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

August 8, 2011

400 march in Paris to demand regularisation

Filed under: Uncategorized — twentyonemiles @ 12:58 am

On Saturday 6th August, on the first anniversary of the eviction of an ex-Sécurité sociale office housing sans papiers, 400 people, including former residents of the squat, marched through Paris demanding regularisation. Maman Cissoko, one of the demonstrators who has worked in France for the last decade without papers, told Liberation: “The fight continues, we remain mobilised until all the sans-papiers are regularised”.


August 5, 2011

Opening of France’s largest detention centre, 01/08/11

Filed under: detention, France — twentyonemiles @ 4:31 pm

On Monday 1st August France’s largest “administrative retention centre” (CRA) opened at Mesnil-Amelot near Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. It can hold up to 240 detainees including children and has been build on a modern prison model, with buildings in a star facing towards the centre, surveillance cameras, movement detectors. There is a tribunal next to the CRA and the whole site is encirled with barbed wire. The centre’s opening has been denounced by many French associations including Cimade. (See their press release in French here).

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