Monthly Archives: november 2012

We Are Here, We need life! Please help refugees.

Gifty_encourage-the-women (Play Audio)
We Are Here, for our Right to Be Refused refugees living on the streets of the Netherlands struggle for life Eviction of protest camp in Amsterdam, Friday November 30, 2012
The Mayor of Amsterdam, capital city of the Netherlands, has ordered the eviction of the protest camp of refugees in the western suburb of Amsterdam called Osdorp. A verdict by the court will be announced on Wednesday 28th at 9 a.m. The approximately 100 refugees demonstrating in the camp are determined to stay where they are and face the police force and subsequent detention. They call on all people to witness this show down and show support in a manifestation in front of the camp and on the streets of Amsterdam. This event starts Thursday 29th of November at 2 p.m.. The eviction can be expected the morning after. We call for witnesses, observers and comapssionate citizens to join and demand the right to live for all who are here. We intend to turn this crack down into a Theatre of Hope. The full programme will be disclosed in  a Press Conference in the Camp on Wednesday 28th of November at 5 p.m. (Central European Time) Location: Notweg 32, NL1068 LL Amsterdam, The Netherlands Info: +31.686263381 or m2migrant@gmaqil.com   In Amsterdam and The Hague rejected refugees from Africa and the Middle East are enduring the harsh weather in make shift tent camps where they demonstrate against the Dutch way of treating rejected refugees since September 4th (Amsterdam) and 19th (The Hague). Since 2010 asylum seekers who have been rejected are no longer entitled to basic rights such as shelter and food. Even when it is impossible to return to their countries of origin, the Dutch government argues that they can leave voluntarily. Denying them access to reception centers, putting them in prison and forcing them to survive in parks, railway stations and insecure hiding places, that is the way to convince them to leave this country. In the first half of 2012 4.680 asylum seekers have been dumped on the street without any life support, according to the International Network of Local Initiatives with Asylum seekers (INLIA). These self-organized action by the refugees have highlighted a humanitarian problem that has been growing for years and was hidden from the public eye. Now these people have made themselves visible and seek solutions by entering in dialogue with civil society and democratic representatives.  To realize their aims they need to be together, safe and visible. Apparently the authorities want to make them disappear again. The only offer is for some of the refugees to go for 30 days in dispersed shelters for homeless people. After that they would again be on their own, insecure and invisible. A growing number of supporters is trying to create sustainable ways to continue this struggle for human rights. One way would be to make a space available as a meeting point for refugees, a House of Hope.
Our life is in danger. On their blog, the refugees that camp out in Amsterdam declared: “We are here because our life is in danger. There are many reasons for this. War is the most important one. There are several armed conflicts in Africa that cost many lives, disrupt families and livelihoods. Political violence and oppression, religious division, problems between tribes and clans add to make solutions complicated. Drought, famine and other economic factors also push people to find a better future elsewhere. All these cases are inter-related. We can see this in the extremist movements. They make life impossible for you if you do not conform to strict rules. Having a drink can cost you your life. Being a member of another tribe, or of another religion, can bring you into deep trouble. So we are here because we face persecution and danger in our countries. We need to be in the Netherlands because this country is a free country where our lives are safe and we could build a future. “ We want your help. We want to get out of this situation. We want your help, not just with food and drinks, but with the broader issues. Help us with publicity, be creative: think about how you could help. Whether you’re politically active, or a journalist, everyone can help in their own way. We have 5 representatives you can talk to, to explain our situation.
If you want, you can call us:
el mouthena :0685602714
younes :0685270643
mustafa :0684566733
bayisa : 0684482895
mamadou : 0684997713

We Are Here, We need life! Please help refugees.

Gifty_encourage-the-women (Play Audio)
We Are Here, for our Right to Be Refused refugees living on the streets of the Netherlands struggle for life Eviction of protest camp in Amsterdam, Friday November 30, 2012
The Mayor of Amsterdam, capital city of the Netherlands, has ordered the eviction of the protest camp of refugees in the western suburb of Amsterdam called Osdorp. A verdict by the court will be announced on Wednesday 28th at 9 a.m. The approximately 100 refugees demonstrating in the camp are determined to stay where they are and face the police force and subsequent detention. They call on all people to witness this show down and show support in a manifestation in front of the camp and on the streets of Amsterdam. This event starts Thursday 29th of November at 2 p.m.. The eviction can be expected the morning after. We call for witnesses, observers and comapssionate citizens to join and demand the right to live for all who are here. We intend to turn this crack down into a Theatre of Hope. The full programme will be disclosed in  a Press Conference in the Camp on Wednesday 28th of November at 5 p.m. (Central European Time) Location: Notweg 32, NL1068 LL Amsterdam, The Netherlands Info: +31.686263381 or m2migrant@gmaqil.com   In Amsterdam and The Hague rejected refugees from Africa and the Middle East are enduring the harsh weather in make shift tent camps where they demonstrate against the Dutch way of treating rejected refugees since September 4th (Amsterdam) and 19th (The Hague). Since 2010 asylum seekers who have been rejected are no longer entitled to basic rights such as shelter and food. Even when it is impossible to return to their countries of origin, the Dutch government argues that they can leave voluntarily. Denying them access to reception centers, putting them in prison and forcing them to survive in parks, railway stations and insecure hiding places, that is the way to convince them to leave this country. In the first half of 2012 4.680 asylum seekers have been dumped on the street without any life support, according to the International Network of Local Initiatives with Asylum seekers (INLIA). These self-organized action by the refugees have highlighted a humanitarian problem that has been growing for years and was hidden from the public eye. Now these people have made themselves visible and seek solutions by entering in dialogue with civil society and democratic representatives.  To realize their aims they need to be together, safe and visible. Apparently the authorities want to make them disappear again. The only offer is for some of the refugees to go for 30 days in dispersed shelters for homeless people. After that they would again be on their own, insecure and invisible. A growing number of supporters is trying to create sustainable ways to continue this struggle for human rights. One way would be to make a space available as a meeting point for refugees, a House of Hope.
Our life is in danger. On their blog, the refugees that camp out in Amsterdam declared: “We are here because our life is in danger. There are many reasons for this. War is the most important one. There are several armed conflicts in Africa that cost many lives, disrupt families and livelihoods. Political violence and oppression, religious division, problems between tribes and clans add to make solutions complicated. Drought, famine and other economic factors also push people to find a better future elsewhere. All these cases are inter-related. We can see this in the extremist movements. They make life impossible for you if you do not conform to strict rules. Having a drink can cost you your life. Being a member of another tribe, or of another religion, can bring you into deep trouble. So we are here because we face persecution and danger in our countries. We need to be in the Netherlands because this country is a free country where our lives are safe and we could build a future. “ We want your help. We want to get out of this situation. We want your help, not just with food and drinks, but with the broader issues. Help us with publicity, be creative: think about how you could help. Whether you’re politically active, or a journalist, everyone can help in their own way. We have 5 representatives you can talk to, to explain our situation.
If you want, you can call us:
el mouthena :0685602714
younes :0685270643
mustafa :0684566733
bayisa : 0684482895
mamadou : 0684997713

Storm overleefd

Het lijkt erop dat het kamp ook de windstoten heeft overleefd.
Joost Pothast ging vanmiddag op inspectie en berichtte het volgende:
We hebben (zo goed en zo kwaad) extra stormlijnen aan de achterste tent vastgemaakt, dat is de meest kritische bij deze windrichting. gelukkig houdt de bebouwing nog aardig wat tegen, anders had het kamp nu alsnog in Noord gelegen. Als de wind zoals voorspeld nu gaat afnemen moet het echter wel goed gaan, hoewel ik vanmiddag bij sommige windstoten naast die tent ook m’n hart moest vastgehouden… Een punt is ook dat wat voor haringen door moet gaan, bij ieder windstoot weer losgetrokken worden. De kampbewoners zullen ze zolang iedere keer weer opnieuw vast moeten hameren. Achter de tenten is het trouwens ook niet bepaald een frisse boel, ik mag hopen dat de rechter daar niet geweest is (of juist wel ;-).
Frisse groet, Joost

Notweg

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Notweg Amsterdam

Storm overleefd

Het lijkt erop dat het kamp ook de windstoten heeft overleefd.
Joost Pothast ging vanmiddag op inspectie en berichtte het volgende:
We hebben (zo goed en zo kwaad) extra stormlijnen aan de achterste tent vastgemaakt, dat is de meest kritische bij deze windrichting. gelukkig houdt de bebouwing nog aardig wat tegen, anders had het kamp nu alsnog in Noord gelegen. Als de wind zoals voorspeld nu gaat afnemen moet het echter wel goed gaan, hoewel ik vanmiddag bij sommige windstoten naast die tent ook m’n hart moest vastgehouden… Een punt is ook dat wat voor haringen door moet gaan, bij ieder windstoot weer losgetrokken worden. De kampbewoners zullen ze zolang iedere keer weer opnieuw vast moeten hameren. Achter de tenten is het trouwens ook niet bepaald een frisse boel, ik mag hopen dat de rechter daar niet geweest is (of juist wel ;-).
Frisse groet, Joost

Notweg

Notweg Amsterdam

Notweg

Notweg Amsterdam

Notweg Amsterdam

UITZETTEN LUKTE NIET, DUS…

De politiek heeft de problemen van uitgeprocedeerde asielzoekers verergerd, en moet ze nu oplossen, stelt Thomas Spijkerboer.

Sir E.E. van der Laan LLM Mayor of Amsterdam

To: Sir E.E. van der Laan LLM Mayor of Amsterdam City Hall Amsterdam Van: WIJ ZIJN HIER Encampment at Notweg 32 Spokesperson Ahmed 1068 LL Amsterdam Osdorp Amsterdam, 5 November 2012 Dear Sir van der Laan, During your visit at the demonstrative encampment WE ARE HERE of refugees on the street in Osdorp, you made an urgent request to the demonstrators to reduce their number to a maximum of sixty persons. You also invited to register themselves with the GGD with a view to temporary shelter. We are pleased to present you a few proposals which meet your concerns about the camp and which also supply the expressed wishes of the general meeting of the camp, briefly: together, safe and visible.   Your most urgent concern is that in your view there are staying too many people in the camp. That’s why we propose to confer – short-term – with us about the possibilities of obtaining a building under the responsibility of the Foundation Refugees off the street, in formation (Stichting Vluchtelingen van de Straat i.o.). Please find the brochure and the articles of bylaws hereby. The plan of Refugees off the street is to find a building where the refugees can be together, safe and also visible. They wish to continue their demonstration in the building. It is the express wish of the refugees to only move into the building, if the City can approve this plan. For the design and management of the building the foundation Refugees off the street will act as guarantor. Its executive committee is leaded by initiator Joost Pothast, architect, and Fred Stammeshaus, founder and manager of Urban Resort. As you already know, the demonstrators refused your request to register witht the GGD with the view to shelter for the night as part of the ‘winter cold regulation’. Last Saturday they have collectively rejected that option because it is at right angles to their formulated wishes: together, safe and visible. The building that we try to find among the countless empty buildings in Amsterdam, will house a program of activities which will be supported by the undermentioned supporting organisations and numerous designers and artists under the direction of Jo van der Spek of M2M and Diana Krabbendam of The Beach Company and Nieuw West Expres. At the same time the building could help to solve the problem of temporary shelter during the winter for refugees without a roof over their head. Since the start of the encampment in Osdorp the efforts of the supporting organisations and persons are aiming at lasting, pragmatic and step by step solutions. We expressed this in our opinion article in het Parool dd. October 3, 2012. This article was also an appeal for cooperationweg to find creative solutions.   We therefore ask you again to explore this approach and by doing so to clear the way to find creative solutions. We are confident that you will let us know soon when you have the opportunity to deliberate with us on this matter. Respectfully, On behalf of WE ARE HERE: Ahmed from Somalia, spokesperson camp Mamadou from Guinée, in behalf of the Francophones in the camp Supporting organisations: Stichting M2M Jo van der Spek Van Ostadestraat 49 1073 SN Amsterdam Tel.. 0651069318 en 0686263381 E-mail: m2m@streamtime.org Stichting i.o. Vluchtelingen van de Straat Joost Pothast Tel. 0611800889   E-mail: vluchtelingenvandestraat@gmail.com Women against deportation / Vrouwen tegen uitzetting Marjan Sax Mieke Maassen Nova Zemblastraat 598 1013 RP Amsterdam E-mail: mmaassen@xs4all.nl