A Congolese man has gone on hunger strike to demand his release from an Immigration Removal Centre near Heathrow Airport. Daniel Ngonga Nsevelo, 29, claims he was savagely beaten by private guards aboard a Kenya Airways flight during an abortive attempt to deport him last month (24/02/2012).
“Because he refused to go on the flight they badly beat him, stamping on his whole body and on his head,” said Mr Nsevelo’s sister Isabelle, adding: “His neck’s swollen because they also strangled him. This isn’t the first time".
No Borders activists are currently occupying the headquarters of Britain's largest children charity, demanding that it “quits the child detention business”. They have asked to speak to the Chief Exec but she has so far refused. There is a solidarity demo outside with around 50 people, including a samba band.
The latest protest at Barnardo's offices in Barkingside, Essex, started at 1pm in a bid to force the charity to stop providing its services at a new detention facility near Crawley, Sussex, to hold families facing forcible deportation. Read more ...
* No Borders activists block both exits of Europe's largest immigration prison using heavy concrete blocks and a scaffolding tripod
* Dozens of migrants held at the prison were due to be deported to Ghana on a specially chartered flight at midnight
* Blockade concludes with kettle and arrests [report]
A march organised by the "United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC)", a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of the police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals over the years. About 250-300 people attended the 13th annual silent march from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street on Saturday 29th in rememberance.
Dale Farm and supporters are preparing for the eviction this Monday (19th Sept) morning, which is expected to start at 8am. Despite the overwhelming support by poeple from all around the world, Basildon Council plans to evict the Irish Travellers at Dale Farm, Basildon, who have been living on their own land for more then 10 years.
Last night (11/12th Sept) a man who claimed to be working for Altek Security with bailiffs Constant & Co on the operation to clear the site at Dale Farm, contacted Richard Sheridan President of the Gypsy Council, ostensibly to leak information about the eviction. He claimed the eviction would proceed at 8am on Monday morning and that Basildon Council had lied about the date the eviction would start.
The date for the £ 18 million pound eviction of Dale Farm, a former
scrapyard which is now home to 90 families, has been revealed to be Monday
19th September. The date was leaked to the local newspaper by a council
Dale Farm Bulletin: JOIN US AT DALE FARM!
Look around Dale Farm today you will find a community of increasingly stressed and sleepless but undefeated residents: grandparents, parents, children, and babies living close together, supporting each other, and welcoming into their midst supporters of all ages and backgrounds:
Dale Farm residents are going to attend a high court hearing on Wednesday (31 August) in a final bid to stop the bulldozing of their homes.
Notices have gone up along Oak Road, adjacent to Dale Farm, saying that the road will be closed to all but residents from Friday, Sept. 2nd. Both ends of Oak Road will be blocked (blocking access via both Hardings Elm Road and Gardiners Lane North). Additionally, the lay by on the southern end of Oak Lane (leading on to the A127; by the white ‘Basildon onion’ water tower) will be blocked.
Dale Farm Website | Freedom Press: Dale Farm Resistance | Dale Farm: Five Facts | Video: UN-directive for Dale Farm | Solidarity Bulletin: 4th Aug , 27th July | bbc report | Video: Dale Farm Travellers | Demonstration Sept 10 | Eviction Notice Served (4 July)
Anti-detention campaigners on Friday held a small, but noisy, protest at Colnbrook immigration prison, near Heathrow airport, where two migrant prisoners apparently killed themselves in less than a month. With a megaphone, whistles, a vuvuzela and pots and pans, they made themselves heard to the migrants locked up in Colnbrook, as well as in the adjacent Harmondsworth. Detainees shouted back 'freedom, freedom' and other angry, desperate slogans.