In Calais, up to 4000 people are currently trapped at the border. Large groups have been holding regular demonstrations at the Eurotunnel entrance there, calling for the borders to be opened and the violence to stop.
Callout for the protest at Eurostar, St. Pancras, London on 24th October 2015. It would be even more interesting if groups elsewhere wanted to hold similar protests at the same time.
SOLIDARITY WITH CALAIS MIGRANTS!
FREEDOM FOR TUNNEL WALKER ABDUL RAHMAN HAROUN!
Protest at Eurostar, St Pancras International station, London
6pm, Saturday 24th October 2015
People in Calais are subject to cruel and brutal treatment by police and by private security hired by Eurotunnel, using dogs, razorwire fences and teargas. Of the 13 people killed at this border since June, many have died at the tunnel. The companies Eurostar and Eurotunnel play an active part in the violence at the border, and profit as people die and are injured. In addition, the Eurotunnel company is pressing hard for the prosecution of Abdul Rahman Haroun, the Sudanese man who walked through the tunnel, only to be imprisoned and charged with an obscure 19th century law.
The "Refugees Welcome" demos which took place across Europe in September showed the scale of support for migrants suffering at the borders. But if we are to show effective solidarity, we must move beyond A-B marches and direct our energies towards the institutions and corporations responsible for the so-called "migrant crisis".
Standing in solidarity with people without papers in Calais, we call for demonstrations and actions against Eurostar, Eurotunnel and the whole border regime of which they are a part. We call for all groups and individuals in solidarity with Calais migrants to protest at Eurostar in St Pancras International station, London, N1C 4QP at 6pm on Saturday 24th October.
We make the following demands:
- Freedom for the channel tunnel walker Abdul Rahman Haroun who is currently in prison in UK.
- Remember all those killed by Eurostar trains, Eurotunnel and Eurostar to give major compensation to their loved ones.
- Remove murderous security, dogs and fences from the tunnel.
- Ask all passengers to stop using Eurostar and Eurotunnel until all can travel freely: with or without papers, with or without tickets.
- Open the borders.