‘No Borders’ Archives
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…)
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
9th December 2010
As usually goes with the justice of the system, things turned badly for the comrades on trial: not only have some of the requests of the public prosecutor been accepted but those who had been acquitted in the first grade of the trial have also been charged.
The story is by now well known. Operation Nottetempo started in May 2005 when searches were carried out all over Italy and five comrades from Lecce were arrested and detained for almost two years in preventive arrest. (more…)
Saturday, November 6th, 2010
Larnaca, Cyprus – From the Greek media
5 Nov 2010 – Bloody episodes in Larnaca. Violent events unfolded this afternoon on the quay in Larnaca Palm Tree Promenade, between nationalist demonstrators and people attending the annual ”Rainbow” anti-racism festival and ”Cypriots and immigrants united against Crisis” organized by KISA. (more…)
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
A story already written? A few notes on the appeal trial against the Salento anarchists.
Ideas and laws, passion and social peace.
This story has often showed strong conflicts between those who expressed freely their ideas and those who attempted to repress them; between those who struggled with determination so that migrants were not locked up for not having an ID document, and those who boasted that locking up migrants was a question of security. On the one side the anarchists, on the other police, magistrates, the Church on charge of a CPT [immigration detention centre], journalists and politicians. All this, however, does not give a complete picture of what has happened and of what is still at stake. (more…)
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
An Angolan man was suffocated to death by three G4S guards who were forcibly deporting him back to Angola, they used handcuffs and ‘restraint’ techniques which involved putting pressure on his back and pushing his head into his lap.
According to witnesses he struggled and shouted for ten minutes, “i can’t breathe, they are going to kill me” whilst being held down by the G4S guards. Many passengers were pushed away from him into first class to avoid them seeing the reality of migration politics in the UK.
He lost conciousness and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. G4S released a statement to the effect of: “a detainee was ill and on the flight and died in hospital”.
This is the reality of the murderous borders, people who don’t fit into the correct ‘citizen’ model, who don’t have the right papers, who don’t ‘belong’ in the UK are brutally treated and deported with fatal results. Whether or not the deaths occur in the detention centre, on the flight, after deportation, during a dangerous illegal border crossing is irrelevant, the fact is Borders Kill!
Fuck their deportations, solidarity to all migrants and especially the Mubenga family at this time.
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
12 October 2010
Lisbon cathedral woke up on the 12th of October with paintbombs and spraypainted.
“The S.E.F and the church go hand in hand. Let both go up in flames!”
(S.E.F. is the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras)
“Solidarity with comrades in Belgium. Fire to the detention centres!”