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 the previous weeks. There are currently about twenty women being held there.
A detainee warns us of a hunger strike that has been going on for 8 days by two people of Georgian origin. One of them is a very weak 70 year old man. A moment after the detainee’s call, his phone was confiscated by security.
A man put in solitary confinement because he dared to ask a “why” to a measure.
Another man who has been in solitary confinement for 9 months says “I’m going crazy”.
Calls from several detainees looking for a lawyer, in a detention centre for 9 to 11 months.
A man released with an Order to Leave the Territory (OQT) after 8 months in detention!
Call from a man of Moroccan origin who was living in Ukraine (student visa) having fled the war, arrested in Brussels and taken to a closed centre.
A very weak man in medical isolation. He has attempted suicide and seems to be in great pain. It is very difficult to communicate with him. His very fragile state was confirmed by a visiting NGO.
Several people of Burundian origin awaiting expulsion to Croatia: https://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/belgium-deports-to-croatia-targeted-for-numerous-acts-of-violence-against-migrants/: Two women and two men to our knowledge have already been deported. One woman was to be deported today to Zagreb. People mobilised at the airport this morning to explain her situation to passengers. We are waiting to hear from her. Next attempt to deport a Burundian man to Croatia this 22/02. All these attempts to Zagreb are forced and accompanied by a police escort despite the possibility to legally refuse deportation on the first attempt.
A large number of requests for top-ups to call family, lawyers, friends.
And twoo separate calls
PHONE RECHARGES needed for the retainees in closed centres
We receive loads of requests for phone recharges from people retained in closed centres. Very often, their phone is the only way to contact the outside, be it their family, friends, lawyer, or to publicly inform on their situation. Whether their arrest took place on their migratory journey, in their home, whether their families and friends are here or in their home country, it is crucial for them to be able to warn and communicate with them. Without your support, they would be many incapable of doing so.
You may support these detainees by buying a 10 euros Lycamobile recharge from your grocery, night shop or bookshop. Send us the pin code written on the recharge by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by SMS on 0032(0)484026781. We will then send the code to the detainees who asked for it. If it is easier for you, you may also pay, or even better set up a standing order of 5, 10, 20 euros or more on the bank account especially created for that purpose :
Collectif Contre Les Expulsions Banque Triodos BE58 5230 8016 1279 BIC: TRIOBEBB Communication: Lyca
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The fights against closed centres, deportations and borders (distribution of leaflets, posting, publications, events, logistics, various actions, prevention of repression) require energy as well as financial resources. Interested in supporting us financially? Donate, or even better, set up a standing order to :
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