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 them are 7 women!
These flights are organised by European countries or ‘sweet Frontex’ (European agency for the management of the operational cooperation at the external borders of the EU’s member states) in total secrecy. The arrests, retentions and boardings systematically happen with violence, according to several concurrent testimonies.
The military and police mobilisation is oversized for the deportation of people they call recalictrant or even criminal. Most of the persons currently retained already had to undergo several deportation attempts to which they resisted. These attempts were accompanied with severe violence by the police authorities. The biggest majority of these people which the Foreigners Office try to deport have declared several times that they could not and did not want to go back to their home country. Indeed, most of them are opponents and they risk ‘preferential’ treatments and a special welcome when they arrive.
It might be the beginning of the recent recommendation by the European Commission, which stipulates that ‘the return policy should happen following a strategy that mobilises all the means likely to ‘considerably increase’ the number of returns, within a rationalised and well integrated framework of the multidisciplinary competences at the national level’.
At that level, the Commission mainly means the participation of the law enforcement authorities, the judicial authority and even the medical and social services. According to the Commission, the immigration services should be available 24/24 and 7/7.
A former ‘special flight’ to the DRC had been operated on 2 December 2016 with 12 Congolose nationals. Message by the girlfriend of a deported man: ‘My boyfriend just got deported to Congo by military cargo. Twelve deported people escorted by more than 20 police officers like real dangers. Handcuffed from 6 till 11 a.m, why? no one knows. When in Congo, from 7 till 11 p.m discussions to avoid prison and height of absurdity; a travel document in lieu of a passport not signed by him! An atrocity! His 4 years old son is now without a father, and the coming baby too! Thank you Theo Francken for breaking up families and for leaving a man lost in a country he doesn’t know! I am shattered.”
To help you:
Guide of group deporations: http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/collective-flights/
Flyer to spread/print to warn the nationals of the DRC of potential raids in the coming days
For the end of deportations and all their machines and for a wind of freedom to blow!
Emails, faxes and phone calls to the criminals in charge of all this:
Directeur de l’Office des Etrangers
T02 793 80 31 (NL – EN) – 02 79380 30 (FR), Fax 02 274 66 40
Tél: 02 501 02 11 Fax: 02512 69 52
Vice Premier Ministre et Ministre del’Intérieur
tél: 02 504 85 13 Fax:02 504 85 00
Téléphone : 02 501 85 91