Protests at Policing the Borders conference and WH Tours

On Tuesday 23rd March, London No Borders activists protested at the "Policing the Borders" conference in central London, and managed to shut down the conference. See the video here.

On Saturday 27th March, activists from London No Borders and No Borders Brighton had a protest at the WH Tours office in Crawley. WH Tours are a coach company that transfer immigration detainees to airports to be deported. See report and photos here.

Un-policing the borders!

Noise demo outside the “Policing the Borders” conference at the Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT (nearest tube:
Oxford Circus) on Tuesday 23rd March at 2.30pm.

This Tuesday representatives of the European Border Agency FRONTEX, various UK police forces and the Identity and Passport Service are gathering in central London for a conference under the title “Policing the Border”.

Video from the Protest on London Indymedia

Stockholm programme - the new EU dangerous surveillance system

Civil rights groups are worried about a new EU proposal that would enhance a "dangerously authoritarian" European surveillance and security system that will include ID card register, Internet surveillance systems, satellite surveillance, automated exit-entry border systems operated by machines reading biometrics and risk profiling systems.

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Italy: Mass escapes and protests in Lampedusa

Nearly 2000 persons were crammed in a centre that can barely contain 850, after a series of arrivals of boats from the African coast. People were locked behind gates and many were sleeping out in the rain because of overcrowding. The Interior Minister Maroni refused to move them to other structures operating in Italy, insisting they must be processed and eventually deported directly from Lampedusa, the small island south of Sicily that is the first point of arrival for many migrants, especially since increased immigration controls at the Spansh border have changed the migration routes. (updated 27 jan 2009)