When the Grand-Ducal police beat and rob migrants
04/08/2021 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 law enforcement agencies, in our country, but also among our Luxembourg neighbors. Below, the testimony we received:
On the night of 22 to 23 June, 6 migrants hidden in a truck are discovered by the driver who denounces them to the grand-ducal police. As soon as the doors of the truck were opened, the migrants were thrown to the ground, kicked and punched. They don’t know it yet, but this is only the beginning. The 6 migrants were arrested and then put into a vehicle which drove for about forty minutes to take them to a wood. The two policemen took them out of the suit, took their jackets, their phones and their magazines, before beating them again and abandoning them. It took them almost 3 hours to find their way back to Arlon.
One of the migrants was very attached to his phone which contained the number of a sick family member, so a hostess tried to recover their belongings by calling the police station. The police officer on the phone was mocking, denying “this beautiful story” before becoming threatening: “we are going to have you arrested by our Belgian colleagues”, also specifying that it was “a pity” that the crime of solidarity did not exist in Belgium when the hostess told them about it.
A previous testimony already related the beating of migrants in a room “without camera” of a grand-ducal police station, after they were stopped in a truck.
Theft, threats, racist insults, kidnapping and assault, do as I say, not as I do? How many long years in prison would a migrant accused of these crimes face?
The passage through the parking lot of Arlon has increased, especially after the attacks of Wetteren and Westkerke, committed by security guards and a particularly sadistic dog handler already mentioned in a previous article. Another indirect consequence was the death of a Sudanese migrant, run over by a car.
Violence against migrants must stop. The root of the problem is the borders and their armouring, which the authorities constantly reinforce. Let’s abolish them! Freedom of movement and settlement!