All Included benefit, actions against Valletta by Afrique Europe Interact in Africa and Europe

Monday December 12th 2016, All Included benefit, actions against Valletta by Afrique Europe Interact in Africa and Europe. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Migration is felt as a problem, as a threat. Politicians are only reacting on the defensive without any vision. Too many deaths on our doorstep leads to deals with human rights violators such as Niger, Turkey, Morocco, Libya, Eritrea. Development aid is now – under the guise of saving lives – openly used to stop migration in countries of origin. Asylum seekers should be housed in overcrowded camps in countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. No vision that goes beyond our borders and that offers perspectives for North and South. During the Dutch presidency of the European Commission in early 2016 All Included worked closely together with an initiative of 10 NGOs from West Africa concerning the pressure from the EU to close the borders between African countries. In April, we presented a declaration from these organizations to the dutch foreign minister Koenders just before his visit to West Africa. In September we held a public meeting on the impact of the Euro-African Valetta agreement from nov. 2015 for the population in African countries. Alassane Dicko Afrique-Europe Interact (section Mali) was our guest in Amsterdam visits (
In november 2016, we attended a large gathering of the Association Malienne the Expulsés (expelled migrants) in Bamako/Mali on deportations and the social movement in West Africa. Also, a meeting was held by the Malian Afrique-Europe Interact in Bamako where women’s organizations, fishermen, farmers, expelled migrants, residents against gentrification came together to support each other. Actions by Afrique-Europe Interact took place in Berlin and in Bamako in nov. concerning the pressure of Europe on the West-African countries on signing readmission agreements and accepting the European Laissez Passer (one way passport).

The current developments on the EU-borders demonstrate the power of migration that breaks the illusion of Europe as an island of equal rights, civilization, democracy and welfare(state). We support the migrants who come to our borders and welcome them. The EU has always pretended to be in control of the border security without degenerating into a Fortress Europe. Given the large numbers of migrants entering ‘irregularly’ today, the EU broke out in panic while portraying migrants as a threat and migration as a crime. The repressive EU-deal like the one with Turkey is not new. Other buffer states such as Morocco, Libya, Mauritania, Senegal have had to sign those deals in the past where migrants, irrespective of flight pattern, are kept outside the EU. Human rights are violated outside the EU in return of a bag of money. The war against immigrants is just more visible now because it is clear that the EU cannot control the migration at its borders. We support migrants breaking through borders and confronting the image of the EU as an tolerant civilization. The EU is pressuring African states to stop migration threatening with stopping development Aid: the Velletta agreements. We say: Open Escape Routes! Stop Deportations! Our African friends are resisting these deals:

All Included is involved in Afrique-Europe Interact, a partnership between African and European grassroots organizations that support free migration and sustainable development. Contacts are mainly in Western Europe (Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso, Senegal) and North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia). Themes are deportation, freedom of movement, land grabbing, corruption. All Included is also active in Watch the Med and Alarm Phone (, a 24-hour emergency phone for those who cross the Mediterranean. Undocumented migrants in Amsterdam are where possible supported by All Included.

What’s included?

All Included Amsterdam is a new initiative that fights for freedom of movement and for the right of residence for migrants. In a time when globalization is a fact, migration should be recognized as part of a package deal. It’s All Included. This means: no illegality, no detention for undocumented migrants and no forced evictions.

With the disappearance of national borders, national identity disappears. Everyone becomes global citizen and deserves regardless of origin equal rights and equal opportunities. Therefore also for migrants ‘all included’ rights and obligations. fightsg for an open society through extra-parliamentary action which intervenes in the political climate of assimilation, closeness and fear. Through direct assistance to rejected asylum seekers and other migrants without residence permit, indictments against abuses of current polities are being propagated. We want to contribute to the public debate with alternative visions of migration and globalization based on open borders, solidarity and initiative from the base.

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, all year long. Door opens at 7pm. Vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation. In July and August, the people’s kitchen is closed on thursday.

We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. Enjoying it is a must. If you want to know which days are still available in the schedule, send an email to joe [at] squat [dot] net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.