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

February 20, 2011

Demo outside office of Minister of Politics of Immigration and Asylum, Brussels, 17/02/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — twentyonemiles @ 5:28 pm

On 17th February 2011 there was a demo in front of the office of the Ministre de la politique d’immigration et d’asile Melchior Wathelet bringing together most of the 150 occupants of la rue Brogniez, 5 representantives of the 25 hunger strikers of la rue des Chartreux and their supporters to demand that that ministry makes a decision regardeing their requests for regularisation. Most of the demonstrators have already waited more than 6 months for this decision. For a video of the demo (in French) see here.

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Fire at Steenokkerzeel detention centre, Brussels, 20/02/11

Filed under: Belgium, demo, detention — twentyonemiles @ 5:18 pm

Today, Sunday 20th February, that there was a fire in the detention centre 127bis at Steenokkerzeel near Brussels. All the detainees were evacuated and one escaped. The fire coincided with a solidarity demo which was taking place outside the centre. See a video report here.

February 18, 2011

Deportation prevented by leafleting at Paris airport, 13/02/11

Filed under: deportation, France — twentyonemiles @ 10:02 pm

On Sunday 13th February, activists distributed a lealfet asking passengers on a flight to Bamako to stand up and resist the deportation. The deportation was successfully prevented. You can see a copy of the leaflet (in French) here.

50 Roma camping behind Grenoble train station

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

Currently around 50 Roma including children and pregnant women are camping behind the train station in Grenoble. They are harassed by police and told to move on, but are not given any help from the authorities. You can see a short video about them here.

Repression against people fighting against the deportation machine

Filed under: deportation, France, prison — twentyonemiles @ 1:45 pm

On 19/01/08 Ivan and Bruno were arrested at a demo outide the Vincennes detention centre near Paris. They were placed in detention under anti-terrorist legislation for several months before being released on bail with severely restricitive conditions. Other people are currently in prison for fighting against the deportation machine, including Dan and Olivier who were arrested in January for their involvement in the campaign supporting the Vincennes 10.

A week of solidarity has been called for 20th-27th February for the imprisoned actvists.

Hunger strike at Steenokkerzeel detention centre near Brussels

Filed under: Belgium, detention, hunger strike — twentyonemiles @ 1:23 pm

A hunger strike at Steenokkerzeel detention centre began on 16/02/11 in protest at the beating of an 18 year old Egyptian detainee by 4 guards.

Voix sans frontieres” (“Voices without borders”) have called for a solidarity demo this Sunay 20/02/11 at 4.30pm outside the centre.

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