Pakistan Crackdown on Afghan Refugees Living in Peshawar, 41 Arrested

From Khaama Press

(From Dawn Press)

(From Dawn Press)

At least 41 Afghan nationals were arrested by Pakistani police from Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtukhwa on Friday.

According to the Pakistani police officials, the individuals were arrested for illegally living in Peshawar.

The detained individuals would be handed over to the authorities for deportation through the Torkham border, the officials added.

This comes as the federal government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had set a month deadline for the expulsion of Afghan refugees following a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city.

The provincial government spokesman Mushtaq Ghani had said that the government can no longer afford refugees, insisting that the “time has come for the federal government to take practical steps for the repatriation of the refugees.”

Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran backed the demand of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to the federal government to expel the Afghan refugees illegally staying in the province.

Music Video: Kholo BC by Ali Gur Pir and Adil Omar

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked YouTube throughout Pakistan since February 2008. The PTA stated that there were too many “non-Islamic objectionable videos” and therefore has ordered all Pakistani ISPs to block the website. Don’t Block the Blog speculates that the site is blocked because of anti-Islamic videos as well as footage that exposes voter fraud in the February 2008 elections. The legal case for internet freedom in Pakistan, Bytes for All vs. Federation of Pakistan, has been an ongoing battle since 2013. At the time of writing this, the ban has not been lifted. Frustrated citizens and journalists can still access YouTube through proxies and other means, but continue to raise pressure and express their discontent with the ban.

[Intro: Ali Gul Pir (in Urdu)]
Chora utho
Adil Omar, Talal Qureshi
Chalo, ye YouTube ka ban khol te hein

[Verse 1: Ali Gul Pir (in Urdu)]
Ali Gul Pir, tu kheh sakta hai abu
Ek ganai say tum log ko pack keroon
Zada bola toh parjaoonga jan ko
File kholdoonga, Mubashar Luqman, kantro
Tera style mujhse kabhi compare na hoga
Tu Zainab Market hai, mai Asim Jofa
Quaid e rap Chora! Samjha ya samjhaoon?
Ja Atif say pooch, akhbar ki surkhian saboot
Mera Facebook status bhi banai breaking news
Merai ganai per syasatdano kai views
Per ab tak mai Dadu mai bhung peeoon
Sangath har mulk mai, Karachi mai jeeeon
Mujhse jalai toh mai hoon sazish, Jews ki
Mainai banaya records, tu marai phuski
Such boloonga chahahay nikalai suo moto
Meri botlai mujhe wapis do, Atiqa Odho
Mera moo na khulwa, abey ja tu
Mai hoon tsunami, tu hai akhhhh thooo
Bakery waloon ko pitwate ho?
YouTube kholo, kholo ban!

[Hook: Ali Gul Pir (in Urdu)]
Kholo ban, chor, salai, haq hain marain
Gira daingai tumhari yeh proxy deewarain
Kholo ban, chor, salai, haq hain marain
Gira daingai tumhari yeh proxy deewarain
Kholo ban, chor, salai, haq hain marain
Gira daingai tumhari yeh proxy deewarain
Kholo ban, chor, salai – (kholo ban)

[Verse 2: Adil Omar]
We storm the PTA office, bring reporters and cameras
Rocking V for Vendetta masks like anonymous hackers
Was going viral on the web, I was stomping some rappers
But now I have to Hide My Ass with a proxy and password
They shut Spotflux off and now there’s boys in the street
Dry humping everything in sight like some monsters in heat
Pent up testosterone in men with no form of release
And then we wonder why they’re angry, obnoxious, and creeps
– but banning YouTube? – this is a new age
Of sleazy politicians with their combovers and toupes
And scummy supervillians with control over what you play
And whose to say they can when they burn through money you pay
They go enforce their censorship, but ignore the bigger threats
I doubt these pricks can even grasp the fucking internet
Let alone be in charge of important decisions
Blatant hypocrisy with bullshit moral convictions
And how we’re blind, we face their machine with no rage
While they rape us and take us back to the stone age
So if the government don’t like the venom this man spits
You can be a silly bitch and tell em to ban this

[Hook: Ali Gul Pir (in Urdu)]
Kholo ban, chor, salai, haq hain marain
Gira daingai tumhari yeh proxy deewarain
Kholo ban, chor, salai, haq hain marain
Gira daingai tumhari yeh proxy deewarain
Kholo ban, chor, salai, haq hain marain
Gira daingai tumhari yeh proxy deewarain
Kholo ban, chor, salai – (kholo ban)

Drone victim Kareem Khan released from illegal detention in Pakistan

Kareem Khan (Ahahzad Akbar on the left). Photo by Aamir Qureshi—AFP

Kareem Khan (Ahahzad Akbar on the left). Photo by Aamir Qureshi—AFP

Press Release from anti-drone activists

A Pakistani drone victim who had been missing since being abducted from his home by men in police uniforms on February 5 has been released. [Read more here.]

Kareem Khan, who had not been heard from since being taken from his Rawalpindi home, was freed earlier today (February 14).

Mr Khan lost his son and brother to a 2009 CIA drone strike, and had been set to travel to Europe to discuss his experiences with parliamentarians when he disappeared.  He was also involved in legal action against the Pakistani police over their refusal to investigate the killing of his relatives.

After being abducted in the early morning hours of 5 February by 15-20 men, 8 of whom were in police uniform, Mr. Khan was taken to a cell in an undisclosed location. Later in the day of 5 February, he was blindfolded and driven for approximately 2-3 hours to another undisclosed location where he remained until his release. While detained, Mr. Khan was interrogated, beaten and tortured. He was placed in chains and repeatedly questioned about his investigations into drone strikes, his knowledge of drone strike victims and his work advocating on their behalf. Continue reading

From Oakland to Greece! Anarchists are F***ing Up! Golden Dawn and Next Level Fascism

Survivor of Vicious Golden Dawn Attack

Survivor of Vicious Golden Dawn Attack

[BAI NOTE]: The following is a conversation between a Bay Area Intifada admin and a comrade engaged in the anti-authoritarian scene on the ground in Athens, Greece. Anna, whose name was changed to protect her identity, is an unemployed geologist in her early 30’s. The primary focus of Anna’s political work is around migrant justice. 

The BAI admin is a refugee in his early 30’s who has been living in the Bay Area off and on since the early 1980’s. He has been active in many struggles in the Bay Area over the past decade.

The following conversation took place on September 13th in Oakland, CA/ September 14th in Athens, Greece, following a brazen Golden Dawn attack against KKE (Communists Party) members in Athens. BAI has made very few edits in the text below and aspires to keep things raw, human and unapologetic.

BAI does not see itself as separate, neutral or sitting-on-the-sidelines in regards to liberation struggles. On the contrary, those who contribute are long-time participants in these struggles themselves.

Golden Dawn Nazis

Golden Dawn Nazis

Athens, Greece / Oakland, California 

[BAI]: Hey Anna! Hows it going??? Wtf is going on over there??? I’ve been reading that Golden Dawn beat the shit out of the commies last night?! What happened? I had a really poor translation…

[ANNA]: This is a total confusion! Actually, now well few minutes before I find you! A friend from the anti-authoritarian scene was saying how happy he is the communist people were beaten up by the nazis!!!! Continue reading

( Action Alert!) No War In Syria – Bay Area Resistance Network Launch!

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Syrian refugees flooding into Northern Iraq ( A 2003 Reversal )

San Francisco / Oakland Bay Area

From Bay Area Resistance Network

The Bay Area Resistance Network was initiated by those who are affected by colonialism, displacement and militarism who want to confront the forces of imperialism and fight back. Our communities refuse to assimilate and accept the conditions that continue to oppress us, and we sincerely hope to build and strengthen our bonds and struggle together in the face of global injustice.

Decolonization as a means to liberation can be successful through unity along principles of self determination and through the support of strategic allies who understand their role in our struggle. Continue reading

[Video] UPDATE : 10 Escape in Migrant Rebellion In Notorious Greek Detention Center

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Migrants and Refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria, among others, burnt down container-like holding cells and fought prison guards in one of the world’s most notorious immigrant detention centers.

10 police officers are said to have sustained injuries in clashes with stone throwing refugees. There have been frequent reports of deplorable conditions with beatings and torture being wide spread in what many describe as a concentration camp in Amygdaleza, near Athens.

BAI NOTE: The following are unconfirmed unedited updates from anonymous sources on the ground:

-10 migrant detainees managed to escape the camp during the riot (two people from Afghanistan and eight from Pakistan) and there is a huge police operation at the surrounding area and Athens at the moment for their arrest

– 41 migrants are being prosecuted and face deportation (17 from Pakistan – 9 Afghanistan – 14 Bangladesh – 1 Morocco).

– There are still no confirmations of injuries or the shooting (Many suspect a cover up is taking place)… as this was reported by the people inside the camp and there is no report or contact with people inside the camp once police blocked all phones and forbid all communications

The police have released a video showing the aftermath the riot torn detention center with burnt out holding containers and heavily damaged barbed wire gates.

Bai Note: Instead of the video’s intended purpose of demonizing the rebelling refugees, Greek security forces instead released footage of a concentration camp-style detention center with containers, which were used to hold inmates. The conditions shown give obvious reasons to why a riot would erupt. Many of the prison guards (along with police and other security forces) belong to the rapidly growing Golden Dawn, a far right political organization gaining strength in parliament, as well as on the ground through social programs and political outreach. On a daily basis, Golden Dawn members target immigrants all over Greece, using harassment and brutal violence, which oftentimes, leads to death. The group does this with impunity, due to its close relations with police and security forces–the majority of who are Golden Dawn party members.

The situation in Greece looks increasingly dire and headed toward fascism. Sources on the ground say that Golden Dawn has a chance of taking over many political positions in Athens, which would effectively give them control over implementing laws that their party members (police & security forces) can then enforce.

Read BAI original post on this situation here

For Mainstream Meida Reports on the Migrant Rebellion see here & here

For more information on the plight of migrants in Greece watch “Into the Fire” .

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Into the Fire – The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece

greek migrants

Into the Fire is being crowd-released: All over the internet people are embedding Into the Fire on their website or blog. With everyone who participates the audience and distribution network will grow. Are you participating? http://intothefire.org

A hard hitting documentary which shows the plight of refugees and migrants in recession hit Athens, Into The Fire is a film with a difference.

Shot and edited with sensitivity and compassion, it doesn’t pull its punches and makes for harrowing viewing in parts. It is the product of crowd funding, dedication, self-sacrifice and a burning sense of justice.

On 21 April, Into the Fire was simultaneously released on websites, blogs and other platforms around the internet. The film is available in various languages, including Albanian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish. There are a number of public screenings planned in several countries in Europe and Northern America. To participate in the release or organise a screening see http://intothefire.org/publish Continue reading