deportation centres and penal institutions
Greece: Gathering in front of Korydallos Prison (Athens) and front of Larisas prison (Larisa)
New Year’s Eve in front of prisons!
Everywhere, from the deportation centres to the penal institutions!
Noise demonstrations in front of prisons during the New Year’s Eve are an ongoing tradition at several places in this world to remember those who are held captive by the State; a way to express solidarity with imprisoned people.
Whether our demos take place outside of prisons or deportation centres—where prisoners face deportation because they have false papers or no documents at all—we want to come together and to break loneliness and isolation.
This prison system is not reformable, because it’s wrong from the ground up, here and everywhere. It doesn’t form better people or contribute to resolving social conflicts. The prevailing coexistence, based on competitive thinking and injustice, locks away people or deports them, on the one hand to get rid of everything it deems problematic, on the other hand to intimidate and make an example of those who are desperately searching for freedom.
Whether people are incarcerated because they’ve probably stolen or destroyed some property, or even dodged the fare, or are sitting in prison because they’ve fled their country of origin due to lack of perspective or in fear of being prosecuted — all this rests on one and the same fact: the existence of prevailing norms which determine what is wrong and what is right, what must be protected and what must be penalized. Laws and rules which are decided by just a few, and in turn others must subjugate to just those. We have to break with this logic of penalization and consequent confinement. That’s why, to us, the abolition of every coercive institution is only possible within a process that shall overthrow the actual existent in its entirety, in order to enable a world without exploitation and oppression.
Regardless of where you are located, meet with each other on New Year’s Eve in front of prisons, make noise and take to the streets to express the idea of a world free of domination and coercion. We want to make use of our solidarity and mutual aid to tear down all of these walls brick by brick.
We want a world without walls and borders.
We will fight together: UNTIL EVERYONE IS FREE!
Anarchist and autonomous individuals and groups
Athens: Gathering in front of Korydallos Prison 31.12.2013
New Year’s Eve Gathering in front of Korydallos Prison
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 23:30
USA, New York:Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC, the federal prison in downtown Manhattan)
Bring Noise makers!
START ADDRESS: HMP Pentonville, Caledonian Rd, London N7 8TT
New Year’s protests against the prison systeystem in solidarity with those imprisoned are becoming an anarchist tradition in Helsinki. Even during celebration we want to tell the oppressed and incarcerated that they have not been forgotten. Join us on Tuesday 31st December on our visit to Metsälä detention centre in Niittylänpolku 10, Helsinki.
We meet on new year’s eve at 11pm on the southern entrance of Käpylä train station. Bring along banners, signs, and lots of light and noise -producing props!
Come along to show your support to those incarcerated because of their descent!
The detention unit is a closed facility for up to 40 immigrants, persons detained by the police or border control under the Aliens Act — not because of any offence.
Typically, the immigrants imprisoned in Metsälä are waiting for the police to deport them in cooperation with immigration authorities and, for example, the airlines companies. Immigrants are detained for various reasons including criminal background and potential crimes, being paperless or suspicion that the person might try to prevent their own deportation.
The imprisonment generally lasts for weeks, at worst up to six months or longer. Metsälä immigrants’ prison is currently the only one in Finland, and it is constantly full of “customers” ageing from from children to adults. When the detainees do not fit in Metsälä, they may be held for weeks in police jail awaiting deportation or transfer of Metsälä.
This protest also criticizes the nation-states and their border policies that generate racism and economic inequality. By destroying the freedom of movement borders allow exploitation of cheap labor and drive people to compete against one another. The borders are a business that kills people just like the Lampedusa “incident” on 3 October showed us, when 363 immigrants drowned on the Italian coast.
This deadly business doesn’t stop at national borders: it is cross-cutting control politics, the aim of which is to monitor, identify and govern everyone in the name of security threats.
Solidarity with the imprisoned migrants!
We will fight
the reasons of our sorrows
there will be
no borders tomorro