Barnardo's telethon 26/04/11

Phone the UK's latest prison profiteers! Ring them on Tuesday 26th April
to protest against their involvement in detention and deportation!

In March 2011 Barnardo's announced that they will run the play facilities
at the UKBA's new "pre-departure accommodation centre" in Pease Pottage, near Gatwick. We call on Barnardo's to stop cashing in on others' misery and have chosen Tuesday 26th April as the day to contact them. Below are the contact numbers for all the regional offices:

Iranian asylum seekers on hunger strike in London

Six Iranians have been on hunger strike in London since 05/04/2011.

Three of the hunger strikers are camped outside the UKBA offices in Croydon, the others are outside the offices of Amnesty International in central London.

Four of the hunger strikers have sewn their lips together. Two of them were taken to hospital by the police but doctors were not successful in convincing them to remove their stitches in order to eat.

Police violence in Calais becomes big news in France

One of France's largest TV stations TF1 has just released a video composed of several clips from the work of Calais Migrant Solidarity (CMS). The police are shown pepper-spraying, being violent, abusive and unprofessional. This video combines several already high profile clips including the police playing loud music whilst raiding Africa House at night and the border police (PAF) punching an activist holding a video camera.

News from Lampedusa - a personal report (part 7)

This is the seventh in a series of reports from a NoBorders activist in Lampedusa (Read: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 ).

Yesterday was another day of deportations.

In the morning about 700 migrants were brought in a big ferry boat directed somewhere in Italy.

It seems that the day before the mayor had called Berlusconi complaining that the deportations were causing disorders in the island.

News from Lampedusa - a personal report (part 6)

The following is the sixth in a series of reports from a NoBorders activist in Lampedusa. (Read: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 ).

News from Lampedusa - a personal report (part 5)

This is the fifth in a series of reports from a NoBorders activist in Lampedusa. (Read: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 ).

The island is almost free from migrants.
There are about 70 Tunisians left in the detention centre, plus about 50 that just arrived a few hours ago.
Yesterday, following the agreement between Italy and Tunisia, about 30 migrants were deported from here to Tunis by plane.

The Italian Government has decided to give a temporary permit to stay to all the north african migrants that arrived between the 1st of January and the 5th of April. This is a quite arbitrary and iscriminatory decision that is meant to legitimise the next mass deportation.

It seems that tonight the migrants detained in the detention centre organised some protests. It is quite difficult for us at the moment to connect with the migrants inside the detention centre as they are not allowed to go out as it used to be a few days ago. Besides today the police stopped us quite far from the detention centre when we tried to get close, while up to a couple of days ago we were able to go really close to the fences.

Activists disrupt Barnardo's meeting to protest at their involvement in detention

On 9th March, Barnardo's announced that it had agreed with the UKBA to provide staff and children's activities for the proposed new immigration prison for up to nine families at Pease Pottage, Crawley.