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

August 8, 2011

400 march in Paris to demand regularisation

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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”.


February 20, 2011

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

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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.

November 23, 2010

Three children hospitalised following tear gas attack by police on Lyon squat

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On the evening of Friday 19th November in the 8th arrondissement of Lyon, a baby, a toddler and a teenager were all taken to hospital following an unprovoked tear gas attack by police on a Roma squat.

The police had come to the squat to tell the inhabitants that they will soon be evicted. They had seemingly left but then suddenly, without provocation, they launched a tear gas attack just 5m from the door.

Police later told the press that they has been confronted by a German shepherd showing its teeth, and that they were 30m from the squat.

For mainstream press reports on this (in French), see: | 1 | 2 |

September 9, 2010

Mobilisation against the “Besson law” across France

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On the 27th September 2010, France’s National Assembly will debate “la loi Besson” (“the Besson law”), which will increase the repression against migrants through measures such as the extension of time in detention.

There is resistance to the “Besson law” across France. In Nord-Pas-de-Calais, for example, a “Collective against the Besson law” has been formed.

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