Archive | December, 2008

Alex was deported last night

22 Dec

We are really sad and angry to report that Alex was deported against his wishes to Kenya last night. His twin brother got confirmation of his arrival there this morning but has not been able to speak to him yet.

This happened despite many people from across the country phoning immigration and Kenyan Airways demanding that his flight be stopped to give him a chance to have his case heard by the courts this morning. At one point the airline received so many calls that it stopped answering the phone. A group of supporters from no borders london and no borders north east went to Heathrow Airport and spoke to the other passengers on Alex’s flight about what was happening, many of whom were appalled and registered their disgust. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to stop the flight from taking off.

Alex’s brother has asked us to thank everyone who made a call, sent a fax or went to the airport for their help in trying to stop his brother’s deportation. He said that it gave him hope and strength. He is now waiting to hear what will happen to his own claim and fears that he too could be facing deportation in the near future. We will keep you informed of any developments.

URGENT – FORCED DEPORTATION TONIGHT!!

21 Dec

URGENT!!!
STOP ALEX being deported tonight!!

Alex Home Office Reference Number K12689 53/54 is being forcably deported this evening on Kenya Airways flight KQ101 to Nairobi.

Alex has asked that his last name not be used as he is afraid this will
alert those who are looking for him in Kenya that he is returning.

Alex fled the country with his twin brother after being tortured and his
family threatened by an armed gang. He has not had a chance to speak to his solicitor due to being deported at the weekend and has not had a chance for the judicial review his case has been granted to be heard.

We are worried about his mental health and for his safety and the safety of other passengers should he be forced onto the flight.

PLEASE RING THE NUMBERS BELOW demanding that Alex not be deported tonight and be given the chance to speak to his solicitor tomorrow and have a judge hear the details of his case.
IT IS NOT SAFE FOR ALEX TO RETURN TO KENYA!!

KENYA AIRLINES – these are the four numbers at Heathrow that will put
you through to Kenya airlines staff. The emergency number is best as the others put you through to call handling services.

Tel (Emergencies only): +44 020 8759 7366
Fax: +44 020 8745 5027

General Tel : +44 20 82831800
Reservations: +44 20 8283 1818
Sales: +44 20 8283 1819
Fax: +44 020 8283 1880

You could also contact Heathrow directly – fax 0208
7454700, phone 0208 7454705

Phone Duty Immigration Officer at Heathrow on 02087456941 and ask to log your concerns about the removal. They may pass you back to North Shields immigration reporting centre. Different departments tend to pass the buck to each other. As many departments that are aware of this the better.

Please send urgent faxes/Emails immediately to Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith,
Secretary of State for the Home Office asking that Tina Moses and her
children be granted protection in the UK.
Fax: 020 7035 4745 (+44 20 7035 4745 if you are faxing from outside
UK)

Email: indpublicenquiries@ind.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
and enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

and Lin Homer, chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency.
Lin Homer Tel 020 7035 1678 Fax 0870 3369050
lin.homer@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO STOP DEPORTATIONS!

17 Dec

No Borders Wales have called for national support in their monthly day of action against BMI airlines, who are one of the airlines involved in forced deportations.

On the 20th of every month, a day of action against BMI Airlines takes place. Saturday 20th December will be the 3rd day of action of this campaign.

Everyday, an average of 180 migrants are deported from the UK. That’s one person every eight minutes.

These people haven’t done anything wrong. They are criminalised for doing what humans have done for thousands of years: moving in search of a better life. Moving to escape war, persecution, torture, physical abuse, poverty…

Governments across the world do not want us to see those being deported as people. They want to shroud them under statistics and treat them as pieces of meat.

Airline companies are a key link in the deportation industry. Without them it would be impossible for the state to implement this aspect of the migration regime and there can be no migration controls without
deportations.

People being deported are often handcuffed on the flight and there have been numerous reports of physical assaults on people being deported by the security personnel who escort them.

We once again call on all those who oppose the deportation industry and the inhumane treatment of migrants who are subjected to the wider regime of control that it forms an integral part of, to contact BMI and let them know what you think of their profiteering from this cruel practice.

A full list of contact details can be found here:

noborderswales.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/shutdown-bmi-day-leaflet1.pdf

Being a Saturday, we suggest that callers focus on phoning the Reservations & General Enquiries numbers: 01332 854854; 01332 648181 and the BMI baby Reservations, 01332 648181.

For a report of a recent action at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland an event sponsored by Bmi baby, a subsidiary company of BMI Airlines, check out:

noborderswales.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/20th-december-day-of-action-against-bmi-solidarity-with-uprising-in-greece/

For the previous call out see:

http://noborderswales.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/shut-down-bmi-airlines-day-20th-november/

STOP DEPORTATIONS!

“These days are ours, too”

16 Dec

(The following text was distributed at the student picket outside the police headquarters today by people from Athens’ Haunt of Albanian Migrants.
It shows something very important: that ties of solidarity are being formed and strengthened across different sectors of the Greek society – a wonderful thing!)

These days are ours, too

Following the assassination of Alexis Grigoropoulos we have been living in an unprecedented condition of turmoil, an outflow of rage that doesn’t seem to end. Leading this uprising, it seems, are the students – who with an inexhaustible passion and hearty spontaneity have reversed the whole situation. You cannot stop something you don’t control, something that is organised spontaneously and under terms you do not comprehend. This is the beauty of the uprising. The high school students are making history and leave it to the others to write it up and to classify it ideologically. The streets, the incentive, the passion belongs to them.

In the framework of this wider mobilisation, with the student demonstrations being its steam-engine, there is a mass participation of the second generation of migrants and many refugees also. The refugees come to the streets in small numbers, with limited organisation, with the spontaneity and impetus describing their mobilisation. Right now, they are the most militant part of the foreigners living in Greece. Either way, they have very little to lose.

The children of migrants mobilise en mass and dynamically, primarily through high school and university actions as well as through the organisations of the left and the far left. They are the most integrated part of the migrant community, the most courageous. They are unlike their parents, who came with their head bowed, as if they were beging for a loaf of bread. They are a part of the Greek society, since they’ve lived in no other. They do not beg for something, they demand to be equal with their Greek classmates. Equal in rights, on the streets, in dreaming.

For us, the politically organised migrants, this is a second french November of 2005. We never had any illusions that when the peoples’ rage overflew we would be able to direct it in any way. Despite the struggles we have taken on during all these years we never managed to achieve such a mass response like this one. Now is time for the street to talk: The deafening scream heard is for the 18 years of violence, repression, exploitation and humiliation. These days are ours, too.

These days are for the hundreds of migrants and refugees who were murdered at the borders, in police stations, workplaces. They are for those murdered by cops or “concerned citizens.” They are for those murdered for daring to cross the border, working to death, for not bowing their head, or for nothing. They are for Gramos Palusi, Luan Bertelina, Edison Yahai, Tony Onuoha, Abdurahim Edriz, Modaser Mohamed Ashtraf and so many others that we haven’t forgotten.

These days are for the everyday police violence that remains unpunished and unanswered. They are for the humiliations at the border and at the migrant detention centres, which continue to date. They are for the crying injustice of the Greek courts, the migrants and refugees unjustly in prison, the justice we are denied. Even now, in the days and nights of the uprising, the migrants pay a heavy toll – what with the attacks of far-righters and cops, with deportations and imprisonment sentences that the courts hand out with Christian love to us infidels.

These days are for the exploitation continuing unabatedly for 18 years now. They are for the struggles that are not forgotten: in the downs of Volos, the olympic works, the town of Amaliada. They are for the toil and the blood of our parents, for informal labour, for the endless shifts. They are for the deposits and the adhesive stamps, the welfare contributions we paid and will never have recognised. It is for the papers we will be chasing for the rest of our lives like a lottery ticket.

These days are for the price we have to pay simply in order to exist, to breathe. They are for all those times when we crunched our teeth, for the insults we took, the defeats we were charged with. They are for all the times when we didn’t react even when having all the reasons in the world to do so. They are for all the times when we did react and we were alone because our deaths and our rage did not fit pre-existing shapes, didn’t bring votes in, didn’t sell in the prime-time news.

These days belong to all the marginalised, the excluded, the people with the difficult names and the unknown stories. They belong to all those who die every day in the Aegean sea and Evros river, to all those murdered at the border or at a central Athens street; they belong to the Roma in Zefyri, to the drug addicts in Eksarhia. These days belong to the kids of Mesollogiou street, to the unintegrated, the uncontrollable students. Thanks to Alexis, these days belong to us all.

18 years of silent rage are too many.

To the streets, for solidarity and dignity!

We haven’t forgotten, we won’t forget – these days are yours too

Luan, Tony, Mohamed, Alexis…

Haunt of Albanian Migrants

http://www.steki-am.blogspot.com

Tina Moses is not being deported tonight

11 Dec

We found out today that Tina and her daughters have been taken off the flight to Nigeria tonight!!

Activists from TCAR went to government offices today to hand in the petitions and get their update and were told the news. They were handed a letter from Immigration in Leeds that stressed that the decision change had NOTHING to do with the demonstration yesterday, but about the fact she has a husband here.
Yet after the demo the deputy director of government offices north east personally made enquiries about the case and so it definitely had an effect.
Thanks to everyone who did something.
Lots of things are still not clear regarding her status now so we will let you know more information as we get it.
THANKS AGAIN!!

Update on Tina’s situation

10 Dec

We have just heard that Tina wasn’t allowed to take her papers – which contain all of her case information – with her when she was snatched with her daughters on Monday. This means that she will not have access to them at the judicial review which she is due to receive before her flight tomorrow, and therefore will not be able to make a fair representation of her case.

PLEASE MENTION THIS WHEN YOU CALL AND FAX AS IT MAY BE A WAY TO GET HER OFF THE FLIGHT TOMORROW!

EMERGENCY DEMO WEDS 10th DECEMBER 10AM

9 Dec

There will be an emergency demo THIS MORNING at 10am outside the government offices at the gallowgate (opposite st james park metro)

Tina Moses and her two daughters were taken from the West End on Monday morning and Tina (Home Office Reference M1345911) and the girls are due to be deported to Nigeria at 22:15 on Thursday BA Flight BA83.

If you cannot make the demo you can still complain by faxing British Airlines on 02087454705 or calling them on 08444930787 – ask to speak to the duty officer. You could also contact Heathrow directly – fax 0208 7454700, phone 0208 7454705.

You could also fax/email Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith, Secretary of State for the Home
Email: indpublicenquiries@ind.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
and enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
and Lin Homer, chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency.
Lin Homer Tel 020 7035 1678 Fax 0870 3369050 Lin.homer@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
a sample fax sheet for BA and some recent information on Nigeria are pasted below.

we will update this as we find out more information.

Re: TINA MOSES HO ref: ASC1483317 who is scheduled to be deported on flight BA83 to NIGERIA on 11th December at 22:15

Dear Sir/ Madam

I am writing to you in relation to Tina Moses and her children, who is scheduled to be deported on flight BA0083 of your airline, to Abuja, NIGERIA.

I am extremely worried about her situation and urge you to refuse to carry her on your flight.
Tina Moses and her two young children, Anita (8) and Jessica (2) have been taken into detention by Immigration and they are due to be deported on flight BA83 to NIGERIA on 11TH December at 22:15.

Tina fled Nigeria after she had been subjected to traditions she was against by the Ogboni Society and her child’s life was in danger.

Tina’s life would be in grave danger if she is forcibly returned to Nigeria as would that of her children. Anita is flourishing at Moorside Community Primary School where she has an excellent attendance record and gets on well with her classmates. For both Jessica and Anita, Newcastle is where they call home. The stress of being in detention has stopped them eating properly. Tina has established roots in the community, taking part in literacy education and attending the Deeper Life Bible Church in Arthurs’ Hill.

On the grounds of respecting Tina and her family’s human rights as well as her health and safety, I ask that exercise your right to refuse to carry Tina and her family on your flight.
BRITISH AIRWAYS should not be involved in the forced removal of a vulnerable individual to a country in which they will face certain persecution.

Please intervene now.

News from CrisisWatch N°64, 1 December 2008
http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=5793&l=1

Nigeria: At least 200 killed, some 7,000 displaced in Muslim-Christian riots 28-30 Nov in Jos city, Plateau State, triggered by victory of mainly Christian-backed ruling PDP party in state local elections -bloodiest religious clashes for 4 years. Militancy in Niger Delta rose after relative lull in Oct, with signs of potential for future escalation. At least 5 killed in 7 attacks on 11 Nov on military and oil sites in Bayelsa and Rivers States; 6 militants killed 11 Nov by military Joint Task Force (JTF) forces. High Court 11 Nov invalidated April 2007 election of ruling PDP party governor in Edo State, instating opposition AC candidate Oshiomhole and raising hopes for resolution of outstanding cases elsewhere. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission 3 Nov announced new cases into 10 former governors, 11 others ready for prosecution, but with no high level convictions since President Yar’Adua’s election public confidence in anti-corruption drive continues to wane.

Demo in support of AMEY workers

6 Dec

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National Call Out: SOLIDARITY WITH SACKED MIGRANT WORKERS

There will be a noisy demo outside Amey PLC’s Corporate HQ in Oxford called by the Campaign Against Immigration Controls, and the No Borders Network. In September this year 5 migrant cleaners were sacked by Amey Plc for “bringing the company into disrepute”.  How were they damaging the company image? By belonging to a Trade Union and telling other staff at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London where they work what was happening to them. Since them they have had their appeal against dismissal rejected.

Julio (one of the sacked cleaners) recently described how Amey were contracted by the National Physical Laboratory to do the cleaning work. Originally there were 36 Latin American cleaners. When Amey took over the contract at NPL the cleaners were paid £7.10 per hour. The company were surprised at this rate of pay and so attempted to get rid of those workers contracted at this rate of pay.

Their first act was to reduce the levels of staffing. When the workers resisted the company responded using intimidation. On one occasion the workers were invited to a health and safety training session. Once in the room 60 police and immigration officers entered. Some of the workers did not have the papers needed to work and have since been deported.  But this did not deter the other workers who knew their rights and continued to show a tremendous spirit of solidarity and courage.

No Borders Groups from Bristol, Oxford, London & South Wales are attending. It would be great see other groups and individuals there.

Another Anti ID Card Protest in Newcastle

6 Dec

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On Thursday 27th November approximately 13 activists from No Borders North East handed out 200 anti-ID card leaflets to shoppers in Central Newcastle. Banners and placards were also held, and a very positive response was given from the public.

Tuesday saw the introduction of Identity Cards for non-EU citizens. No Borders views this as yet another attempt to victimize an often voiceless group, and so has orchestrated a series of protests this week throughout the country.

Anti ID Card Protest in Newcastle

6 Dec

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This morning, during the peak rush hour time of 7.30 – 9.00 am, 4 activists from No Borders North East performed an anti-i.d card banner drop from a bridge over one of the city’s busiest inner motorways. The largest banner read “No To ID Cards, Freedom For All!” and was accompanied by a smaller No Borders banner. The reaction from the drivers below was overwhelmingly positive, with many honking horns, waving and giving thumbs up.

Today sees the start of the ID card scheme, with non-EU citizens applying for, or renewing visas for study or marriage, being made to carry a card and have their details put on the Government’s database. Immigration law already gives the Home Office powers it would like to exert over everybody. Under a cloud of anti-immigration hysteria the government is increasing it’s social control and attempting to usher in unprecedented powers of surveillance over the whole population.

This was just one of a series of No Borders protests against the scheme, with many others happening across the country today and throughout the week.

By resisting the repression of migrants, we defend the freedom of everyone.