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Maastricht: Landbouwbelang 15 Years Cultural freezone

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Throughout the years, the Landbouwbelang has been an experience for many people. A diverse group of artists, designers, producers, organisers, performers, artisans, students and many others made it their social place, their workspace and even their home.
Trough their ideas, ideals, creations, constructions and energy they created the Landbouwbelang in its current form. By organising, creating and sharing experiences together a big community has formed itself around this place. In April 2017 the Landbouwbelang will celebrate it´s 15th birthday.

Thursday 6 April
Superhero Status + Break Of Day (punk)
20.30-23.59 at Keldertje

Friday 7 April
Foodbank Maastricht & 15 Years of Positive Propaganda;
21:00 – 02:30
entrance doc side, donation based

VelotroniX
humanbeatmachine
Goeiemiddag!
skapolitipartypunk
Ravedigger
happyhardcoreaoke
WhoEst(live)
eclecticDJteam

Thursday 13 April
Bear Makes Ninja + A Pig Called Eggs (Math/Rock)
Keldertje 20.30-23.59

Friday 14 April
Music from David Marx at
Foodbank Maastricht & Expo “Order vs Chaos”
entrance garden side, donation based

Friday 14th till Sunday 23th of April 19.30-21.00
Expo Order vs Chaos
“Order vs Chaos” will bring a broad mix of art pieces of 27 Artist; From the Netherlands, Belgium, Chile and Russia. Scrap metal installations, paintings, glassworks, wax, surrealistische assemblages and more wil be presented by beginners and the established.

Saturday 15 April
Opening Order vs Chaos;
Silent film with live music,
Violin experimental punk, Martial Arts, Betonfraktion and more!
entrance garden side, donation based 19:30 – 23:00
Thursday 20 April
Fabian + Malstatt + Hollywoodfun Downstairs
(Ambivalente Popmusik, Modern Jazz/Stoner Rock/Doom Metal, Noise Punk)
20.30-23.59 Keldertje

Friday 21 April
Music from Elephants on Tape
at Foodbank Maastricht
& Expo “Order vs Chaos”
entrance garden side, donation based 19:30 – 23:00

Saturday 22 April
Finissage Order vs Chaos
with Hax “Acoustic & electric mashup”;
Violin, JUNO-6 synth, Soprano, Accordeon, Darbuka, Acrobatics, Visuals.
And “In Between”; Electronic ambient with guitars,
analog instruments and field recordings.
entrance garden side, donation based 19:30 – 23:00

Thursday 27 April
Keldertje
20.30-23.59

Friday 28 April
Music from Sweet Billie at Foodbank Maastricht
entrance garden side, donation based

Saturday 29 April
Le Cirque du Platzak
18:30 – 20:00
and after party 21:00 – 02:30

Ollie Q & the Deep Six Trikosis
an exotic blend of ska, jazz, calypso, latin, soul and rocksteady

ZibaBucketBoyz
Zibabu is a band of three lunatic-(several sexed) alien- cleaning ladies from planet Z3. Here to dust, vacuum, and polish the grey area between your ears! And knee slappin anarcho blue-trash from the BucketBoyz.

DJ’s Hapu & Soj
The Balkan Dj Team from the south of the Netherlands. The music is a touching mix between Gypsy, Balkan, Russen hits and other groovy sounds of the world.

Every Thursday Doorgeefwinkel 11.00-16.00 Dockside

Every Teusday Maastricht Goes Vegan 19.00

The Resistance Now: Big corporations come at Trump on climate

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Mars Inc, Staples, Levis Strauss and Gap Inc have doubts about Trump’s pro-business climate plan; Bernie Sanders plans a summer bash for activists; how #blackwomenatwork won the Internet

  • The Resistance Now on Facebook
  • The creators of chocolate bars, pencils and sensible trousers joined Trump opponents this week.

    Visitor: "Can I speak to the principal?" Me:"I am the principal." #BlackWomenAtWork

    #BlackWomenAtWork Client asked to speak to a manager. I said that was me. So she asked to speak to the owner. I said that would also be ME.

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    Satirical candidate for president awakens Serbian youth

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    by Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

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    Serbia heads to the polls for its presidential election on Sunday. While the ballot boasts the usual cast of characters in the Serbian political arena, one young candidate has launched a satirical campaign to challenge the frontrunner — current Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic — by engaging new voters and using humor to shape a high-profile critique of Serbia’s political elites.

    Always dressed in his trademark all-white suit and often depicted riding a white horse, this candidate — who goes by the name Ljubisa Preletacevic-Beli — built his campaign in response to widespread disillusionment with the country’s current political leaders, particularly among the country’s youth. Beli, whose real name is Luka Maksimovic, comes from the Serbian town of Mladenovac and will be competing against 10 other candidates in Sunday’s election, running as part of the “Hit It Hard Beli!” citizen campaign.

    The campaign has gained enormous popularity, rising to second in the polls behind Vucic — who has an estimated 53 percent of the votes — and drawing disengaged youth into political participation. Current Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has called Beli’s campaign a “sociological phenomenon” among young voters. Some suggest this could be an indicator of a larger civic awakening taking place in Serbia against the current political establishment, as the country faces economic hardship and a brain drain of the young and skilled labor force — all while vying for European Union membership, despite rising anti-E.U. sentiment in the country.

    As a presidential candidate, Beli portrays a caricature of corrupt Serbian politicians, bragging that he holds a fake university degree and making promises he can’t keep. He mocks Vucic on his Facebook page — including a series of recent jabs after reports that Vucic hired a group of supporters to travel around the country on buses to attend his rallies, but only compensates them with a small amount of money and free sandwiches. Beli responded by posting on Facebook that he would offer pizzas to his supporters, not just sandwiches.

    A screenshot from one of Beli’s YouTube videos shows him atop a white horse.

    The campaign has produced music videos and uses satirical language in which Beli calls himself “uncle,” making statements like “Uncle will take care of you!” and “Uncle loves to win!” The page description says Beli “would sell himself for 750 million euros, not for a few thousand like today’s politicians.” He also describes himself as the “Future President of Mladenovac and Serbia,” intentionally misspelling president and making a joke about holding two positions at once — since Vucic, if elected president, will hold the offices of both president and prime minister at the same time.

    Aida Salihovic, a student and activist from the western Serbian city Novi Pazar, said she believes Beli has motivated young people who previously felt powerless and voted for the same politicians without considering alternatives to the status quo. “His energy has given a completely new dimension to the upcoming elections,” Salihovic said.

    Beli’s campaign serves as an example of what author L.M. Bogad calls “electoral guerilla theater,” the practice of running for public office as a creative prank to draw attention to issues in the system or promote a certain platform using the publicity of the campaign. So far, the campaign is succeeding in mobilizing the energy and engagement of Serbian youth. It also carries similar elements to the humor and public theater stunts used to garner young people’s support for the OTPOR! student movement, which led to the overthrow of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.

    Posted on Beli’s Facebook page, this photo bears the caption “I know which Serbia I belong to” and contrasts a selfie of Beli with a group of Serbian youth against a picture of older Serbians voting for the dominant parties.

    Beli is currently ahead of the other main competitors to Vucic, including the former National Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic, and the right-wing radical Vojislav Seselj. His campaign was initially contested, and supporters still fear it could be dismissed by the Administrative Court — despite Serbia’s Electoral Commission upholding Beli’s right to run for office.

    Appearing in an elaborate performance on Kurir TV this week, Beli wore a crown of gold leaves and a fur cape over his white suit as he addressed the audience through billowing clouds of smoke and flashing lights. Although it is unlikely he will pose a major challenge to Vucic on Sunday, his campaign may be stirring a dormant generation to begin challenging the political order and shaking up the status quo.

    Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere review – Paul Mason restages global protests

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    Young Vic, London
    The audience play their part in the Arab Spring and debate whether Occupy curbed capitalist power as the journalist interrogates a decade of revolt

    This live incarnation of Guardian columnist Paul Mason’s book about the surge of worldwide global protest comes from the performance-lecture tradition but opens out into something altogether more democratic. It’s galvanising stuff, both personal and deeply political.

    Staged and filmed at the Young Vic over three days, and due to be broadcast on BBC2 later this year, it is another welcome example of how theatre increasingly sees its role as an initiator of debate and a forum to share our lives and experiences. A theatre in which we don’t just watch, but also actively participate.

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    How protests forced Ecuador’s upcoming runoff presidential election

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    by Paola Lozada

    The runoff election for Ecuador’s next president is on April 2, and it will be the first time in 10 years that Rafael Correa — the popular current president, who has served two terms — isn’t on the ballot. This final round of voting would not be taking place were it not for the nonviolent campaign — which included virtually all sectors of society — that sprung up in order to protect and defend the presidential elections in February. This broad-based movement did not materialize out of nowhere. Instead, it was the culmination of years of organizing.

    Sliding toward autocracy

    Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was elected for the first time in 2006 under the banner of “Citizen Revolution,” which promised structural changes in the administration and the creation of a more equitable society. However, over the last 10 years, Ecuador has moved in the direction of an autocracy, where the normal democratic mechanisms are blocked. The government has called national news media outlets corrupt; traditional political parties have been branded as “partidocracia,” a derogatory term to describe the influence of political parties as a disease affecting the democratic regime; and indigenous opponents have been persecuted and criticized.

    Additionally, there has been clear evidence of corruption within the government, such as overpriced infrastructure projects and the manipulation of Ecuadorian debt by former Chancellor and current Defense Minister Ricardo Patiño, as well as under-the-table oil deals approved by former Vice President Jorge Glas — who is running again for vice president this year.

    These conditions sparked Ecuadorians to organize. Since the beginning of Correa’s first term in 2007, the indigenous people have used a wide variety of tactics — including demonstrations and road blockades — to support their community rights and oppose the water law and price increases, while media outlets highlighted international complaints about the restrictions in freedom of expression.

    Ecuadorians also mobilized to protest against the oil exploitation of the Yasuní National Reserve Park. Green groups, indigenous peoples’ campaigns and the civil society collective Yasunidos gathered 756,291 signatures to ask for a referendum. People also demonstrated for a month in 2015, and more than a week in 2016, against three bills submitted by Correa to raise taxes.

    Satire and humor have also been used against the regime by groups like Crudo Ecuador — a Facebook page focusing on opinion and free expression — and people like Xavier Bonilla, who is better known as “Bonil” — a prominent cartoonist punished by the Correa regime. Meanwhile, upstart publications like Cuatro Pelagatos and Plan V are trying to foster a better informed and more critical public through investigative and independent journalism.

    Ensuring clean elections

    The 2017 presidential elections, which were held on Feb. 19, marked the high point in resistance to Correa, as doubts about the fairness in the electoral process emerged. Days before the elections, the president of the National Electoral Council, or CNE, announced that the preliminary results would be ready on election day by 8 p.m. According to Ecuadorian law, a candidate needs more than 50 percent of the votes — or at least 40 percent and a difference of 10 points over the second candidate — to win the elections without a second round of voting.

    The counting of votes was displayed on a large screen at a hotel in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where national and international press were present to witness the final result. However, at 11:45 p.m., the screen was turned off and the main transmission center was closed without explanation. The CNE dismantled the transmission system with 80.3 percent of the votes counted. At that point, there was a difference of nearly 10.4 percent in favor of the ruling party’s candidate, Lenin Moreno, who had almost 38.9 percent of the vote, with his main rival, Guillermo Lasso, at 28.5 percent.

    The political proposals of both candidates differ radically in content and ideology. Moreno seeks continuity with Correa’s administration, which made important political changes, like the establishment of a new constitution. His party, Alianza Pais, is oriented toward socialism with a clear progressive agenda. Moreno’s platform prioritizes employment, loans for young entrepreneurs and businessmen, access to higher education, a responsible and sustainable use of natural heritage, avoiding media monopolization, and improving the living conditions for elderly people.

    On the other hand, CREO, Lasso’s political party is identified with the right. He is a neoliberal former banker and businessman, who is proposing to create a million jobs, eliminate certain taxes to attract investment, sign cooperation agreements with United States, China, Japan and the Pacific Alliance, repeal the communication law, sell government-seized channels to the private sector and restore democracy with a separation of powers.

    Many government opponents warned of possible fraud before the election. To protect the electoral process, several tips were published on Facebook and Twitter by groups such as Levántate Ecuador and Emputados Ecuador. For example, they told voters to bring a non-erasable pen to the elections — in order to prevent tampering — and to wear a yellow T-shirt, or the Ecuadorian soccer team jersey, to identify themselves as opposed to the ruling government and better facilitate vote counting against the regime. At the same time, Lasso launched a network to monitor the elections that was comprised of more than 40,000 volunteers and adherents to his political party.

    Over the next three days, the Ecuadorian population widely engaged in a popular nonviolent struggle to protect its electoral system. At midnight on election night, people gathered in demonstrations outside of the CNE to protest the lack of transparency during the electoral process, while also asking for the immediate results.

    As new actors and organizations got involved in the nonviolent upheaval, the fearlessness among the resisters increased, weakening one of the major sources of the government’s power — fear of punishment. Demonstrations blocked several of the most important streets in Quito. Support also came from other cities, where people were protesting on the outskirts of the CNE’s local offices. Ecuador’s robust indigenous movement, which has been organizing since the 1990s, called for the election process to be transparent and for the results to be published quickly.

    The group grew in size and strength, undermining some of the government’s bulwarks of power, such as the police, military services, media outlets and the Catholic Church.

    The Ecuadorian army’s Council of Generals called on the authorities to ensure strict respect for the population’s will, as expressed at the polls, and demanded a transparent scrutiny of the elections — marking a clear shift in favor of the movement. The Chamber of Business Council demanded the results of the electoral process and asked the CNE to maintain its responsibility for clean elections. Police denounced previously marked ballots and said that they had been sent to the CNE as evidence.

    The national press corps covered every detail of the election process, while the international press suggested the possibility of fraud. Local authorities in the two main cities — Quito and Guayaquil — called for transparency. Public personalities, such as a former Vice President León Roldós, also criticized the amount of time that the CNE had taken to evaluate the electoral results.

    To be sure, there were elements of disunity within the movement. Agent provocateurs appear to have been sent in to trigger violence during the vigil in front of the CNE in the days following the elections, but they were identified and denounced on social networks. It was clear that the government intended to blame the traditional right, which included the candidates who came in second and third. Despite the attempted provocations, however, nonviolent discipline was maintained.

    Three days later, on Feb. 22, the CNE confirmed that there would be a runoff election after Correa accepted the results from the first round of voting. The final presidential elections will be held on April 2. The presidential elections in Ecuador were ultimately untarnished because the regime wanted to defuse social tension that was building in the streets.

    As the second round nears, the movement — formed by public figures, politicians, popular comedians, journalists, groups on social media and civil society — is taking more precautions to ensure that the will of the people prevails. For starters, they are calling on voters to wear white T-shirts on election day and take pictures of their ballots that can be uploaded to social media. They also want to see support for the participation of electoral observers.

    Some of the Facebook groups, independent publications and activists that played an important role in the mobilization last month are beginning to invite people to the streets on April 2, before the election is over, to monitor the last minutes of the vote and its counting. Given the strong concern over fraud, Ecuadorian society remains on alert and the nonviolent movement that has been building over recent years will be activated if it is needed.

    'The activist Bonnie and Clyde': young lovers lead Portland's Trump resistance

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    Activism is the foundation of the relationship between Kathryn Stevens and Gregory McKelvey, leaders in the Oregon city’s post-election protest

    The doormat outside a generic apartment in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, bears the words “COME BACK WITH A WARRANT”. Inside, two leaders of the self-titled resistance are at rest. Kathryn Stevens answers the door in workout clothes. In the living room, her boyfriend, Gregory McKelvey, lounges on a sectional in sweats.

    This sunny weekday afternoon comes as a quiet break in an otherwise frenetic chapter in their lives. “Before the election,” Stevens says, “I was a very ritualistic, regimented person. I woke up at a specific time, I did yoga. Routines no longer exist. You have to adapt.”

    Related: 'Paris in Georgia': political salons spring up across US in push against Trump

    Related: Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option

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    Arrests as Stansted anti-deportation protesters lock themselves to plane

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    Seventeen held after activists prevent departure of flight taking asylum seekers and other migrants to Nigeria and Ghana

    Police have arrested 17 anti-deportation protesters who locked themselves to an aircraft at Stansted airport, preventing a charter flight due to remove asylum seekers and other migrants from the UK from taking off.

    The protesters locked themselves to the wing of a Titan Airways flight and refused to move. All 17 protesters involved with the action have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and are now in police custody.

    Related: Officials deporting migrants by nationality 'to fill chartered planes'

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    Stansted anti-deportation protesters block flight to Nigeria and Ghana – video

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    Activists from campaign groups End Deportations, Plane Stupid and Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants attempt to block a charter flight scheduled to carry eight deportees from London Stansted airport to Nigeria and Ghana on Tuesday evening. The runway was closed after protesters ran out to prevent the plane from taking off

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    Vienna: Squatting action

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    Soon we are going to squat a house, to create a room of struggle and to reclaim a piece of our lifes. From this publication in advance we expect, that everyone who recognizes her*himself in the ideas as they are formulated here, develops her*his own initiatives, plan her*his own activities and actions and intensifies the struggles.

    For us, the misappropriation, the conscious break with the logic of property, which is the base of the capitalist system, is central. There’s no way that we will cooperate or negotiate with owners or politicians. As we want to live self-determined, we will not place any demands to the state as its task is to keep this order, which we reject, alive. The social democracy of Vienna uses different strategies of pacification to defuse social conflicts. Often, only the current urban development is criticized, without having the intention of an active break with the state and capital. Therefore we deepen the social tensions whenever it is possible for us.

    The conditions of life, which are forced on us, make us rageous. All areas of our lifes are submitted to the logic of profit and authority. Everywhere we are faced with owners and bosses who profit from the exploitation of our lifes.

    Also in the scope of housing. What they call „upgrading“ means the complete opposite for many others: rising rents, forced eviction, displacement, compulsion into homelessness. We are fed up with this normality and don’t want to watch it any longer. Therefore we seize the initiative and fight this order.

    We will create a room which enables the self-organisation of our struggles. And so we are against every absorption by political groups and organisations, as well as against the distortion by journalists. A living place of coming together, of exchange and of experimenting should emerge. We don’t want a room of consume, but one that lives from active participation and initiative of one’s own. Therefore it’s also important for us to mention with emphasis, that we are not about to make a party and that we don’t want limitless consumption of alcohol there, cause in our opinion there’s enough room for this already existing.

    Spread this call on your channels!

    Vienna, 20 March 2017
    demnaechst [at] riseup [dot] net

    Submitted to Enough is Enough! https://enoughisenough14.org/2017/03/29/vienna-austria-squatting-action/
    Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing them for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on.

    Stansted runway closed after anti-deportation protesters block flight

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    Eight activists attempt to stop charter flight scheduled to carry eight deportees to Nigeria and Ghana

    The runway at Stansted was closed on Tuesday night after protesters ran out to prevent a plane carrying eight deportees from taking off.

    The campaign groups End Deportations, activists from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and Plane Stupid said 14 activists had locked themselves to a tripod to stop a “mass deportation charter flight” from the Essex airport to Nigeria and Ghana. Campaigners said that deportees on the flight included people who feared for their lives and had claimed asylum.

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    How Nike trainers became the latest unlikely symbol of revolt

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    A pair of Air Max 95s have become a mark of dissent in Russia. They join brollies, hoodies and rubber gloves as surprising tools of protest

    They are pretty ugly trainers. But that’s not the only problem with the Russian prime minister’s recent footwear purchase. The yellow-soled Nike Air Max 95s have sparked a corruption storm after a YouTube video posted this month cited them as one of the ways Dmitry Medvedev used front companies led by his rich friends to buy luxury goods. Opposition politician Alexei Navalny led thousands in the biggest Russian street protest for five years at the weekend – with a pair of Nike trainers slung around his neck. Flags, banners and chants may be the more usual symbols of a revolution – but this is certainly not the first time household objects or clothes have become a sign of a political protests.

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    Murder in Pondoland: how a proposed mine brought conflict to South Africa

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    The death of activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe in the Eastern Cape has not stopped local communities opposing plans for a titanium mine that threatens important lands and a way of life, reports Yale Environment 360

    Environmentalists at risk: read parts one and two in this series

    They called him “Bazooka” after his favourite soccer star. But Sikhosiphi Rhadebe’s real love was the magnificent coastal lands of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where he chaired a community organisation campaigning to prevent an Australian mining company from strip-mining their sand dunes for titanium, one of the world’s most commercially valuable metals.

    One evening last March, a Volkswagen Polo pulled up at his home and two men posing as police dragged Bazooka outside. When he resisted, they shot him eight times in front of his 17-year-old son, then sped away. “Bazooka” was dead. Nearly a year later, there have been no arrests, and no apparent progress in the investigation into his murder. I had come to find out why.

    Related: Australian mining company denies role in murder of South African activist

    Related: UK property executive drawn into violent African mine dispute

    The coast is spectacular. Before the mining scheme, this stretch of Pondoland was zoned for conservation and tourism

    Related: The coastal village, the mining giant and the battle for South Africa’s soul

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    SYRIA, past, present, and future

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    Eyewitness to the liberation of Aleppo
    Thoughts on Peace in Syria

    Jan Øberg, director of TFF – Transnational Foundation

    Litteraturhuset fredag 21 april 18:00 – 21:00
    Jørgen Johansen fra FMK vil lede den etterfølgende debatt.

    Jan Öberg and TFF have worked in several international conflict regions such as Yugoslavia, Georgie, Burundi, Iraq and now Iran and Syria.

    Jan Öberg was one of the very few Westerners present on the ground when Aleppo was liberated in mid-December last year. He could speak freely with people who came out of the 4,5 years of occupation and has reported by analyses and photo stories of people and places.

    Öberg will talk about examples of the conflicts underlying the violence and offer alternatives to the Western mainstream reporting which he argues is deceptive.

    Finally, he will list a series of steps that must be taken as soon as possible to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people in this the largest humanitarian crisis in a single country since 1945 and that can move the situation toward peace instead of continued war. Peace by peaceful means.

    The lecture will be accompanied with a show of some of his unique photos from Aleppo.

    Arrangør:
    Folkereisning Mot Krig, Norsk seksjon av War Resisters’ International

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