Archive for 2010

Jimmy Mubenga: Death in Deportation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on Friday, 15 October, 2010 by bristolnoborders


For immediate release

London NoBorders condemns in the strongest terms the violence that led to
the death of Jimmy Mubenga following an attempt to deport him to Angola
earlier this week.(1)


Jimmy Mubenga



On Tuesday evening 46 year old Jimmy was put on BA flight 77 from Heathrow
to Luanda. He was accompanied by three security guards from G4S who
according to eyewitnesses violently assualted him. An ambulance was called
to the airport and Jimmy was taken to Hillingdon Hospital but was
pronounced dead on arrival. (2)

Richard Edwards, a spokesperson for London NoBorders, stated: “This is yet
another example of the violence of border regimes. Every year hundreds of
people are deported from Europe, often by physical force, to face
uncertain futures and sometimes persecution and death. Meanwhile hundreds
die trying to enter the EU.”


Jimmy's Widow, Makenda Kambana: 'The kids can't stop crying'.

Violence during deportations from Europe is been well documented and has
been happening for many years. In 1998 for example, Semira Adamou died
from suffocation during an attempt to deport her from Belgium. And on 17th
March this year, Alex Uzowulu died on a flight from Switzerland after
police handcuffed him and placed a helmet on his head. (3)

Jimmy leaves behind his wife Makenda and their five children.

London NoBorders
07535 319119,

Notes to editors

(1) London NoBorders is a group which calls for an end to immigration
controls. More info here:

(2) See eyewitness reports here:

(3) See also this Medical Justice report highlighting abuse on deportation
flights from the UK:

Unusually strong article from Guardian condemming UK immigration controls:


Bruxelles No Border Camp – Action Round Up

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on Friday, 8 October, 2010 by bristolnoborders

(Translated from the French by the Internet)

The camp-in-a-train-station

No Border Camp has been the subject of fierce repression, preventing the majority of public actions (such as demonstrations on Wednesday and Friday, and the “game-action” on Thursday) and many others. Despite this repression and violence in police stations, a number of actions have taken place. This is an attempt to list … To be completed?

 No Border Camp has been the subject of fierce repression, preventing the majority of public actions (such as demonstrations on Wednesday and Friday, and the “game-action” on Thursday) and many others. Despite this repression and violence in police stations, a number of actions have taken place. This is an attempt to list … To be completed?

Police Station Windows Smashed

Cons STIB (Brussels transport company, participates in roundups of undocumented immigrants): Machines to control and sell the tickets were destroyed in three subway stations ( Other inspection machines were damaged in the trams.

Several buildings of companie involved in the deportation machine were tagged and had their windows broken: CarlsonWagonLit and Randstatd (, Serco (, Sodexho ( 236), Steria (, Dalkia (

A meeting of Frontex was blocked by activists before they are arrested, the building has tagged ETEA (

Action against Frontex has also held in Brussels Airport ( ”

A police station was attacked, broken windows, two policemen and damaged several of their cars endomagées (

” The facade of the Embassy of Italy was covered with shit and graffiti to protest against the deportation of Italian politics of Roma and cons recent agreements with Libya on immigration ( articles/196).

 A symbolic action took place against the offices of BP’s lobbying in Brussels ( ”

 Sodexho, providing food in many prisons and detention camps, received a visit from a group of people who poured 40 liters of oil into the lobby (http://bxl.indymedia. org/articles/180). ”

The building of the Cultural Attache of southern Germany has been “redecorate” in protestagainst the repression of a demonstration Thursday in Stuttgart cons S21 ( ”

A recruitment session of the Brussels police has been disrupted by several activists, by those who had been arrested on Wednedsay. ( ”

The doors of the IOM (International Organisation for Migration) were blocked with glue ( ”

On Saturday, October 2, the demo Closing No Border Camp brought together nearly 1,500 participants on arrival at the Bourse ( ” “Actions of conversation” were held throughout the week with people from different districts of Brussels. Numerous meetings were held on the camp in the streets and in cells. A lot of visitors now know the city … and police. Projects have been outlined. It only depends on us not to leave all these meetings and common desires disappear …

bxl no borders update

Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, 30 September, 2010 by bristolnoborders

basically everyone got nicked most before they got any where near any action like me…

Wednesday 29 September at 13:00, activists succeeded in blocking a meeting organized by Frontex in Brussels. The executive director of Frontex, lobbyists, multinationals were all invited to this meeting to make the European bordercontrols more efficient.[Photos] [Videos]
Around the same time the trade union demonstration started from the Midi station. The anticapitalist block of about 150 demonstrators, with samba and truck were stopped from joining the demonstration.
Around 14:00, while the truck was immobilized by the police, the activists were dispursed and then regrouping around the sambaband 500 meters further, and could melt into the trade union demonstration. The block moved on chanting anticapitalist slogans and slogans for the freedom of movement towards the Porte de Hal where a  massive police force tried to isolate the block
. Many activists were arrested atvthat point.
Follow the timeline for more information.

Just to add on a personal note that while most of us were able to enjoy the consolation of a post arrest beer two people remain under arrest.

Bristol No Borders To Join Anti Austerity Demo In Brussels

Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, 29 September, 2010 by bristolnoborders

Gonna leave in a mo, but although the Police have said hey will not allow No Borders on he demo will attempt to join one of the biggest demos in Bxl for a while

Bristol No Borders at Bxl NB Camp

Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, 28 September, 2010 by bristolnoborders

Since the first of us got here some of us have been involved in the construction of the camp, including the all important toilets. The camp is situated in and around an old train station, which has kindly been lent to us. There are currently 300 people here, not bad for the beginning of the week. As well as ” kitchens, there is a on site bakery and showers.

A number of Sans Papiers have been visitig us, as well as plenty of interested locals. Bike tours around the city, visiting places of interest have taken place including the squatted monastery, occupied by more than 150 Sans Papiers Picture below.

Police profile has so far been low, but the demos don t start properly till tomorrow.

More Updates to follow.

Bristol No Borders@Bristol Anarchist Bookfair -This Saturday

Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, 6 September, 2010 by bristolnoborders

As well as having the obligatory stall, we will be hosting a workshop on “Free Movement and Social Movement”.  Asking the question: How does a No Borders perspective form part of, or compliment an anarchist perspective ? Room 2 at 5pm

Also, for those of you who couldn’t make it the Brusells No Borders Camp (25th Sept-2nd Oct) info night last week, we will be able to supply you with info at  the stall on what exactly is happening.

Brussels No Border Camp Infonight

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on Thursday, 26 August, 2010 by bristolnoborders

This Tuesday there’ll be a chance to find out more about what’s planned for the No Border Camp in Brussels and talk with other Bristol folk thinking of going. We’ll also be showing some short films about the European migration regime. And there will probably be snacks.
7pm – Tuesday August 31
The Smiling Chair
40 Stokes Croft

No Border Camp Poster

Please note that the venue has changed due to trouble at the Factory