Panellists:

      Fionnuala Ni Aolain, UN Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism, University of Minnesota
      Arun Kundnani, New York University, author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic War on Terror and The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain
      Anuradha Chenoy, School of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University (retired), and author of Militarisation and Women in South Asia
      María Paz Canales, Derechos Digitales (Digital Rights campaign), Chile

      #contrôle #surveillance #drones #reconnaissance_faciale #démocratie

      ping @etraces

    • A Global Green New Deal

      This sixth webinar in our COVID Capitalism series asked what a truly global #Green_New_Deal would look like. It featured Richard Kozul-Wright (UNCTAD), and leading activists from across the globe leading the struggle for a just transition in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbNhmPXpSAA&feature=emb_logo

      Panellists:

      Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, author of Transforming Economies: Making Industrial Policy Work for Growth, Jobs and Development
      Karin Nansen, chair of Friends of the Earth International, founding member of REDES – Friends of the Earth Uruguay
      Sandra van Niekerk, Researcher for the One Million Climate Jobs campaign, South Africa

      #transition

    • Proposals for a democratic just economy

      Outgoing UN rapporteur, #Philip_Alston in conversation with trade unionists and activists in Italy, Nigeria and India share analysis on the impacts of privatisation in a time of COVID-19 and the strategies for resistance and also constructing participatory public alternatives.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-IvJq9QJnI&feature=emb_logo

      Panellists:

      Philip Alston, outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
      Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International (PSI)
      Aderonke Ige, Our Water, Our Rights Campaign in Lagos / Environmental Rights Action /Friends of The Earth Nigeria
      Sulakshana Nandi, Co-chair, People’s Health Movement Global (PHM Global)

      #privatisation #participation #participation_publique #résistance

    • Feminist Realities – Transforming democracy in times of crisis

      An inspiring global panel of feminist thinkers and activists reflect and discuss how we can collectively reorganise, shift power and pivot towards building transformative feminist realities that can get us out of the worsening health, climate and capitalist crises.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFEBlNxZUAQ&feature=emb_logo

      Panellists:

      Tithi Bhattacharya, Associate Professor of History and the Director of Global Studies at Purdue University and co-author of the manifesto Feminism for the 99%.
      Laura Roth, Lecturer of legal and political philosophy at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, member of Minim Municipalist Observatory and co-author of the practice-oriented report Feminise Politics Now!
      Awino Okech, Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London who brings over twelve years of social justice transformation work in Eastern Africa, the Great Lakes region, and South Africa to her teaching, research and movement support work.
      Khara Jabola-Carolus, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, co-founder of AF3IRM Hawaii (the Association of Feminists Fighting Fascism, Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization) and author of Hawaii’s Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for COVID-19.
      Felogene Anumo, Building Feminist Economies, AWID presenting the #feministbailout campaign

      #féminisme

    • COVID-19 and the global fight against mass incarceration

      November 3rd, 2015, Bernard Harcourt (Columbia Law School) and Naomi Murakawa (Princeton) present rival narratives about mass incarceration in America. In The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order , Harcourt shows the interdependence of contract enforcements in global markets and punitive authority. InThe First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, by contrast, Murakawa traces prison growth to liberal campaigns and progressive legislation. Together, Murakawa and Harcourt offer fresh ideas about into the political, economic and ethical dimensions of mass incarceration.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLeXbi4aIno&feature=emb_rel_pause

      Olivia Rope, Director of Policy and International Advocacy, Penal Reform International
      Isabel Pereira, Principal investigator at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice & Society (Dejusticia), Colombia
      Sabrina Mahtani, Advocaid Sierra Leone
      Maidina Rahmawati, Institute of Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR), Indonesia
      Andrea James, Founder and Exec Director, and Justine Moore, Director of Training, National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, USA

      #prisons #emprisonnement_de_masse #USA #Etats-Unis

  • #Résistance, mais où sont passés les jours heureux ?

    Les jours heureux, du nom du programme du #Conseil_national_de_la_Résistance. Qui étaient les résistants ? Comment se sont-ils unis malgré leur désaccords ? Nous évoquerons l’esprit de résistance avec un grand témoin, #Annette_Beaumanoir, ainsi que la figure d’#Ambroise_Croizat, père de la #Sécurité_sociale. Quand un monde nouveau est à reconstruire, c’est toute cette semaine dans Le Cours de l’histoire.

    Épisode 1 : 1940-1943 : unir la lutte
    Comment unir ce qui est désuni ? Qui étaient ces résistants français devenus la Résistance française en 1943, en parvenant à unifier au sein du Conseil national de la Résistance les différents mouvements résistants, en dépit de leurs profondes divergences politiques ?

    Épisode 2 : Grand témoin : Annette Beaumanoir
    A travers le portrait d’une femme engagée au destin hors norme, résistante de 17 ans, en Bretagne, à Paris et à Lyon, dans les réseaux de #Jean_Moulin, c’est l’esprit de la résistance qui se dessine. Ce matin, dans Le Cour de l’histoire, la Résistance arbore un visage, celui d’Annette Beaumanoir.

    Épisode 3 : « Les jours heureux », le programme du Conseil National de la Résistance
    Comment le programme du #CNR, symbolisant la démarche transpartisane de la résistance, a-t-il façonné les réformes économiques et sociales mises en place après la Libération ?

    Épisode 4 : Sécurité sociale, la croisade d’Ambroise Croizat
    Ce matin dans #Le_Cours_de_l'histoire, nous nous intéressons à l’histoire de la Sécurité Sociale, à ceux qui l’ont construite et l’ont faite perdurer. Car aujourd’hui encore, nous bénéficions de cette mesure phare du programme du Conseil National de la Résistance.

    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/le-cours-de-lhistoire/resistance-mais-ou-sont-passes-les-jours-heureux

    En lien avec la création récente du #Conseil_National_de_la_Nouvelle_Résistance
    https://reporterre.net/Naissance-du-Conseil-national-de-la-Nouvelle-Resistance

    #CNNR #france_culture #podcast #histoire #Xavier_Mauduit

  • Confederate Monuments Are Now Coming Down All Over the South

    Over the last twelve hours, three statues associated with the Confederacy have been removed as protesters continue to demonstrate against police brutality and racial inequality.

    As residents in more than 40 cities have taken to the streets over the last week to engage in both peaceful and destructive protests over the police killing of George Floyd, some have turned their focus on one particular historical wound: Confederate monuments.

    Monday evening, in three Southern states—Florida, Alabama, and Virginia—protesters toppled graffiti-covered statues celebrating the former Confederate government that fought to uphold the institution of slavery, as crowds cheered.

    “With the recent death of many of those across this nation, we say enough is enough. We are done dying, and we’re done being reminded,” William Barnes, president of the Birmingham Urban League, said in a statement calling for an Alabama monument’s removal. “We’re done being reminded of the atrocities against African Americans.”


    https://twitter.com/DrewWilderTV/status/1267797698222096389?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E12

    On Monday night, a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was toppled from its pedestal in front of his namesake high school in Montgomery, Alabama. As the figure fell, a small crowd cheered and honked before briefly singing: “Hey, he-ey, goodbye.”

    The Montgomery Police Department said multiple people had been arrested in the incident, which occurred on a state holiday commemorating President of the Confederate States Jefferson Davis, but declined to provide any additional details. The Monday holiday is one of three in Alabama that celebrate the Confederacy.

    “The statue was damaged and there are suspects in custody. Charges are pending,” Montgomery Police Captain Saba Coleman said.

    In Birmingham, demonstrators attempted to take down a Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument on Sunday evening—a 115-year-old statue that has been at the center of a legal fight between the city and the state attorney general’s office.

    “It used to be a sore. It’s cancer. It’s eating away at the community,” Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson said Monday during a press conference demanding its removal, adding that it represented hundreds of years of torment. “We cannot grow, we cannot expand with this monster wings over us, choking us, and it’s got to leave.”

    While protesters were unsuccessful in toppling the 52-foot-tall statue, some residents tore down the monument of Charles Linn, one of Birmingham’s founders and a former Confederate Navy officer, that was also in the park. Two other statues on either side of the Confederate memorial—the Spirit of the American Doughboy and the memorial to Spanish American War Veterans—were also defaced with graffiti.

    At around 9 p.m. on Monday, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin stepped in to finish the job protesters started, vowing to remove the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument that has stood in Linn Park since 1905.

    “In order to prevent more civil unrest, it is very imperative that we remove this statue,” Woodfin told the Birmingham News. As of Monday evening, demolition crews had already started to dismantle the monument.

    In Florida, a bust of Lee that sat on a pedestal in downtown Fort Myers was removed at the request of Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to the Orlando Sentinel. On Monday evening, protesters were seen surrounding the pedestal—that did not include the bust of the Civil War general—during a protest for Floyd.

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy also took preemptive measures in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday morning, removing the Appomattox statue that has stood in the middle of Old Town since 1889. The bronze statue, which commemorated Confederate soldiers from the area, has been relocated to an undisclosed location amid the ongoing protests and the statue’s pillar will also be removed to avoid any damage.

    “Alexandria, like all great cities, is constantly changing and evolving,” Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson said on Twitter Tuesday.

    Wilson later told Washingtonian magazine the city has been in discussions with the United Daughters of the Confederacy for some time about removing the statue, but decided to accelerate the process on Monday evening to “ensure there was no drama about it. We did not want to see a repeat of Charlottesville or anything else.”

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy did not immediately return The Daily Beast’s request for comment.

    The push toward eradicating old tributes to the Confederacy has sped up over the last week in several other states. In Richmond, a Robert E. Lee memorial was covered in graffiti Saturday night—as was a Stonewall Jackson statue. Several miles away, the headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was similarly vandalized with the phrases “police are creepy” and fuck racists” before it was set on fire, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    The Confederate Defenders statue in Charleston, South Carolina, was also spray painted, the Post and Courier reported. And in North Carolina, a crowd set fire to the Market House in Fayetteville. The National Historic Landmark constructed in 1832 was used as a town hall and a slave market.


    https://twitter.com/DavisABC11/status/1266890829060345862?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E12

    The protests raging across the nation all center around George Floyd, who died May 25 after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to the 46-year-old’s neck for more than eight minutes.

    While the county autopsy reports that Floyd died of cardiac arrest and had underlying health issues, an independent report commissioned by his family states that the 46-year-old was in good health and died of strangulation from pressure to his back and neck.

    After a national outcry, the four officers involved in the incident were fired and Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Protesters are now demanding the other three officers be charged for what some are calling a “legalized lynching.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/confederate-monuments-are-coming-down-all-over-the-south-as-george-fl

    #monuments #mémoire #colonialisme #colonisation #USA #Etats-Unis #statue #BlackLivesMatter #black_lives_matter #histoire #confédération #destruction #résistance #George_Floyd #Floride #Alabama #Virginia #Robert_Lee #Jefferson_Davis #Charles_Linn #Birmingham #Montgomery #Spirit_of_the_American_Doughboy #Spanish_American_War_Veterans #Confederate_Soldiers_and_Sailors_monument #Linn_Park #Fort_Myers #Appomattox_statue #Richmond #Stonewall_Jackson #graffiti #Confederate_Defenders_statue #toponymie #toponymie_politique #Charleston #Fayetteville #National_Historic_Landmark

    ping @reka @karine4 @cede @isskein

  • La police de Dallas appelle à dénoncer des manifestants, son app tombe grâce à des vidéos de K-pop
    https://cyberguerre.numerama.com/5388-la-police-de-dallas-appelle-a-denoncer-des-manifestants-s

    La police de Dallas a demandé aux habitants de la ville de dénoncer tout comportement répréhensible sur l’app iWatch Dallas. Mais au lieu de recevoir des vidéos de manifestants en action, elle a été inondée de vidéos de K-pop, au point que l’app est devenue temporairement indisponible. L’application iWatch Dallas de la police locale a subi une forme de cyberattaque plus qu’originale : un déni de service (ou DDoS), orchestré manuellement depuis les réseaux sociaux, par les nombreux fans de K-pop. Tout a (...)

    #activisme #algorithme #police #délation #bug #hacking

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  • Photos From the George Floyd Protests, City by City - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/30/us/george-floyd-protest-photos.html

    Thousands have taken to the streets to express their anger over racism and police violence. Some of the demonstrations have turned violent, prompting the activation of the National Guard in at least 21 states. Here are some scenes from the protests:

  • Glasgow has internalised it’s role in the slave trade. A thread.


    Despite the fact black people make up less than 1% of the overall Scottish population, Glasgow being a major city should rise and re-name these streets. It should not forever internalise such a disgusting time in history.
    Also, Jamaica and Tobago street are right next to these streets.
    Please forgive the spelling mistakes. I don’t double check what I’ve written when I’m so emotionally invested.

    https://twitter.com/lulijta/status/1266908244276121601

    #Glasgow #Ecosse #toponymie #toponymie_politique #noms_de_rue #colonialisme #colonisation #esclavage #histoire

    voir aussi:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/810253

    ping @neotoponymie @reka @karine4

  • 30 mai : par milliers les sans-papiers imposent le droit de manifester ! | 30 mai 2020 - Par Marche des Solidarités Blog : Le blog de Marche des Solidarités
    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/marche-des-solidarites/blog/300520/30-mai-par-milliers-les-sans-papiers-imposent-le-droit-de-manifester

    Des milliers de sans-papiers ont bravé l’interdiction de la Préfecture de police de Paris et ont réussi à manifester entre 14h30 et 17h de Madeleine et Opéra vers la Place de la République, pendant qu’un cortège d’un millier de personnes parti de Montreuil a été empêché de les rejoindre.

    La police a arrêté une cinquantaine de personnes au moment des premières arrivées à Madeleine et Opéra puis a chargé les cortèges cherchant à accéder sur les deux places en faisant un usage intensif de gaz lacrymogènes. Mais elle a dû abandonner face au nombre et à la détermination des Sans-Papiers. Le pouvoir s’est trompé en pensant qu’il pouvait tout autoriser sauf les manifestations de sans-papiers.

    Ce sont 10 000 manifestant-es sans-papiers et soutiens nombreux, en comptant celles et ceux de Montreuil, qui sont venues de toute l’Ile de France. Des personnes de très nombreuses nationalités étaient présentes et ont montré qu’elles pouvaient défiler avec enthousiasme et détermination et en portant des masques. (...)

    • Le texte de l’appel :

      Nous sommes nombreuses, nous sommes nombreux : nous sommes tant et tant à penser et éprouver que ce système a fait son temps. Mais nos voix sont dispersées, nos appels cloisonnés, nos pratiques émiettées. Au point que quelquefois nous doutons de nos forces, nous succombons à la détresse de l’impuissance. Certes, parfois cette diffraction a du bon, loin des centralisations et, évidemment, loin des alignements. Il n’empêche : nous avons besoin de nous fédérer. Sans doute plus que jamais au moment où une crise économique, sociale et politique commence de verser sa violence sans faux-semblant : gigantesque et brutale. Si « nous sommes en guerre », c’est bien en guerre sociale. D’ores et déjà les attaques s’abattent, implacables : le chantage à l’emploi, la mise en cause des libertés et des droits, les mensonges et la violence d’État, les intimidations, la répression policière, en particulier dans les quartiers populaires, la surveillance généralisée, la condescendance de classe, les discriminations racistes, les pires indignités faites aux pauvres, aux plus fragiles, aux exilé-es. Pour une partie croissante de la population, les conditions de logement, de santé, d’alimentation, parfois tout simplement de subsistance, sont catastrophiques. Il est plus que temps de retourner le stigmate contre tous les mauvais classements. Ce qui est « extrême », ce sont bien les inégalités vertigineuses, que la crise creuse encore davantage. Ce qui est « extrême », c’est cette violence. Dans ce système, nos vies vaudront toujours moins que leurs profits.

      Nous n’avons plus peur des mots pour désigner la réalité de ce qui opprime nos sociétés. Pendant des décennies, « capitalisme » était devenu un mot tabou, renvoyé à une injonction sans alternative, aussi évident que l’air respiré – un air lui-même de plus en plus infecté. Nous mesurons désormais que le capitalocène est bien une ère, destructrice et mortifère, une ère d’atteintes mortelles faites à la Terre et au vivant. L’enjeu ne se loge pas seulement dans un néolibéralisme qu’il faudrait combattre tout en revenant à un capitalisme plus « acceptable », « vert », « social » ou « réformé ». Féroce, le capitalisme ne peut pas être maîtrisé, amendé ou bonifié. Tel un vampire ou un trou noir, il peut tout aspirer. Il n’a pas de morale ; il ne connaît que l’égoïsme et l’autorité ; il n’a pas d’autre principe que celui du profit. Cette logique dévoratrice est cynique et meurtrière, comme l’est tout productivisme effréné. Se fédérer, c’est répondre à cette logique par le collectif, en faire la démonstration par le nombre et assumer une opposition au capitalisme, sans imaginer un seul instant qu’on pourrait passer avec lui des compromis.

      Mais nous ne sommes pas seulement, et pas d’abord, des « anti ». Si nous n’avons pas de projet clé en mains, nous sommes de plus en plus nombreuses et nombreux à théoriser, penser mais aussi pratiquer des alternatives crédibles et tangibles pour des vies humaines. Nous avons besoin de les mettre en commun. C’est là d’ailleurs ce qui unit ces expériences et ces espérances : les biens communs fondés non sur la possession mais sur l’usage, la justice sociale et l’égale dignité. Les communs sont des ressources et des biens, des actions collectives et des formes de vie. Ils permettent d’aspirer à une vie bonne, en changeant les critères de référence : non plus le marché mais le partage, non plus la concurrence mais la solidarité, non plus la compétition mais le commun. Ces propositions sont solides. Elles offrent de concevoir un monde différent, débarrassé de la course au profit, du temps rentable et des rapports marchands. Il est plus que jamais nécessaire et précieux de les partager, les discuter et les diffuser.

      Nous savons encore que cela ne suffira pas : nous avons conscience que la puissance du capital ne laissera jamais s’organiser paisiblement une force collective qui lui est contraire. Nous connaissons la nécessité de l’affrontement. Il est d’autant plus impérieux de nous organiser, de tisser des liens et des solidarités tout aussi bien locales qu’internationales, et de faire de l’auto-organisation comme de l’autonomie de nos actions un principe actif, une patiente et tenace collecte de forces. Cela suppose de populariser toutes les formes de démocratie vraie : brigades de solidarité telles qu’elles se sont multipliées dans les quartiers populaires, assemblées, coopératives intégrales, comités d’action et de décision sur nos lieux de travail et de vie, zones à défendre, communes libres et communaux, communautés critiques, socialisation des moyens de production, des services et des biens… Aujourd’hui les personnels soignants appellent à un mouvement populaire. La perspective est aussi puissante qu’élémentaire : celles et ceux qui travaillent quotidiennement à soigner sont les mieux à même d’établir, avec les collectifs d’usagers et les malades, les besoins quant à la santé publique, sans les managers et experts autoproclamés. L’idée est généralisable. Nous avons légitimité et capacité à décider de nos vies – à décider de ce dont nous avons besoin : l’auto-organisation comme manière de prendre nos affaires en mains. Et la fédération comme contre-pouvoir.

      Nous n’avons pas le fétichisme du passé. Mais nous nous souvenons de ce qu’étaient les Fédérés, celles et ceux qui ont voulu, vraiment, changer la vie, lui donner sens et force sous la Commune de Paris. Leurs mouvements, leurs cultures, leurs convictions étaient divers, républicains, marxistes, libertaires et parfois tout cela à la fois. Mais leur courage était le même – et leur « salut commun ». Comme elles et comme eux, nous avons des divergences. Mais comme elles et comme eux, face à l’urgence et à sa gravité, nous pouvons les dépasser, ne pas reconduire d’éternels clivages et faire commune. Une coopérative d’élaborations, d’initiatives et d’actions donnerait plus de puissance à nos pratiques mises en partage. Coordination informelle ou force structurée ? Ce sera à nous d’en décider. Face au discours dominant, aussi insidieux que tentaculaire, nous avons besoin de nous allier, sinon pour le faire taire, du moins pour le contrer. Besoin de nous fédérer pour mettre en pratique une alternative concrète et qui donne à espérer.

      Dès que nous aurons rassemblé de premières forces, nous organiserons une rencontre dont nous déciderons évidemment ensemble les modalités.

      #le_monde_d'après #convergence #résistance #convergence_des_luttes #se_fédérer #détresse #impuissance #diffraction #guerre_sociale #inégalités #capitalisme #capitalocène #néolibéralisme #égoïsme #autorité #profit #productivisme #collectif #alternative #alternatives #bien_commun #commun #commons #partage #solidarité #marché #concurrence #compétition #rapports_marchands #affrontement #auto-organisation #autonomie #démocratie #brigades_de_solidarité #mouvement_populaire #fédération #contre-pouvoir #alternative

  • Carrières de femmes

    Comment les femmes ont-elles fait carrière dans les #sciences_humaines_et_sociales en dépit des nombreuses contraintes et réticences qu’elles avaient à affronter ? Les articles réunis ici permettent de mieux saisir le rapport entre femmes, représentation des #genres et construction des #savoirs. Ils font état de situations contrastées, tant au xixe qu’au xxe siècle, dans une dynamique d’ensemble qui est loin d’être linéaire. Certaines femmes ont réussi à faire carrière dans des métiers d’hommes ; dans d’autres contextes, les #résistances_masculines sont restées longtemps prégnantes. La diversité des champs disciplinaires abordés (géographie, médecine, études littéraires, psychologie), parfois sur le temps long et souvent à partir de vastes populations, fait ressortir la variété des situations et des parcours de femmes, en sortant du discours héroïque sur les pionnières ou les destins remarquables.


    https://journals.openedition.org/rhsh/3810
    #femmes #carrière #revue #SHS

  • Graffiti - Varsovie, Ciepta Ulitsa, mai 2019
    https://visionscarto.net/graffiti-varsovie-ciepta-ulitsa

    Titre : Graffiti - Varsovie, Ciepta Ulitsa, mai 2019 Lieu : Pologne Mots-clés : #graffiti #art_de_rue #street_art #migrations #asile #résistance #réfugiés #images #photographie Matériel : Photographies Auteur : Philippe Rekacewicz Date : Mai 2019 Ça pouvait arriver. Ça devait arriver. C’est arrivé avant. Après. Ici. Là-bas. À quelqu’un qui n’est pas toi. » Wislawa Szymborska, De la mort sans exagérer, 1996 Alors, remue-toi, balance-toi, cours, file ! Si t’oublies ça, si tu t’arrêtes, il va (...) #Inspirations

  • Au Portugal, le récit des « grandes découvertes » remis en cause

    Un #mémorial aux victimes de la #traite_négrière en chantier, un projet avorté de « Musée des #grandes_découvertes »… Des activistes tentent de fissurer le grand récit portugais, qui atténue la nature violente de l’expansion portugaise depuis des siècles.
    Lisbonne, de notre envoyé spécial. – Le mémorial sera construit sur le Campo das cebolas (« champ d’oignons » en français), l’une des places du bas de Lisbonne, à deux pas des quais où les navires d’esclaves débarquaient autrefois le long du Tage. « Beaucoup de villes en Europe ont des mémoriaux liés à l’esclavage, mais il n’y en a pas encore un seul au Portugal », assure Evalina Gomes Dias, à la tête de Djass, une association d’Afro-descendants portugais.

    Le collectif avait obtenu une enveloppe de 100 000 euros pour réaliser ce projet, dans le cadre des budgets participatifs de la ville en 2017. Cinq artistes ont alors été sollicités. Dans la foulée, Djass a organisé des réunions de voisins, dans des quartiers populaires de Lisbonne, où la population d’Afro-descendants est nombreuse, pour choisir entre les différents projets.

    Une centaine de personnes ont voté, et retenu l’option d’un artiste angolais. Kiluanji Kia Henda a imaginé une plantation de 540 cannes à sucre réalisées en aluminium, à taille réelle. Si l’épidémie du coronavirus n’a pas tout retardé, l’inauguration du site pourrait avoir lieu dès la fin de l’année.

    C’est à Lagos, un petit port d’Algarve, dans le sud du Portugal, qu’un navire chargé d’esclaves africains, venus de l’actuelle Mauritanie, débarque pour la première fois en Europe, en 1444. Les esclaves sont ensuite acheminés dans de grandes villes du pays. L’événement marque le début de la traite occidentale. On estime que des navires portugais ont transporté plus de cinq millions d’esclaves, d’Afrique vers le Brésil en particulier, de 1519 à 1867.

    À Lagos, un petit musée inauguré en 2016 rappelle l’existence du premier marché d’esclaves d’Europe dans cette ville devenue une tranquille station balnéaire. « Ils avaient trouvé sur le site des squelettes d’anciens esclaves. Mais ils n’ont pas voulu les garder, et préféré les envoyer à l’université de Coimbra [dans le centre du pays – ndlr]. Pour Djass, cette décision était une provocation. Ces corps auraient dû être montrés dans le musée », juge Evalina Gomes Dias, née en 1968 au Sénégal de parents venus de Guinée-Bissau.

    Le mémorial en chantier à Lisbonne marque une rupture. Mais les débats sur le passé esclavagiste du Portugal ne vont sans doute pas s’apaiser pour autant. D’autant que le legs douloureux de ce passé négrier se mêle, de manière complexe, aux mémoires des « grandes découvertes », cette phase d’expansion maritime du Portugal à partir du XVe siècle, comme à celles des colonies, qui ont duré sur le sol africain jusqu’en 1974, un « record » de longévité.

    Evalina Gomes Dias a aussi fait partie, avec sa sœur Beatriz, une députée du Bloc de gauche, des adversaires du projet de l’actuel maire de Lisbonne d’ouvrir un « Musée des grandes découvertes » dans la capitale. La proposition du socialiste Fernando Medina, qui ne faisait qu’actualiser une vieille idée de la classe politique portugaise, avait déclenché en 2018 un tollé.

    Dans une tribune, une centaine d’historiens et activistes s’en prenaient en particulier au choix du mot « découvertes » – un terme « obsolète », une « erreur de perspective », alors qu’il est « important de prendre en compte le point de vue de tous », Européens comme non-Européens. Ces universitaires dénonçaient le recours à « une expression fréquemment utilisée durant l’Estado Novo [la dictature de Salazar, de 1933 à 1974], pour célébrer le passé, et qui n’est pas compatible avec le Portugal démocratique ».

    « Pas en notre nom ! », s’étaient élevés, dans une autre lettre ouverte, des représentants de la communauté afro-portugaise, inquiets de voir minimisée, une fois de plus, l’évocation du passé négrier dans ce futur musée : « Nous n’acceptons pas ce musée qui serait construit sur l’occultation de notre histoire, avec l’argent des impôts des Noires et Noirs de ce pays. » Face à la polémique, et alors que se profilent des municipales en 2021, le maire Medina n’évoque plus ce projet. Joint à plusieurs reprises par Mediapart, il n’a pas donné suite à nos demandes d’entretien.

    Un an plus tôt, c’est la visite du président portugais, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, à Gorée, l’île en face de Dakar, symbole de la traite négrière en Afrique, qui a crispé. Il s’était félicité, sur place, que le Portugal eût aboli l’esclavage dès 1761. « Cette décision du pouvoir politique portugais est une reconnaissance de la dignité de l’homme », avait-il lancé.

    Mais cette abolition fut théorique, rappelle l’historien José Pedro Monteiro : « Cette abolition ne concernait que la métropole, alors que l’esclavage a perduré dans le reste de l’empire. Surtout, le travail forcé, rémunéré ou non, s’est poursuivi très tardivement, aboli seulement en 1961, en même temps que le statut de l’indigénat [contre 1946 pour la France – ndlr]. » Pour cet universitaire, la sortie présidentielle entretient encore « le vieux discours d’une exceptionnalité portugaise, d’un humanisme idéalisé » en matière d’empire et de colonies.

    Le Portugal a longtemps nourri l’idée que l’empire qu’il s’était construit au fil des siècles, n’avait rien à voir avec ceux d’autres puissances européennes. Qu’il avait fait preuve de plus d’humanité vis-à-vis des populations sur place. « Contrairement à ses voisins européens qui chercheraient à imposer outre-mer des valeurs spécifiquement européennes, le Portugal se serait efforcé de transmettre des valeurs chrétiennes, de portée universelle et de se mélanger avec les populations indigènes, créant ainsi une véritable civilisation “luso-tropicale”, sorte de paradis terrestre protégé des affres de la modernité », décrit l’historien français Yves Léonard (Sciences-Po Paris).

    Ce « lusotropicalisme » théorisé par le sociologie brésilien controversé Gilberto Freyre (1900-1987) devient l’idéologie d’État durant le salazarisme, après la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Les Portugais se sont mis en scène en « pionniers de la mondialisation ». Alors que les critiques à l’égard de la colonisation se renforçaient partout dans le monde, ce discours a aussi permis à l’Estado Novo de justifier ses colonies. Mais tout cela est un mythe : l’expansion portugaise s’est appuyée sur des fondements aussi racistes que celles d’autres États européens. Ce soi-disant « humanisme » n’avait en fait rien d’exceptionnel.

    La Révolution des œillets de 1974 a mis fin à la présence portugaise en Afrique. Mais ce lusotropicalisme défendu par Salazar, lui, est resté bien ancré dans le débat public. Un signe parmi tant d’autres : en 1989, pour la première participation du Portugal à l’Eurovision, le groupe Da Vinci chantait un « hit » douteux, mais toujours populaire auprès de certaines générations, Conquistador, qui vantait les héros de l’expansion portugaise et de la colonisation.

    Pourquoi la révolution n’a-t-elle pas mis un terme à cette culture politique ? « La gauche portugaise a une part de responsabilité, estime José Pedro Monteiro. Le Parti communiste, par exemple, n’a défendu le droit à l’auto-détermination des peuples colonisés que tardivement, à la fin des années 1950. » Le rôle joué dans la révolution par des militaires qui avaient participé aux guerres coloniales a sans doute aussi pesé.

    Depuis, les polémiques mémorielles se poursuivent, entre universitaires et activistes d’une nouvelle génération, et historiens qui seraient les « gardiens du consensus luso-tropicaliste », prompts à critiquer ce qui ne seraient que des stratégies de victimisation de l’extrême gauche. Certaines controverses se sont radicalisées.

    En 2017, une statue est inaugurée dans le vieux centre de Lisbonne, montrant le père jésuite António Vieira (1608-1697) – dont les positions sur l’esclavage sont ambiguës –, trois enfants indigènes et nus à ses pieds. Lorsqu’un groupe d’activistes s’est mis à lire des poèmes en mémoire des victimes de l’esclavage sur la place, des militants d’extrême droite sont venus « protéger » la statue, contre ces tentatives de « dénigrer l’Église catholique et instiller de la culpabilité chez les Portugais ».

    Le paysage est d’autant plus que sensible que le chantier d’un « musée Salazar », dans la ville natale du dictateur et partisan de l’empire portugais, Santa Comba Dâo (centre du pays), lui, n’a toujours pas été bloqué. Face au malaise suscité par ce projet, les autorités locales parlent désormais d’un « centre interprétatif de l’Estado Novo ». « Cet endroit va forcément devenir un lieu d’hommage, il n’y a pas d’expertise historique sérieuse, cela revient à ouvrir la boîte de Pandore », assure Marília Villaverde Cabral, à la tête de l’Union des résistants antifascistes portugais, une association née sous Salazar pour soutenir les prisonniers politiques.

    Elle a fait parvenir à l’Assemblée une pétition signée par plus de 11 000 personnes pour exhorter les députés à interdire ce projet.

    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/230520/au-portugal-le-recit-des-grandes-decouvertes-remis-en-cause
    #mémoire #traite #Portugal #récit #contre-récit #résistance #expansion_portugaise #histoire #colonisation #colonialisme #décolonial #Lisbonne #esclavage #budget_participatif #art #art_et_politique #plantation #Kiluanji_Kia_Henda #Lagos #marché_d'esclaves #Djass #rupture #passé_esclavagiste #expansion_maritime #découverte #contre-récit #exceptionnalité_portugaise #civilisation_luso-tropicale #lusotropicalisme #Estado_Novo #racisme #Salazar #António_Vieira #statue #culpabilité

    ping @isskein @karine4 @cede @reka @mobileborders

    • #Djass (association d’afro-descendants)

      A Djass – Associação de Afrodescendentes é uma organização sem fins lucrativos, de âmbito nacional, constituída em Lisboa a 25 de maio de 2016, com a missão de defender e promover os direitos das/os negras/os e afrodescendentes em Portugal e de combater o racismo em todas as suas formas e dimensões, reivindicando políticas e práticas de igualdade.

      O QUE PRETENDEMOS

      • Combater e denunciar todas as formas de racismo, invisibilização e discriminação contra negras/os e afrodescendentes em Portugal.

      • Promover uma reflexão crítica e abrangente sobre as relações interétnicas em Portugal, de forma a contribuir para a transformação social e para a afirmação positiva das/os negras/os e afrodescendentes enquanto membros de pleno direito da sociedade portuguesa.

      • Combater a visão eurocêntrica da História, reivindicando o contributo das africanas/os na construção do conhecimento, da cultura e da História.

      • Incentivar e promover a participação das/os negras/os e afrodescendentes nos processos de tomada de decisão política.

      O QUE FAZEMOS/FAREMOS

      • Organização de sessões de debate, reflexão, informação e formação sobre temas associados ao racismo, colonialismo, identidades e relações interétnicas.

      • Defesa da inclusão precisa da história e contribuição dos povos Africanos nos currículos e manuais escolares em Portugal.

      • Desenvolvimento e apoio a atividades de investigação e investigação-ação sobre temáticas relacionadas com as/os negras/os e afrodescendentes em Portugal.

      • Implementação de projetos de intervenção social e educativa, em particular com pessoas e comunidades afrodescendentes.

      • Colaboração com organizações congéneres em Portugal e no estrangeiro, através da troca de experiências, organização de iniciativas comuns e do trabalho em rede.

      • Organização de iniciativas de divulgação e valorização das identidades e culturas negras e africanas.

      JUNTEM-SE A NÓS!

      Contamos com a colaboração de todas/os as/os negras/os e afrodescendentes residentes em Portugal e de todas/os aquelas/es que pretendem dar o seu contributo para uma sociedade mais justa, informada e livre de discriminação.

      https://fr-fr.facebook.com/associacao.djass

    • Et une #chanson controversée citée dans l’article

      Eurovision Portugal 1989 - #Da_Vinci - #Conquistador

      “Conquistador” (Conqueror) was the Portuguese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1989, performed in Portuguese by Da Vinci.

      The song reminisces about the former Portuguese colonial possessions worldwide. Lead singer Tei Or takes the role of the Portuguese state and sings that she has been to Brazil, Praia, Bissau, Angola, Mozambique, Goa, Macau and “Timor” (the last a reference to East Timor).

      The song was performed ninth on the night, following Norway’s Britt Synnøve with “Venners nærhet” and preceding Sweden’s Tommy Nilsson with “En dag”. At the close of voting, it had received 39 points, placing 16th in a field of 22.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tjdDgJgLko

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  • Lesbos en quarantaine, la situation des réfugiés

    Dans le camp de Mória sur l’île de Lesbos, des travailleurs humanitaires apportent leur soutien à des dizaines de milliers de migrants malgré le confinement et les conditions sanitaires catastrophiques. « ARTE Regards » lève le voile sur la situation désespérée dans ce site surpeuplé, considéré comme l’un des plus dangereux d’Europe.

    Leurs histoires ne font pas la une mais elles émeuvent, surprennent et donnent à réfléchir. En prise avec un thème d’actualité, les reportages choisis par ARTE Regards vont à la rencontre de citoyens européens et proposent une plongée inédite dans leurs réalités quotidiennes.

    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/090637-059-A/arte-regards-lesbos-en-quarantaine-la-situation-des-refugies
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    #film #vidéo #documentaire #campement #bagarres #agressions #queue #déchets #liberté_de_mouvement #hygiène #eau #accès_à_l'eau #eaux_usées #sécurité #insécurité #toilettes #résistance #relocalisation #
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