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

November 7, 2011

Hunger strike at Steenokkerzeel detention cenre near Brussels

Filed under: Belgium, detention — twentyonemiles @ 10:39 pm

Today, Monday 7th November, the 43 detainees of 127bis detenion centre at Steenokkerzeel near Brusseleas have begun a hunger strike. They state that they do not accept their imprisonment and their treatment as criminals. They demand their liberty and their dignity.


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).

February 20, 2011

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

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.

January 28, 2011

Activists blockade Merksplas detention centre this morning

Filed under: Belgium, detention — twentyonemiles @ 8:57 am

Some activists have started a blockade of the closed centre of Merksplas. More info to follow here. For updates see

January 3, 2011

Solidarity with detainees at Mesnil-Amelot, Paris

Filed under: detention, France — twentyonemiles @ 11:10 am

On New Year’s Eve fireworks were launched from outside Mesnil-Amelot CRA (detention centre) near Paris in solidarity with the detainees. Detainees joined in with shouts of “LIBERTE”.

December 6, 2010

Demo at Vottem detention centre, 11/12/10

Filed under: Belgium, demo, detention — twentyonemiles @ 9:42 pm

Every Saturday CRAPCE (Collectif de Résistance Aux Centres Pour Etrangers / Collective of Resistance to Centres for Foreigners) have a demo outside Vottem detention centre near Liege. This Saturday, 11th December, they will be supported by Antifa, who are mobilising against attempts by the far-right group “Nation” in April and again in October to stop the demonstration.

Saturday’s demo will be followed by a benefit meal and concert raising money for telephone cards for the detainees.

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”.

October 25, 2010

Solidarity demo at Frambois detention centre, Switzerland

Filed under: detention, Switzerland — twentyonemiles @ 9:24 pm

On 16/10/10, one week after the revolt inside the detention centre at Frambois (Geneva), 30 people held a solidarity demo outside. They were met by cries from the detainees who joined in with shouts of “solidarity with the sans papiers” , “no border no nation, stop deportation” and “brick by brick, wall by wall, destroy all the prisons”.

October 7, 2010

No Border camp in Brussels

Filed under: Belgium, deportation, detention — twentyonemiles @ 9:12 am

From 25th September – 3rd October there was a No Border camp in Brussels. Hundreds of people came from across Europe to attend demos and workshops and take direct action against Fortress Europe.

The camp started with a demo outside Steenokkerzeel detention centre near Brussels airport on the 26th. On the 2nd, there was march through the centre of Brussels demanding “No Borders, No Nations”.

There were also several actions against the agencies and companies that prop up Fortress Europe. A conference featuring Frontex, the Europe Border Agency, was blockaded, and the doors of the IOM (International Organisation of Migration) were glued shut. There were also actions against Sodexo, Serco and Steria.

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