Saturday, August 7, 2010

France starts removing Roma camps


August 6th, 

France has begun dismantling illegal Roma (Gypsy) camps following a presidential order for 300 such camps to be removed.
On Friday police were emptying a camp in the city of Saint-Etienne that had been home to at least 100 Roma.
The Romanian Roma had been there in makeshift shelters and tents since May.
It was the first move since President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered 300 illegal camps of travellers and Roma to be dismantled, AFP news agency reported.
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The order was a response to recent violence in which travellers attacked police in the Loire Valley town of Saint-Aignon.
Critics, including human rights groups, have accused the government of singling out an ethnic minority in a bid to win support among right-wing voters.
The area where the Saint-Etienne camp was situated had been cordoned off by police, who began the operation shortly after dawn on Friday, local media reports said.
Citizenship threat
There are hundreds of thousands of Roma or travelling people living in France who are part of long-established communities.
The other main Roma population is made up of recent immigrants, many from Romania and Bulgaria. They have the right to enter France without a visa but must have work or residency permits to settle over the long-term.
The riot in Saint-Aignon erupted after a gendarme shot and killed a traveller who had driven through a checkpoint, officials said.
The government then said about half the country’s illegal camps would be dismantled.
It described the camps as “sources of illegal trafficking, of profoundly shocking living standards, of exploitation of children for begging, of prostitution and crime”.
Mr Sarkozy has also said that anyone of foreign origin who threatened the life of a police officer should be stripped of their French citizenship.
He has ordered the immediate expulsion of Bulgarian and Romanian Roma who have committed public order offences.

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Solidarity Poster for Polykarpos Georgiadis and Vaggelis Chrisohoidis (greece)

did anyone speak of a
“…A handful of capitalists
have organized a criminal gang
and have kidnapped the proletarians,
demanding for ransom
their labor force,
merchandising their human activity,
their time (which is turned into money),
their own being itself…”
to vaggelis Chrisohoidis and Polykarpos Georgiadis
who the persecuting authorities, exactly because they denied to betray values and people,
accuse them as participators in the kidnapping of industrialist Milonas
anarchists from Serres from north-greece

Anarchists solidarity protest outside Korydallos prison, the main prison in Athens, at the time of the change of the year. This protest happens every New Year's Eve for the past six years. This year more than 400 people took part in the protest that interacted with the prisoners inside through shouting mutual slogans and fireworks. The main slogan was "The passion for freedom is stronger that your prisons".
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A society that punishes/the condition of incarceration/the prison of the mind/the prison as punishment/the rage of the damned will sound on the ruins of prisons/those denying obedience and misery of our era even within its hellholes/will dance together on the ruins of every last prison/with the flame of rebellion avenging whatever creates prisons.

To the prisoners struggle already counting one dead and thousands in hunger strike across greece, we stand in solidarity and anger until the destruction of every last prison.



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1976 - 2000 Greek Anarchists Fight for Freedom

(December Riots in Greece)