[ 20. Jul 2005 ]

A summer of struggles for migrants rights in Sicily

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Appeal of the Sicilian Antiracist Network (Rete Antirazzista Siciliana) July 5th, 2005. Camp against borders in Sicily from July 24th to August 6th.


Sicily has been these last years the place where, more than anywhere else in Italy, the government has implemented policies and practices of violation of fundamental human rights, towards migrants arriving on our coasts as well as towards those already on the Italian territory.

The island has now become a detention camp itself, out of the rule of law, from which leave deportation charters towards countries such as Libya, where migrants deported from Italy face (and, for some of them, have found) death. Sicily is more than ever, especially during summer, a place of emergency. We must keep in mind what happened last summer: Cap Anamur and its 37 passengers deported to a country which is not theirs; the tragic episodes of Lampedusa in October 2004 and March 2005, condemned by the European Parliament and by the European Court of Human Rights on the basis of the video made by the Sicilian Antiracist Network; the violences suffered by the migrants detained inside CPTs, and the recent opening of "Identification Centres", places of detention for asylum seekers, a newly criminalized category.

To manage the life of people, arriving or already present, the government acts in conformity with the "Fortress Europe" doxa, on the basis of the same racist mentality which leads the minister of Interior to identify with organized criminality all the migrants whose sojourn permits are not in order.

For all these reasons, the Sicilian Antiracist Network, which has chosen as fundamental principle "to be where things happen" together with those who suffer abuses and violences in order to denounce, inform and oppose institutional violence and arrogance, asks:

all the political and social movements, associations, groups, parties, citizens, to join together in Sicily (preferably with a car), in a camping which will be a logistical basis from where it will be possible to go where it is necessary, and also an occasion of analysis, information and encounter.

The emergency is already there, and even if it is difficult to guarantee our presence all the summer long, it seems possible to organize the presence of groups which will maintain information covering and spreading during the period between Sunday July 24th and August Saturday 6th.

The Sicilian Antiracist Network has found a place close to the sea, between Licata and Palma di Montechiaro (Agrigento), in a strategically important spot, with all the major facilities.

Events scheduled

- Sunday July 24th
5:30pm Opening press conference
9:30pm Plenary Assembly

- Wednesday July 27th
7:00pm in Palma di Montechiaro, theater against racism: "Un’Estate al mare", and Public Assembly

- Saturday July 30th
6:00pm Demonstration at the Pian del Lago CPT in Caltanissetta

- Wednesday August 3rd
6:00pm Antiracist demonstration in Licata

- Thursday August 4th
8:00pm Public debate in Licata on the rights of migrant and local workers


Date to be decided: Initiative in Lampedusa


Inside the camping will be organized cultural and information initiatives, among which:

- Presentation of the book "Storie migranti", by Federica Sossi

- Screenings:
HURRIA (Enrico Montalbano)
THE TAKE (Naomi Klein)
MARE NOSTRUM (Stefano Mencherini)
APPRODO ITALIA (Christian Bonatesta)
LAMPEDUSA SCOPPIA (Rete Antirazzista Siciliana)


Costs and indications

The camping La Sorgente is a club, it is necessary to register when arriving (1 euro).

Daily costs:
4 euros x night for 1 person (not for the tent), services included (showers, baths, lights, assembly spaces)

5,50 x meal (optional).
Bar with low prices (optional)
Breakfast max 2 euros (optional)

How to reach the camping:

from Palermo:
1) highway A19 Palermo-Catania, exit at Caltanissetta
2) in Caltanissetta take SS 191 to Gela
3) in Gela take SS115 direction Agrigento
4) in Licata go on for about 10 km until crossroad "Torre di Gaffe"
where is the parking "Mille Stelle"
5) from here people from the Rete Antirazzista Siciliana will drive you
to the camping

from Messina:
1) highway A18 Messina-Catania
2) in Catania take SVINCOLO for highway A19 Catania-Caltanissetta
3) in Caltanissetta take SS 191 to Gela
4) in Gela take SS115 direction Agrigento
5) in Licata go on for about 10 km until crossroad "Torre di Gaffe"
where is the parking "Mille Stelle"
6) from here people from the Rete Antirazzista Siciliana will drive you
to the camping