TWENTYONEMILES: Migrant struggles and resistance in Belgium, France and Switzerland

June 21, 2010

Hunger strike in Mesnil-Amilot (Paris), 20/06/10

Filed under: France, hunger strike — twentyonemiles @ 10:02 pm

Several detainees have been on hunger strike at the detention centre since yesterday, Sunday 20th June.

June 16, 2010

Death of an asylum seeker in Belgium, 3rd June

Filed under: Belgium, detention — twentyonemiles @ 6:29 am

An asylum seeker from Côte d’Ivoire died during the night of 2nd and 3rd June, five days after his arrival in the “open centre” of Charleroi. He had refused to talk since his arrival in the centre, and was clearly in a state of mental distress.

[Source: http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/article/588796/deces-d-un-demandeur-d-asile-au-centre-ouvert-de-charleroi.html%5D

June 14, 2010

Anti-deportation day of action against Air France, Saturday 26th June

Filed under: deportation, France — twentyonemiles @ 9:28 pm

The following is a rough translation of a call out from the group “Désobéissants” [“Disobedients”, http://www.desobeir.net/%5D:

Day of action Saturday 26th June

This same initiative has already happened in Marsailles and in other French towns. The citizens of Canada were successful in these type of actions against Air Canada for three years.

The action involves posing as a real client, act as if you are buying a ticket, but at the last moment do not take it. This action is very simple, impact is immediate in terms of disturbing the commercial activity, and everyone can take part.

Certain participants will want to reveal themselves and ask to meet the manager of the agency in order to let him know their only demand: STOP DEPORTATIONS and the complicity of Air France.

We hope to speak to the staff and so this issue will enter into discussions at the Air France AGM on 8th July.

June 4, 2010

Is it a crime to be anti-detention in France?

Filed under: detention, France — twentyonemiles @ 8:07 pm

In December 2004, a text was published which denounced the participation of Bouygues in the construction of detention centres and called for the establishment of a movement against the company, as part of an anti-detention campaign which took from place from November 2004 -April 2005. In January 2005, Bouygues submitted a legal claim attempting to stop the distribution of the text. Now today, five years on, 4 people who were administrators on websites where the text was published (Indymedia, pajol, and réseau anti-pub), have been summoned to the magistrates court on 11/06/10 for the crime of “direct provocation…for destruction and damages”. There will be a demo in support of the activists outside the court at 1pm.

Protests in Lille against the deportation machine

Filed under: deportation, France — twentyonemiles @ 7:08 pm

On Wednesday 2nd June, as part of the European Week of Action against the Deportation Machine, No Borders activists in Lille demonstrated outside several businesses that play a part in deportations. There were 7 arrests.

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