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

January 12, 2011

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.

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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.

October 25, 2010

Another eviction of Roma in Montreuil last week

Filed under: France, sans-papiers — twentyonemiles @ 7:27 pm

On Wednesday 20th October, the mayor Dominque Voynet evicted a squat occupied by several Roma families in Montreuil, east of Paris, two weeks after cutting their water supply. The squat, in place de la Fraternité in bas-Montreuil, had been there for several years and was supported by the majority of the neighbours. Voynet claimed that she was preempting the prefecture which was going to evict them in the coming days in any case. The police took the families to a house in rue Pierre de Montreuil on the other side of town, thus continuing, according to the Collectif contre la xénophobie, a plan of “ethnic cleansing” of bas-Montreuil. Scores of Roma remain on the streets of Montreuil thanks to the evictions of recent weeks.

October 10, 2010

Occupation of the Cité de l’Immigration, Paris

Filed under: France, Occupation, sans-papiers — twentyonemiles @ 10:25 am

Since 7th October, over 500 undocumented workers have occupied the Cité de l’Immigration (formerly the Musée des Colonies) in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. They are demanding that the accord made between the government and the CGT union on 18th June, which allowed for the regularisation of sans-papiers who can prove a recent work history, is put into action. So far out of the 1870 applications made only 58 have been accepted.

See a short video report (in French) here.

September 13, 2010

Arson at Afghan refugee camp in Cherbourg, 12/09/10

Filed under: France, sans-papiers — twentyonemiles @ 3:13 pm

In the early evening of Sunday 12th September several fires were started at a makeshift refugee camp near Cherbourg where around 30 Afgahn refugees were staying. 9 of the 13 tents there were destroyed. The refugees have been rehoused temporarily in some hotels in Cherbourg whilst an investigation has been started. The state prosecutor has said that the fires were “clearly deliberate”.

September 9, 2010

“One year already: we cannot wait for a decision” – demo in Brussels 17/09/10

Filed under: Belgium, sans-papiers — twentyonemiles @ 9:34 pm

The Organisation of Sans-Papier (OSP) are calling for a demo on 17th September called “Already one year: we cannot wait for a decision”. in front of l’Office des Etrangers in Brussels. The demo falls on the first anniversary of the announcement by the Belgian government of a three month regularisation period, and is protesting against the failure of the government to give status to thousands who have been waiting a year for an answer.

September 6, 2010

100 migrants camp in front of l’Office des Etrangers, Brussels

Filed under: Belgium, sans-papiers — twentyonemiles @ 8:24 am

For several weeks over one hundred migrants, including 30 children, have camped outside the buildings of the World Trade Centre near Brussels nord. Tower Two of the World Trade Centre houses the l’Office des Etrangers (the Foreigners Office).

The migrants have claimed asylum but FEDASIL, the federal agency for the reception of asylum seekers, has said that they cannot help them because they are already at capacity, in contravention of Belgian law. According to the Coordination contres les Rafles, les Expulsions et pour le Regularisation (Coordination against Raids and Deportations and for Regularisation), this argument is complete hypocrisy, since in 2000 there were a much greater number of asylum seekers and they were all housed by FEDASIL. The real problem, according to CRER, is a massive reduction in FEDASIL’s budget which is a result of a political desire to discourage asylum seekers as much as possible.

May 31, 2010

Sans-papiers march from Paris to Nice

Filed under: France, sans-papiers — twentyonemiles @ 9:00 pm

Throughout May 2010, 100 sans-papiers have marched 1000 km from Paris to Nice for the Africa-France counter-summit. For more info see here.

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