Queer Dance Party! Celebrating a month of resistance in Cardiff

Queer dance re-organised for Saturday 10th November, after previously postponing.

We’re cumming out of the closet!

Gremin Alley Social Centre invites all queer/trans* folk and straight allies to a dance party this Saturday to celebrate a month of resistance in Cardiff, including us gremlins averting eviction.

As a social space occupied by quemlins (queer gremlins), we encourage you to liberate and express your sexuality and gender(lessness); whether you’re openly a gender-bender or fist-deep in narnia – or elsewhere for that matter.

There will be an LGBT+ workshop starting at 7pm, focusing on terminology and understanding, followed by a discussion. Then from 8pm we will be celebrating queer culture in Cardiff (and everywhere else).

Bring mp3 players, glitter and condoms!
Drinking ok, drunkenness not.
Transphobia and homophobia never tolerated.
Leave your bullshit at the door.

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Anti-deportation resistance for Saleh family in Cardiff & London

As previously stated, us gremlins expresses our full support and solidarity with Mrs Saleh and her two children who faced forcible deportation. Our thoughts are with the Saleh family and those who resisted over the last week. Love & rage.

Timeline of resistance from Bristol Indymedia:

The Saleh family, Mr S and her two children,  arrived in the UK in November 2007 after suffering  15 years of violence in Egypt. The whole family is now under serious threat of honour-based violence and possibly even death. They had a court hearing on 13th November to receive a fair hearing of their case, but this was completely ignored by UKBA.

The first attempt to deport the family was on the morning Thursday 18th October, which resulted in the family’s home being raided by UKBA officers in Cardiff and two activists being arrested for ‘obstructing UKBA officers’, one of which additionally charged with ‘obstruct pc’. While a call-out was made for supporters to attend Cardiff Bay police station, where the family were taken in order to be transfered to a coach for a flight later that day in London, others made their way to the motorway sliproad. What followed was an attempt to run down activists blockading the road.

The rest of the day was spent showing solidarity for the two arrested comrades, whilst others networked by all means possible calling for support nationally. The call out was well received, with texts, emails and messages circulated to target Egypt Air responsible for the comercial flight. This resulted in their helpline, reservation and effectively their ‘back-up’ telephone lines being clogged up and eventually disconnected, successful vandalism of their facebook wall, with a status update ackknowledging the discruption to the attempted deportation.

Fortunately, due to a security mix-up, they were driven to a detention centre near Gatwick Airport called Ceders avoiding the 3pm commercial flight. As the good news spread, both activists were later released to a crowd of supporters outside, and the campaign to Save the Saleh Family grew.

By the morning, Friday 18th October, it had been noticed by many activists that UKBA offices, within General Building on Newport Road, had received half a dozen smashed windows –presumably in response to the attempted deportation of a loved and well-respected family within the community of Cardiff.

With a limit of 72 hours (3 days) to detain the family before deportation, and the weekend lacking flights to Eygpt, immigration minster Mark Harper authorised an extention of 7 days detention for the family; rather than extending their stay long enough for their court hearing on 13th November. A charter flight was then booked for the morning of Wednesday 24th. In response Mrs S slit her writs and the bathroom was flooded in blood. She wrote with the blood on the walls that she only wants to save her children.

What followed was an injunction granted by the judge responsible for the case the same evening, resulting in UKBA successfully persuading the judge to cancel the injunction – ignoring lawful procedure of appealing. However, anti-deportation activists had already mobilised from Wales and England to resist the deportation, meeting up overnight near Crawley in an attempt to blockade the detention centre where they were being held.

A massive police operation (see video), with more than 50 police vehicles, was then carried out involving police weilding batons and setting dogs on protesters. While one person was hospitalised, another managed to attach themself to the underside of a bus, effectively blocking the exit. The person who was under the bus was then cut off and arrested for aggravated trepass, while the coach was successfully delayed for 5 hours, resulting in the detaines missing their chartered 8am flight.

By the morning, supporters had gathered outside the police station where the arrestee was being held, while contact had been lost with the Saleh family. Due to lack of contact, and inability to resist another deportation due to the unknown location of the family, Mr Saleh, Ibrahim and Lyal, were then deported the following morning, Thursday 25th.

That same morning, in Cardiff, it was noticed that UKBA had received increased damage to their property, including more broken windows and slogans spray-painted ‘No Borders’ and in Welsh ‘Dim Ffiniau’. Leaving no doubt in the minds of UKBA officers as to why their officers had been targeted.

A protest has now been organised by the Save Saleh Family Campaign for this Saturday 27th October at 11:30am, meeting at the Aneurin Bevan Statue, Queen Street to protest the UKBA’s immoral and unjust removal of the Saleh family. Bring banners and messages in support of the family!

Solidarity with all migrants – resist deportations!

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Arson attack against CCTV company in solidarity (Bristol, England)

From Bristol Indymedia:

“last night fire erupted in the tranquillity of bristols well-to-do redland area, targeting a marked vehicle of Standfast Ltd. besides the usual functions that led us to attack a company invested in “security” (as always, securing the sanctity of private property in mass society) one of their many cctv contracts in bristol, bath, avon, somerset and gloucestershire is both state and private schools, where as you can read in the newspapers even the toilets are no escape from the cameras.

daily submission under impersonal institutions rarely comes naturally. after the nuclear family, the education system at all stages is instrumental in adapting the free child to the civilized world of workplaces, malls and (other) prisons that todays youth are destined for. constant surveillance has proven a most effective step in this domesticating process, kids learning to selfregulate under the assumption that they’re permanently being watched, and this has been made to seem normal by reality tv, the saturation of control technology in the dead synthetic urban enviroment (supplied by the likes of Standfast Ltd.), and the atomised crowd of a generation filled with selfish fear of punishment or repremand.

but it is often still the young people who are least destroyed by this onslaught and who still find themselves impelled to refuse the system (like the riots last summer and scattered moments of revolt everyday since and before). this is just a reminder – WHEN YOU HIT A LENS IT WILL BREAK LIKE ANYTHING ELSE! so shouts to  youth rebellion against society, the claimants of the recent attack on security vehicles in nottingham, and everyone else committed to the timeless crime of freedom!

strength for Gustavo Quiroga, held in immigration detention after the Delta squat eviction in Thessaloniki, and for the Gremlin Alley resisters in cardiff!

strength for the anarchists non-cooperating with the grand jury in the american northwest, and for the ones who fled from it!

strength for the street fighters held for the march29 battles in Barcelona, and Carolina whos accused of burning a Starbucks that inspiring day!

anarchy here, now and always — yours in war, counter-surveillance cores.”

Disclaimer: It goes without saying that nothing contained on this website or in any Gremlin Alley publication is intended to encourage or incite illegal acts. Gremlin Alley does not encourage or incite any illegal activities. Gremlin Alley has no links or involvement with the ‘counter-surveillance cores’, Bristol rebels and/or insurrectionists, whoever they may be. Any articles from the press published on this web site relating to illegal activities carried out against surveillance companies are posted for the sole reason of publishing news related to Gremlin Alley and are not intended to incite or encourage similar acts.

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Solidarity with Cardiff family facing deportation

Us gremlins expresses our full support and solidarity with Mrs Saleh and her two children facing forcible deportation…

PRESS RELEASE FROM CARDIFF MIGRANT SOLIDARITY

For Immediate Release: 19/10/2012

UK Border Agency to Unlawfully Deport Family.

A family of three faces forcible deportation after being dragged out of bed and restrained by UK Border Agency officials. Mrs Saleh and her two children were asleep in their Cardiff home yesterday morning when the UKBA carried out a dawn raid, dragging the family out of the house before the eyes of Mrs Saleh’s eldest daughter, who fears that she may never see them again. The family’s lawyers believe the UKBA may have acted illegally in this case as the Border Agency has acted against due process, seeking to remove Mrs Saleh and her children before their asylum case can be heard at judicial review in November. An energetic anti-deportation campaign is now building with celebrity support.

Mrs Saleh’s eldest daughter, Shrouk, 20, who has her own asylum claim under different grounds, was present during the raid and witnessed her mother being led away, potentially to be sent back to a country where her life will be in danger. Friends and neighbours arrived out of concern as the family was led out onto the street. A short film is now going viral online, in which the family is bundled into cars to the heartbreaking sound of Shrouk weeping on the doorstep. Friends and activists scrambled to mount a campaign and the family’s lawyers attempted to get an injunction passed before the family could be deported on a 3pm Egypt Air flight to Cairo. In the end, though, it was a stroke of luck that saw the family miss their flight, as an internal security mix-up at the airport saw them arrive too late to board. They are now being held at the euphemistically named ‘Cedars’ family detention centre at Pease Pottage, near Gatwick, under imminent threat of deportation.

Mrs Saleh and her children arrived in the UK legally in 2007 and claimed asylum after fleeing a violently abusive home life in Egypt. Mrs Saleh’s husband, who endangered the children’s lives on several occasions, managed to avoid prosecution for rape and domestic violence because of his connections in the Egyptian judiciary and police. The family believe they will be at serious risk of so-called ‘honour killing’, rape and harassment if they are returned to Egypt. However, due largely to poor legal representation, serious issues with the translation of evidence, and the failure of the UKBA to pass their full case file to their new lawyer, the family’s asylum claim is in jeopardy. The family have lived in Wales for five years, with the children spending their formative years in Cardiff, and have come to identify with the city and integrate well into their community.

Mrs Saleh’s eldest daughter Shrouk, who was not detained, had this to say:

“I had to watch my family being dragged away right in front of my eyes with the threat of never seeing them again. All I felt at the time was a huge sense of terror and I felt paralysed. It felt completely unreal and I lost some memory from the day. I remember collapsing in tears on the doorstep watching them manhandling my mother and younger siblings. When the UKBA officers would try to walk past me in the doorway they would threaten me for ‘obstructing’ them. We are being treated like criminals but we have done nothing but seek refuge in this country.”

Shrouk’s friends recall that she passed out and vomited during the incident, but she cannot remember this at all.

The public reaction to these events has been astounding, and not limited to the local area. Shrouk has had hundreds of messages of support, some from as far away as Mexico, and author Neil Gaiman has reposted the video ‘Family’s House Raided by UKBA’ on his Twitter feed. Jonathan Evans, MP for Cardiff North, is among those appealing to the Home Secretary to halt the deportation, and so many people called Egypt Air to protest their involvement that they temporarily disconnected three phone lines to block calls.

Although the response has been overwhelmingly positive, a Facebook page claiming to represent the UKBA has sent insensitive messages to campaign supporters, claiming that “we had no choice,” and that the family had “made it here illegally so pity wasn’t given to them. We try our best to remove illegal migrants to make the country and the world a better place ..I hope you understand?”

ENDS.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

The Video: ‘Family’s House Raided by UKBA’ has had more than 800 views since it was released this morning and can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1NXwTOnzp8

The Petition: Cardiff Migrant Solidarity is asking people to sign a petition calling for the family’s release. There are already more than 900 signatures. http://www.gopetition.com/petition/38944.html

Cardiff Migrant Solidarity is a part of No Borders, a transnational network of autonomous groups advocating freedom of movement and equality for all. http://noborderswales.wordpress.com/

‘Cedars’ ‘Pre-Departure Accommodation Unit’ is a newly built family detention centre at Pease Pottage, near Gatwick. The centre has come under criticism from various campaign groups for being build after the UK government pledged to end child detention. It is run with the complicity of Barnardo’s, who have also come under fire for their part in the locking up of children. The detention centre can be reached at: 01293844900

CONTACT:

Shrouk: 07858268373

Mrs Saleh’s son, Ibrahim can be reached in the detention centre on: 07596162523

Cardiff Migrant Solidarity: cardiffsolidarity@riseup.net

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Gremlins join call out for anarchist bloc on TUC march

Reposted from Indymedia UK:

On Saturday 20th October, the Trades Union Congress has called for its second march against the cuts and ‘for a future that works’. South London Solidarity Federation has announced that it will join the feeder march starting at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park (opposite the Imperial War Museum) at 10:30am, in support of direct action, self-organisation and solidarity towards a future without work, or at least without work for bosses who get rich off of our backs.

The last two years have seen round after round of attack on the living and working conditions of the wider working class of South London, and, with Workfare being used to fill vacancies and hound the unemployed, tuition fees increased threefold and protection against unfair dismissal and representation at work slashed, the government’s plans spell disaster for all of us.

In response, there has been a series of strikes across the country, culminating in the mass public sector strike of N30, where almost 2 million people stopped work. There also been a spirited anti-Workfare campaign which has seen a large number of companies forced to withdraw from the government’s scheme, and a spate of wildcat strikes and occupations, both of workplaces and neighbourhood resources threatened by the hatchet.

Now SLSF calls on anarchists, libertarian communists and militant workers from across the country who agree with these principles to join us on the demonstration to provide a visible presence and a revolutionary alternative to the weak compromise and reformist bluster of the TUC.
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Cyfathrebiad Fideo gan y Gremlins / Video Communique from the Gremlins

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10/10: Social Centre update from the Gremlins

We the gremlins (currently squatters of Gremlin Alley) will be re-opening our social centre to the community later this week. After a thorough clean up, re-organising our space and lots of hard work, we are pleased to announce that we will be going back to ‘business as usual’. There will additionally be a video communique to be released tomorrow regarding the on going resistance to keep the space.

We also now have a social centre phone – 07967 249310 – for anyone to directly communicate with us. To be included in our phone tree for eviction alert, upcoming events and gremlin news, please text us with ‘Add me up’.

We’d like to thank everyone for their incredible support so far, included but not limited to; anarchists, activists, travellers, artists, neighbours, local businesses, visitors and of course our close friends. The response from those in and around the City Road area has been truly remarkable; as police continue to ignore us and bailiffs plan their future attempt to evict us.

Many more events will follow next week as we make finishing touches to the building, so far we have organised the following:

Friday 12th October 2012 – 4-6pm
‘Addicts’ anonymous support group session – for people addicted to drugs, alcohol, self-harm, if you truly do feel you want to change certain aspects of your life for the better – come and visit Gremlin Alley, we’re aiming to assemble a team of kind-hearted humans to help with these kinds of situations.

Saturday 13th October 2012 – 7pm
Acoustic night with music, spoken word and poetry. Details to be revealed soon.

We have additionally updated our ‘wish list‘, so please see if there is anything you would be able to help with. Drop us a text and we can collect if needed. We appreciate feedback, ideas for community projects, DIY organising of the space and any criticisms or suggestions you have for the social centre.

– The Gremlins

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