<m2m-eng> demonstration and blockade against Frontex deportation charter in Brussels

Jo van der Spek M2M jo at xs4all.nl
Thu Apr 28 15:56:18 CEST 2011


At 4.30 am this morning - thu Apr 28 - some twenty activists blocked the
entrance to the closed detention centre of Steenokkerzeel 127 Bis next
to Brussels Airport. By blocking the entrance they want to stop the
deportation of migrants with a Frontex flight. They were arrested at 9
am. The congolese migrants are getting on the bus to be brought to the
Frontex plane.

Yesterdag evening there was a demonstration at Brussels Airport:
(Reuters) 27/04/2011

Demonstration at Brussels Airport against collective expulsion by EU agency
At Brussels Airport Wednesday evening some 60 people protested against
the collective expulsion of 60 Congolese by Frontex, the European Agency
for management of the external borders. The deportees are 15 Congolese
who are in detention centers in Belgium and 45 from Great Britain,
Ireland, Sweden and the Netherlands.
The demonstrators are protesting against what they called a "flight of
shame": "Belgium hires for this collective expulsion a full Airbus
plane, which will depart from the military airport of Melsbroek. It was
seven years ago that Belgium rented such a big plane to send asylum
seekers collectively back to their country. This way Belgium cooperates
with the European anti-immigration politics. We must protest against
this in every possible way." The protesters are demanding a radically
different European migration policy and the closure of all detention
centers for refugees. According to them, people there are illegally
detained without any legal assistance, while they often have committed
no crime at all. The demonstrators took their protest message first in
the departure lounge and then into the airport arrival hall. That went
on a noisy but orderly manner so that no incidents occurred. (COR 230)

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