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

February 18, 2011

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.


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 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.

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 30, 2010

“Plan Grand Froid” put in action in Nord Pas-de-Calais

Filed under: France — twentyonemiles @ 9:35 pm

On Friday 26th November “Plan Grand Froid” was put in action in the Nord and Pas-de-Calais departments in north-east France, to accommodate those without shelter whilst temparatures during the day are below zero and between -5 and -10 at night.

In Pas-de-Calais, 1122 places have been set up in different reception centres in Arras, Béthune, Boulogne, Calais and Lens.

In Nord, there are 707 places, a provision which Éric Delhaye, Président of Samu social du Nord, told the “Nord éclair” newspaper was inadequate for families. Socialist Party deputy Marie-Christine Staniec-Wavrant was quoted in the same article as criticising the state for not giving enough money for the plan and the lack of permanent accommodation available.

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