Spectacular international action against planned detention centre in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium

samedi 26 juin 2010

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locked-on Since 5am this morning, around 60 activists from various European countries have been blockading the site of a new planned detention centre in Steenokkerzeel, near Brussels. The activists are locked-on in various locations on the site. One lock-on weighing several hundred kilos is blocking the access to the main entrance. This action is to continue throughout the day to halt work on the site.

There are currently six detention centres in Belgium in which male, female and child sans-papiers (migrants, literally, ’without papers’) are detained. While the Belgian State has been repeatedly condemned by the European Court of Human Rights for its immigration policies, a new camp is being constructed in which the same practices are to be implemented.

One activist explained, "Detention centres for sans-papiers are areas beyond the reach of law in which human beings are deprived of their freedom despite the fact that they’ve committed no crime other than to want to escape poverty, war and oppression. They are inhuman structures, and yet are only the visible manifestation of policies based on racial discrimination. These immigration policies repress sans-papiers, deprive them of their rights, exploit their labour leaving them in a position of complete insecurity."

The activists summarised their message with the slogan, "No Borders, No Nations !"

Today’s blockade is aimed at denouncing racist immigration policies. We call for the closure of detention centres for foreigners, regularisation of undocumented migrants and the opening of the borders.

"This action is comprised of international activists as the repression of migrants is now international. Europe is closing its borders and building camps. Migration has always existed and always will. To continue to try and impede it will only result in cruelty and violence," added one of the participants.

Delaying the incarceration of human beings by one day may be a small action, but at the same time it is a great one.

It is a moment of power which challenges the dominant discourse on powerlessness.

...we will not stop here...

Translation from http://www.indymedia.org.uk

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