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(en) Canada, Refugees march arrives in Ottawa to demand status TO MEET THE MARCH ON JUNE 25

Date Sat, 25 Jun 2005 11:35:33 +0300


- 8:00 am: Ecole secondaire Garneau, 6588 rue de la
Carriere, Ottawa (corner of Orleans boulevard and Carriere)
- 12:00 -noon: Marquis Park (corner of Ogylvie and Montreal Road).
- 4:00 pm: Rally on Parliament Hill
- 6:00 pm: Minto Park (corner of Elgin and Gilmour)
CONTACT: 514-568-8283 or 514-298-9974
OTTAWA-- Refugees and their supporters, organized in a
coalition called Solidarity Across Borders, are
arriving today in Ottawa after a weeklong walk from
Montreal to Ottawa that began on June 18th 2005.

"We have been marching to Ottawa since June 18th.
Despite this historical march, and despite the fact
that this week marked the 5th anniversary of World
Refugee Day, inhumane acts are currently being
perpetrated against non-status refugees and immigrants
. We are marching for justice and dignity for all
those whove been victimized by the racist
policies of the Canadian governement. So far, Volpe
has ignored us and our demand to meet with him" says
Sarita Ahooja, spokeperson for Solidarity Across
Borders.

The No One Is Illegal* March on Ottawa is in support of
the main demands: the regularization of all non-status
persons; an end to the deportation and detention of
migrants, immigrants and refugees; and the abolition
of security certificates.

The march to Ottawa has become all the more urgent
since members of Solidarity Across Borders have
learned that on June 22, five children of a
non-status Mexican family living in Montreal were
seized by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
from their home. The children (aged 3, 5, 7, 11 and
18) are currently being detained at the Laval
Immigration Detention facility. Solidarity Across
Borders members are outraged that such an inhumane act
would take place. We are marching to Ottawa to
denounce the government’s role in this case and
in all cases where non-status people have faced
racism, injustice and oppression at the hands of the
Canadian government.

Solidarity Across Borders is a coalition of
self-organized refugee groups and their allies. Member
organizations include: Action Committee of
Non-Status Algerians, Coalition Against the
Deportation of Palestinian Refugees, Human Rights
Action Committee, No One Is Illegal, Action for
Colombia, Justice Coalition for Adil Charkaoui,
Support Committee for Basque Political Prisoners,
Association of Filipina Women of Quebec, The
Federation of Iranian Refugees, South Asian Women’s
Community Center, la Communauté catholique congolaise
de Montréal, Immigrant Worker’s Center, and the
Support Center for Migrant Workers.
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* [Ed. Note: The No One is Illegal Montreal is
an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative]

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