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

October 31, 2011

Maison des roms in Paris firebombed, 24/10/11

Filed under: France — twentyonemiles @ 4:22 pm

On 24th October the Maison des Roms in the 20th arrondissement of Paris – a warehouse owned by the Mairie de Paris which has been squatted for almost a year by around 100 Roma including children and elderly people – was burned down after a firebomb attack. Fortunately there were no fatalities; one passer-by was taken to hospital.

The attack came two days after a demonstration in the neighbourhood where some demonstrators proclaimed “we are going to burn everything!”. Le Collectif contre la xénophobie has denounced the attack and demanded that the authorities make every effort to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.


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).

April 30, 2011

Arrests of Tunisians in Paris and Marsailles

Filed under: France — twentyonemiles @ 4:44 pm

On Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th April, dozens of Tunisian migrants who were camped in the parc de la Villette (19th arrondissement of Paris) were arrested by police and placed into custody. Meanwhile 15 Tunisians camped in a park near to la gare Saint-Charles in Marsailles were arrested on Wednesday evening. The prosecutors say that the migrants are in breach of the terms of their temporary Schengen visas as they do not have the means to support themselves.

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.

January 21, 2011

Protest aboard Air France flight stops deportation

Filed under: deportation, France — twentyonemiles @ 9:19 pm

When a group of activists from the Afrique-Europe-Interact network boarded a flight to Bamako yesterday (20/01/11) from Paris, they found themselves on the same plane as a man in shackles, accompanied by police, who was to be deported to Mali. Soon after departure, 17 passengers left their seats and refused to sit down in solidarity with the man who was showing resistance against the deportation (see short video clip here).

As a consequence of their joined action, the pilot returned to Charles-de-Gaulle airport, and had eight of the activists and other participating passengers arrested. Security officers attacked a man who had recorded the course of the events on his phone. According to Malian activists from Bamako, another attempt to force the deportation of that same man was also unsuccessful.

In this last week two other departures from Paris were delayed because of protests against deportations. Last Friday, passengers stood up against a deportation in a flight scheduled to Douala in Cameroon – four of them were removed from the plane and had their identities taken by the police. On Wednesday, several passengers refused to take their seats in an Royal Air Maroc flight, until the plane took off one and a half hours later without the two prisonerers that were to be deported.

January 12, 2011

Demonstrations against “LOPPSI 2” across France this Saturday

Filed under: France — twentyonemiles @ 5:33 pm

The French government is set to adopt the “LOPPSI 2” law which will increase repression against migrants through increased police powers of surveillance, and further laws against squatting and “illegal” street vending. This Saturday 15th January there will be several demos against the adoption of this law. For more info (in French) see the website <<A Bas Loppsi>> (“Down with Loppsi”)

Air France office in Bordeaux occupied by sans-papier

Filed under: France, Occupation, sans-papiers — twentyonemiles @ 5:11 pm

On Saturday 8th January, 30 people from the “Stop Expulsion” collective peacefully occupied at office of Air France in Bordeaux in protest at their participation in the deportation of migrants. Some made fake bookings at the desk, whilst others occupied the ticket machines, thus preventing the office from making any sales. Similar protests have hit Air France offices in Paris and Marsailles.

January 3, 2011

75 Haitiens arrested at Paris airports, 23rd-26th December

Filed under: France — twentyonemiles @ 11:50 am

According to Le Monde, a total of 75 Haitiens with visas for Benin were arrested at Orly airport (23/12/10) and Roissy airport (26/12/10) by the PAF (border police). 16 were released on 27/12/10 by a JLD (Judge of Liberty and Detention) but the rest were kept in detention.

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