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The violence of Belgian migration policy and forced returns February 2024

      According to reports from the Immigration Office, there were 2,918 forced returns in 2022. By November 2023, the number of forced returns had already risen to 3,097. For the moment we witness many attempted forced deportations that take place … Continuer la lecture

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Protests in the closed centers

Februari 2024 Closed Centre 127bis – Hungerstrike In a wing of the 127 bis detention centre in Steenokkerzeel, in reaction to their detention and the inhumane conditions in which they are being held, some people are trying to form a … Continuer la lecture

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Detention centre in Jumet: Magnette’s racist rhetoric to justify his arrangements with De Moor

On 19 February 2024, a question was asked to Mayor Paul Magnette (PS) at a local council meeting(1) about plans for a future closed centre in Jumet. This project, which now seems to be supported by Magnette, appeared in 2017 … Continuer la lecture

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A rare collective protest at the Caricole detention centre after police violence

  13 February 2024 Detainees at the Caricole detention centre contacted Getting the Voice Out to report the situation of one of their fellow inmates.     “In the course of last week, a detainee was assaulted during an attempted deportation. She … Continuer la lecture

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CLOSED CENTRES: violence and transfers: “All our rights are being taken away”

People gathered in front of the Immigration Office on 19 January 2024 to denounce the recent deaths of people who were detained in closed centres, to denounce the conditions of detention and the physical and psychological violence to which these … Continuer la lecture

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Growing tensions and testimonies of violence in total secrecy

 On January 7, inmates at the 127bis detention center in Steenokkerzeel reported the death by hanging of one of their fellow inmates. The inmates were quickly transferred from one wing of the closed center to another, and the management is … Continuer la lecture

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News from the detention centres – December 2023

Not enough phones at Bruges detention centre For several weeks now, detainees in Bruges have rarely received a SIM card, and received no telephone. Around twenty inmates in several wings of the centre with which we are in contact are … Continuer la lecture

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Second death of 2023 at the detention centre of Merksplas

  27th December 2023   On 25 December 2023, around 6 p.m., inmates told us that ambulances, fire brigade and police had arrived at the Merksplas detention centre, in block 5, where the solitary confinment and isolation cells for “people … Continuer la lecture

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Testimonies of police violence at Zaventem and Charleroi airports

19 Décember 2023 We regularly receive testimonies of police violence during forced deportation attempts. Here are some testimonies we received in recent months:     “6 officers: I was stripped naked and completely searched, I was handcuffed and given a large belt. … Continuer la lecture

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Asylum seeker from Afghanistan threatened to be deported to Bulgaria: police violence and systemic violent practices as an integral part of the migration policy in Bulgaria.

The collective Getting the Voice Out condemns the arrestation and the previous attempt of deportation of a underage Afghan asylum seeker(who according to the Belgian Migration Office is of age. However the Office made this conclusion based on a research … Continuer la lecture

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Liberté, freedom, حرية ! DEMONSTRATION against all closed centre 9 december 2023

This year, 2023, marks the 30th anniversary of the law on detention centres, prisons that deprive migrants of their freedom, where they are reduced to mere numbers and their basic humanity is ignored. Semira, killed 25 years ago during a … Continuer la lecture

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Seven young men from Burundi national youth handball team are detained in a detention centre

  Seven young men from Burundi national youth handball team are detained in a detention centre   In August 2023, the Burundi national youth handball team travelled to Croatia to participate in the Men’s Youth World Handball Championship 2023.  During … Continuer la lecture

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General news from the closed centres and testimonies

01/11/2023   Double punishment & Dublin regulation   The notion of “double punishment”, also known as “banishment”, refers to the process undergone by foreign nationals sentenced to a prison term who, at the end of their sentence, are then transferred … Continuer la lecture

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Call for support – Truth and justice for Tamazi

  [Relay: call for support – Truth and justice for Tamazi]   A fund has just been launched for the family of Tamazi R., who died in a detention centre in February 2023. The aim of this fundraising campaign is … Continuer la lecture

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AudioTestimonies from women at the Holsbeek detention centre   

  Report on the rally: https://stuut.info/Rassemblement-en-memoire-de-Semira-Adamu-et-contre-les-centres-fermes-compte-2565 FR                                                                                         “On Sunday 24 September, 200 people gathered at Place Sainte Gudule to remember Semira Adamu, who was murdered by the police 25 years ago as she tried to leave Belgium. The rally … Continuer la lecture

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A cascade of deportations: from hospital to airport 

TW mutilation  Mr M. underwent his third deportation attempt to Dakar on Saturday 7 October 2023. He has been in Belgium for 8 years and has now been locked up for over 9 months. M. is desperate: he has already … Continuer la lecture

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Sidelined by the centre’s guards in order to deport him by surprise, he resisted the violence of the police and his deportation.

Last Thursday 28 september 2023 at midday, S, aged 52, was tired because of several illnesses (cholesterol, syphilis, high blood pressure, etc.) and the fact that he had been locked up in a detention centre since January. It was then … Continuer la lecture

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The eviction machine works inexorably.

30 sptember 2023 “They have come to get a friend, ma’am”. “They have come to get an old man from Algeria”. “They have come to get Congolese men”. “They have come to get……..” “They have come to get…” “And soon … Continuer la lecture

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Testimonies of prisoners subjected to DOUBLE SENTENCING and CALL FOR SUPPORT

15/09/2023 “I’ve served my sentence to the end. Why am I being punished a second time? Because I’m a foreigner? That’s discrimination.” The double penalty is part of the arsenal put in place by the Foreigners’ Office to punish those … Continuer la lecture

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Frontex massdeportation to DRC from Brussels on 12 septembre 2023 : UPDATE

  12/09/23 Collective deportation by Frontex (European border and coast guard agency) and the Belgian state: This morning we are receiving many calls from detainees from the 127bis detention centre in Steenokkerzeel confirming what was announced yesterday: a collective flight coordinated … Continuer la lecture

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Serial roundups at Brussels-Midi station!

04/09/2023 : On top of the roundups announced by the state, arrests take place daily throughout Belgium, in stations, on public transport, criminalizing people who are trying to find their way in this migratory chaos. The social model of regularization … Continuer la lecture

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Dublin Regulation: Belgium expels Angel, now in a closed centre in Sweden, facing persecution in Kenya because of her sexual orientation.

22/08/2023If you know anyone, collective or non-profit that can help Angel get out of detention center in Sweden and get the international protection, please contact us immediately. Context :    Angel was forced to leave Kenya following a lesbophobic attack that led … Continuer la lecture

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Holsbeek detention centre: women protest against their imprisonmen

The Holsbeek detention centre, on the outskirts of Leuven, is the only one of Belgium’s 6 detention centres that only holds women. On 16 August, a 58-year-old woman was found unconscious in her room. It appeared that she had not eaten … Continuer la lecture

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Call to action: we call for Richard’s release on 09/08 at the CGRS

Richard Ngaballa is a gay man from Cameroon who has been held in detention centre 127bis since March 2023. He is threatened with deportation and risks imprisonment and death in Cameroon.   Richard arrived in Belgium in 2016 and has … Continuer la lecture

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Call for Support for Richard

24/07/2023 : A short while ago, we reported on the alarming situation of Richard Ngaballa. Forced to flee Cameroon because of his homosexuality, he was refused for asylum by the Belgian government, which argued a lack of evidence of his … Continuer la lecture

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Caricole – A Palestinian testifies on video from the detention center

UPDATE : Meneer met gefoceerd uitgezet op 19/07/2023 naar Istamboul. Siraj Al-Nanal is from Gaza, Palestine. He recently fled the war and violence he suffered in Palestine, and applied for asylum in Belgium. During his interview with the General Commissariat for … Continuer la lecture

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Mediapart makes revelations about Tamazi’s death in the Merkplas detention centre 

  https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/160723/tamazi-mort-en-retention-le-combat-pour-la-verite-d-une-famille-de-refugies On 15 of February this year, Tamazi, a man of Georgian origin, died in the Merksplas detention centre. At the time, Getting the Voice Out reported on this tragedy, which raised many questions, even though the man had … Continuer la lecture

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PRESS RELEASE: A gay man faces deportation to Cameroon , where he is threatened with imprisonment and death

17 July 2023 A gay man faces deportation to Cameroon , where he is threatened with imprisonment and death Several years ago, Richard left Cameroon to escape violence because of his homosexuality. He has been denied international protection in Belgium, … Continuer la lecture

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The absurdity of the Dublin Regulation: The journey of a 67-year-old woman : Eritrea-Romania-Norway-Romania-Belgium-Romania.  

 11/07/2023She wanted to leave her country, Eritrea, to join her children and grandchildren living in Norway. On her way, she gave her fingerprints in Romania. When she arrived in Norway, the government decided to apply the Dublin regulation and detain … Continuer la lecture

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UPDATE – Bruges detention centre and access to healthcare

03/07/2023While on June 18th we reported on the violence suffered by detainees at the Bruges detention centre https://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/closed-centre-brugge-appeal/, we have since learned of other unacceptable incidents of mistreatment and violence. Mr M., who has been on hunger and thirst strike for … Continuer la lecture

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Closed centre Brugge : appeal. UPDATE

UPDATE: This man was released on 23 June thanks to his unfailing resistance to a repressive state. Congratulations to him. ____________________________________________________________   18/06/2023: Inmates share their concerns for one of their fellow inmates. M. has been on hunger and thirst … Continuer la lecture

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A mother separated from her children stays in a detention centre.

[Press] “Questions remain after a mother separated from her children stays in a detention centre.” “Camilla has spent as many as 40 days in administrative detention, separated from her partner and her two young children. According to organisations following this … Continuer la lecture

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Merksplas: a week on hunger and thirst strike as a last attempt at liberation ; Update : FREE

UPDATE 07/07/2023: The man has been released after 9 months in prison and a 30-day hunger strike. Good luck to him. ____________________________________________________________________________30 may 2023: Mohamed S. has been held in Merksplas detention center since September 21, 2022, to await deportation … Continuer la lecture

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DEPORTATION ALERT: collective flight to Guinea Conakry  this Tuesday 23/05/2023

    A collective deportation by military flight to Guinea Conakry is scheduled for this Tuesday 23/05/2023 at 10 am from Melsbroek airport (military airbase). A first collective deportation to Guinea and Congo (DRC) had already been scheduled by the … Continuer la lecture

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Audio testimony about an illegal deportation 11/05/2023

AUDIO Testimony of Ms. Touria about her violent eviction:  “Seven police officers to illegally evict me” (FR) AUDIO of Touria’s request for media coverage: “I want media” (FR)   Transcription in Engl below   Contextualisation of Ms. Touria’s situation   Ms. Touria … Continuer la lecture

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Conversations through the fences at the Steenokkerzeel detention centres

from : https://stuut.info/Parloir-sauvage-aux-centres-fermes-de-Steenokkerzeel-1992 On the 13th of May about twenty people shouted rage against the closed centres (1) in front of the 127bis and Caricole detention centres Located in Steenockerzeel, 127bis has existed since 1994. It was placed right next … Continuer la lecture

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Charter deportation to DRC on 26 april 2023

   On April 25 2023, fifteen Congolese detainees who had been held for several months in various closed centers were transferred to 127bis for collective deportation. The next day, eleven of these people were forcibly deported by military flight to … Continuer la lecture

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Uprising at Merksplas detention centre: inmates resist inhumane conditions and are dealt with harshly 28/04/2023

Film https://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/filmje-mersplas-4.mp4 Around lunchtime, around 30 detainees from the a closed centre started a riot in the canteen in Merksplas. They did this to express their displeasure against the living conditions at the centre. This happend at the same centre … Continuer la lecture

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News from the closed centres 10 April 2023

1. Mental health and medication   The violence of the prison system and detention itself have catastrophic impacts on the mental health of prisoners. Recently, several people have expressed their concern about fellow prisoners who are clearly in great pain: … Continuer la lecture

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Stop Deportation! Protest Camp” in Schönefeld from June 1-6 2023.!

At the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, the government plans to build a massive deportation prison. Already now, mass deportations via charter flights silently take place there every month. We want to break the silence and are organizing the “Stop Deportation! Protest Camp” … Continuer la lecture

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News from the detention centres: 6.03.2023 – 22.03.2023

 – About ten days ago, several detainees reported a collective flight to the DRC. In the following days, contact with these people was very limited and several phones were on voice mail.  – The social workers, also known as “accompaniers … Continuer la lecture

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Collective deportation of 34 persons subject to the Dublin Regulation by military flight

The Foreign Office persists in an absurd, arbitrary and inhumane application of the Dublin Regulation by deporting thirty four people by military flight to Croatia. As a reminder, there is a European regulation called ‘Dublin’ which allows the determination of … Continuer la lecture

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Testimonies : Living conditions in detention centres.

12/03/2023   Numerous testimonies have been received from the centres relating the violence of the staff and the inhumane conditions of detention.  As a reminder, the objective of the detention centres is to place undocumented persons in detention in order … Continuer la lecture

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News from the closed centres (from 20 February 2023 to 5 March 2023) 

        – Closed centre Merksplas. Several detainees reported that they were subjected to racism, especially by the “return assistants”.    – Many people under Dublin regulation have been deported within 5 days of their arrest without being … Continuer la lecture

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The daily life of the detention centres , Calls for support

Calls received this Monday 20/02/2023 from the various Belgian detention centres via the Getting the Voice Out collective   We learn that a women’s section has been reopened in the Bruges detention centre. This reopening would have taken place during … Continuer la lecture

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Death at Merksplas closed centre after hunger strike – 15/02/2023

Death at Merksplas closed centre after hunger strike – 15/02/2023   This morning,February 15, 2023, we received several calls from detainees informing us of the death of a person at the Merkplas detention centre. This 40 year old Georgian man … Continuer la lecture

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Belgium deports to Croatia, targeted for numerous acts of violence against migrants.  

In the framework of the Dublin procedure, several people locked up in a detention centre have been expelled to Croatia, where they had already been subjected to serious acts of violence. Others are likely to be deported in the coming … Continuer la lecture

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Audiotestimony : Twenty five days of hunger strike: “In Brussels, where are the human rights? “06/02/2023 Update

Update : Free on 09/02/2023 He is 44 years old. Originally from Tunisia, he has been living in Belgium for 12 years. On 13 December he was placed in a detention centre following a police check in Stalingrad. He had built … Continuer la lecture

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Audio testimony of a violent expulsion

04/02/2023He had been in the closed centre of Vottem for several months. Security men came to pick him up by surprise to take him to the airport for his first attempt to be deported to Tunis with a stopover in … Continuer la lecture

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Closed centre in Vottem ( Liège ) : Words of the direction (FR).

Retour de la visite des délégations au CIV le 24/12/2023. CRACPE: Collectif de Résistance Aux Centres Pour Etrangers. Site : www.cracpe.be Chaque année nous nous rassemblons devant le centre fermé de Vottem le 24 décembre. Il s’agit, comme à chacune … Continuer la lecture

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About deportations from Belgium to Iran……

InfoMigrants and journalist Bahar Makooi report on Aisha’s struggle to cope with racist violence in the Caricole detention centre as well as with several deportation attempts. While Belgium claims that there is no risk for Iranians returned to or in … Continuer la lecture

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No news from a man severely beaten by guards at detention centre 127 bis

On 4 January 2023, we received calls from several detainees concerning disturbing violence perpetrated by guards at the 127bis detention centre near Zaventem. According to a first witness, the scene took place near the medical service of the centre. A … Continuer la lecture

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The double punishment: “I travel from one prison to another”

  Testimony of a person detained in a closed centre and on hunger strike, December 2022.   In June 2020, we published an article on our website denouncing the double punishment. As a reminder, these are detainees whose papers are … Continuer la lecture

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Collecting phones for detainees in closed centres and calling for rechargers

Collecting phones for detainees in closed centres Detainees in closed centers are provided with a small telephone (without camera) to contact their relatives, lawyers or other services. The telephone was lent to them by the administration of the closed centres. … Continuer la lecture

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Podcast : #3 women in exile and imprisonment

The Getting the voice out collective is pleased to share with you the third episode of the Lance-Pierre podcast, the podcast that breaks down borders. This episode deals with the issue of women in exile and confinement. To discover it, … Continuer la lecture

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Collective deportation flight to the DRC on 14/11/2022

The ‘Office des Étangers’, in collaboration with the Frontex agency, has organised a special flight for 14 Congolese whose application for international protection has not been granted, 8 of whom are locked up in Belgian detention centres. https://afrique.lalibre.be/73630/belgique-un-vol-special-pour-rapatrier-14-congolais-deboutes-dune-demande-dasile/ This new … Continuer la lecture

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Hongerstrike in a closed centre. UPDATE

16/11/2022 : We are regularly informed of individual hunger and sometimes thirst strikes in the various centres. Some of the detainees demand their release, believing that their imprisonment is unjust. Others refuse to be deported to a country to which … Continuer la lecture

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Repression in the closed centre

Op 7/11 ontvingen we een getuigenis van een gevangene in Merksplas. Federale politieagenten gingen het centrum binnen om een gedetineerde uit te zetten. Een getuigenis die veel zegt over de technieken en repressie die gebruikt worden om de gevangenen te … Continuer la lecture

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Hunger strikes in the detention centres

05/11/2022We are regularly alerted to hunger and sometimes thirst strikes in the various centres. Some of them demand their release, considering their imprisonment unjust. Others refuse to be deported to a country to which they do not want to or … Continuer la lecture

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The hunt for Afghan dublines ! APPEAL. UPDATE

Collective deportation of Aghans this 16/11/2022 : A detainee informs us that there is a “special flight” tomorrow to deport Afghans to Austria . Three Afghans in closed centre 127 bis and several Afghans from other centres were placed in … Continuer la lecture

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Asylum seeker on hunger strike at Caricole deported . Strengthening of Dublin procedures are already making victims.

  Osman (not his real name) is an Alevi Kurd and has been on hunger strike for two weeks in the Caricole detention centre near Brussels.    He refuses to be sent back to Poland and to be one of … Continuer la lecture

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Escape from the Caricole detention centre in Steenokkerzeel

Five inmates escaped from the detention centre on 04/10/2022 The Caricole centre is one of the detention centres set up by the Belgian state. Its function is to detain people arrested at airports and borders. These include people who were visiting … Continuer la lecture

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Victim of the genocide in Rwanda at the age of 6 and expelled to the same country : Update : DEPORTED

Update 09/10/2022: He was supposed to go before the Indictment Chamber on Tuesday 4/10/2022 for the fifth procedure introduced to obtain his release: he received the result on Thursday 06/10/2022: negative. The next day at 5am by surprise he is … Continuer la lecture

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HELP

Hello everyone,As you know, GVO fights against detention centres by bringing out the testimonies of detainees and by preventing the deportations .Thanks to the contacts with the detainees and by bringing out the testimonies, we can highlight the existence of … Continuer la lecture

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FORCED DEPORTATION TO IRAN: VIOLENT DEPORTATION AND THREAT OF A THIRD EXPULSION FOR A YOUNG IRANIAN WOMAN, 23 SEPTEMBER 2022

.PRESS RELEASE On 20 September 2022, a 20-year-old woman from Iran resisted her second deportation attempt.Hands and feet tied , accompanied by two policemen, she showed her resistance by shouting . This was how she warned the passengers who supported … Continuer la lecture

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127 bis closed center: prisonners on hunger strike for 25 days and an alert for a “violent guard”

14/09/2022     Prisonners are concerned about a man on hunger strike for 25 days. He already had health problems when he arrived in the center 2 months ago, and is very weak. He is a man who has been … Continuer la lecture

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Hunger strike at the 127 bis detention center. The double punishment is still in effect. UPDATE

 UPDATE : A was admitted in the hospital on 05/09 and find his freedom on 09/09       5 September 2022   Co-detainees alert us and are very worried about the state of health of Mr A.   A … Continuer la lecture

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Riots, hunger strikes and repression in detention centres

30/08/2022The detainees we are in contact with are demanding their freedom, their rights, proper food and access to medical care. They are protesting against these detentions, against deportations.They are detained in total precariousness, living all day in groups of about … Continuer la lecture

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Call following violent deportation attempt on Ryanair flight to Cyprus – 09/08/2022

  Solidarity action on the plane during the attempted deportation of M! Many passengers would have filmed.    Call to find these passengers for possible testimonies and to bring them legal aid if they are prosecuted; Call for the collection … Continuer la lecture

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Arrestaties en deportaties aan de lopende band – 02/08/2022

  The closed centres continue to fill up.    They are arrested in the street, on public transport, in airports, at home, at the Foreigners Office, in open centres. Sometimes they are also transferred directly from a prison.     … Continuer la lecture

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8-14 August: International No Border Camp in Rotterdam: ‘Abolish Frontex’

’ Press release – No Border Camp 2022 Press release – No Border Camp 2022 3 August 2022 – From Monday 8 to Sunday 14 August the No Border Camp 2022 will take place in Rotterdam. Hundreds of international activists … Continuer la lecture

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Testimony of resistance to forced eviction! (FR)

#stopdeportation VOL SN BRUXELLES – CONAKRY  via DAKAR ” 19 juillet 2022 Apres plusieurs semaines ” turbulentes” , mais envers et contre tout, de bonnes énergies aussi…., enfin ce départ tant attendu. Mon cousin Moussa est à l’avance,destination Gare du Nord … Continuer la lecture

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Audio testimony Mei 2022 : Deportation to Togo: Brussels airlines makes a stop at the Caricole

AUDIO here (FR) G. Was arrested at the airport and taken to the Caricole. He is 17 years old and has been regarded as an adult after a bone test. Tests whose credibility is unreliable as it is based on … Continuer la lecture

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Massive hunger strike at the Caricole closed centre following a rally outside the centres on 11 June 2022

15 detainees, including several Syrians, started a hunger strike at the Caricole closed centre on 16/06/2022 to demand their release. This Saturday 18 June they phoned us; they have been on hunger strike for 3 days and ask for support. … Continuer la lecture

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The saga of expulsions/repatriations and complaints

09/06/2022    Closed Centre Caricole: last weekend at Caricole, it was a huge mess: up to 10 people a day are brought to the closed centre, stopped at the airport (Brussels or Charleroi) for administrative reasons: Indians, South Americans, Sub-Saharans, … Continuer la lecture

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Testimony received: Afghan woman in a closed centre

Received from a visitor this 01/06/2022 Ms MS is Afghan. She was detained in the women’s detention centre in Holsbeek from 8 April 2022 to 24 May 2022, i.e. one and a half months. Her husband is Belgian and has … Continuer la lecture

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Arrests, detention centres and deportations 22/05/2022

Arrests are going on in the streets of Brussels, in public transport, at the airport and in some people’s homes. We are in contact with many women arrested at the airport, often fleeing forced marriages, very serious domestic violence, to the … Continuer la lecture

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ABOLISH FRONTEX

 ABOLISH FRONTEX : https://fr.abolishfrontex.org/

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Resistance in the detention centre of Merksplas

20/04/2022 There were 18 detainees in block 3 of the detention centre of Merksplas.  They demanded: – Decent food; – Trustworthy lawyers to claim the right to defend themselves; – An end to the racism of certain staff members; – … Continuer la lecture

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12 years old and in closed centre ! 16/04/2022

Another move by the Office of Shame!Three children spent a night in a police cell, then transferred to a detention centre, two 12 year old girls to the detention centre of Holsbeek and a 10 year old boy to the … Continuer la lecture

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Forced evictions in closed centres: what detainees say

05/03/2022Holsbeek, closed centre for women: “We live in total stress: we don’t know when they are coming to get us to expel us.” “We don’t get a ticket anymore. They suddenly come and kidnap us.” “They put us aside in … Continuer la lecture

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Minors in detention centres

  31/03/2022     S, Algerian born in 2006, 16 years old, travelled across Europe for a year, looking for a place to live. He travelled from country to country (Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands) to end up in a … Continuer la lecture

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Attempt of a forced deportation of a 55-year-old women to Abidjan this Saturday, 19 March 2022. 

 On Friday 18/03/2022 at noon, she was kidnapped by security agents and the police, without any warning. Her lawyer was denied the right to see her. On 24/11/2021 she was arrested at Zaventem airport, while on transit to Canada with … Continuer la lecture

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Search notice 17/03/2022

This Sunday 13/03, eight “migrants”, probably of Sudanese origin, were taken away by the federal police from a camp in the Arlon/Luxembourg region.   Today 17/03/2022 they remain untraceable despite our searches.   Presumably, none of them has been able … Continuer la lecture

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URGENT : STATE ASSASSINAT : New eviction this 10/03/2022

The man who had undergone an expulsion whose video was running https://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/video-deportation-echouee/ was brought to an isolation cell again this 09/03/2022. He is in a wheelchair disabled by the mistreatment he suffered during the previous eviction. He is in this … Continuer la lecture

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Let’s stop a 6th deportation attempt by Brussels Airlines to Benin on 10 March 2022

She arrived on 25/06/2021 from Cotonou hoping to apply for asylum.She was arrested by the aeronautical police at Zaventem airport, considering her application suspicious.She was placed in a closed centre in Holsbeek, then in Bruges.An employee at the CGRA service … Continuer la lecture

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VIDEO : DÉPORTATION FAILED

Update 8pm 03/03/2022: The young man was brought back to the centre this afternoon. This morning, after a night in detention, he was taken by force to the airport. He was tied up to be put on the plane but … Continuer la lecture

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Sixth expulsion attempt this 26/02/2022 – From forced marriage to expulsion: a new Semira? UPDATE

Update 28/02/2022 : The young girl, despite the fact that her expulsion got cancelled by the council, was nevertheless expelled with to Bening with an escort. Activists were present at the airport of Zaventem to warn passengers of her situation. … Continuer la lecture

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Forced eviction on 25/02/22 to Dakar

Forced eviction on 25/02/22 to Dakar A person with whom we have been in contact, locked up in 127 bis, has informed us that this morning she received a ticket to her country of origin, Senegal. This person has been … Continuer la lecture

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AUDIO 127 bis. A detainee witnesses the cruelty and absurdity of the international protection system, the living conditions in the centres and the violence of forced expulsions. 13/02/2022

“Hello, I wanted to explain the things we go through here in this centre. The majority of the people who are here we all came, we fled either… there are people who fled death, people who fled abuse. Everybody has … Continuer la lecture

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From forced marriage to expulsion: a new Semira? Deportation on 10/02/2022

UPDATE 12/02/2022 : She refused her deportation and was brought back to the closed centre of Bruges ; They are 2 from Benin locked up for almost 8 months ; From forced marriage to expulsion: a new Semira?  We learn … Continuer la lecture

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The resistance in deportation centres 03/02/2021

127 bis detention centre in Steenokkerzeel There are 15 people in the L1 wing of the 127 bis detention centre, including three in confinement. On 1 February 2022, they decided to go on hunger strike to protest against :Their detention … Continuer la lecture

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AudioTestimony: detention in the “special wing” of the closed center of Vottem. .

AudioTestimony: detention in the “special wing” of the closed center of Vottem. 25/01/2022 A detainee recently contacted us to tell us about his detention in the “special wing” of the center of Vottem. This place is distinct from the “cachots”. … Continuer la lecture

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Mass deportations 20/01/2022 and Covid in closed centre 20/01/2022

Mass deportations 20/01/2022 Many detainees in closed centres are or will be deported these days, mainly to sub-Saharan Africa. Most of them are people who have been arrested at the airport and denied asylum. They are desperate and tell us … Continuer la lecture

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S, 16 years old, detained in the closed centre of Bruges rather than protected. 14/02/2022

Update 31/01/2021 “the intricacies of the Dublin agreements” S is still detained in the detention centre in BrugesThe  office des étrangers (Immigration office) estimated that he was 18 years old on the basis of an age definition test, a test … Continuer la lecture

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F. a person of Moroccan origin with a mental disability, deported alone to Turkey

The family and their lawyer are going to ask for a return visa for F. in court on 19/01/2022.If you want to support the family in court, come to the court this 19/01/2022 at 8.30 am in Rue des Quatre-Bras … Continuer la lecture

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Let’s prevent a forced deportation this Wednesday 12 January 2022

    Let’s prevent a forced deportation this Wednesday 12 January 2022   Mr. S. will be expelled this 12/01/2022 to his “country of origin”, Macedonia He has applied for asylum which has been refused by the CGRA. He confirms … Continuer la lecture

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VIDEO 2022 : Solidarity action in Coquelles (Calais)

On Sunday, January 2, 2022, people decided to start the year with an action in support of the prisoners of the Administrative Detention Center (CRA) of Coquelles, near Calais. They went there and made noise and shouted slogans for the … Continuer la lecture

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Help ! 3rd attempt of expulsion this 24/12/2021 towards IRAN : update

Update 26/12/2021: he was taken to the airport and then his escort was ordered not to put him on the plane…. he was taken back to a cachot but does not know in which centre. He tells us 100 times … Continuer la lecture

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Audio : “I have the right to go out, I have two children in my name, I am married to a Belgian woman, I don’t know what to do.”

At the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, many people who do not have Belgian nationality, but a residence permit in Belgium or people with two nationalities were stuck abroad without the possibility of reaching their country of residence. The Belgian … Continuer la lecture

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State racism of the Foreigners Office and the CGVS 01/12/2021

State racism of the Foreigners’ Office and the CGRA 01/12/2021 In the last few days we have received several desperate calls from the women’s detention centre in Holsbeek All of them come from the DRC. They all arrived in September … Continuer la lecture

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Call for support 30 november 1021

Call for support     Mr. M has asylum in Romania and lives there.  He goes to Ethiopia to see his family. On his way back, he stops in Brussels to take a bus to Romania. He was illegally arrested at … Continuer la lecture

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Traps are set to deport by surprise November 9, 2021

Traps are set to deport by surprise November 9, 2021A closed center is home to multiple racist and sexist abuses, whether or not they are provided in the law. One of them, which this article intends to denounce, consists in … Continuer la lecture

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Let’s stop a forced deportation to Morocco! 09/11/2021

DEPORTATION CANCELED Let’s stop a forced deportation to Morocco!  The man we are in contact with and who is about to be deported has been in Europe since 2010. He applied for asylum in Germany in 2014. In Belgium he did … Continuer la lecture

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Fleeing a forced marriage and resisting expulsion at all costs.

Mrs. Hafsa El Mangad has fled a forced marriage and asked for asylum upon her arrival at the airport of Zaventem. She was locked up in the closed center of Holsbeek for the processing of her asylum application. According to the … Continuer la lecture

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Deportation with police escort Brussels Airlines flight SN 299 to Cotonou scheduled for 1 November 2021 at 11.05 am. : not deported

UPDATE 01/11/2021: He was taken to the airport. Activists were present to talk to the passengers. In the offices of the federal police several agents in civilian clothes were waiting; Then without explanations Mr. was brought back to the centre … Continuer la lecture

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Illegal detentions and deportations Audio

Illegal detentions and deportations 17/10/2021 Mr. C is of Malian origin but has a residence permit in Spain since 22 years, valid until 2024. He came to Belgium in 2014 having obtained a work contract. Due to a conflict with … Continuer la lecture

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Raid at Brussels North station 10/10/2021 10/10/202

Raid: systemic racism inherent in the police and the state.  On Saturday evening, a raid took place at the North station of Brussels.  32 people were arrested. For several days now, the actors of the North station district, inhabitants, shopkeepers and … Continuer la lecture

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Call from closed centre 127 bis in Steenokkerzeel 04/10/2021

Following a walk in support of the detainees at the 127 bis closed centre, we were able to collect testimonies from the detainees. The conditions of detention and life are alarming: – A Ghanaian man has been on hunger strike for … Continuer la lecture

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Border police: arbitrary and racist arrests 30/09/2021

Border police: arbitrary and racist arrests 30/09/2021     In the last few days, we have been contacted daily by people arrested at the airport. They call us via the central office of a centre or from a phone at … Continuer la lecture

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Hunger strike at closed centre 127 bis in Steenokkerzeel 30/09/2021! 

Update 02/10 /2021 : One of their fellow detainees was forcibly deported. He was jumped and beaten by the police at the airport, then taken back to the closed centre. This violence has reinforced the anger of the hunger strikers … Continuer la lecture

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Attempted deportation on a FRONTEX flight on 21/09/2021

Attempted deportation on a FRONTEX flight on 21/09/2021 We have already published several reports about one of our contacts who is currently detained in the closed centre of Vottem. Previous calls here Originally from Nigeria, he says he is a … Continuer la lecture

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Info meeting Gettingthevoiceout 23/09/2021

Rendez vous/afspraak/ meeting 19 h 35 Rue van Elewijck 1050 bruxelles ( Flagey )  –  FR/NL/ENGL Jeudi 23 septembre, Getting The Voice Out vous invite à une soirée pour se rencontrer et faire découvrir le collectif à celles et ceux … Continuer la lecture

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Known placements in detention centres, from the weekend 30/08/2021

Known placements in detention centres, from the weekend 30/08/2021 He has Spanish nationality for 10 years, of Moroccan origin. He was arrested in Ghent and taken to the DC because he did not have his papers on him. He is … Continuer la lecture

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Minor in 127 bis closed centre and currently in isolation 17/08/2021

Minor in 127 bis closed centre and currently in isolation 17/08/2021 We have received several calls today from detainees at the 127 bis detention centre for a 17 year old Sudanese boy who has been locked up for more than … Continuer la lecture

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Borders kill : Belgium 2017- 29/07/2021

He was walking on a dimly lit road hoping to find the light at the end of the road in Arlon. His name was Hassan and he was 60 years old. He was hit by a car on the way … Continuer la lecture

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When the Grand-Ducal police beat and rob migrants

When the Grand-Ducal police beat and rob migrants04/08/2021 We have received a disturbing testimony, showing once again that the abuse of power – and this is a euphemism, speaking of fascization seems more appropriate – is not uncommon among the … Continuer la lecture

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AUDIO : Torture in the isolation cel in the gesloten centrum 127 bis

Torture in the 127 bis detention centreMr. X had testified to us on 05/05/2021 about the extreme violence he had suffered in the 127 bis detention centre, and we had avoided publishing it at that time to avoid pitting him … Continuer la lecture

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And it goes on and on. The sadism of the Immigration Office.

.After the arrestation of M.B.A. https://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/detained-and-soon-to-be-expelled-after-50-years-of-legal-residence-in-belgium/, again arrestation of a man 61 year old Since 30 June, Mr K.H. has been detained in the Caricole detention centre. He is Moroccan, 61 years old and has been legally resident in Belgium … Continuer la lecture

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Testimony forced deportation :” How could Belgium be so mean? Or maybe it was an individual or governmental wickedness ». 

  After our article about Outrageous practices at the closed centre 127 bis in Steenokkerzeel.https://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/outrageous-practices-at-the-closed-centre-127-bis-in-steenokkerzeel-27-     Testimony :      Shortly after being forcibly deported to Nigeria, a former detainee of 127bis wanted to share with one of our activists the … Continuer la lecture

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Outrageous practices at the closed centre 127 bis in Steenokkerzeel.   27/06/2021

A detainee with whom we are in contact told us that, recently, several detainees from different countries had been asked to come to the social worker’s office without being informed of the reason for their summons. Once in the office, … Continuer la lecture

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Detained and soon to be expelled after 50 years of legal residence in Belgium.

. 26/06/2021   Mr M.B.A. is Moroccan. He arrived in Belgium 50 years ago, at the age of 13 with his parents.   He has always lived in Belgium with his whole family. He got married, had a child, got divorced… … Continuer la lecture

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News from the detention centers in Belgium – June 18, 2021

News from the detention centers in Belgium – June 18, 2021 The detention centers’ capacity is gradually rising with the relaxing of anti-coronavirus measures. Repatriations remain extremely difficult due to COVID-19 “safety” rules from most countries and airlines and because … Continuer la lecture

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Abolish Frontex 09/06/2021

Around twenty activists spread blood on the walls of the FRONTEX agency (European Border and Coast Guard Agency). This action is part of a European campaign that aims at putting an end to that agency and its world.    Since … Continuer la lecture

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All at the borders

In Nice on 05/06/2021, the feminist action ‘Toutes Aux Frontières‘ denounces the walls built up all around Europe and claims the freedom of movement everywhere, all the time, and a definitive break with the patriarchal and militaristic history of borders.  In … Continuer la lecture

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Attempted deportation on a FRONTEX charter flight on 26/05/2021

Attempted deportation on a FRONTEX charter flight on 26/05/2021 Nigerian national, he fled his country via Benin to find refuge in Belgium.  He tells us that he is a member of a political opposition movement and is wanted by the … Continuer la lecture

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COVID in closed centre in Vottem

 Press Release 18/05/2021  Based on our information, several cases of coronavirus have been detected at the closed centre for foreigners in Vottem. To date, there are 4 persons with the virus among the retained, and 8 among the staff. « Outside … Continuer la lecture

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Closed centre 127 bis Audio : “COVID is a personal issue”

A traduire en en_uk : Geloten centrum 127 bis AUDIO : “Covid is een persoonlijk probleem” AUDIO LISTEN (FR)HERE MEI 2021 : “COVID is a personal issue” Tanscription “COVID is a personal issue”                                                    Ok, I start: a man came, he was … Continuer la lecture

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ACTION on the cosed center for womans

08/05/2021 HOLSBEEK CLOSED CENTER] Two years after the opening of the filthy centre, 50 activists are demonstrating today in rage against borders and in support of the detainees. #NoBorder #FreedomForAll! Infos ” Le masterplan centres fermés “: Centre fermé pour … Continuer la lecture

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PODCAST LANCE PIERRE

06/05/2021 : The first episode of our podcast “LANCE-PIERRE” (Catapult) is now available on Spotify, SoundCloud, Acast: listen to it, share and spread it all around you, it is a brand new furious sound against closed centres.   What is … Continuer la lecture

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Hungerstrike in closed center 127 bis 29/04/2021

Hungerstrike in closed center 127 bis An Eritrean man, imprisoned in the closed centre 127 bis in Steenokkerzeel was tested positive on COVID-19 two weeks ago and was put in quarantine for 14 days. Probably because of a potential deportation to … Continuer la lecture

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ALERT: Forced eviction imminent on 03/04/2021: Deportation postponed

Update 04/04/2021 Yesterday afternoon, our contact was transported to the airport for deportation. After he said to the police officers that he was in danger of death if he was deported, he was taken back to 127 bis. However, the … Continuer la lecture

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Roundup in Waremme: when the municipality collaborates with the police

23/03/2021: A roundup was organised in a camp in Waremme (a hospital municipality!) in collaboration with the local and federal police.Mainstream media : Waremme Réfugiés incivils à Oreye: «Un phénomène assez nouveau» They were all taken to the police station … Continuer la lecture

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Closed centre 127bis : 27 bis – Hunger strikes, self-injuries, screams of despair and anger on the rise.

21/03/2021: 127 bis – Hunger strikes, self-injuries, screams of despair and anger on the rise They are around 50 in the centre: asylum seekers, undocumented, some arrested on their work place, some suspected of fake marriage (white or grey), a … Continuer la lecture

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Mars 2021 : Repression at closed center of Merksplas

12/03/2021 Repression at Merksplas Two blocks of the centre are currently occupied, and the detainees are no longer two, but three per room, still without masks. They tell us that the food is bad and insufficient, that medical care is … Continuer la lecture

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Update Merksplas and testimonies from th detainees

04/03/2021 1 pm The repression is on. This morning 8 people were arrested by the police and 10 others were put in solitary confinement. However, they are determined to continue the strike. Here are their messages. Let’s support them! Audiotestimony … Continuer la lecture

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Call for support, massive hunger strike!

03/03/2021 Call for support, massive hunger strike! Yesterday evening, a hunger strike started in the closed centre of Merksplas. 11 detainees have refused to show up in the refectory. Since this morning the movement amplifies and a great number of … Continuer la lecture

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February 2021 – Continuation of double penalties and newcomers on their way!

Since our last publication about the situation ( here), nothing new for the persons concerned with ‘double penalties’. They are the same ‘double penalties’ who are waiting, but they no longer know what they are waiting for. They are being … Continuer la lecture

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Testimony, January 2021 : “It is very harsh for me and the kids too”

He would rather remain anonymous, and has been in a detention center for 7 months. His daughter could but once visit him. He was keen to testify about his pain of being separated from his family and about the sanitary … Continuer la lecture

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FR: Urgent ! Covid : situation hors de contrôle dans le CRA de Vincennes (fr)

30/01/2020 :Ce midi, au déjeuner, les policiers au contact des sans-papiers du CRA de Vincennes ont tous revêtu des combinaisons intégrales de protection. Depuis ce soir, les sans-papiers n’ont plus accès au réfectoire. Des gamelles sont distribuées dans les chambres. … Continuer la lecture

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Two little children and in closed centre

17/01/2021 Mr T is in the closed centre and have his belgian wooman and two little children outside. He want to give his testimony : “I find it inconceivable“ Audio testimony here (FR) ————————————————————————————————————————- Transcription of the testimony   I … Continuer la lecture

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Three testimonys from closed center in Brugge 15/12/2020

After numerous infections of the COVID-19 virus among the staff (36!) as well as the people detained in the closed centre of Bruges, we received several phone calls from detainees who were worried about the situation. They have now been … Continuer la lecture

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Covid in the closed center of Bruges : Testimony and update

Update closed detention centre of Bruges: 19/12/2020: They are very scared In the closed centre of Bruges a wing was closed because of too many positive COVID cases. All prisoners were transferred. In the only wing left open , 7 … Continuer la lecture

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COLLECTIVE TRIBUTE TO MOHAMED KHAMISSE ZACHARIA:

https://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/ THE END OF A DREAM On November 19, 2020, on the A16, a young 20-year-old Sudanese lost his life and all his dreams. He was our compatriot, our brother, our friend. Mohamed died hit by a car while he … Continuer la lecture

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“If you died here, no one would ever know” 

    Jasmin Gushani   20/11/2020    His arrest On 30 September 2020, we received a phone call from Jasmin Gushani, detained since 21 August 2020 for several months in the 127bis after being arrested one day when he was not … Continuer la lecture

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Campain against deportation Airlines

22/11/2020 : While we are constantly being told to avoid ‘non-essential’ travels, deportations are ongoing, with their disastrous consequences, leaving families apart and breaking lives. Who is benefiting from all this (apart from a few pathetic politicians keen on flattering … Continuer la lecture

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Deportation of ‘Dublin’ exiles to Belgium

14/11/2020: At Brussels airport on 10 November 2020, we welcomed five so-called ‘Dublin’ exiles of different nationalities, deported to Belgium through France and Great Britain. The three exiles coming from Great Britain had been arrested by the police in their … Continuer la lecture

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Continued development of prison-industrial complex in Belgium

10/11/2020 New works in front of the closed center 127bis. Continued development of prison-industrial complex in Belgium A few days ago, about thirty people gathered in front of the closed centers Caricole and 127bis in Seenokkerzeel to show their support … Continuer la lecture

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Situational analysis of closed centres – November 2020

07/11/2020: Since the outbreak of Covid-19, there haven’t been many new people detained in the centres. Many ‘surprise’ releases randomly took place , without being automatically motivated by court decisions. Detainees complain a lot about the non-respect of health prevention measures … Continuer la lecture

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Hungerstrike in closed centre in Merksplas: PLEASE HELP US!

04/11/2020 PLEASE HELP US! 10 detainees started a hunger strike at the Merksplas closed centre block 4 on 1 November 2020. Some have been placed in confinement cells, a young man was brought to the hospital. They are claiming their … Continuer la lecture

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Hungerstrikes in CRA Toulous: testimonies (FR)

Depuis le début de la crise de la Covid 19, le trafic aérien est extrêmement limité, beaucoup de frontières sont fermées mais des personnes continuent d’être enfermées dans les centres de rétention administrative (CRA). Mercredi 28 octobre, le gouvernement annonce … Continuer la lecture

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Legal victory against ‘illegal’ deportations 2020

” The Belgian State has been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights for its inhuman migratory policy. “ In 2017, several Sudanese were retained in our closed centres and several were illegally deported to their “country of origin”. … Continuer la lecture

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Collective deportation “Dublin” from Great Britain to Belgium this 22/1O/2020

UPDATE 21/10/2020 21H30: départ 22/1O Stansted airport 8.45 am, arrived Brussels airport 9.45 am: Great Britain sent back migrants by charter to their country “Dublin” in Europe.It is still in the process of doing so.Several charters have already been organized … Continuer la lecture

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Border Securitisation in the Channel / La sécurisation de la frontière dans la Manche (ENGL, Fr)

A traduire en en_uk : Border Securitisation in the Channel / La sécurisation de la frontière dans la Manche (ENGL, Fr) yerman, T., and van Isacker, T. (2020). Border Securitisation in the Channel. Available at: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/centre-criminology/centreborder-criminologies/blog/2020/10/border T he following is a translation … Continuer la lecture

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Closed centres – October 2020: words by retainees and call for phone recharges

Despite the limited occupation in closed centres, tensions are high: fight among retainees, repression and racism by the staff, police intervention, confinement, transfers, suffering, rebellion, etc. Most of the retainees are ‘double penalties’ but besides, asylum seekers are arrested in … Continuer la lecture

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Situation in the closed centres – 21 September 2020 “No one is illegal, neither am I”

  General situation: Ongoing repression and sufferings. Countless confinements, suicide attempts and transfers in all the centres. Also a lot of extremely rapid deportations to countries of Eastern Europe.  Mainly Moroccans and Algerians currently in closed centres for several months, … Continuer la lecture

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From MORIA to DOVER via CALAIS. We rise up ! 26/09/2020

  🏼 WE RISE UP! 🏿 In Greece, it took the fire in the refugee camp at Moria, for Europe to finally pay attention to these shameful camps. However, 12,000 people are still in an administrative limbo, homeless and without … Continuer la lecture

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Call to commemorate Semira Adamu’s death

https://bxl.indymedia.org/spip.php?article28120 It was on 22 September 1998. Semira Adamu, a young girl of 20 years old, was murdered by the 9 policemen who wanted to deport her. She had already resisted 5 deportation attempts hence this time they were determined, … Continuer la lecture

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CALAIS 26/09/2020: Big Demonstration

CALL FOR SOLIDARITY FOR THE RESPECT OF THE RIGHTS AND DIGNITY OF PEOPLE IN EXILE Source and infos: https://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/2020/09/06/appel-a-manifestation-le-26-septembre-a-calais-call-out-26-september-demonstration-in-calais/ The Opale Coast : its beaches, its dragon, its squares, its carnival and … … and the determination of the State … Continuer la lecture

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Charter “Channelmigrants” to Europe

30/08/2020 Dossier on the new wave of charter flights to France, Germany and Spain deporting people who have crossed the channel in small boats. The next flight is planned for 3 September. Compiled by Calais Migrant Solidarity, Corporate Watch and … Continuer la lecture

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Not only is the victim suffocated, but the events are suppressed as well. Immediate resignation of the current Minister of the Interior. Stop police violence. Stop impunity.

The broadcast – as sudden as it was unexpected – of the shocking images of the acts of violence, even torture, inflicted by the police on Jozef Chovanec in February 2018 at Charleroi airport remind us of the murders of … Continuer la lecture

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What to do in the event of being arrested in Belgium 11/08/2020

Many migrants wishing to settle in Great Britain have arrived safely in recent weeks (several hundred per week). Many of the camps in the Pas de Calais area have been dismantled, which has pushed migrants to cross the Channel with … Continuer la lecture

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Audio testimony: ‘NO, I don’t want to leave’.

After having spent almost 7 months in the Caricole closed centre, Michelle was to be deported this 30 July 2020. https://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/they-killed-a-woman-not-her-struggle/ She receveid a ticket for a flight at 2.55 p.m to Cameroon, here native country. To be able to … Continuer la lecture

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Detention and pressure versus solidarity and resistance in the Detention Centres for Migrants.

  29/07/2020 : Less than 200 people are kept in Detention Centres for Migrants, which have places for up to 600; the Detention Centres are applying the Covid measurest. They have been kept in these Centres for several months, some … Continuer la lecture

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Stop deportations: Campaign

27/07/2020 A new campaign has been launched in Germany to push Lufhtansa to stop all deportations ! “The alliance calls on Lufthansa to take a clear position against racism and to stop transporting people against their will. More than 20 … Continuer la lecture

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« They killed a woman, not her struggle »

26/07/2020 Here we are. Deconfinement is ongoing, the deportation machine restarted: inside the closed centres, plane tickets are falling. Anxiety and panic got hold of the retainees.  Michelle has been retained for 7 months now. Seven months of fear, tension … Continuer la lecture

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Rebellion at the 127 bis wing R 30/06/2020. Call to the media

      We hear through a text message that it is “complete mayhem” at the 127bis and that “journalists should be warned”:    Following the solitary confinement of one of them because he was claiming certain rights, a solidarity … Continuer la lecture

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Double penalty or banishment : a peculiar method of racism!

20/06/2020 A great part of the retainees in closed centres are actually former prisonners to whom  documents were withdrawn following a condemnation for infringement to public policy or for a minor offence (speeding, unpaid fines, etc.). They are picked up … Continuer la lecture

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Closed centre: “Why this treatment? We need answers” 19/06/2020

Retainees in the 127 bis closed centre in Steenokkerzeel call us and ask us to spread their message.“We are treated like animals. The staff is constantly bothering us. No respect, no hello, no please, no goodbye.All our deeds and actions are … Continuer la lecture

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Call for action – 20th of June – World Refugee Day – UPDATE VIDEO

from Coasts in Solidarity No one is illegal, never! – Open your borders, open your eyes! Call for actions on 20 June 2020 – World Refugee Day – Join locally! more infos : https://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/ Corona prevents us from meeting – … Continuer la lecture

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News from the centres and deconfinement alertA 03/06/2020

Deconfinement ALERT According to recent news, the European borders will open again on 15 June 2020. Flights will resume as of that date. Some retainees already got the information that the centres will be filled again. Raids and arrests will … Continuer la lecture

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Get in touch and support us

This site is dedicated to hear testimonies by people retained, ill-treated and deported each year from closed centres in Belgium and make fights against borders and closed centres visible – especially these people who are within these arbitrary retention places … Continuer la lecture

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Saved just in time, a young Syrian girl escapes the Belgian authorities’ push back

08/05/2020 Right in the middle of a world sanitary crisis, Belgium tried to cross a new boundary in its migratory policy. The first ‘push back’ ever recorded on the Belgian territory should have taken place Friday 8 May a.m. E. … Continuer la lecture

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Words by a retainee in the closed centre in Bruges

27/04/2020 SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. THIS CENTRE MUST BE SHUT DOWN. Testimony « There are 120 places in the closed centre. Most of the prisoners have been released. Many had a legal record. We are still 15. And there are … Continuer la lecture

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Escape attempt in Merksplas and news from Bruges

23 April 2020 MERKSPLAS Since the publication by RTBF on 9 April 2020 of the article « Nourriture avariée, cachot pour les malades, distanciation pas respectée : le quotidien dans un centre fermé au temps du coronavirus » (Rotten food, … Continuer la lecture

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Forgotten of the Covid-19: A group of undocumented people demand immediate regularization

Video action and repression Photos of the action This Monday, April 20 at 11 a.m., a group of undocumented people, the forgotten ones of this period of COVID-19 crisis, carried out a sharp- action fought in front of the Tower … Continuer la lecture

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NEWS FROM VOTTEM : The Foreigners Office is relentless!

18/04/2020 We regularly receive increasingly desperate calls or messages from people still being retained in the closed centre in Vottem (CIV). « We are the forgotten of the Kingdom of Belgium, help me”. They still are approx. 30 who ignore … Continuer la lecture

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Audiotestimony from closed centre in Bruges “Our fate is between your hands” 08/04/2019 

  Audiotestimony from closed centre in Bruges “Our fate is between your hands” 08/04/2019   Listen here (Fr)                                         “I am in the Bruges detention center since March 30th 2020. Since I have arrived here, I can’t buy shampoo, … Continuer la lecture

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(Non)management of the coronavirus in closed centres, between abandonment and repression. Testimony06/04/2019.

For the past weeks, the whole Belgian society is being reorganised so as to follow the sanitary measures decided by the government. The whole Belgian society, well.. almost. In closed centres, prisons, psychiatric hospitals and for homeless people, the measures … Continuer la lecture

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Multiple actions to empty the centres: new testimonies by retainees

30/03/2020 At the time when, to confront the Coronavirus, several retention cetres are emptied in France, others are burning in Italy, the closed centres of Belgium are still quite full. Full of retainees who have no or very few information. … Continuer la lecture

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LET’S EMPTY THE CLOSED CENTRES

23/03/2020 The Foreigners Office refuse asylum requests but continue to deport.  On 16 March 2020, the day before the confinement, two Guineans were deported to Conakry. An Ethiopian had to go through a thrid deportation attempt on 19 March 2020. … Continuer la lecture

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Clodes centers : Virus threat, State violence and resulting revolts! 

Testimony by a retainee in Vottem ( FR ): here   18/03/2020     In the shadow of the Coronavirus mediatisation, the people retained in closed centres rebel against the racist administration that imprisons them, and abandons them in this … Continuer la lecture

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The forgotten of Coronavirus

16/03/2020In these times of true risk, acknowledged by the WHO, of propagation of COVID-19, it is urgent to immediately close down all the retention centres, hotspots and open-air prisons, etc. Seen the living conditions in prisons and closed centres for foreigners, … Continuer la lecture

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In case of retention. Update 07 March 2020

  When retained in a closed centre, it is important to very rapidly address a lawyer (without blindly accepting one suggested by the centre).    Indeed, during their retention, some get an Order to Leave the Territory against which lawyers … Continuer la lecture

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09/03/2020 Women’s strike: Hunger strike in Holsbeek detention center : Update

Update 11/03/2020: They stopped their action this afternoon: The direction told them they were going to take care of their problems; We’re waiting for their release? On 8 March 2020, at a time of mobilisation for women’s rights, activists visited … Continuer la lecture

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Sea safety Channel 02/03/2020

Hello all. Seeing weather conditions crossings have not been many in the past month or so. Yet, this also means more people waiting for crossing this way adding up and potentially bigger wave of crossings in a week or two, … Continuer la lecture

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Sailing Vessel Lovis in Zeebrugge and Ostende :Meeting on 6 March in Brussels

Hello all, The sailing vessel “Lovis” will pass the Belgian coast in June 2020. Her journey along the German, Dutch, Belgian and French coasts brings the campaign “Coasts in Solidarity” with her. With this e-mail we would like to invite … Continuer la lecture

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“Fuck them and their law” : Libérons Anton, Vrijheid voor Anton: Nl Engl, Fr

 “Fuck them and their law” : Libérons Anton, Vrijheid voor Anton: Nl Engl, Fr Source: https://bxl.indymedia.org/spip.php?article26693 “Fuck them and their law” : Libérons Anton, Vrijheid voor Anton posté le 09/02/20 mercredi 12 février 2020 12:00 lieu : Ambassade des Pays Bas adresse : … Continuer la lecture

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‘Voluntary returns’ and ‘Deportations’: testimonies

28/01/2020 It is more and more frequent that social assistants, spokespersons of the Foreigners Office in closed centres (the Office call them ‘return assistants’) advise to opt for a ‘voluntary return’, sometimes under the threat of a ‘forced return with … Continuer la lecture

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France : Prisonners fight 22/01/2020

Communiqué du 22 janvier 2020 des prisonniers de Oissel en lutte The prison for foreigners in Oissel (near Rouen) is known for its violent and racist practices, its administration suppressing all resistance movements. In this prison, solitary confinement is regularly … Continuer la lecture

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Frontex deportation to Guinea: 20/01/2020

20/01./2020 We learnt that Guineans were taken away from the Vottem closed centre and transferred to the isolation cell of the 127bis centre. They were promised a forced military flight in the evening. Then we heard that they would be … Continuer la lecture

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Borders kill 21/12/2019

List of the known exiles who passed through Belgium and were killed by borders since July 2017   TRIBUTE TO: 2017 : -Omar, 18, Sudanese, died under a bus in Brussels on 23 July 2017 -Dejen, 16, Ethiopian, died in … Continuer la lecture

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Let’s gather in front of the 127bis Closed centre this Sunday 22 décembre 2019 at 3.30 p.m

19/12/2019 Hostels are calling for a gathering at closed center 127 bis, against the imprisonment and repeated attempts to expel their “friends” and in solidarity with all the prisoners. Any initiative of refusal in front of the closed centres is … Continuer la lecture

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films and video of actions

Resitance against a deprtation to Somalie 02/12/2019   Geplaatst door Nathalie Mercenier op Maandag 2 december 2019   Aktion against closed centre for women in Holsbeek 02/12/2019 https://zintv.org/Holsbeek-prison-pour-innocentes Steenokkerzeel/127bis 20/06/2018 agaginst detention families       If you have ideas … Continuer la lecture

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Escape attempts, suicide attempts, hunger strikes in the closed centres, resistance to deportations

13/12/2019 Calls for help and acts of despair in closed centres are countless Resistance to deportations A lot of migrants are deported to their Dublin country, before coming back or resuming their migratory route. Others doomed to be sent back … Continuer la lecture

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Violent deportation, what a pleonasm, they are all

05/12/2019 Appalling stories are ongoing (voir http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org). Today we learnt that the authorities of the Foreigners Office want to deport Mr. A at all costs. Mr. A is from Somalia. He already went through inhuman and degrading treatments from police … Continuer la lecture

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Urgent: deportation to Somalia this 02/.12/2019: UPDATE

Update 26/02/2020 Mr. A was released from the centre and left Belgium to try his luck elsewhere, after several attempts at violent evictions and a hard struggle in the centre against these evictions. He was released after a long and … Continuer la lecture

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Criminal deportations ongoing 15 November 2019

Criminal deportations ongoing 15 November 2019 As far as we know, several exiles are being threatened with new deportation attempts with an escort. Besides the two exiles whom we know have been the subject of violence and were mentioned in … Continuer la lecture

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Action at the closed centre for women VIDEO

STOP CLOSED CENTERS STOP DEPORTATIONS https://zintv.org/Holsbeek-prison-pour-innocentes On Sunday, November 24, 2019, the national day of mobilization against violence against women, women activists gather in front of the Holsbeek detention centre to support detained women. At the intersection of several struggles, … Continuer la lecture

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Solidarity with the womens in closed centre in Holsbeek

On Sunday, November 24, 2019, the national day of mobilization against violence against women, women activists gather in front of the Holsbeek detention centre to support detained women. At the intersection of several struggles, this “surprise” rally denounces violence against … Continuer la lecture

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October 25 2019 ALL THAT’S MISSING IS THE CUSHION ! NO MORE STATE MURDERS!

  October 25 2019 ALL THAT’S MISSING IS THE CUSHION ! NO MORE STATE MURDERS! Different sources told us about brutal and inhuman treatment inflicted on at least two women by airport police during attempted deportations. We visited the Holsbeek … Continuer la lecture

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I was tortured yesterday by the Belgian police 22/10/2019

Testimony after a deportation attempt of a women: http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/2nd-deportation-attempt-with-police-escort-this-monday-21102019-on-sn-airlines/ audio here (engl) I was tortured yesterday by the Belgian police on a SN Brussels (Airlines) plane at 11. They kept my head on the seat. It was 4 policemen with … Continuer la lecture

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Killed by borders: 39+1 more : 24/10/2018

List of the known exiles who passed through Belgium and were killed by borders since July 2017   TRIBUTE TO: 2017 : -Omar, 18, Sudanese, died under a bus in Brussels on 23 July 2017 -Dejen, 16, Ethiopian, died in … Continuer la lecture

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2nd deportation attempt with police escort this Monday 21/10/2019 on SN AIRLINES

Update 22/10/2019: She was tied up, hit, and the captain was alerted by a passenger who gave the order to get her out of the plane. She came back to the centre, bruised and revolted. Thank you to all those … Continuer la lecture

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Let’s continue to broadcast and sign the petition addressed to the embassy. Something is going on!

Let’s continue to broadcast and sign the petition addressed to the embassy. Something is going on! Pétition here They had reserved seats for an Ethiopian and his escort on the flight Ethiopian Airlines 19:25 this Monday 14/10/2019 for a deportation … Continuer la lecture

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Testimony of a hunger strike : “I get checked every day. They know very well that I don’t eat, but it’s their way of saying “starve” to me.”

02/10/2019: He has been in Belgium for several years, he served a sentence of 6 years in different prisons. At the end of these 6 years he was transferred to a closed centre in view of his deportation to his … Continuer la lecture

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Belgium deports to Ethiopia. Let’s prevent the returns to death, misery : sign the petition.

Belgium deports to Ethiopia. Let’s prevent the returns to death, misery : sign the petition. PETITION HERE in Fr, Nl Let’s rapidly send a maximum of messages to the addresses below in order to help them. #‎passagerduvoleth729 #‎eth729 Monsieur Grum … Continuer la lecture

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What to do in case of imprisonment: Update 1 October 2019

For several weeks, the referents of the Citizens’ Platform and Gettingthevoiceout have received far less notifications of imprisonment. However, we still hear about regular raids in ports, cities and train stations. The situation in the centres: Very few retainees still … Continuer la lecture

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Carte blanche against the banalisation of the FRONTEX military agency by the RTBF (Fr)

We were several to react about the publication of the RTBF which, without journalistic analysing nor scruple, made a propagandist portrait of Frontex, our European army which protects “our” borders against migrations! as such Frontex kills, locks up, deports. (see … Continuer la lecture

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>Deportation: “you’re an animal, you’re a monkey ! Why do you make like this you monkey!”

  20/09/2018 Mr. T is in the closed center of Vottem for 7 months. He made several asylum requests that were rejected. He continues to shout that he does not want neither can return to Ethiopia. Here a first audio: … Continuer la lecture

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The deportation machine is running and running…

18/09/2019: Whilst thousands of exiles are struggling to resist Fortress Europe and are being parked in camps, hotspots, ‘open’ or closed centres with the obvious aim to send them back to their country, whilst others are dying or are being … Continuer la lecture

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Alert! Razzia’s on 09/09/2019 in West Flanders

ATTENTION, CAREFUL!!!! Major raffle operation this 09/09/2019 in West Vlaanderen! From a trustworthy source we learn that a raffle operation with drone, dogs, cavalry, and all the holy tremor, is being organized for this coming 09/09/2019 in the province West … Continuer la lecture

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Helping about arrestations 07/09/2019 FR, NL, ENGL, OROMO

07/09/2019 Engl, nl, oromo below AU SECOURS -Beaucoup d’arrestations ces jours lors de rafles -Gros arrivage au centre fermé 127 bis -Des assistants sociaux qui mettent la pression pour que les nouveaux arrivés ne préviennent pas et ne prennent pas … Continuer la lecture

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Prevent a third deportation attempt with escort to Romania 26/08/2019: Update

Update 27/08/2019: He again resisted  and was brought back and put in isolation in the secure wing of the closed center of Vottem. It is still his co-detainees in Bruges who informed us and the information has been confirmed. We … Continuer la lecture

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Repeated deportations ! 19/08/2019

Repeated deportations ! S arrives in Italy and is sent to Switzerland as part of the European resettlement plan. His asylum application in Switzerland has been rejected. He continues his way to Belgium. On his way to inquire about a … Continuer la lecture

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Solidarity in the closed centre 05/08/2019

To all of you who assist migrants or undocumented people: Remind them that the risks of confinement exist, that the closed center is a step in a process towards deportation. http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/detention-centres/what-are-closed-centres/ There are procedures that allow for release but they … Continuer la lecture

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ALERT: Frontex Deportation flight from Frankfurt to Lagos ( Nigeria) on 19/08/2019

ALERT: A Frontex deportation flight from Frankfurt to  Lagos ( Nigeria) on 19/08/2019 Nigerians from other European countries can be brought to Franfurt to place them on this flight; Inform your Nigerian friends!   Frontex : « Unknown to most Europeans a … Continuer la lecture

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Audio : Three asylum requests refused: If Belgium send me back to Ethiopie, my live is finished

03/08/2019: Many migrants from Ethiopia and Erithrea, trapped in our detention centers, are threatened with deportation to Ethiopia; T is one of them T has been in a detention center since February 2019. He made 3 asylum requests from the … Continuer la lecture

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AcTion 22/07/2019: Brussels Airlines : Stop deportations

[ACTION] Starting tonight, help us denounce racist and killing deportations organised by Brussels Airlines. Share #BrusselsAirlinesStopDeportations messages on the company’s social networks! Action: https://brusselsstopdeportations.net/fr/agir/ #BrusselsAirlinesStopDeportations #BrusselsAirlines #NoBorder   [ACTION] À partir de ce soir, dénoncez les expulsions racistes et meurtrières … Continuer la lecture

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Let us prevent a second deportationattempt to Somalia on 17/07/2019 . deportation avoideded

Update 21/07/2019: A has returned on 19/07/2019 and is currently isolated (cachot) in the closed centre 127 bis. He was mistreated by his escort and the passengers in Istambul of the Turkish Airlines flight to Djibouti have resisted his deportation. … Continuer la lecture

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Cry for help from a closed centre- July 2019…No to the double penalty : Update 28/07/2019

Update 28/07 2019:”They want to break me and my family in pieces”, “My children will suffer the consequences”. M. is at his wit’s end, certain that the Immigration Office is persecuting him while his 2 children and his young partner … Continuer la lecture

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Death at the border of an exile based in Belgium- 8 July 2019

Death at the border of an exile based in Belgium- 8 July 2019 They were eight people, 4 women and 4 men, of Erythrean origin, in a truck driving through Bruges to go to Rotterdam this Saturday 6 July 2019. … Continuer la lecture

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CHILDREN ARE NOT TO BE LOCKED THAT’S ALL. REALLY??

03/07/2019 CHILDREN ARE NOT TO BE LOCKED THAT’S ALL. REALLY??? For several weeks, young people, sometimes very young, are being arrested on their migratory road in Belgium and retained in closed centres. ‘He has no hair on his chin, Madam’, … Continuer la lecture

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Bruges closed centre: 14 people placed in confinement cells on 14 June 2019

Bruges closed centre: 14 people placed in confinement cells on 14 June 2019 Last Friday, 14 June 2019, around 11 p.m., a wind of disobedience led a group of retained to organise a small but heroic riot in the wings … Continuer la lecture

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In exile: An overview and news 28/05/2019

In exile: An overview and news 28/05/2019 It has been one year since we have been collecting the phone calls from hosts about the arrest and imprisonment of their/our guests in closed centres. An annual overview: (partial) numbers based on … Continuer la lecture

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Refugees detention 10/05/2019

10/05/2019: Many arrests this week: Willebroek, Zeebrugge, Tournai, Kortrijk, Gare du Nord in Brussels … Some are released after identification and issuance of an « order to leave the territory » (OQT), others are maintained in closed centers. The undisclosed … Continuer la lecture

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Action against Brussels Airlines 13/05/2019

  https://brusselsstopdeportations.net/en/ As an operator of forced expulsions of migrants, Brussels Airlines collaborates with migration policies that violate the fundamental rights of the affected people, without any law requiring it to do so. Deported persons are sent back to countries … Continuer la lecture

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About the abomination of closed centres: Audiotestimony from the Caricole closed centre 03/05/2019

Testimony from the Caricole closed centre: about the abomination of closed centres 03/05/2019 audio here(FR°) I’m in Belgium since 18 April 2019, I came here with a short-term visa, 20 days, which was deliverd to me by the Belgian embassy. … Continuer la lecture

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No Border weekend 25 & 26 May 2019

No Border weekend 25 & 26 May 2019 What is the No Border movement? How do we plan the fight against borders and in favour of the freedom of movement? On Saturday 25 May we organise meetings, exchanges and debates … Continuer la lecture

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Deportation to Ivory Coast on 02/05/2019: Mobilisation! Update

UPDATE: flight via CASABLANCA and  Abidjan , thirsday 2 May 6.30 pm : AT833 et SN 4055 Royal Air Maroc et Brussels Airlines) ——————————————————————————————————————————– Deportation to Ivory Coast on 02/05/2019: Mobilisation! Mr O.C, from the Ivory Coast, is currently being … Continuer la lecture

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3rd deportation attempt to Sri Lanka on 25 April 2019

Mr S, Tamil from Sri Lanka, came to Belgium to request asylum. He was arrested at the airport several months ago. His asylum request was refused and he’ll be subject to a third deportation attempt to Ghana (!) this 25th … Continuer la lecture

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Action: No to the deportation of Reda to Sudan, no to deportations in general!

Update 10/04/2019: The deportation of Reda planned this Tuesday 9 April has been postponed! But we keep fighting! Reda Dhawelbeit, a Darfouri Sudanese, is still under threat from being sent back to Karthoum where he will most probably be arrested … Continuer la lecture

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HELP! Palestinian in hungerstrike for 27 days is threatend of deportation with police escort on 09/04/2019! Update

Update 10 April 2019: Hicham was deported despite the presence of people at the airport to warn the passengers. In Madrid, since he refused to introduce an asylum request in Spain, he got an Order to leave the territory within … Continuer la lecture

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Status of the badly named ‘transmigrants’ in closed centres [05/04/2019]

Status of the badly named ‘transmigrants’ in closed centres [05/04/2019] We were again informed that several social assistants in closed centres use their influence to dissuade retainees to sign the handling by lawyers, promising them a rapid release if they … Continuer la lecture

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Stop the third attempt to deport a Sri Lankan!

Stop the third attempt to deport a Sri Lankan! Mr. P. is a young man who just turned 26 two weeks ago. He is from Sri Lanka, a country he doesn’t want to go to anymore. “In Sri Lanka, my … Continuer la lecture

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Grouped deportation flight to Guinea, DRC and Senegal this Tuesday 26 March 2019

Grouped deportation flight to Guinea, DRC and Senegal this Tuesday 26 March 2019  Several people retained in the different closed centres are warning us that they will be put on a ‘special flight’ to be deported to their countries of … Continuer la lecture

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Let’s prevent a second deportation attempt to Congo-Brazzaville

21/03/2019 Call from the CRACPE in Vottem: Mr B, from Congo Brazza has been retained in the closed centre of Vottem for several months. He will be subject to a second deportation attempt this Friday 22 March. Mr had been … Continuer la lecture

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Palestinians’ hunt and group deportation to Spain on 19 March 2019

15/03/2019: Since the end of January,  Palestinian asylum-seekers and residents in open centre have been arrested in the Foreigners office (during an appointment) and they are bein retained in a closed centre in view of their deportation. The received the … Continuer la lecture

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Two Testimonies by deported people 11/03/2019

Two Testimonies by deported people: February 2019: B., sent to Caricole, directly from the airport in October 2018, stayed 3 months in the centre. He tells us about the inaction of the social services, “the people” here, they stay 4, … Continuer la lecture

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Audio testimony from the Vottem closed centre and call from the Voix des Sans-Papiers (VSP) in Brussels

06/03/2019: Call from the Voix des Sans-Papiers (VSP) in Brussels: One of our friends, Diallo Ahmad Bilo, was arrested on 25 December close to the North Station and transferred to Vottem. Since 11 February he had stomach pains and asked … Continuer la lecture

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Release from initiative of solidarity of Sudanese asylum seekers in close centers in Belgium 09/03/2019 Fr, Engl, Arabic

Saturday 9 march 2019 14:00 Ambassady of Soudan 134 avenue Franklin Roosevelt 1050 Brussels [plus d’infos sur FB]   Manifestation de solidarité aux Soudanais(es) détenu(e)s en centres fermés et de soutien aux manifestations au Soudan contre le régime en place … Continuer la lecture

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AUDIO: call for help from the CRA Coquelles in Calais and video from inside the centre

February 2019:   “Good evening Sir, We are calling you from the Coquelles centre in Calais. We are being retained here in Coquelles. An Erythrean committed suicide, we ignore if he is dead or not. It is the third time … Continuer la lecture

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Second deportation attempt to Ghana on Mrs T, this Freiday 15 February 2019

Second deportation attempt to Ghana on Mrs T, this Freiday 15 February 2019 Flight SN277 Zaventem 15/02/2019 11:10 to Accra 15/02/2019 16:55 Mrs T. has been retained in the Bruges closed centre since 30 December 2018. She wanted to catch … Continuer la lecture

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Violence in closed centres: doctor and guards: testimonies

07/02/2019:’I was waiting to see a doctor. The latter and two nurses were busy examining a Sudanese man for a strong pain in one arm (probably broken). The man in pain was with another Sudanese who was translating from Arabic … Continuer la lecture

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Action by Sudanese in the Bruges closed centre:Update

Sleeping in closed centre Testimony shared by a visitor – About the situation in Bruges, they told me the following : The hunger strike started on 5 February 2019. It is a general one, not only followed by the Sudanese. … Continuer la lecture

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Retentions in closed centres: are Sudanese back?

03/02/2019 Currently, we very (too) often get messages from hosts who warn us that their guests in closed cenres are not doing well: they are exhausted, depressed, desperate, ill, they do not feed themselves anymore etc. Some complain about the … Continuer la lecture

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Liberty for all: To the hosts or persons whose friends/guests have been arrested

17/01/2019: Procedure to follow to compile the information needed by the lawyer. A lot of arrests have taken place the last 2 weeks. Much too often, hosts ring a lawyer after their guest has been arrested without knowing all the … Continuer la lecture

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At least 100 arrests on our migratory roads, Within 8 days and 50 retentions in our closed centres

Between 4 and 11 January 2019 (8 days), at least 100 migrants were arrested in Zeebruges, Antwerp, on parking places or in trucks, on trains (even though they had train tickets), mainly on the way to the coast. Fifty of … Continuer la lecture

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The Foreigners Office want to deport at all costs

17/12/2018: The merry-go-round of retentions/releases of the exiles caught in train stations and parkings all over the country goes on. In November only, 73 arrests have been reported by hosts. Sixty were released in the following days, generally thanks to … Continuer la lecture

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GB: The Stansted15 have been convicted under terror-related legislation

Today the #Stansted15 were found guilty in Chelmsford Crown Court. In a statement they said: “We are guilty of nothing more than intervening to prevent harm. The real crime is the government’s cowardly, inhumane and barely legal deportation flights and … Continuer la lecture

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Brussels Foreigners’ Office: Here we sort human beings: Video/Action

Novembre 2018: Activists denounced the abject practices of the Foreigners’ Office and expressed their support for all migrants. “The Foreigners’ Office has the power to arbitrarily decide on the detention, release or deportation of migrant persons”. Let’s stop the eviction … Continuer la lecture

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Story of a raid in Arlon on 14 November 2018

Picture of a retainee once released and remark by his host: “They released him giving him the direction of the train station, without documents’. He arrived like this, with two numbers around his wrist (one from the police, the other … Continuer la lecture

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Action against a deportationattempt to Afghanistan on 26/11/1018

Update 27/11/2018: M was deported. We don’t have news from him. Two of the persons present at the airport were arrested by the police as soon as they arrived and kept at the police station for an hour, while the … Continuer la lecture

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Closed centres: two testimonies written by hosts

Friday 2 November 2018. H calls me … He has been retained in Vottem since 23 August « I am not well…; they gave me another room, I am with another man; we are only allowed one hour outside, we … Continuer la lecture

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October 2018 : Exiles are being harassed

One may witness a real harassment of the exiles who are arrested in public spaces, transports, stations, and parkings. They are driven to the police station or the identification centre in Steenokkerzeel, most of them are retained for a few … Continuer la lecture

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Urgent: third forced deportation attempt after an abuse of the Foreigners Office irregularities

Mrs K, Rwandese, retained in the Caricole closed centre for more than 3 months, is in great danger in her country because she is accused of complicity in the conflict between Rwanda and Burundi. Why? Because her comapnion, the father … Continuer la lecture

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Deported with escort to Ethiopia as of the first attempt on 23 October 2018

Deported with escort to Ethiopia as of the first attempt on 23 October 2018 M., Ethiopian, was arrested on 23 April 2018 and retained in Merksplas closed centre. He had introduced an asylum request but it was refused. After having … Continuer la lecture

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QantasDontDeport – Brussels 21/10/2018

On the 21th of October 2018, about twenty people staged a die-in in front of the building of the Australian Embassy in Brussels. This action targeted the airline Qantas that participates and benefts from the expulsions of migrants in Australia. … Continuer la lecture

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Some scheming by the Immigration Office: 21/10/2018 and testimony

A reminder to hosts and visitors of the closed centre: When peopole who are undocumented or in exile disappear or are arrested during one of several raids, it takes 24 to 48 hours to know whether the Immigration office has … Continuer la lecture

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Suicide in closed centre in Vottem: : Gathering on 13/10 2018 : Update

Update 10/10/2018 Mr Gebre Mariam, who committed suicide at the Vottem closed centre on 9 October 2018 had obtained asylum in Bulgaria. He had been threatened with an axe there and absolutely didn’t want to go back to that country. … Continuer la lecture

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September 2018: Francken and his carrousel

05/10/2018 Following the decision that Francken would deal with ‘serious transmigration phenomena’, a lot of people retained in centres for sometimes a year have been released to leave space to new people arrested. Those releases were followed by raids in … Continuer la lecture

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Third Deportation to Ruanda on 29/09/2018 : Annulation of the deportation!

Update 28/09/2018: The court annulate the deportation and she is free! ————————————————————————————————————— H., Rwandan, will be deported for the third time this Saturday 29/09. She is waiting for decisions by three different courts but the Foreigners Office absolutely want to … Continuer la lecture

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Update 27/09/2018 / worth reading if one of your friendshas been arrested

Update 27/09/2018 / WORTH READING IF ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS HAS BEEN ARRESTED Arrests have been happening at a fast pace lately. They are being arrested by dozens, night and day. We count a lot of releases too. It is … Continuer la lecture

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Illegal Deportation of a man from guinee to Marocco; Update:Deportated and in jail d in prison!

Update 23/09/2018: Mr S was deported with escort on 22 September 2018. He was arrested in Morocco for illegal migration. He is in jail. We dare not imagine how he was deported and how are his imprisonment conditions in Morocco! … Continuer la lecture

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Solidarity with the Stansted defendants from Belgium !?

[EN] In May 2018, we were hundreds of people gathered in front of two detention centres near Brussels airport during the Steenrock festival. We all raised our hands in solidarity with the Stansted defendants. It’s time to show our solidarity … Continuer la lecture

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23 September 2018 – Closed centere 127bis – 20 years of resistance against deportation and closed centeres

Because Europe kills every day. Because seas, mountains and deserts became mass graves right in front of us. Because safety, militarisation of the borders and confinement are the only answers states give to women, men and children who are trying … Continuer la lecture

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In Belgium too people die on migratory routes 14/09/2018

Repression, arrests, mistreatments, racketeering, deportations: these are part of the current messages on FB and elsewhere Forgetting the dead. Migrants’ hunting, be it by the police forces or by smugglers, the desperate acts of migrants to flee this repression and … Continuer la lecture

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No women, men or children in the closed centre: testimony and action

No women, men or children in closed centres: testimonies and gathering 04/09/201: A mother and her 5 children, arrested the day of the start of school have just been placed in retetntion while another family with 4 children has already … Continuer la lecture

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When the hell are we going to act? Tortures, deportations, repression.

Tortures at the 127bis closed centre On 23/08/2018 H had an argument with a guardian concerning the food they get at the 127bis closed centre. He was placed in confinement. The day after, several guardians came to his cell. He … Continuer la lecture

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Second deportationAttempt of a 16 years old Eritran: Deported

UPDATE 02/09: Phone reporting by Elsa from Rome : Her deportation: – She was searched and then tied (hands to the body) – Escort of 7 policemen – She was on the plane well before the passengers, they placed her … Continuer la lecture

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Children at the closed center Caricole, again and again

18/08/2018 Since its opening, the Caricole includes several rooms called “family rooms” what others call cells. These rooms have a slightly separate space for sleeping children. Those rooms are separated from the rest of the spaces by locked doors and … Continuer la lecture

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In Charleroi Airport, passengers stopped a deportation. UPDATE: Deported!

Update 18/08/2018:On Sunday Aug 12, 2018 at 10 am, Mr. A was locked up before undergoing a fourth –and this time effective – attempt at expulsion to Algiers on a TUI flight from Charleroi. This was carried out by the … Continuer la lecture

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Testimony received from hosts : 05/08/2018

Over the past few days, we have received accounts of arrests or of calls for help, Please keep on sending your testimonies on gettingthevoiceout@riseup.net We won’t be able to say that we didn’t know! 6 minors in danger in Antwerp … Continuer la lecture

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Communicating vessels. Overview 15/07/2018

For 10 who go to Great Britain, for 10 who get arrested and retained by the Foreigners Office, 20 others arrive to the North Station. They are communicating vessels! It is the law of supply and demand in this capitalist … Continuer la lecture

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Extremely turbulent week at the closed centre in Vottem

25/06/2018 : « On Thursday, in the yellow wing, 4 Albanians broke the tiles to escape. It made a lot of noise and we all rushed to see, we were quite excited, a dozen of Arabs. One Albanian managed to … Continuer la lecture

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Information for the hosts/friends/families in case a migrant friend is missing.Update

———————————————————————————————————————————– 27/06/2018: Information for the hosts/friends/families in case a migrant friend is missing. Many foreigners in irregular situation are controlled/arrested on public transport, on parking lots, at train stations or at their homes. They are brought to a police station … Continuer la lecture

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Attempts to make resistance invisible: stifling rebellions in closed centres

On 20 June 2018, during the whole day, militants blocked the building site of the family units next to the 127bis. In the centre, the retainees expressed their support in favour of this movement in different ways. Some refused to … Continuer la lecture

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Escapes…..and new escape……

21/06/2018 Further escape attempts (to be confirmed); Four other detainees attempted to escape to the Vottem detention centre at 10 a.m. on 21 June. Three have been caught, one of them is still running. ——————————————————————————– H had been retained at … Continuer la lecture

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Visit of an accredited NGO at the 127 bis closed centre on 7 June 2018

We had received distress messages from prisoners in closed centres and more particularly from 127bis in Steenokkerzeel. http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/ramadan-in-closed-centres-hunger-strike/ Following repression, detention and threats from the management for those who tried to have contacts with the outside, with the media, the … Continuer la lecture

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In heavy pain, on hunger strike, epileptic and DEPORTED 05/06/2018

In heavy pain, on hunger strike, epileptic and DEPORTED Mimoun had been in Belgium for 3 years. He got a surgical operation due to a several cerebral pathology in 2017. He had to learn how to eat and walk again. … Continuer la lecture

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Mass arrests and news from the closed centres 26/05/2018

The Office is filling hundreds of places in our camps called closed centres; places that had been made available on the occasion of the raids announced at the North Station and in Parc Maximilien. After the mobilisation of the platform … Continuer la lecture

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Closed centres, our camps for migrants May 2022

The administrative detention of migrants (foreigners without residence permits considered as valid) entered into force in 1988 in Belgium. Since then, the multiplication of this type of space is more than obvious at the border because in 1988 there were … Continuer la lecture

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Epileptic crisis and hunger strike at the 127bis closed centre 14/05/2018 update

Update 23/05 Since 11 May 2018, retainees have been on hunger strike at the 127bis closed centre. Muslims gathered in one wing for the Ramadan.  Two external associations had offered to deliver food during the Ramandan that started on 16 … Continuer la lecture

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Ramadan in closed centres / Hunger strike

127 bis 11/05/2018 30 retainees go on hunger strike at the 127bis closed centre. External associations had proposed to deliver food during the Ramandan period that starts on 16/05/2018. They learnt this morning that it would be forbidden by the … Continuer la lecture

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The hosts, their guests and the decision-makers 10/05/2018.

Since the end of December 2017, the hosts of the citizens’ platform regularly call Gettinthevoiceout and Stopdeportations to warn them of the disparition of one of their guest(s). Most are declared Sudanese, Eritreans or Ethiopians. Since 27/12/2017 and until 09/05/2018, … Continuer la lecture

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127 bis en Caricole: repression and resistance

  Before the Steenrock Festival on 5 May : Repression and Resistance at the Caricole and at the 127 bis closed centres! Retainees are warning us! 29/04 : An Iraqi-Kurdish man retained in the 127 bis closed centre started a … Continuer la lecture

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Workshop: How to put an end to deportations? O4/O5/2018

Workshop: How to put an end to deportations? facilitated by End deportations & Lesbians and gays support the migrants https://enddeportations.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/lgsmigrants/?fref=mentions Friday 4 May, 6.30 – 9 p.m – Maison de la Paix (Rue Van Elewyck 35, Ixelles) Welcome at … Continuer la lecture

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Surprise demonstration at the 127bis closed centre : CALL

After a new suprise demonstration in front of the 127bis closed centre this Sunday 22nd April 2018 with a phone number, we have had a dozen of conacts with retainees at the centre. They describe disastrous situations to us: mistreatments, … Continuer la lecture

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Hungerstrike in closed centre in Vottem 19/04/2018

It has now been 25 days that an Albanian man retained in the closed centre for foreigners in Vottem has started a hunger strike, and for 3 days a thirst strike. We fear for his life. According to our information, … Continuer la lecture

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WARNING: Deportation of an Eritrean to Sudan this 17th of April 2018 :Update

 Update 18/04/2018 No news from the two persons deported to Sudan on 17th of April 2018. Several activists were at the airport to talk to the passengers. A group was very quickly stopped by the police, had their identities checked … Continuer la lecture

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Stop 2 deportation to DRC on 12/04/2017: Update

Update 16/04: Prosper disappeared. The Cracpe have not heard from him 5 days after his deportation; which is extremely worrying.  Pappy introduced a third asylum request with new elements. His deportation was cancelled. ——————————————————————————————————————————- Another man called PAPPY, retained for … Continuer la lecture

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Audiotestimony : one who knows his laws and rights, well, they do not like it!

Audiotestimony from a closed centre /February 2018 listen here (Fr) Hello to all, I am here, admitted to the centre Vottem. I was arrested in Brussels because I did not have any papers. I am not a delinquent, I am … Continuer la lecture

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Death at the border on 22/03/2018

On 21st of March, a 22 year old man died at the port of Zeebrugge as he tried to reach the UK. He was stuck between 2 containers and died instantly. This is the fifth known death since July 2017 … Continuer la lecture

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Trial of 15 activists in GB: Stop deportation flight

Last year, 15 people grounded a deportation charter flight for ten hours to prevent it taking off. On MONDAY 19TH March 2018, they are standing trial, charged with a terrorism-related offence that could result in life imprisonment ! Secret deportation … Continuer la lecture

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Raids, releases,deportations : news 14/03/2018

For a few weeks, raids on parkings and in stations all around Belgium are ongoing again. Several hosts contact us to warn us of the arrest, often violent, and/of the retention in closed centres of one of their guests. Very … Continuer la lecture

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DemonStration at the 127 bis closed centre : « It’s wonderful ! We are not lonely! »

28/02/2018:  At the time of big demonstrations by the citizens’ platform in favour of a ‘more human policy’, we received less calls from hosts announcing retentions of exiled people in transit. However, they continue to arrest people: Albanians, Erythreans, Turks, … Continuer la lecture

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New visit by a Sudanese delegation in the closed centres ?

New visit by a Sudanese delegation in the closed centres! Urgent 26/02/2018 : Call by a Sudanese man retained in Merksplas closed centre to a host. “The social assistant warned me that ‘a meeting will take place on 27 February … Continuer la lecture

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120 women on hunger strike in Yarls Wood detention centre. 23/02/2018

We stand in solidarity with the 120 women on hunger strike in Yarls Wood detention centre. Ici leur revendications: 1. Shorter bail request periods Legally it should 3-5 days, however it can take anywhere up to 21 days, or even … Continuer la lecture

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“Spend my life in prison in Algeria or die in Belgium?”Deportation cancelled

Update 22/02/2018 When he got to the airport, A was notified that his third asylum request would be dealt with by CGRA and that his deportation was cancelled. ————————————————————————————————————————————-   Spend my life in prison in Algeria or die in … Continuer la lecture

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Arrests and deportations – Update

Update 10/02/2012 : Arrests are ongoing and lately the favorite targets of the Foreigners Office are minors and women. According to several testimonies by hosts who look for their guests in the centres, the information is not given anymore by … Continuer la lecture

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Testimonies after the evacuation of the 127bis closed centre

On Friday 26th January at 10 p.m. : the alert is given in the 127bis because of smoke due, according to the media, to a short-circuit in an electric cabin :https://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_evacuation-du-centre-127-bis-a-la-suite-d-un-court-circuit?id=9823196 http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20180127_03324488 All the retainees were displaced in the courtyard. … Continuer la lecture

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No contract to retain children

Bars on a logo : this is what a group of citizens depicts in a video in order to denounce the building of family units in the 127bis. Objective? Denounce the involvement of the construction company Lareco Bornem NV in … Continuer la lecture

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« Freedom of movement and establishment for ALL» ?????????

24/01/2018 : Lots of raids have taken place in parkings and train stations in the whole country over the last weeks. Some migrants are released with an order to leave the territory, others (among whom a lot of minors) are … Continuer la lecture

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ALERT – SAHA will experiment a new deportation attempt to Bangladesh this WEDNESDAY!

23/01/2018: Two weeks ago, we denounced the violence Saha, a young Bangladeshi who has been living in Belgium for 10 years, had to go through during a deportation attempt that was interrupted by the pilot of the plane: http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/mangled-by-the-escort-during-their-deportation-attempt-on-him-s-is-asking-who-are-the-criminals/ He … Continuer la lecture

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Fallen into oblivion in our ‘law-abiding’ state – Appeal to all!

14/01/2018: It seems that the federal police have launched a migrants’ hunting in the whole country, determined to ‘clean’ all the country: arrests in the stations, parkings and trains the last days. Many hosts are calling us to report missing … Continuer la lecture

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Mangled by the escort during their deportation attempt on him, S. is asking: “who are the criminals?”

10/01/2017: S. has been living in Belgium for ten years. He tried to get regularised since his arrival, in vain, although he worked and respected the laws. He never stole anything, not even to eat. Some of you may have … Continuer la lecture

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The Office des étrangers in counterattack !

The fast intervention team of the Office des étrangers at work On the 25th of December 2017 around noon : a host brings back two migrants to Brussels. The federal police holds an alcohol control on the highway E40 at … Continuer la lecture

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Call from a detention centre: “Torture in Sudan you say? What about here?”

22/12/2017 “Does the Schengen Area still exist?” The persons detained in the Merkplas detention centre are very angry. A man was recently brought to the detention centre even if he had a valid residence permit in France. It is definitely … Continuer la lecture

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Audio: ‘The human being was not made to be imprisoned, never’ (FR)

Audio: ‘The human being was not made to be imprisoned, never’ Audio from 127bis 15/12/2017 “listen here (Fr)” Translation: Currently I am in the 127bis closed centre. Before that I was living in Verviers. I lived there for four years. … Continuer la lecture

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6 Decembre 2017 – “Saint Nicolas” Action at closed centre 127 BIS.

Update 5 december (Nl): De mensen opgesloten in her centrum 127bis waren van plan mee te betogen vanuit het centrum. Maar hun dagelijkse wandeling tussen 15 uur en 17 uur werd door de direktie afgelast. Zij zijn solidair en zullen … Continuer la lecture

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Collective deportation to Guinea and DRC on 2017/11/28

Collective deportation to Guinea and DRC on 2017/11/28 Several guineas detained in the Vottem and 127bis closed centres have received a ticket for a collective flight this coming Tuesday 2017/11/28. The flight would leave at 10:30. The social assistants have … Continuer la lecture

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Audio: “There are Sudanese who suffer here” (FR)

There are Sudanese who suffer here During the demonstration for the regularisation on October 12th, retainees of a closed centre wanted to participate live through their phones. Unfortunately it was not feasible for technical reasons. Audio here (Fr) “There are … Continuer la lecture

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Audio: It is a prison here, Madam (FR)

14/11/2017 It is a prison here, Madam. Before the great manifestation for regularisation of all on November 12 2017 some detained persons had volunteered to participate through telephone. Sadly, it was not possible because of technical difficulties. Here are their … Continuer la lecture

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The hunt for migrants in transit goes on

14/11/2017: The hunt for migrants in transit goes on in all the country. Every day we get alerts by hosts who lost their guests, their main worry being that they get arrested, retained and expatriated. Controls and arrests continue but … Continuer la lecture

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Maximilien Parc : acknowledged refugee arrested and retained in a closed centre: Update

Update 06/10/2017: Mikele is FREE: Thanks to all ————————————————————————————————————— O5/10/2017 Mikele is a young Erythrean who got arrested in Brussels and retained in the 127bis closed centre on the 22nd of October 2017 although his refugee status had been acknowledged … Continuer la lecture

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14 and retained in a closed centre: Update

Update 1 November 2017 After the call from the closed centre of Merksplas, we promised ourselves that the young boy would not stay another night in that jail. Mission accomplished! Thanks to your calls, faxes and emails, the guardianship service … Continuer la lecture

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Suicide attempt at the Caricole closed centre

19/10/2017 : I. cut her wrist in her shower at the Caricole closed centre on 18th October 2017. She was very bad psychologically for the last two days, she had asked assistance from the medical service and an appointment with … Continuer la lecture

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HOW TO PREVENT A DEPORTATION

HOW TO PREVENT A DEPORTATION If you have contacts with retainees in a closed centre who risk being deported: Try to know: – if it is the first time they are being brought to the airport – what is the … Continuer la lecture

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ILLEGAL MASSIVE DEPORTATION ATTEMPTS TO SUDAN

ILLEGAL MASSIVE DEPORTATION ATTEMPTS TO SUDAN: Francken persists in his manner CALL TO RALLY THIS THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER 2017 at 5.30 pm in front of the Office des étrangers: FREE THEM ALL, DEPORT FRANCKEN AND MICHEL! Hour after hour, news … Continuer la lecture

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Children are the first victims of imprisonments and deportations!

03/10/2017 Every day, families are being broken by the Foreigners Office that retains fathers and mothers, separating them form their children, sometimes newborns, and does not hestitate to deport the parent to the “country of origin”, on the pretext of … Continuer la lecture

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Solidarityaction to the 127bis closed centre in Steenokkerzeel and CALL

05/10/2017: They were several dozens this Sunday afternoon 1st of October 2017 to walk to the closed centre 127 bis in Steenokkerzeel to show their outrage against these retentions and deportations. They made a hundred people happy. Bangladeshi, Algerians, Rwandese, … Continuer la lecture

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They are really trapping the Sudanese

29/09/2017 Since the mass arrestations in the Maximilien park and in the North Station, we had a lot of difficulties to get in touch with the hundred people arrested and retained in the closed centre. According to the information we … Continuer la lecture

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RESISTANCE……..and profile of the DRC people deported

RESISTANCE……..and profile of the DRC people deported on the collective flight to Nigeria, Ghana and the DRC Opponents Several are well known opponents to Kabila’s regime and they have been militants for years. They have been retained in closed centres … Continuer la lecture

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ALERT : Group deportation to the DRC, Nigeria, Ghana on 26th September 2017: Update

Update: The collective depootation will take people from Nigeria, Ghana and DRC —————————————————————————————————————— Several DRC retained in the closed centres got notified that they had been registered on a group flight to Kinshasa on 26 September 2017 at 10 a.m … Continuer la lecture

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From Semira Adamu till today, 20 years of resistance to deportations

22 september 2017: Two evenements: —  Let’s make the voice of retainees in closed centres audible     TOGETHER, LET’S OCCUPY THE PUBLIC SPACE AND READ TESTIMONIES OF RETAINEES IN CLOSED CENTRES Friday 22nd September 2017 3.30 p.m. Place de … Continuer la lecture

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Maximilien: Hunger strike at the 127 bis and “Call for air” – Update

Update 17/09/2017: The people who were arrested daily over the last weeks by the police in Maximilien parc, its surroundings and in the North Station are still many to be retained in closed centres. It remains very complicated to spot … Continuer la lecture

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“We don’t want any Calais in Brussels”

Despite the  militarisation of the European borders and the construction of walls and barbed wire, thousands of migrants still want to reach Europe. Since 2015, the politicians have been speaking of “migrants crisis”, of “asylum crisis”, of the management of … Continuer la lecture

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More than 20 Sudanese and Somalis in our closed centres

05/08/2017: Francken discovered two countries he didn’t know: Sudan and Somalia. Since almost a year, migrants – mainly Sudanese and Eritreans, have been sleeping in the Maximilien Parc in Brussels. Associations and volunteers try to provide them with food and … Continuer la lecture

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Urgent deportation!: Deported

Update 31st August 2017 Some people were at the airport but it was very difficult to find passengers willing to listen to the problematic. Fefe arrived in Kinshasa in a very bad state. Friends and family members were waiting for … Continuer la lecture

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Robocops in the closed centre 127 bis

Robocops in the closed centre 127 bis Today 25/08/2017 11 am : a Moroccan man detained in 127 bis’ closed center freaked out. He had learned that his brother died in Libya and was to be burried in Morocco. He … Continuer la lecture

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Two RDC women on hunger strike for 10 days

20 August 2017 : It’s been 10 days already that two Congolese women, Clarisse Iseka Mbongo and Fefe Tuluka Mizaku have been on hunger strike at the closed centre in Bruges. Powerless in front of the oppressive system, they are … Continuer la lecture

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The Belgian government wants to deliver a Congolese activist to the DRC authorities.

14/08/2017 : A second deportation attempt with police escort is announced on August 17 for Mrs TULUKA MIZAKU Fefe She arrived in Belgium in 2006, fleeing Kabila’s regime which had put her in prison for being critical. Mme T.M.Fefe is … Continuer la lecture

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A new deportation attempt with police escort for Clarisse Mbongo Iseka is announced this coming Thursday August 10

Update: 11/08/2017: Some people went to the airport to tell passengers that Clarisse would be on the plane: Clarisse resisted her second deportation attempt with police escort.    “When we went up the stairs onto the plane, some of the police … Continuer la lecture

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Construction of three new detention centres in Belgium

05/08/2017: Mid May 2017 the Council of Ministers have approved a masterplan “Detention centres for illegal residents”. The masterplan provides a big extension of the existing return capacity and the creation of three new dentention centres. “With this masterplan we … Continuer la lecture

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Mass deportation to Nigeria on 9 or 10 August 2017: Update

Update 07/08 /2017:  departurz of the flight the 09/08/2017 at 10 p.m. —————————————————————————————————————————- We learned from a sound source that 80 to 100 Nigerians will be deported on August 9th or 10th. It would be a Frontex flight organised by … Continuer la lecture

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« What could I possibly do back in Congo ? »: New deportation attempt mislukt

Update 24/07/2017: Changement de programme : ils ont essayé de mettre Francis sur le vol vers Abidjan à 11h15……Coups ,saucissonage….Francis a expliqué sa situation aux passagers. Beaucoup se sont levés, beaucoup ont filmé. Francis a été ressortit de l’avion et ramené … Continuer la lecture

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“To them we are not human beings, just animals to be crushed”

17/07/2017 Call from Bruges: “Who can we turn to, Miss?” Sleepplace and lifeplace closed centre Brugge 2016 Fifteen days ago, around forty people made a written request to the direction. Two representatives of the group met the direction. Thy asked … Continuer la lecture

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Another deportation prevented: call fol rally against detention centres and deportations on Thursday 13 July at 9am

Rally organised by the Congolese community to support Ms C, who resisted a deportation to Angola, and to support all detained Congolese who risk deportation Thursday 13 July at 9am in front of the Office des étrangers – Chaussée d’Anvers, … Continuer la lecture

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‘here is the plumber, there is a leak in the house’

17/06/2017 Violence strikes again: married and repelled He is Iraqi and he benefits from the subsidiary protection. She is from Morocco. They got married then years ago and they were living in Iraq from where they fled in 2013. In … Continuer la lecture

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New deportation prevented by passengers – Calls

Mr D was arrested in Liège in February 2017. He wanted to prevent an attempted rape and had called the police. He was undocumented for six years on the Belgian territory, hence the police arrested him and brought him to … Continuer la lecture

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Police brutality, psychological torture, imprisonment, illegal deportation: the story of M N and many other undocumented people

On Tuesday 6th of June 2017, a Senegalese named Medoune Ndiaye, member of la Voix des Sans Papiers (VSP) de Bruxelles (The Voice of the Undocumented – Brussels), was deported on a Brussels Airlines flight to Dakar. He was arrested … Continuer la lecture

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Sunday 11th of June – let’s all meet at the airport to prevent 2 forced expulsions to Africa!

Be it a proved asylum seeker or the father of two small kids, the Foreigners Office is persisting. Two escorts will operate, with their well-knwon violence, at the same time at Zaventem airport, to  forcibly embark two persons on two … Continuer la lecture

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Yassine was deported and arrived to Casablanca on 31st of May 2017

He was able to give us a brief phone call when arriving to Casablanca. He explained to us that he went through serious violence when boarding, he was tied and handcuffed like for every forced deportation, with systematic shots by … Continuer la lecture

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Sentenced to life

30/05/2017 Here we go, the legislation allowing to deport foreigners who were born in Belgium enters into force, and it is with Yassine that the governement will ‘inaugurate’ it, in the name of alleged ‘security measures’. Born in Belgium 36 … Continuer la lecture

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Solidarity with the 6 heroes sued for having prevented a deportation

Solidarity with the 6 heroes sued for having prevented a deportation Let’s go in numbers to the audience and in front of the Tribunal! 31 May 2017 8.30 a.m. Law Courst of Brussels, (Palais de Justice Place Poelaert) On 17th … Continuer la lecture

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The Caricole , the ‘golden’ prison for foreigners, is exploding! Escapes and illtreatments.

28/05/2017 Theo Francken and the Foreigners Office announced the opening of 3 new closed centres where men and women will be ‘administratively’ locked down, with the congratulations of the different parties that manage the residence and migration of foreigners with … Continuer la lecture

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Let’s prevent the deportation of a ‘criminal’ father, this 21th of May 2017

Update : We were several at the airport, including the lawyer and one parliamentarian, to talk to the passengers. We heard that the deportation of Mahmadou had been cancelled because, so they told him, there was “no escort available”. It’s … Continuer la lecture

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Steenrock inside the closed centres

14/05/2017 CENSORSHIP AND REPRESSION The annual Steenrock festival 2017 took place on 06/05/2017 in front of the Steenokkerzeel closed centre to protest against imprisonments and deportation, with concerts, public speaking, demonstration in front of the fences of the centre, testimonies … Continuer la lecture

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Deportation attempt: Urgent…. Update

10/05/2017: E was deported. In the first plane, 4 people opposed to the deportation and were arrested, according to Francken. To be confirmed. https://theotuurt.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/opstand-aan-boord-2/ E was placed on a flight through Morocco and is now being retained in Sierra Leone. … Continuer la lecture

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Stop an expulsion under escort! Deportation Canceled

Ms J is about to undergo a 2nd expulsion attempt this Monday 8/05/2017 She is from Cameroun and lives in Belgium since 2005. he obtained a work conditionned based regularization. She lost it due to the fact that her future … Continuer la lecture

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Surprise demonstration in front of the closed centres in Steenokkerzeel

Surprise demonstration in front of the closed centres in Steenokkerzeel this Sunday 30th of April 2017 Information from inside the centres This Sunday, we got a first phone call from the Caricole closed centre: ‘There are demonstrators in front of … Continuer la lecture

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Hunger strike at the Vottem closed centre

26/04/2017 In a wing of the centre, two Pakistani retainees have been on a hunger/thirst strike for 5 days. They refuse to be deported because they are in danger in Pakistan. They started the hunger and thirst strike after learning … Continuer la lecture

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SPECIAL FLIGHT to the DRC and Guinea on 19 April 2017:Update

20/04 We are expecting news from the deported. It was a “joint flight” organised by Frontex. Mainstream media com: http://www.sudinfo.be/1828519/article/2017-04-19/dix-neuf-congolais-et-guineens-expulses-par-vol-militarise-depuis-la-belgique Nineteen Congolese and Guineans deported from Belgium on a military flight. Eleven Congolese and eight Guineans were smoothly deported on … Continuer la lecture

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Let’s prevent one deportation: “Please madam, help me save my life”: expulsio annulée

13/04/2017 Emmanuel, a young Sierra Leonean, has already experienced several deportation attempts to China (through which he transited) and to Sierra Leone (his home country). They even brought him by force once to Sierra Leone – two days sleeping on … Continuer la lecture

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Gathering at the Foreigners Office on 10 April 2017 10/04

NO to  the arrests of the undocument people Theo Francken on the attack: the arrests seem more and more to target undocumented activists. Info: http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/loffice-des-etrangers-belgian-immigration-service-the-border-guard-of-europe/ THE FIGHT GOES ON… SOLIDARITY… WE WILL NOT LET IT HAPPEN! Gathering at the Foreigners … Continuer la lecture

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LET’S STOP THE DEPORTATION MACHINE:Not deported

Udate 07/04: Le vol a été annulé suite à une nouvelle demande d’asile. Il a fait un aller retour Merksplas-127 bis-Merksplas et n’a pas été présenté à l’aéroport : ““Merksplas – 127 bis – Merksplas- Tout ce va est vient, … Continuer la lecture

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Arrest and deportationattempt: Audio..Update

Update: Update: Released with the refugee status on 10 May 2017. Free violence! ——————————————————————————————————– Arrest and deportation attempt audio (FR) here And in the plane audio (FR) here   Translation: Arrest and deportation attempt: I simply wanted to introduce myself … Continuer la lecture

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Potential collective deportation of Congolese nationals!

01/04/2017 – We’ve heard from two different sources that a military flight to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would be foreseen in the coming days/weeks. We know that a dozen Congolese are currently being retained in closed centres, among … Continuer la lecture

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Alert:Deportation with escort on 24/03/2017: update

Update 25/03:He left the centre at 6.30 a.m. He rang us at 2 p.m when he was back at the centre. « When you see me, you will cry ». At the airport, there were 5 men and 1 woman … Continuer la lecture

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Endless deportations and torture of an asylum seeker

22/03/2017: He arrives in Belgium  early December 2016 and asks for asylum, being persecuted in his country, Sierra Leone, as a Christian. He is transferred to the closed Caricole center. The CGRA does not believe his story and the Foriegn … Continuer la lecture

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“I will never come here again”

Testimony 19/03/2017 Hello, On Tuesday 14th of March, I was arrested at Charleroi airport because of overstaying (90/180, not indicated on my vignette, and I was not aware of it). I was driven to the closed centre like a criminal. … Continuer la lecture

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Suicide attempt at the Caricole

Physically and psychologically exhausted by a retention of more than 3 months in a closed centre, he had to confront the CGRA and the CEE that did not react to his call for help. However, his calls could not have … Continuer la lecture

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‘Natural death’ in a confinement cell

Probable scenario Batha was found dead in a confinement cell this Thursday 2nd of March 2017 in the closed centre of Vottem. He had been isolated there 36 hours earlier because he had mutilated his neck with a razor blade. … Continuer la lecture

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“I prefer to die here”

01/03/2017 On the outside, huge barriers, fences as far as your eyes can see, doorphones every 3 meters, windows padlocked with crews. In the inside, innocent people who were born with the wrong documents or in the wrong country. The … Continuer la lecture

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Death in a cell.

Press Release/02/02/2017/CRACPE A man from Azerbaijan, retained at the closed centre in Vottem, was found dead this morning. According to the information available, he arrived to Vottem three days ago from another closed centre. Two days ago he had tried … Continuer la lecture

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L’Office des étrangers (Belgian Immigration Service): The border guard of Europe?

27/02/2017: Little Belgium has a Secretary of State for migration, Mr Theo Francken, and an Immigration Service (the Office des Étrangers or OE), which follows his orders. The OE is the key institution with regard to the exclusion and deportation … Continuer la lecture

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Three teenagers locked up in a closed center in Bruges (Belgium)

24/02 Strangely enough (!), following our appeal and the reaction of lawyers and organisations, the three kids who had been detained in the closed centre of Bruges for a week have been recognized as minors by the authorities and taken to an open … Continuer la lecture

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Audio : Testimony by an “extremely dangerous terrorist”, dixit Francken (FR)

Our Secretary of State for Aslyum and Migration can see bandits everywhere. He deemed all by himself that Mohamed is THE dangerous terrorist and seeks by all means to deport him without evidence and without appeal. He even publicises his … Continuer la lecture

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RELEASES, ARRESTATIONS, RESISTANCE

13/02/2017 RELEASES: AFTER the criminal retention, mid-January, of Mrs E. who was arrested while in transit at Zaventem airport with a French residence permit in order but with a “non-compliant” passport according to the Foreigners Office: AFTER 3 deportation attempts … Continuer la lecture

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Alerte Pétition

https://www.petitions24.net/liberez_madame_e_detenue_illegalement_et_separee_de_ses_enfants Englih translation Free Miss E,illegaly detained and separated from her children Miss E is detained since mid-January in the Caricole detention center while she has a valid resident card in France ! Help us to collect as        much signatures … Continuer la lecture

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Hunger strike in Merksplas, Mistreatment and escape at the 127 bis

02/02/2017 Merksplas Several retainees of the Merksplas closed centre have been on a hunger strike for 5 days to protest against their retention. Three of them have been placed in confinement cells by punishment. An escalation of racist actions by … Continuer la lecture

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A mother of 4 children legally residing in France retained at the Caricole, expecting to be deported to China! FREE!

Update 13/02/2017 RELEASES: AFTER the criminal retention, mid-January, of Mrs E. who was arrested while in transit at Zaventem airport with a French residence permit in order but with a “non-compliant” passport according to the Foreigners Office: AFTER 3 deportation … Continuer la lecture

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Urgent : stop Walid’s suprise deportation this Monday 16/01/17 ! Deported!

Walid is currently detained in the closed centre of Vottem, he had started a hunger and thirst strike last 13st in order to protest against his detention for over one year now in closed centres. His story is to be … Continuer la lecture

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Locked up for over a year for “administrative reasons”, In hunger and thirst strike.

Walid is living in Belgium since 2008. He has a 3-year old daughter. In 2014 he spent a few months in jail for a petty theft, and was released after his sentence. On December 16 2015, the police burst in … Continuer la lecture

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Stop this deportation on Monday 09/01/2017 !!!!!! Deported

Update: MH a été expulsé dans “les règles de l’art”: Fouille au commissariat de l’aéroport, mis à poil, 6 flics, attaché avec ceinture “comme Hannibal le cannibal”, accueillit par la police à Alger, prise d’empreintes et 4 heures d’interrogatoire……..puis libéré … Continuer la lecture

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Anti-terrorism Abuses : a Testimony

04/01/2017 5 A.M.. T. wakes up. Some noise at the door, like a dog scratching. It is cold this December 5, and since the heating system in the appartment is out of order, she sleeps on the living room couch … Continuer la lecture

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Special flight,the deportation machine

« They asked me whether I was going to be nice to them. » Their words still resonate in his head. « You have to leave, you don’t have the choice. You are obliged to get on that plane otherwise … Continuer la lecture

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Hungerstrike in Merksplas “It is MerdePlas here, a great mafia”

Friday 16 December 2016, 6 p.m., block 4, Merksplas closed centre: the retainees are not happy. Despite several talks with the management about meals, notably dinner, when they invariably get cheese with two slices of bread at 6 p.m and … Continuer la lecture

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Action against the deportation of a handicaped man to Armenie on 19/12/2016

R, 26, his brother A, 30, and their mother have been at the Caricole closed centre in Steenokkerzeel for two months. Ruben, the oldest, has a serious progressive disease and is heavily physically handicapped. He needs constant assitance from her … Continuer la lecture

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Algerian friends, beware and hide yourselves! The hunting is open – 08/12/2016

We zoeken achter een vertaler in het nl! While Belgium tries, in vain, to reinforce the ‘police cooperation’ with Algeria http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/la-belgique-tente-de-renforcer-la-cooperation-policiere-avec-l-algerie-58494a23cd709a48787c4049 and Théo Francken declares on twitter that they continue working ‘behind the screen’, the hunting goes on. Several dozens … Continuer la lecture

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BREAKING NEWS: DEATH IN MORTON HALL DETENTION CENTRE

07/12/2016 Today we have received a phone call from someone in Morton Hall, who tells us that a man died yesterday in the detention centre. We have been told that yesterday afternoon, at around 3pm, the man started foaming at … Continuer la lecture

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How long will we let them act this way? 05/12/2016

According to the testimony of a person retained in Merksplas, a police escort came to the centre this Monday to pick up Arsen K, Chechen, in order to deport him to Moscow. It was the first deportation attempt on him, … Continuer la lecture

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“On Mondays, the social assistant distributes plane tickets just like peanuts”

Théo Francken is proud to announce the retention and expulsion of many «undocumented criminals ». These endless retentions are challenging, they are part of Machiavellian and dishonest, not to say illegal processes. As an example among many others, some had … Continuer la lecture

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Let’s prevent a second deportation attempt with escort of a man , father of 3 children

Testimony by Arsen Kuntaev, Chechen, in Belgium for around 10 years and father of three children, whose deportation to Moscow is planned for this Monday 28th of November at 12.25 a.m from Zaventem Arsen was living in Lier close to … Continuer la lecture

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“Rebellion and serious impediment of the air traffic”

From Ventimiglia to Calais, from Ceuta to Melilla, from Lesbos to Athens, at all borders and beyond, the criminalisation of those who hinder the good functioning of European migration policies is in full swing. As an example among many others, … Continuer la lecture

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Escape from closed centre in Brugge on 18/11/2016

Six prisoners tried to escape from the detention centre of Bruges on Friday 18/11/2016 at 7 p.m. Four of them succeeded and are now free! Two were held back by the guards. They cut the fence of a window, climbed … Continuer la lecture

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Hunger strike in the closed centres O9/11/2016

Vottem closed centre Sixty per cent of the retainees of the closed centre in Vottem have started a hunger strike two days ago. They are protesting against: -Medical care: some have important appointments in hospitals, which are not respected. “They … Continuer la lecture

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Is Belgium a safe country for asylum seekers?

Detained for 11 months, defended by a lawyer who is a member of the N-VA, then deported to Kabul: is Belgium a safe country for asylum seekers? S.R, a young Afghan asylum seeker, came to Belgium one year ago and … Continuer la lecture

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The diary of an immigrant going to be deported soon

Daté HOUEDAKOR- The diary of an immigrant going to be deported soon: violence and babarism by the law enforcement staff! Interview by Yves K. LODONOU (24/10/20016 de21h50 à 22h25) +32474 37 83 76 ; yakolod@gmail.com The only crime is to … Continuer la lecture

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Hunger strike in the closed centres 18/10/2016

Several persons are doing a hunger strike in the closed centres. Among them: -A young Afghan, retained at the 127 bis centre for almost 11 months (he was arrested on the 1st of December 2015). He has been on hunger … Continuer la lecture

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Closed Centre: I need moral support. They want to break my spirit. 11/10/2016

There are hundreds locked away in closed centres because they allegedly “don’t have the right papers”. Many are desperate. Some go on hunger strike, others try to kill themselves or to escape. They feel abandoned and lonely in this fight … Continuer la lecture

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Attempt to escape, Manifestation: The only response: Repression and censuur 01/10/2016

Attempt to escape 127bis: 27/09 : during the walk time, a man jumped over the 3 fences of the centre: this was followed by a police deployment and a manhunt. They found him and transferred him to a secured wing … Continuer la lecture

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Testimony by Sow, arrested and retained in a closed centre

22/09/2016 Testimony on ZIN TV http://zintv.org/Sow-temoigne-depuis-le-centre We could reach Mamadou Sow by phone. He has been retained since Monday 19th of September in Bruges with 12 other undocumented during a raid by the police in a building in Molenbeek occupied … Continuer la lecture

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Will there be a collective expulsion to Guinea on 28th September 2016? Confirmation of the flight, update

Update 29 September: In the end it was a FRONTEX flight that deported around 30 Guineans and Congolese from Brussels! They landed in Conakry in the evening of the 28th of September, where the Belgian ambassador and the Guinean Interior … Continuer la lecture

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Quiet on the set, we torture!

« Here it is not about closed centre for illegals anymore. It is about illegal prisons, torture and detentions.” 14/09/2016 For more than a year, Theo Francken has been declaring through the press that he is deporting ‘undocumented criminals’. In … Continuer la lecture

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France: A POLICY OF SAVAGES

8th September 2016 Horror scene of deportations Wednesday 7th September – flight AF386 Paris-Bamako It is 1.30 p.m. when the police of the administration retention centre of Vincennes come to pick up Sekouba MAREGA to drive him to the airport … Continuer la lecture

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Closed centre : « If you’re not insane when you get there, so you become”. And attempted escape in de caricole

30 /O8/2016 For several weeks the tension has been very high in the centre. Several retainees have gone on hunger strike, rebellions have started etc. Retainees have very few means to resist, each movement being sanctioned. The staff (guards, management, … Continuer la lecture

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Italy: Deportation to Sudan 24/08/2016

Today 12:45 deportation of 40 Sudanese are rounded up there two days before the center of the Red Cross Ventimiglia towards Sudan (Khartoum), via Turin Airport and the company “EgyptAir”. They were received by a judge and their deportation was … Continuer la lecture

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Testimony: Six passengers stop a deportation

  On 17th of August at 6.40 a.m. from Berlin Tegel I embarked on a flight to Douala via Brussels where I landed at 9.15 a.m. to embark on another flight at 11.00 a.m. foreseen at 10.40 a.m. On that … Continuer la lecture

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New arbitrary arrestation at the airport 30/07/2016

Mrs. F., of Guinean origin, has been living for 18 years in the United States. She legally stays there, rents an apartment, and works in New York. On 03/07, she lands in Belgium with her two daughters aged 11 and … Continuer la lecture

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Racism at our borders 11/07/2016

At Brussels National airport in Zaventem For several months, Subsaharian or Maghrebin travellers in transit at Brussels National airport are caught by the police and retained in closed centres. During the holidays period, some who are legal residents in one … Continuer la lecture

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URGENT call from the Caricole closed centre 06 July 2016: UPDATE

update 8th of July – the second family is composed of a mother and 3 children legally residing in the US for 10 years. Today the 3 children were brought to friends of the mother in Liège. The mother still … Continuer la lecture

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A man with a Spanish residence permit deported to Guinea

Update 12 July 2016 – After one month of retention, two deportation/refoulement attempts, three appearances in court for a release request each time postponed, Mr Sow has been released and may at last join his family in Spain, his country of … Continuer la lecture

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Phone recharges needed for the retainees in closed centres

20/06/2016 Retainees in the centres are currently in urgent need of phone recharges. Some were arrested on their migration road (Zeebruge, Ostende, at the French border) and separated from their family whom they absolutely want to find back and/or warn. … Continuer la lecture

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« The closed centre is a small society in itself” 18/06/2016

Words by a retainee in a closed centre for more than 4 months: « The closed centre is a small society in itself: we are getting organised, we discuss with people from all over the world, we have arguments and … Continuer la lecture

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Mr Francken¹s deterrence mission in Albania 13 June 2016

Albanians are the target this time! Théo Francken adds the imprisonment of lots of Albanians in closed centres to his mission. On Twitter (see below) ‘Loads of Albanians in prisons¹ i.e all Albanians are criminals. ŒDeterrence visit in Albania¹. ŒAgreement … Continuer la lecture

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Express deportations : what a shame! !!!! 26/05/2016

Mr H is among the last persons who had climbed the crane with 8 other undocumented people on 17th of November 2015 http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/policemen-dressed-up-in-firemen/ Six of them were retained in a closed centre, two were deported and the others have been … Continuer la lecture

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Tensions increase in the 127bis closed centre

On May 19th 2016, an ambulance escorted by three police cars took away a Pakistani who had been on a hunger strike for 37 days. The retainees were shouting at the police, after which several of them ended up placed … Continuer la lecture

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Physical searches at the 127 bis centre in Steenokkerzeel

This Sunday 14/05/2016,  suddenly, around 1 p.m., the guards of the 127 bis closed centre decided to search everybody in the wing nr 1.   All prisoners had to gather in the common hall. They were called one by one by … Continuer la lecture

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The others prisons: visit closed centre 127 bis

07/05/2016 Once again, the visit is harsh and discouraging. The retention conditions of the foreigners who are being watched, behind closed doors, are unacceptable and appalling for anyone with a sound mind. Request to enter with RTBF TV refused. Verification … Continuer la lecture

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Fifth deportation this Friday 6th of May

update 8th of May 2016 :Mr D was deported by force, feet and hands tied, with sticky tape on his mouth to prevent him from shouting. ———————————————————————————————————————————– D has been retained in our centres for 8 months, waiting to be … Continuer la lecture

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Wildcat strikes in the closed centres dAY 6 28/04/2016

in t the 127bis centre in Steenokkerzeel, it has been 6 days that hunger strike movements started to protest against the long and illegal retentions. Some have been retained for more than 8 months waiting for a decision of the … Continuer la lecture

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ALERTA 25/04/2016

If you are undocumented and you hear that the police are looking for you in order to talk to you, avoid getting in touch with them. Temporarily disappear from your official address and ask for help to your lawyer, friends, … Continuer la lecture

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Hunger strike at the 127 bis, day 2

Groeps foto from closed centre They came to Europe 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago. They built their lives here, some with documents, others clandestinely. Some have children who were born here. They all worked legally or illegally. Some … Continuer la lecture

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Hunger strike at the 127bis closed centre in Steenokkerzeel

80 retainees decided today (22nd of April 2016) to start a hunger strike to protest against the retention of women, of parents of Belgian children, of old couples (a couple more than 70 years old), for sometimes more than 7 … Continuer la lecture

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About struggles in the centres

15/04/2016 He had been living here for 10 years. He climbed on a crane in 2009. He then jumped into the canal out of despair. He was brought to the hospital several times for depression. He was arrested and taken … Continuer la lecture

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“This retention and this asylum request are really extremely problematic”:Free!

UPDATE 12/04: This morning, Mamadou got a ticket for his deportation to Gambia on the following day. The result of an appeal for his release was also due to fall on the same day: the court decided that his retention … Continuer la lecture

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Actions against closed centres in Belgium

Vottem : Demonstration Saturday 16th of April 2016 2 p.m. “At the time when the European Union closes its borders and overrides the right to asymum and freedom of movement, At the time when the Belgian government hunts down the … Continuer la lecture

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Videos actions from the closed centre 2009-2016

Lesquin (Lille) 24/06/2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdC32_eCbcw Direct action – blockade two detention centers Novembre 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZMIEvFyqQ8 127bis Steenokkerzeel september 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj7qoi_7a2k Caricole Steenokkerzeel juni 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS7JpYpZisI Merksplas Februari 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDMAKvVfaIs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGEWjkr6R2g Merksplas 28/01/2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJS3yIRfdgw Steenokkerzeel februari 2011 : Videoreport and pix of solidarity … Continuer la lecture

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Words by a migrant in a closed centre following the terrorist attacks

27/03/2016 ‘I’m sorry for you, but didn’t you look for it?’ These words remind us of other words by people arrested and retained in the closed centre that we heard several times in the past: ‘In Africa, white people have … Continuer la lecture

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“If there were 1000 places available in the closed centres….”

Words by Freddy Roosemont, director of the Foreigners Office, to the members of the undocumented coordination during an interview. « If there were 1000 places available in the closed centres, we would do our best to occupy them and for … Continuer la lecture

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New collective deportation to Nigeria?

16/03/2016 Last week, a wing of the detention center 127 bis has been emptied on 08/03/2016. We hear that on 14/03 17 Nigerian women have been brought there. So, we assume that some of them have been brought from other … Continuer la lecture

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London against the detention center

Vidéo: London2Calais 12 maart om 16:33 Protesters bang on walls of Yarl’s Wood detention center demanding the immigration prison be shut down as detainees wave from windows and address the gathering via phone. ‪#‎ShutDownYarlsWood‬ ‪#‎refugeeswelcome‬

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France: Mesnil-Amelot : fire in the retention centre

Press release – 8th March 2016 Cimade https://paris-luttes.info/mesnil-amelot-feu-au-centre-de-5012?lang=fr *Fire in retention : the violence in retention has to end* Four arsons happened over the last days in the administrative retention centre (CRA) of Mesnil-Amelot. Among the three of them that … Continuer la lecture

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Thousands of Refugees ‘Imprisoned’ in Immigration Detention Centres Across Europe

They carry euphemistic names such as “Immigration Removal Centre” in the UK, “Identification and Expulsion Centres” in Italy or “centers for the internment of foreigners” in Spain. Nevertheless, they should be called prisons. http://refugeestreets.com/2016/03/01/thousands-of-refugees-imprisoned-across-immigration-detention-centres-in-europe/

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About the eagerness of civil servants at Brussels airport

02/03/2016 We get a lot of phone calls from the Belgian closed centres about arrests at the airport. Among the people arrested, a lot have documents in France, Italy, Belgium, the US and they were transiting through Belgium with a … Continuer la lecture

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Second deportation attempt with escort this Wednesday 2nd of March 2016!

Update 02/03: Mrs T was not deported and is back at the centre. Actions, faxes, emails and an article by RTBF apparently discouraged them. http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_sarah-va-etre-expulsee-la-jeune-guinee nne-refusait-un-mariage-force?id=9228137 Nevertheless, they promised that next time it would happen for sure. Mrs T fled … Continuer la lecture

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When will there be charter flights to North Africa? Agreements are underway

24/02/2016 ‘The whole wide world gathers in our closed centre: North Africans, sub-Saharans, Estern Europeans, Russians, Asians, Latin Americans, and even from the United States of America.’ They will be deported thanks to the collegial collaboration of consuls and ambassadors … Continuer la lecture

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How UK detention policy worsens migrants’ mental health

http://www.irinnews.org/report/101102/how-uk-detention-policy-worsens-migrants-mental-health SHARE Photo: UK Home Office Too tough inside: The inquiry is looking into the need to lock up so many migrants LONDON, 6 February 2015 (IRIN) – This month, the UK parliament is due to release findings of an … Continuer la lecture

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Audio : LOVERS, your documents! Testimony at the closed centre in Bruges (FR)

31/01/2015 Audio Testimony in French Testimony I have been in the closed centre of Bruges for two months and ten days. I live in Ninove. The police came to my house but I wasn’t there. My husband was; he said … Continuer la lecture

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Documents, really?

26/01/2016 A young boy was deported by force: his parents and family are living here. He left his ‘country of origin’, DRC, when he was 7 years old and doesn’t know anything nor anyone there. His crime: he had a … Continuer la lecture

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Third deportation attempt on 25/01/2016: Deported

26/01 Update: Ils étaient plusieurs à l’aéroport pour parler aux passagers. Les passagers semblaient réceptifs et certains assuraient qu’ils n’allaient pas accepter que Rhama soit expulsée. Rhama était accompagnée de 4 policiers , 3 hommes et une femme; Ils l’ont … Continuer la lecture

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Second deportation attempt this Tuesday 19/01/2016

 M has been living in Europe for more than 10 years, in Belgium for 8 years. He is Egyptian. He built his life here in Belgium. He got married here and was living his life here: house, work, car, etc. … Continuer la lecture

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Belgian ‘faits divers’16/01/2016

They are two young Bosnians, 18 and 20 years old, living with their families in the North of France. They crossed the border with Belgium to buy cigarettes. They were caught by the Belgian police and at the request of … Continuer la lecture

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FRONTEX deportation to Nigeria on 14/10/2015 : Testimony

On October 14th and 15th, there were two FRONTEX deportations to Nigeria: one flight from Amsterdam, coordinated by the Netherlands, with 28 deported from different countries, with one stopover in Madrid, the second from Rome, coordinated by Italy, with 48 … Continuer la lecture

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In solitary confinement 23/12/2015

A lot of repression in the centres. It seems to be the only communication mean for the management. Some of our friends don’t answer the phone anymore. They just disappeared! Transfers, cells, deportations? Do we have to issue a warrant … Continuer la lecture

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Suicide and hongerstrike in the closed centre 19/12/2015: Update

Update:Closed centres 21 December 2015 127bis: 17 people still on hunger strike. They met the Director of the Centre this afternoon. Vottem: 17 people still on hunger strike in the blue wing, several  “leaders” as the Office calls them, have … Continuer la lecture

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The new Frontex: A European Border and Coast Guard to protect Europe’s External Borders

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6327_en.htm European Commission – Press release A European Border and Coast Guard to protect Europe’s External Borders Strasbourg, 15 December 2015 A European Border and Coast Guard to protect Europe’s External Borders The European Commission is today adopting an important … Continuer la lecture

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Isolation cell, suicide, escape, terror in the closed centres…….13/12/2015

Closed centre 127bis . Last week, a dozen of releases. Among them, a few Afghans who had been arrested in the context of the Afghans’ hunt announced by Francken. This week, reopening of the wing for 40 people with a … Continuer la lecture

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URGENT : Second deportation attempt this saturday 05/12

Mohamed, one of the persons who climbed on the crane, will endure his second deportation attempt this saturday 05/12. The social assistance from the closed center in Merksplas announced him this 04/12 at 2 PM that a flight is scheduled … Continuer la lecture

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The gates of the Foreign Office, virtual border of Belgium… : filtering, registration, detention and evictions.

They are thousands those last months to present themselves at the Foreign Office in Brussels, hoping to obtain asylum in our country. They are visible, the media talk daily about them.And as in the entire Schengen area, the filtering is … Continuer la lecture

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The lawyers of our democratIsche Belgium: “the belgounours” 30/11/2015

 On November 24, 2015, the site avocats.be published a text entitled “Message of lawyers to asylum seekers: Welcome to the asylum seekers in Belgium. You should not discourage you.” Written by Patrick Henry and Jean-Marc Picard, president and administrator of … Continuer la lecture

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“Policemen dressed up in firemen!”

On 16th of November, 8 undocumented people climbed two cranes in Brussels. Most of them had been on the Belgian territory for more than 10 years. Many have been involved in movements of fight for the undocumented for several years. … Continuer la lecture

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Sharif 17 years old: “I never expected they would call me a liar”

Testimony/ Introduction 19/10/2015 : Sharif , a young Afghan, 17, arrived to Belgium through the Balkans in March 2015. He tried to introduce an asylum request. The Foreigners Office declared him as ‘Dublin’ because he had travelled through Bulgaria. Besides, … Continuer la lecture

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Warning:Special Frontex flight towards Nigeria on this 14/10/2015.Update

14th October:Confirmation that the collective flight to Nigeria will be a military flight departing from Melsbroek¹s military airport (Chaussée de Haecht). It would supposedly take off in the beginning of the evening, to be confirmed 13th October: two days mobilisation … Continuer la lecture

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Rebellion and mutiny – Deportation and rubber batons – ACAB!

01/10/2015 Hassan who had been retained in the closed centre for two months and a half was deported by the State this morning. During his imprisonment, Hassan never let himself be pushed around. First, he tried to escape from the … Continuer la lecture

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Ten liberation in the closed centre 127bis