25 July 2016 - The No Border Camp pro-refugee activists have had a busy week in Greece, marching in solidarity with refugees, cutting border fences, clashing with police, occupying and vandalising EU buildings and the Thessaloniki town hall. [video]/[video]/[video]
After a spring of social struggles with hopes and complicity, the weeks that have passed have been marked, both locally and nationally, with a genuine return to racism and law-and-order.
Every day, Fortress Europe kills. Thousands of people die every year on our borders, because of wars, corrupt governments, or economic disaster. In France, the presidential campaign starts in an openly authoritarian and authoritative tone, with an omnipresent discourse of hostility to migrants and Muslims living in France. At the same time, the socialist government is putting on a show for the media of the expulsion of the camp of Calais, dispersing thousands of exiles on the territory, without any real solution. Other expulsions with truncheons continue, particularly in Paris where hundreds of migrants are also dislodged. Fueled by this political climate, racist groups are taking action. Reception centers for refugees have been set on fire in Isère, Gironde, and Essonne.
On the local level, Nantes and its surroundings remain a land of struggle and welcome, where the extreme right never managed to take root. However, the recent context is not much more pleasing. A shelter for migrants was attacked with firearms in Saint-Brévin, on the Atlantic coast. A year earlier, in Nantes, molotov cocktails were thrown at buildings occupied by exiles. The arsonists were never captured.
The extreme right, hegemonic in the media, now pretends to seize the streets, or infiltrate some local movements. Thus, dozens of neo-Nazi activists paraded in Nantes, in September, on the sidelines of a demonstration. Today, these individuals intend to create an branch of the violent neo-fascist GUD - located in Lyon and Paris - in our city.
There is no room for the far right in Nantes. The National Front, which had tried to open a storefront here, had to close the shop after having suffered innumerable degradations. Last spring, militants of extreme right came to attack the demonstrators opposed to the labor law were driven out.
On November 12, we will take the street to declare that Nantes is and will remain anti-racist.”
April 3 2016 -
A thousand human rights activists from Italy, Germany and Austria gathered at the Brenner station on the border of Italy and Austria to demonstrate against the closure of borders to refugees in Europe. [video]
This is probably the strangest church of Romania: the St Nicholas Church in Densus. It’s one of the oldest churches in Romania and South East Europe, built in the 7th century. Some materials are from the fortress of Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital.
And oh, there’s a mural painting of Jesus wearing Romanian traditional clothes. Great, right?