Italian government arrests for helping refugees escape from slavery


This 28 November 2017 video says about itself:

SLAVE TRADE IN LIBYA | SHOCKING DOCUMENTARY

I bumped into this documentary and I decided to upload it on YouTube so as to shed more light on what is going on in Libya. Ross Kemp covered this months ago and till now, no European or Western country has condemned the act. We need to stop the slave trade in Libya!!

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 18 March 2018:

Italy seizes aid organization’s ship

The Italian authorities have seized a relief organization’s ship. The ship had 218 migrants aboard, who left at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily. The aid agency ProActiva refused to transfer the migrants at sea to Libya ….

Indeed, to Libya. Where they would have been sold into slavery.

The present Italian government is a ‘center left’ caretaker government. The leader of the extreme right Northern League party wants to become the new prime minister, but neither his party nor any other party has a majority, meaning there is no new government after the election yet. It looks like the ‘center left’ caretaker government is emulating the extreme right’s xenophobia.

Italy has now reluctantly allowed them in.

The crew was detained and the commander and coordinator of the ship were charged with cooperating with illegal migration …

They are accused of bringing the migrants to Italy instead of transferring them to Libya.

Italy wants to reduce the flow of migrants, only allowing ships from non-governmental organizations affiliated with Frontex, the EU agency that monitors the external borders of Europe.

A pro-refugee non-governmental organization, if it affiliates with anti-refugee governmental Frontex, of course ceases to be ‘non-governmental’ and ceases to be humanitarian.

THE head of a Spanish aid group said today he fears human-trafficking charges may be brought against his staff after they refused to hand over a group of rescued migrants to the Libyan coastguard in a tense standoff at sea, instead taking them to Italy. Proactiva Open Arms founder and director Oscar Camps said Italian authorities seized his group’s boat yesterday in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo. Officers were investigating the rescue group for suspected criminal association and aiding illegal immigration: here.

Second Amendment, guns and white supremacy in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

White Supremacy and the Second Amendment

6 March 2018

The sanctity of the Second Amendment for all Americans is a myth. It is a myth today and it has been a myth from the beginning.

Gun rights in this country were forged on the idea that white people had the right to take native people’s land by the barrel of the gun. They were forged on the idea that black people were living pieces of property that needed to be kept in place by armed slave patrols, militias, and posse justice.

No matter what your position on guns is, the Second Amendment stems from an ideology that is rooted in the belief that white people have the right to control others with their weapons.

The 11-year-old girl whose address at a gun control march in Washington D.C. galvanized activists said she faces taunts because she is black and Jewish: here.

Students at an estimated 2,500 high schools and middle schools across the United States participated in a nationally-coordinated walkout against violence in schools on Friday. The event was organized through social media by high school students from Connecticut to mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School: here.

At least 57 white supremacists have been charged in a yearlong meth operation in Texas.

PEDOPHILE PREACHES ‘BENEVOLENT WHITE SUPREMACY’ Nathan Larson is a 37-year-old accountant from Charlottesville, Virginia, who is running for Congress as an independent candidate in his native state. He is also a pedophile, as he admitted to us on Thursday. Larson’s campaign manifesto includes protecting gun ownership rights, establishing free trade and protecting “benevolent white supremacy,” as well as legalizing incestuous marriage and child pornography. [HuffPost]

Stop slavery in Libya, The Hague, 18 December


This 24 November 2017 video is called The football world did not remain silent on slave trade in Libya.

From In-EUmanity Amsterdam and No Border Network in the Netherlands:

Monday 18 December 2017 14:00 till 16:00

Europahuis, Korte Vijverberg 5/6 2513 AB The Hague

Stop Europe Funding Slavery in Libya: Stop Wars on Migrants

We are going to organize action days against European funding of atrocities in Libya.

In Libya, everyday migrants are imprisoned in private detention centers, tortured and sold as slaves. They suffer extreme exploitation and violence.

Europe [rather: the European Union] is funding the expansion of these detention centers. Meanwhile by implementing the Malta agreement, Europe is training and technically supplying the Libyan “coastguard” to carry out illegal refoulements that they call “rescue operations”.

We stand up against the criminal regime of Fortress Europe.

We demand the immediate cessation of the funding of the Libyan torturers.

End slavery and detention in Libya.

Free passage, healthcare and protection to all the victims of torture and trafficking.

Common Day of Action on the 18th of December, International Day of Migrants

A video of the demonstration is here. One of the speeches is here.

Dutch Leiden slavery history


This 6 November 2017 Dutch video is about the new book Sporen van de slavernij in Leiden, Traces of slavery in Leiden.

The history of Dutch city Leiden at first sight seems to have little to do with slavery. Already since the 16th century, slavery was illegal in the Netherlands itself; though legal in the overseas colonies until 1863. The ships of the Dutch transatlantic slave trade departed from seaboard harbours; inland Leiden did not have such a harbour. The slogan of Leiden University was and is: Praesidium Libertatis, bulwark of freedom. Slavery surely does not agree with that?

However, recently a book came out, Sporen van de slavernij in Leiden. The book is by Leiden historians Karwan Fatah-Black and Geert Oostindie.

Leiden citizen Johannes de Laet was one of the founders of the transatlantic slave trading Dutch West India Company (WIC), founded in 1621. The Leiden city government invested so much money in that company that it was represented on the WIC board.

Hugo de Groot in Leiden Groot Auditorium

The Couderc-Temming couple were rich slave owners in 18th century colonial Suriname. After her husband died, widow Johanna Baldina Temming moved to Leiden. She had three servants there. One of them free; two others slaves. Not legal; but it still was like that.

How about Leiden university?

This photo shows a stained glass window in the Groot Auditorium, the most important hall of Leiden university. It shows famous Dutch jurist Hugo de Groot (Grotius, 1583-1645), who studied law at Leiden university. In his hands, his book De juri belli ac pacis. In that book, De Groot defended slavery.

Hugo de Groot was not by any means the last ex-Leiden student defending slavery.

Thomas Hees, with his nephews and African slave

This 1687 painting by Michiel van Musscher depicts diplomat Thomas Hees, who had studied philosophy and medicine in Leiden. It also depicts Hees’ two nephews and, in the background, ‘Thomas the negro’, his African slave.

Samuel Arnoldus Coerman, born in Curaçao, studied law in Leiden. In Dutch law, there was no difference between black and white people. Coerman went back to Curaçao as public prosecutor, intending to make that law work. However, the practice of the Curaçao slavery-based society and its court soon disillusioned him. He went back to Leiden, where he died in 1821, 41 years old.

Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798-1872) studied at Leiden university and later became a professor there. He became the leader of the Dutch liberal party and managed to limit the power of the monarchy and increase the power of parliament in 1848, when revolutions all over Europe scared the king into making concessions.

However, Thorbecke was not as progressive on slavery as on the parliament-monarchy relationship. He saw slaves mainly as property, and according to his bourgeois liberalism, property was sacrosanct.

From NATO war to Libyan slavery


This video says about itself:

Should NATO Answer for Libya’s Slave Trade?

2 December 2017

CNN has revealed that African migrants are being sold at slave auctions in Libya for as little as $400. As the UN weighs sanctions, professor and author Horace Campbell says the NATO powers who tore Libya apart should own up to their responsibility.

As EU policies drive migrants away, Libyan authorities push them into dire detention centres. For some who reach Europe, it is worth the risk: here.

Libyan hell for African refugees


This video says about itself:

SLAVE TRADE IN LIBYA | SHOCKING DOCUMENTARY

28 November 2017

KINDLY WATCH AND SHARE! SPREAD THE AWARENESS..STOP SLAVE TRADE IN LIBYA!!

I bumped into this documentary and I decided to upload it on YouTube so as to shed more light on what is going on in Libya. Ross Kemp covered this months ago and till now, no European or Western country has condemned the act. We need to stop the Slave Trade in Libya!!

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Hundreds of thousands of migrants face inhuman conditions in Libya

Friday 1st December 2017

UP TO 700,000 African migrants are suffering “inhuman” conditions in Libyan camps, African Union (AU) commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said yesterday.

Mr Mahamat spoke at the end of a summit between the AU and European Union where migration was a top issue.

He said that 3,800 people in one camp in Tripoli need to be removed as soon as possible.

“That’s just one camp,” he said. “The Libyan government has told us there are 42” and some contain even more people.

Several stories about African refugees being sold at open-air slave markets in Libya have been published recently in Western media.

However, there have often been reports of black Africans being horrendously abused and killed since Nato overthrew the Libyan government in 2011, plunging the country into bloody chaos.

Oxfam said yesterday that a EU deal to support Libya’s coastguard, agreed at the joint summit, would lead to many refugees trying to reach Europe being returned to “violence and abuse” in Libya.