‘No Borders’ Archives
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Solidarity with friends of Saleh family arrestees.
SUPPORT THE TWO FRIENDS OF THE SALEH FAMILY WRONGLY ARRESTED DURING THE DAWN RAID ON THE FAMILY HOME.
18/02/2013 @ Cardiff Magistrates Court
Friends arrested during dawn raid of family home:
Last October at around 6.30am Mrs Saleh and her two children were woken up by half a dozen UKBA officials and told to prepare themselves for deportation. Mrs Saleh’s daughter and other friends of the family quickly came to the house and video footage of some of these events can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1NXwTOnzp8
Two friends of the family were arrested outside the families home, without being told what they were being arrested for. Later at the station, charges were made up citing obstruction of UKBA officers during their official duty.
The two friends have known the family personally for some time and were well aware of the fear the family faced at the threat of being sent back to Egypt. More on the background of Mrs Saleh’s claim can be found here: http://ncadc.org.uk/blog/2012/10/instead-of-protection-the-saleh-familys-ordeal-continued-in-the-uk
Their court case is on Monday 18th February 9:30am in Cardiff Magistrates court. This is a call out for solidarity with this case and the wider struggle for freedom of movement.
Friends of Saleh Family Campaign
– Homepage: http://www.facebook.com/SaveSalehFamily
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
February 2nd: UKBA raid West African Restaurant, Old Kent Road, near Elephant and Castle.
On Saturday night, approximately 6-7 UKBA officers and around 4 police officers rushed into a West African restaurant at 8.55pm. The raiding party arrived in one white van and one silver van, licence plate BP55DCU. But this time the operation wasn’t going to take place in silence.
About 20 people from the Anti Raids network entered the restaurant hot on their heels and informed everyone present of their rights in the face of immigration checks: you do not have to answer any questions, and you are free to leave at any time. Many people immediately got up and left – presumably not wanting to spend their night out being interrogated by UKBA thugs. (more…)
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
On February 1st, 2013 at around 20.30pm immigrant street vendors in the neighbourhood of Thissio were chased off by the Athens municipal police who trapped one of the immigrants in a corner just above the rails of the Thissio metro station. When the cops attempted to steal the worker’s merchandise by shoving him, Babakar Ndiaye (38 years old from Senegal) fell onto the subway tracks from a height of 7 meters, where he died instantly. (more…)
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Last night a group of people went to make noise at the new location of the Schiphol deportation prison (Amsterdam). It is an international tradition on New Year’s Eve to go to the prisons to break the silence and isolation.
In the new Schiphol prison ‘De Poort’ over 1,000 people will be locked up. Even more cells for a murderous system. Last night, recorded messages from the RefugeeChurch —a squatted church inhabited by illegal (undocumented) people in Amsterdam— were broadcasted for the people inside.
In the Netherlands there are thousands of people locked up because they don’t have (the right) papers, in even worse conditions than the normal prisons. People are being kept for months and then either deported or kicked out on to the street for being ‘practically not deportable,’ and a couple of months later the circus starts again. The ones deciding on these ‘measurements’ are the few inventing laws everybody should bend for; they’re the ones making money from repression.
The whole prison system is based on their need for regulating and controlling ‘society’. People are being locked up just because they don’t fit into that society, don’t contribute enough in economical terms, or just to scare people. For the State it’s about protecting the rich and the order, to maintain exploitation and suppression.
That’s why we will keep coming back to make our solidarity with the prisoners heard.
Until everybody is free, until borders and prison walls don’t exist any longer.
For a rebellious New Year!
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
We are presenting this information from Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, regarding the death of Prince Ofosu, a detainee aged 31 years.
What we do know about the death of Prince Ofosu, the Ghanaian detainee who died on Tuesday 30th October, 2012 is as follows:
1. Prince Ofosu was forcibly restrained by GEO officers employed by the UKBA.
2. We understand that Prince Ofosu sustained some injuries. The GEO officer, Jim by name who inflicted massive blows on prince Ofosu had some blood stains on his uniform, but he was asked to remove the blood stained clothes so that no one would notice what happened. His clothes were changed for him. That happened in a room known as “block” [rule 40]. (more…)
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Update : Contrary to what the article states, and popular presumption, the family were in fact deported on the 8am flight. The son was beaten up twice on the flight to try to subdue his defiance. The daughter, Shroukie, is left in the UK separated from her family. Solidarity with the Saleh family and all migrants who fight for their dignity and freedom. No Borders – No Nations – Stop Deportations!
The Saleh family, Mr S and her two children, arrived in the UK in November 2007 after suffering 15 years of violence in Egypt. The whole family is now under serious threat of honour-based violence and possibly even death. They had a court hearing on 13th November to receive a fair hearing of their case, but this was completely ignored by UKBA.
The first attempt to deport the family was on the morning Thursday 18th October, which resulted in the family’s home being raided by UKBA officers in Cardiff and two activists being arrested for ‘obstructing UKBA officers’, one of which additionally charged with ‘obstruct pc’. While a call-out was made for supporters to attend Cardiff Bay police station, where the family were taken in order to be transfered to a coach for a flight later that day in London, others made their way to the motorway sliproad. What followed was an attempt to run down activists blockading the road. (more…)
Sunday, August 5th, 2012
No more border killings!
Request for solidarity!
Our friend and comrade, Noureddin Mohamed, died in the centre of Calais, France, in the early hours of Saturday 7 July 2012. Noureddin was 28 years old. Originally from North Darfur, Sudan, he had been in Calais for more than four years. He was well known and loved in Calais, and leaves many grieving friends. He died just some 200 metres from the Sub-prefecture (government office) where he had recently been granted leave to remain in France as a refugee. (more…)
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
19 & 24 June 2012
In the night of June 19, we targeted the office of Commuter Security Group situated in Solna (north of Stockholm)
We accuse CSG for providing « security » in Detention Centers in Sweden, participating in repression against migrants, especially in Marsta Detention Center, which has a capacity of 100 detainees.
By helping Swedish Migration board organizing imprisonment and deportation, CSG are involved in a global racist machine which every day murders and makes suffering thousands of people. (more…)
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
No Borders activists took to the stage this evening [23rd April] at a prestigious fundraising concert organised by Barnardo’s in protest at the charity’s collaboration with the UK Border Agency in detaining children.
Pictures of migrant deported with insulating tape on the mouth and plastic straps at the wrists (Italy)
Friday, April 20th, 2012
325 receives and transmits:
Cops in plain clothes to go unnoticed deport their ‘human parcels’, well wrapped with tape on the mouth and plastic strips at the wrists, to Tunisia. All this happens amid the indifference of both the passengers and Alitalia staff, whose reaction could have stopped the deportation. The only person who protests at the treatment inflicted on the two migrants, who is also the author of the pictures (F. Sparandeo), is silenced by the hangmen as the latter repeat that it is routine police operation.
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Owing to the recent conflicts in North Africa, thousands more migrants, in addition to the many desperate people trying to reach Europe every day, have no other choice than to escape from their countries. Many die drowned on the sea bed along with the crammed ships on which they travel.
In Italy, North African migrants escaping from the recent conflicts are kept in a ‘legal limbo’ waiting for their asylum claims to be processed. This can take months, during which time migrants are compelled to live in designated structures. In most cases they are finally moved to so called CIE (prisons for immigrants), where they are held captive in appalling conditions for months on end before being deported to their countries.
Lampedusa, an isle off the cost of Sicily, is the final destination of most boats of immigrants coming from African countries. The local immigration detention centre has been the scene of a great number of revolts throughout the last years, including a fire that partially destroyed it in February 2009.
On 20th September Tunisian migrants forced to reside in that centre held a demonstration and took to the streets. Some of them took hold of three gas cylinders from a nearby restaurant and threatened to make them explode. Anti-riot cops heavily charged the demonstrators while a number of inhabitants of the island joined the cops in the ‘manhunt’ against the immigrants. Protests also broke inside the detention centre, where migrants clashed with the police and set fire to the place. Two thirds of the structure became unfit for use and the local airport had to close down owing to the smoke provoked by the fire.
Here is a communiqué from Macerie:
Once again Lampedusa is burning. Any sincere enemy of borders and deportations is thrilled by this nth fire ignited by anger and will of freedom, and at the same time he or she is shaking with rage at the words of mayor De Rubeis [the mayor of Lampedusa]: ‘This is a war scenario. There is a population who can’t stand it any more, they want to take to the streets armed with truncheons and defend themselves’. These words sound like proper incitement to civil war and, as we all know very well, they can be taken very seriously. At this point, any sincere enemy of borders and deportations can’t stop at contemplating ‘others’ anger’, no matter where it comes from. It is necessary to be ready with ideas and proposals, which are up to the seriousness of the situation and, most importantly, to its potentials. ‘Up to the situation’ simply means this: whoever gave some generically antiracist speech at some hypothetical meeting, a speech full of all the banalities of the case (‘we too were migrants, we have to welcome them’, and so on) and proposed, for example, to hand out leaflets outside the town hall, he or she would run the risk to be slapped in the face, which is maybe what they deserve. On the contrary, if the problem was ‘the very existence of the detention centre’ and the proposal was ‘let’s destroy what is left of it and let’s prevent it from being rebuilt’, then the real possibility would occur that a number of angry inhabitants of Lampedusa, angry at both the government and the immigrants, decide to set De Rubeis’ truncheons aside and instead grab crowbars, batons, pickaxes and everything is needed to finish off the work of destruction that migrants in revolt have already started.
20th September 2011
Monday, May 16th, 2011
(Leaflet distributed in Lecce during a solidarity initiative with the Bologna anarchists)
Today like yesterday the homicidal potentialities of terrorism are little thing compared to those of State power […]. No organization defined ‘terrorist’ can compare to governments when it comes of kidnapping, torturing and making people disappear.
A few weeks ago the news broke of the nth massacre in the Mediterranean sea, off the Maltese coasts. More than 250 people drowned, sunk to the sea bed along with the ship onto which they were crammed. This was not an accident but a massacre deliberately committed: the authority chose not to allow those people in ‘its international water’ and eventually not to succour them as they were dying. (more…)
Thursday, March 31st, 2011
First hand accounts from Lampedusa, Europe’s island of shame, as more and more refugees arrive from Tunisia and elsewhere in North Africa to be held in an open air prison — if they make it at all.
Lampedusa is the very first place where many migrants land after their difficult journey from North Africa. From here they are sent to several detention centers in Italy. Recently many migrants from Africa arriving in Italian waters were shipped to concentration camps in the Libyan desert under the Berlusconi-Gaddafi migration deal (*1). At least for the moment that arrangement seems on hold, while the numbers are further swelled by refugees fleeing the new conflict zones. It seems that up to now about 8000 migrants have arrived from Tunisia to the island. (more…)
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
You might have heard that Greece is a beautiful country to visit with delicious food and people with great hospitality. Be careful: this is not the whole truth. The reality for hundreds of thousands of visitors is completely different. There is a general threat of human rights’ violations. (more…)
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
On New Year’s Eve, friends, family and supporters of the Yarl’s Wood 3 came together outside Holloway Prison for a noisy demonstration of solidarity. Over 100 people showed that the struggle for freedom for these three brave women, and all those in detention, will continue in 2011. In February 2010 prisoners at Yarl’s Wood immigration prison organised a hunger strike. They demanded an end to indefinite and abusive imprisonment. Their courageous protest lasted five weeks, despite violent attacks by guards at the detention centre. (more…)