Archive for guardian

Jimmy Mubenga: Death in Deportation

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

PRESS RELEASE 15/10/10

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, noborderslondon@riseup.net

Notes to editors

(1) London NoBorders is a group which calls for an end to immigration
controls. More info here: http://london.noborders.org.uk

(2) See eyewitness reports here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/14/security-guards-accused-jimmy-mubenga-death

(3) See also this Medical Justice report highlighting abuse on deportation
flights from the UK:
http://www.medicaljustice.org.uk/content/view/411/88/

Unusually strong article from Guardian condemming UK immigration controls:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/oct/15/deportation-jimmy-mubenga-borders

Advertisements

No Borders Global Round Up: Haiti, Calais, Italy, Switzerland, London…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Friday, 22 January, 2010 by bristolnoborders

As the dubious motives of the U.S. led aid effort in Haiti are revealed, it’s become clear that the issue of “security” and “migration management” are much higher up the agenda than any humanitarian motive. : the U.S. has stated it will accept no Haitian refugees, and a Naval Blockade, including an Air Craft Carrier has been set up to stop fleeing Haitian’s reaching the coast of Florida, where , just in case any do make it immigration authorities have cleared space in a 600-bed detention center in Miami, and the naval base at Guantanamo Bay is also being prepared to hold those who try to flee. Some may say that since the U.S. has been continuing meddling in Haiti’s affairs  for most of the 20th and 21st Centuries-  including Coups’ and support of dictators –  it should bear some extra responsibility for what happens next. It  may turn out that it does – buit in the guise of  a U.S. military-corporate invasion on the scale  not seen since Iraq. See “>Seamus Milne’s analysis for a  broader overview of the situation.


Meanwhile in
Calais: “On January 19th tents were distributed to migrants because the cold weather plan was suspended and the BCMO gymnasium closed. migrants launched a movement protest on the morning of the closure by burning a few blankets and banners, so the evening after the distribution of tents they decided to sleep next to BCMO. half an hour later fifty uniformed police riot made a line outside the camp, saying that if migrants do not leave they would destroy everything .After negotiation they agreed that migrants could leave with tents in the direction of the old jungle and they would not stop anyone and destroy any tents … migrants and activists were going to install the new camp escorted by the Police who showed us the place where they would not intervene… Yet they arrested 6 people at 2 am and came back at 7am” An urgent appeal has been issued for anyone who can to  to Calais to try to stop the authorities worst behaviour. More at: http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com.

In Rosarno, Italy at least 37 we’re  wounded,in a migrant revolt, including 18 police officers.

In one of the “worst-ever incidents” of racial unrest in Italy, the violence broke out on Thursday evening after white youths in a car fired air rifles at a group of immigrants returning from working on farms.

“Two immigrants were slightly injured by the gunfire. ‘Those guys were firing at us as if it was a fairground,’ a Moroccan identified as Kamal told La Repubblica newspaper. ‘They were laughing, I was screaming, other cars were passing by but nobody stopped.’

In Zurich, police raided and demolished an autonomously run school where undocumented migrants held language classes. The raid came as the Swiss government admitted that its harsh treatment of undocumented asylum- seekers has partly failed, and following an announcement that it is again planning a revision of federal asylum law. Several police officers, half of them in riot gear, stormed the Autonomous School Zurich (ASZ) Thursday. After chasing away the squatters and holding off protesting supporters with pepper spray, officers started confiscating teaching materials and technical utilities. The police partly demolished the single-storey building and removed its windows, leaving it uninhabitable. The ASZ had started operating at the Allenmoos School on Zurich’s outskirts last April, when activists squatted the empty building. The autonomous school operated according to do-it-yourself principles. Anyone could take, or offer, courses for free. As a result, a broad variety of training ranging from open-source computer courses to classes in solar energy fundamentals was available.

London: On Saturday 23rd January there will be two demonstrations called by London No Borders  in London. One will be at St. Pancras, where the UK (e-)border agency put up their controls in the middle of London. The second one will be at Piccadilly Circus where, while commuters, tourists and clubbers stare at the never-ending stream of commercials at ground level, they themselves are under constant observation by security and police in their cosy CCTV headquarters below ground.