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Italy The return of the Wave- 17th november
*News from EUniriot*
During the global week of action and the demonstration for the international
day of education, hundred thousands students and researchers took the
streets all over Italy. The *flash mob actions and demonstrations*, that
started from universities and high schools, were against the crisis and the
reform of education, and shouted solidarity with protests and occupation in
Europe and U.S., above all in Austria and Germany where a new cycle of
struggles is raising.
In Italy the* latest reform*, proposed by the minister of Berlusconi’s
government Maria Stella Gelmini, is the latest attack to public university
with the raising of tuition fees and budget cuts. Infact, as in other
european countries, cuts are very heavy: that’s why Financial minister plays
a central role in the education reform.
This law preserve and reinforce the power position of academy corporation
that centralize power in the rector’s hand, making possible the entrance of
private companies in the administration councils of universities without
holding them to continuity or equality of investments. This way, life of
students and researchers becomes more and more precarious.
In *Rome*, hundreds of students after an assembly in the college of liberal
arts made a demonstration inside all the colleges of la Sapienza university
and went out in the streets with the high school’ students blocking the
In *Bologna* hundreds of students and teachers took the streets shouting ”
Cuts kill! – Money and income for a living school”. During the evening a
school has been occupied.
In *Palermo*, students of the Anomalous Wave occupied the regional office of
public education and a high school, hundreds of students are organizing
debates, concerts and seminars.
In *Milan*, students have been charged by police, four of them have been
stopped and two arrested, even if now they are free. People outside the
Court were shouting Italy is not Prague 1939, Europe is not Iran! Is Italy
In *Padova* hundreds of students blocked the city traffic, the same happened
in *Naples*, in *Turin* actions and blocks paralized the city.
The Wave frightens again: it’s only the beginning of a long struggle of
students who produce living knowledge, cooperating and fighting inside and
*FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, FREEDOM OF EDUCATION!*
*WE WON’T PAY FOR YOUR CRISIS!*
*WE DON’T DESERVE YOUR EDUCATION!*
Reclaim (y)our education, (y)our brain, (y)our body!
International Students’ Day: 4 more students arrested in Milano!
Today, 70th anniversary of International Students’ Day, chosen because
November 17 was the day the nazis entered the University of Prague,
the heavily securitarian climate imposed by Berlusconi’s 100%
right-wing government Italy is escalating the repression in Italy,
particularly in Milano.
On Friday 13th, 5 university students were arrested for unpaid xeroxes
at the bookstore owned by comunione e liberazione, which had supported
the expulsion of Onda students from the State University. They are
accused of aggravated robbery.
This morning, during the International Students’ Day demo, 3 high
school students and one university students (3 guys and one girl) orf
milano have been arrested durind the student as part of demonstrations
of International Student Day.
Trumped-up charges, arbitrary arrests, prison killings are creating a
climate of fear and rage among the precarious and student youth in
Milano and the other Italian cities.
Milan 2009 like Prague 1939?
Please express your solidarity to the Italian student and centri
sociali movement: we’re under a concerted attack!
Freedom for all the accused of the Fire of Vincennes!
Since the end of 2007, the detainees of Vincennes (France), like many
others detainees of detention centers for migrants, have ceaselessly
struggled for their freedom. They have demonstrated and gone on hunger
strike, they have refused to be counted or to come back in their
rooms, they have burnt their mattresses.
The 9th of April a detainee of the center was already saying: “we have
to think about struggling differently. People and cops don’t give a
shit about the hunger strike. They don’t give a shit about sans-
papiers. They don’t give a shit if we die. People eat razor blades
every day and nobody hears about them. The little things we do are not
worth it. We have to create a damned mess to put them under pressure.”
On June 21st 2008, a Tunisian called Salem Essouli died because of a
lack of medical care. The next day, a silent demonstration organized
by the detainees was harshly crushed. Then a revolt blew up, and the
center was destroyed by fire. That night, the detainees were
transferred to other centers all over the country: Rouen-Oissel,
Lille-Lesquin, Nîmes-Courbessac, Palaiseau, Mesnil-Amelot et Paris-
dépôt-Cité. Salem Essouli’s family has registered a complaint in
The center of Vincennes had 280 beds, its destruction means less
arrests and deportations. During the next months we could observe a
clear diminution of razzias and deportations in Paris. That’s why the
state hurrried to build a new center in the same place, which opened
in November 2008.
Wanting to set an example, the state has arrested several ex-detainees
of Vincennes: two were arrested the very day of the fire. One has been
freed but stays under control as a witness with arisk of being
charged, the other has been detained; six other arrests occurred
during the months of July, October, November and December. One of
them as been assailteed in jail on November 4th and is still in an
hospital with serious medical consequences.
So, eight persons are accused of destruction by fire of public good
and violence against policemen. There may be other persons accused. At
the end of February and beginning March, three of them have been freed
but are still prosecuted. Four persons are still detained despite the
numerous requests of liberation made by their lawyer. We still don’t
know when the trial will take place.
The Vincennes detainees’ revolt isn’t isolated. Others happened
before, others happened during the summer at Mesnil-Amelot, Nantes,
Italy, Belgium, and still others will happen.
The Vincennes detainees destroyed their jail. Solidarity with the
prosecuted detainees means struggling against migration policies,
their ideology and their practices!
We will hold on!
Free the prosecuted Vincennes detainees and drop the charges against
Close the detention centers for migrants! Freedom of circulation and
Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Send money for the defense of Vincennes detainees at : CICP-Vincennes,
21 ter rue Voltaire, 75011 Paris
www.squatspace.com –politics of space in Sydney
Genrmany strong Schleuser.neta collective working around issues concerning illegal immigrants rights. here is how they define themselves: “a lobby organization for business enterprises specializing in undocumented cross border human traffic”
Boredom Patrol CIRCA Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army
Watch the 40 minute video documentation of the circus here:
The Circus of (Im)Migration
High quality version, 1.05GB
Low quality web version, 240MB
The Circus of (Im)Migration took place in the spring of 2007. The
traveling circus was an uncircus performed by the Boredom Patrol of the
Clanestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army and volunteers and workshop
participants in every city. The performance consisted of 3 acts: act one
about the circus, act two about our personal stories about borders and
act three about the immigration raids taking place around the US. Over
750 people were deported through raids on homes on workplaces in April
alone. In between the acts, the following youtube videos were shown:
Clowns vs. Minutemen Pt.2 Operation More Secure than Depends
REAL Alien Invasion of “Our Minutemen” at a Home Depot
The third act took the form of the Theater of the Oppressed forum
theater, where audience members were invited to join the performance and
change the outcome of the scene.
Our attempt was to create an interactive, communal, openly participatory
space for dialog about immigration, migration control, borders and
freedom of movement. We see this practice in the tradition of using
humor against fascism, as a way to open up dialog within a climate of
fear and repression, with the hope that this dialog and laughter can be
healing. Further, we are using the inbetween space of the clown, with
our faces hidden and revealed by greasepaint, inbetween genders,
ethnicities, roles, in order to challenge the rigid conceptions of
identity, nationality and citizenship that underlie the rhetoric around
precarious workers, illegal immigrants, sans-papier, sex workers and other groups around the world have mobilized with actions and demos.
EUROPE Mayday 2007
Mayday in France
Mayday in Austria
Mayday in Italy
As activists were organizing actions for May Day, Bush announced that May Day be re-named Loyalty Day
Loyalty Day, 2007
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
America was founded by patriots who risked their lives to bring freedom to our Nation. Today, our citizens are grateful for our Founding Fathers and confident in the principles that lead us forward. On Loyalty Day, we celebrate the blessings of freedom and remember our responsibility to continue our legacy of liberty.
Our Nation has never been united simply by blood, birth, or soil, but instead has always been united by the ideals that move us beyond our background and teach us what it means to be Americans. We believe deeply in freedom and self-government, values embodied in our cherished documents and defended by our troops over the course of generations. Our citizens hold the truths of our founding close to their hearts and demonstrate their loyalty in countless ways. We are inspired by the patriotic service of the men and women who wear our Nation’s uniform with honor and decency. The military spouses and families who stand by their loved ones represent the best of the American spirit, and we are profoundly grateful for their sacrifice. Our country is strengthened by the millions of volunteers who show deep compassion toward their neighbors in need. All citizens can express their loyalty to the United States by flying the flag, participating in our democracy, and learning more about our country’s grand story of courage and simple dream of dignity.
The Congress, by Public Law 85-529, as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as “Loyalty Day.” This Loyalty Day, and throughout the year, I ask all Americans to join me in reaffirming our allegiance to our Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2007, as Loyalty Day. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in this national observance and to display the flag of the United States on Loyalty Day as a symbol of pride in our Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.
GEORGE W. BUSH
In the meantime, protests of illegal workers and immigrants were welcomed by police shoot and tear gas in LA
THOUSANDS of Indian sex workers took to the streets in the Marxist-ruled
West Bengal state to press for better working conditions.
Some 5000 prostitutes joined a torchlight rally to mark May Day in the
state capital Kolkata, saying sex workers should be given a different
“Give us legal status of entertainers,” said banners the women carried in
the rally, which snaked from Kolkata’s largest red light district of
Sonagachi to a university campus, witnesses and police said.
Prostitution is illegal in India but the police turn a blind eye to the
flourishing trade in impoverished states such as West Bengal.
Rally participants, encouraged by onlookers who whistled and waved, said
the sex workers will also crank up a campaign against archaic
anti-prostitution laws passed by the British when it ruled India.
“The sex workers will soon launch a campaign across India to press their
demands for their recognition as entertainment workers and the abolition
of such laws,” Swapna Gayen, a rally leader, said.