Demo in memory of Jimmy Mubenga, 12/11/10

Demonstration in memory of Jimmy Mubenga RIP
Died while in the hands of G4S private security guards

Friday 12 November 2010

Assemble 10:30am @ the Angolan Embassy, 22 Dorset Street, London, W1U 6QY. (Nearest tubes: Baker Street, Marylebone).

March to the Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF.

On 12 October 2010, Jimmy Mubenga an Angolan man died during a forced deportation from the UK. The Guardian reported that Jimmy was handcuffed and restrained by three private security guards on a British Airways flight from Heathrow. Shortly before he died, Jimmy was heard by other passengers crying out for help.

There have been fourteen deaths (twelve men and two women) since 1991 during forced deportations. The official cause of death in most cases was positional asphyxia or cardiac arrest. Of the fourteen that died, ten were Africans (of which six were Nigerians).

Updates from Calais ( 24 October 2010)

Africa House is being slowly demolished on the heads of the occupiers…

24th October – summary of the past week and a half: The CRS have been gone from Calais for a few days, due to the general strike, protests and riots and 50 cops in hospital across various locations in France…

Instead, the PAF have been extraordinarily busy harassing migrants in their camps and squats, in the streets and on their way to England; a large number of injuries have been sustained by migrants such as bruises, cuts – often requiring stitches – broken fingers, damaged knees, dislocated wrists and ankles — the usual. One man had the skin of the palms of his hands peeled off after being dragged down a lorry by port security.

Remember Remember 18th November! London NoBorders fundraiser

Thursday 18th November, 7.30pm
@ Ryan's Bar, 181 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UL

* BRACELETTES - punk/pop/garage
* PHILADELPHIA MAIN LINE - rock/blues/psychedelic
* JUNIPER LEAF - folk rock/indie/psychedelic
* JUDE COWAN - experimental/alternative/other

Suggested donation: £4

Institute of Race Relations publishes report on migrant deaths

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has published a report on deaths of asylum seekers and migrants which damns government policies for putting vulnerable people at risk.

According to IRR's report, "Driven to Desperate Measures: 2006-2010", forty-four people have died since 2006 as a consequence of the iniquities of the immigration/asylum system. Another seven died at the hand of racists on our streets.

PRESS RELEASE: Death of Angolan man following violent deportation attempt

London NoBorders condemns in the strongest terms the violence that led to the death of Jimmy Mubenga following an attempt to deport him to Angola earlier this week.(1)

On Tuesday evening 46 year old Jimmy was put on BA flight 77 from Heathrow to Luanda. He was accompanied by three security guards from G4S who according to eyewitnesses violently assualted him. An ambulance was called to the airport and Jimmy was taken to Hillingdon Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. (2)

Man dies after deportation attempt on BA flight to Angola, 12/10/10

On Tuesday 12th October a 46 year old Angolan man died upon arrival at Hillingdon hospital where he had been taken by ambulance from Heathrow airport. He was being deported by 3 private security guards on a BA Flight 77 to Luanda when he fell ill. A post mortem is underway.

For more details see this Guardian article.

Revolt in detention centre in Italy, 11/10/10

On Monday afternoon, 102 immigrants including 30 Algerians escaped from the Elmas detention centre in Cagliari, Sardinia. According to the Italian media, the revolt started when some of the detainees refused to be transferred to a closed detention centre (CIE) whilst 40 of them were able to get out of the centre onto the adjacent runway, causing the closure of the airport for the whole day. The police came en masse to recapture the migrants. 10 were arrested and taken to prison in Cagliari and two who were injured were hospitalised.