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

November 30, 2010

“Plan Grand Froid” put in action in Nord Pas-de-Calais

Filed under: France — twentyonemiles @ 9:35 pm

On Friday 26th November “Plan Grand Froid” was put in action in the Nord and Pas-de-Calais departments in north-east France, to accommodate those without shelter whilst temparatures during the day are below zero and between -5 and -10 at night.

In Pas-de-Calais, 1122 places have been set up in different reception centres in Arras, Béthune, Boulogne, Calais and Lens.

In Nord, there are 707 places, a provision which Éric Delhaye, Président of Samu social du Nord, told the “Nord éclair” newspaper was inadequate for families. Socialist Party deputy Marie-Christine Staniec-Wavrant was quoted in the same article as criticising the state for not giving enough money for the plan and the lack of permanent accommodation available.


Malian man killed in police taser attack near Paris

Filed under: France — twentyonemiles @ 9:56 am

A 38 year old Malian man died yesterday following a heart attack after being tasered twice after his arrest in Colombes near Paris. Police had been called following an altercation on the 12th floor of an apartment block between the Malian, who was threatened by a deportation order, and a man who he claimed owed him money.

CSP 92 have called for a demo on Wednesday 8th December at 1pm outside the Préfecture des Hauts de seine in Nanterre.

November 23, 2010

Three children hospitalised following tear gas attack by police on Lyon squat

Filed under: Uncategorized — twentyonemiles @ 9:59 pm

On the evening of Friday 19th November in the 8th arrondissement of Lyon, a baby, a toddler and a teenager were all taken to hospital following an unprovoked tear gas attack by police on a Roma squat.

The police had come to the squat to tell the inhabitants that they will soon be evicted. They had seemingly left but then suddenly, without provocation, they launched a tear gas attack just 5m from the door.

Police later told the press that they has been confronted by a German shepherd showing its teeth, and that they were 30m from the squat.

For mainstream press reports on this (in French), see: | 1 | 2 |

November 22, 2010

Sans-papiers occupy the Centre of Public Finances, Paris

Filed under: France, Occupation, sans-papiers — twentyonemiles @ 10:48 pm

At 2pm this afternoon, Monday 22nd November, as a continuation of the campaign “Stop the racket of undocumented workers’ contributions, stop fiscal injustice“, hundreds of workers without papers and their supporters (including Droits devant, Union SNUI-SUD Trésor Solidaires, and CSP 17e Saint Just) occupied the “le centre des Finances publiques de Paris” at 6 boulevard de Reims in the 17th arrondissement. Their aim is to force the Economy and Budget ministers to respond to two questihons that were first put to them at the end of October: firstly, why do you persist in wanting to penalise undocumented workers who are compelled to work in the black economy, and secondly, why does your government prefer people to work in the black economy rather than give them status? This is the fifth occupation of the campaign which begun in January.

November 21, 2010

Detainees escape Vincennes CRA (detention centre), Paris

Filed under: detention, France — twentyonemiles @ 5:07 pm

In two incidents during Friday night/Saturday morning, 8 detainees escaped Vincennes detention centre near Paris. 5 have been recaptured but 3 remain on the outside. Reinforcements have been called to the centre and the police describe the atmosphere there as “quite tense”.

November 4, 2010

Thirteen Roma occupy a church in south-east Paris

Filed under: France, Occupation — twentyonemiles @ 9:11 pm

According to Le Parisien newspaper, thirteen Roma, including two adolescents, have since 10am this morning (Thursday 4th November) occupied Saint-Nicolas church in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. The group had been accommodated by the town hall since 3rd October in a prefab but needed to leave by tomorrow. The UMP mayor denounced a “coup of force” but said that he will await to hear from the church authorities before acting.

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