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Subject: From Scandinavia to Albania Date: Sun, 22 Nov 1998 13:59:43 +0100 From: "[ueber die grenze]" <grenze@CRG.NET> here is a call of italian groups, to go by ship to Albania on dec 12th. We are ghosts that still haunt Europe. On the morning of the 24th we stopped a while in the lagers of several Italian towns. Only a few days have gone by since the morning of the 24th: the various occupations and demonstrations in Italy in memory of Semira and to demand the closure of the state lagers were well attended and have made their way into the mass media. Now we are thinking of how we should proceed from here, to insist on the definitive closure of all the lagers and to challenge the Schengen policies. The aim is to strengthen the movement and make sure everyone knows about the lagers and the logic behind the policies that have produced them. We think that it is still possible to get them closed in Italian towns and have delivered a two-month ultimatum to the minister. At the same time we are demanding general recognition for all the immigrants who are applying for permits in this period. This is a part of the great battle of mankind against neo-liberalism. We want to take action on a European scale and e-mails are not sufficient. We want to think in local terms and strike on a global scale. We are madmen and dreamers and we still believe in the radical transformation of a world that must not resign itself to disappointment. In December we shall hold a national demonstration and, because we fly on the wings of ideas, we shall set sail across the Mediterranean: i.e. the demonstration will take place in Albania. A demonstration on the borders, against borders. It will also be a demonstration against all crimes perpetrated by the state, from the crime of the 12 December 1969, which attempted to repress the Italian movement, to that of the 23 December 1997, which tried to silence our sisters and brothers in Chiapas. Delegations from all over Europe are invited, from the network of human rights and of the ‘Sans Papiers’ in Zapatist Europe, in the hope of continuing with you along the routes mapped out in Amsterdam and in Venice, and in the knowledge that there is already an initiative by the European Marches against Unemployment in Vienna. Before, during and after the demonstration, various associations and groups, from Scandinavia to Albania, will be able to make direct contact, get to know one another, arrange spontaneous seminars and an itinerant European exhibition, see the Mediterranean borders of Europe and put their enthusiasm into planning new initiatives on a European scale. During these next few months we would like to meet you and make as many contacts as possible and this is why we, too, are taking action for Europe. The invitation is for 11-12 December. Further details of the initiative will be communicated but we can already assure you that there will be special trains from Imperia, Milan and Trieste, so that you are sure of a free journey to Puglia. Our slogans are: IN SUPPORT OF HUMANITY AGAINST NEOLIBERALISM, AGAINST ALL CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN ITALY AND IN THE REST OF EUROPE, IN SUPPORT OF A BOYCOTT AGAINST THE ASSOCIATIONS THAT INTEND MANAGING THE CAMPS, IN SUPPORT OF ABOLISHING THE SCHENGEN BORDERS, IN SUPPORT OF CONDEMNING THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE MURDERS CARRIED OUT IN BELGIUM AND IN THE REST OF EUROPE, AGAINST STATE KILLINGS, IN SUPPORT OF SOLIDARITY THROUGH WIDESPREAD CIVILIAN DISOBEDIENCE, IN SUPPORT OF THE FREE CIRCULATION OF PEOPLE, IN SUPPORT OF HISTORICAL MEMORY AND HUMAN DIGNITY, IN SUPPORT OF SUBSISTENCE PAY FOR ALL CITIZENS. Whoever is ready and willing to come to Italy for preliminary contacts and for the demonstration, please indicate your support by replying to this e-mail, or write or call the Leoncavallo Centre, Via Watteau 7, 20100 Milan, tel. 0039-2-6705185, fax 0039-2-6705621. Please spread this initial information and material to other associations that are concerned with Schengen, immigration and the fight against expulsions.