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(en) Canada, No One Is Illegal-Montreal* Newswire/Bulletin de Nouvelles (March 13, 2006)

Date Mon, 13 Mar 2006 20:05:42 +0200


NO ONE IS ILLEGAL-MONTREAL NEWS AND EVENTS DIGEST BULLETIN MARCH 13, 2006
EVENTS/ÉVÉNEMENTS ::::: ENGLISH PART ONLY
1) 10th Annual International Day Against Police Brutality (March 15)
2) Public Consultation: People's Commission on Immigration "Security" Measures (March 16)
3) (19 mars) Public Assembly: Hands Off Kanehsata:ke!!!
4) Documentary on the "No One Is Illegal" March on Ottawa (March 20)
::::: ACTION :::::
5) Invitation; Join the First Annual International Action Against Immigration Detention (April 2006)
::::: NEWS/NOUVELLES :::::
6) (Montreal Gazette) Algerians celebrate but scars still sting: Some
in limbo after vindication by court
7) (Immigration News Briefs) Thousands Rally in Chicago, DC
8) (Caribbean Life-NYC) Amnesty Is Still Not Here! More Bad
legislation for immigrants!
9) (Indymedia) Immigrant struggles climax in 11,000 strong
demonstration in Belgium
10) (BBC) Spain intercepts 200 immigrants; 45 African migrants drown
last week trying to reach Europe

11) (La Presse) Des Algériens sans statut acquittés au criminel
passent à l'action
12) (AFP) Manifestation à Washington pour la légalisation des
immigrants clandestins
13) (La Dernière Heure) Manif pour les sans-papiers: 7.000 personnes
dans les rues de Bruxelles
14) (Reuters) Un millier de clandestins ont péri en 2006 au large des
Canaries
15) (Radio-Canada) Immigration clandestine: Un étudiant ontarien
arrêté aux États-Unis
-----

The No One Is Illegal News and Events Digest is a bilingual (English
and French) weekly selection of analysis, news and events, compiled by
the No One Is Illegal collective in Montreal. To subscribe or
unsubscribe, visit:
https://lists.resist.ca/mailman/listinfo/nooneisillegal-l; to
contribute, e-mail nooneisillegal@gmail.com


COBP-MONTREAL CALL-OUT FOR MARCH 15, 2006
10th INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

10 GOOD REASONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
10th DEMONSTRATION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

WEDNESDAY MARCH 15, 2006 5PM AT BERRI SQUARE

1) Police harass. The police consistently harass the homeless (with
over 22 000 tickets issued in Montreal between 1994 and 2004), youth,
people of colour, immigrants and refugees, Native people, activists,
you and me...

2) Police are violent. Everyone heard about the shocking brutalization
and arrest of Anne-Marie Péladeau, which was filmed by a TVA
helicopter November 12, 2005, but we rarely hear about the majority of
police brutality.

3) Police rape. Agent Beno ît Guay, with a 13 year long career with
SPVM, was arrested January 25, 2006 with 22 counts of armed sexual
aggression, kidnapping, unlawful confinement, assault, and threatening
death against seven women and girls aged between 15 and 20, between
2004 and 2005.

4) Police murder. December 1st, 2005, an unidentified SPVM officer
shot two bullets and killed 24-year-old Mohamad Anas in
Côte-des-Neiges. Months later, we are still waiting for the report of
the Quebec City Police.

5) Racial profiling. Police are racist and systematically accuse,
suspect, search, arrest and brutalize people who are not white;
Natives, blacks, latin@s, asians, muslims and asians are targeted
because of the colour of their skin or their religious expression.

6) Social cleansing. Police harass certain people on the street
(panhandlers, squeegee kids, punks, homeless people and sex workers),
in order to move them out of view from tourists and other rich street
dwellers.

7) Political repression. The police arrested more than 3600 protesters
between 1996 and 2005 in the province of Quebec, with 2200 of those
being in Montreal. The court proceedures are ongoing for years, with
bail and probation conditions, tickets, and criminal records.

8) Police are corrupt. Denis Dubé, a senior officer with the Internal
Affairs Division of the SPVM, was charged with a breach of trust for
stealing a SPVM credit card and using it for personal gains.

9) Police lie. Central to police function is their law of silence
(Omerta). The police cover up and lie in court and to the media. The
SPVM spends $150 000 per year to fund the destruction of "secret"
documents.

10) Police are above the law. With limited recourse of action when
police abuse their privileges, people are left defenseless when they
are harassed, beaten, raped, killed, profiled, discriminated against
and targeted by police. The law is easy on them, as are their
colleagues. It is rare enough to see them charged, and even rarer to
see them put behind bars for crimes they themselves have committed.

These facts are only some examples of the atrocities that police
commit here in Quebec, but it is the same story everywhere that police
exist. They talk to us about peace and security, but the police do
nothing but serve the state and the rich. The public danger that the
police pose is reflected in the general mistrust that people have with
them; it is hard not to be defensive of someone who is often and
visibly toting a gun. Their pledge to the law goes only as far as it
serves them and their colleagues.

For all of these reasons and more, come join us in solidarity to
denounce the police, the state and their brand of "justice"!

Collective Opposed to Police Brutality in Montreal.
(514) 859-9065 - cobp@hotmail.com - http://cobp.ath.cx
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(((((2)))))



PEOPLE'S COMMISSION on Immigration "Security" Measures

PUBLIC CONSULTATION
Thursday, 16 March, 7pm
Atwater Library
1200 Atwater (corner Ste. Catherine; Atwater metro)

The PEOPLE'S COMMISSION is being launched to provide a means for our
communities to examine the issue of "security certificates" and other
immigration security policies in depth and identify ways to address
the problem. A series of Public Consultations is taking place across
Quebec and Canada in order to explain the project, seek public
feedback, and encourage broad participation in the Commission. Come
out and join in!

with:
+screening of "Guilt certificate" (short film by Alexander Kozminski,
Clic Focus, 2005)
+Faraj Nakhleh, President, Canadian Arab Federation
+Marie-Eve Lamy and Tatiana Gomez
and more!

*translation (english, french, spanish, arabic) *snacks *childcare

BACKGROUND

Detained for years without charge, held under secret evidence,
threatened with deportation to torture. This is a situation in which
immigrants and refugees can find themselves in Canada. This is the
nightmare which five men and their families are currently living in
Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal under the immigration "security
certificate".

The ever-widening web of racist national security in the post 9/11
climate has incarcerated, deported, and killed thousands of people as
Western states are waging a "war on terror" through militarization and
occupation globally and policies of restrictive immigration
domestically. As increasing numbers of people worldwide are forced to
leave their homes in search of minimal security, dignity and
opportunity elsewhere, governments in North America have responded
with new measures which exclude or marginalise many of those who
arrive on these stolen shores. At its most extreme, the national
security agenda is making arbitrary detention, extraordinary rendition
and secret and not-so-secret torture prisons seem normal, or at least
up for debate.

In Canada, security measures in the immigration regime have emerged as
a battle-front in the ongoing struggle of migrants and non-Europeans
for equality in Canada and in the fight against expanding government
powers of surveillance and control advancing under cover of the "war
on terror". Under immigration security measures, non-citizens are
denied their rights to a fair trial, to protection from arbitrary
detention and to protection from torture. Security certificates and
similar policies raise serious questions about how the principles of
equality, liberty, presumption of innocence and security of the person
are practised in Canada. They increase the power of government
officials over individuals. They raise important questions about the
future direction of our society.

The PEOPLE'S COMMISSION will provide a forum for popular voices to be
heard on this issue, especially the voices of people directly and
indirectly affected by these measures, and of people whose security
concerns have more to do with getting by than with undefined "national
security". The names of the Commissioners will be announced on 28
March 2006. The Commissioners will study existing reports, gather
information, conduct interviews, review new submissions and also hear
testimonies at three days of accessible, open Public Hearings (21 to
23 April 2006, at 2515 Delisle St., Montreal). All material under
review will be published on our website (though witness
confidentiality will be respected). A report giving the findings and
recommendations of the Commission will be published in mid-May and
distributed as widely as possible.

The PEOPLE'S COMMISSION would like your input! Come out to the Public
Consultation or contact us to find out the various ways you can
contribute to the findings of the Commission.

abolissons@gmail.com
tel 1 514 859 9023

The People's Commission is a project of the Coalition for Justice for
Adil Charkaoui (http://www.adilinfo.org) and Solidarity Across Borders
(http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org).

The People's Commission has been endorsed by: l'Association pour la
défense des droits sociaux (ADDS), Black Coalition of Quebec, Campaign
to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, CAIR-CAN, Canadian Arab Federation
(CAF), Canadian Council for Refugees, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
(CUPW), Communauté Catholique Congolaise de Montréal, Immigrant
Workers' Centre, Muslim Council of Montreal, No One Is Illegal ?
Montreal, No One Is Illegal-Toronto, No One Is Illegal ?Vancouver,
Ontario Coaliton against Poverty (OCAP), Souers Auxiliatrices, the
South Asian Women's Community Centre, Toronto Action for Social
Change. ; Sponsored by: CKUT 90.3 FM, Council of Canadians, Inter
Pares, Soeurs Auxiliatrices
-----


(((((3))))))

Public Assembly: Hands Off Kanehsata:ke!!!
Support Indigenous Sovereignty

==
Sunday, March 19
2-5pm
Native Friendship Center
2001 St-Laurent
Food and childcare provided
==

Smash S-24: Learn about the devastating effects that the
municipalization of Bill S-24 will have on reserves.

Knock out Niocan: Discover Niocan's plans to mine on unceded
Kanien-kehaka territory.

Demand a Public Inquiry: Into the January 12 mercernary raid on
sovereign Indigenous land.

Support Indigenous Political Prisoners: Denounce the criminalization
of self-defense on the part of Native communities.

Say no to the continuing colonial project!

INFO: ipsm@resist.ca
-----


(((((4)))))



Action week against racism
Monday March 20th 2006
7:30 to 9:30 pm

SCREENING-DISCUSSION?
DOCUMENTARY ON THE "NO ONE IS ILLEGAL" MARCH TO OTTAWA

In June 2005, around a hundred people?many of whom are refugee status
claimants?took part in a march from Montréal to Ottawa under the
banner "No One is Illegal!" Independent filmmaker Merdad Haqe and
Guylaine Racine, a member of the METISS research team, will be
screening a rough cut of the documentary they are making on this
event. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the
audience.

FREE ADMISSION
El Salon, 4388 St-Laurent Boulvard

INFORMATION : Guylaine Racine ,(514) 343-6111 ext. 3762 guylaine.racine at
umontreal.ca
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(((((5)))))

March 9, 2006
Dear Everyone,

This is an invitation to join the first annual international action
against immigration detention, April 2006...

To all organisations and individuals opposed to the detention of
refugees and other migrants. You are invited to participate in a
period of actions against immigration detention in countries around
the world in April 2006 including the weekend of 15-16 April...

This invitation is from:
· Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney, Australia)
· Refugee Action Collective (Melbourne, Australia)
· Refugee Rights Action Network (Perth, Australia)
· Refugee Action Committee (Canberra, Australia)
· Refugee Action Collective (Brisbane, Australia)
· Rural Australians for Refugees
· Barbed Wire Britain Network to end refugee and migrant detention (UK)
· Campaign to Close Campsfield (UK)
· London Against Detention UK)
· London No Borders (UK)

Further organisations will be named on the websites below as they sign up.

The aim is:
· to spread opposition to detention
· create contacts between anti-detention groups in different countries
· move towards a more prepared and larger second period of
international anti detention actions in April 2007

Actions planned are:
* In Australia: a convergence at Villawood detention centre in Sydney
· In the UK, demonstrations at:
* Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres
* Campsfield detention centre
* Communications House reporting centre in central London
* In Germany: various actions to be advised.
* And others to be notified

Please send updates and details on events or actions to:
· info@barbedwirebritain.org.uk for the British web site
http://barbedwirebritain.org.uk
· refugeeaction@hotmail.com for the Melbourne web site www.rac-vic.org
· info@racnsw.net for the Sydney web site www.racnsw.net
· rran@arachnet.net.au for the Perth web site www.rran-wa.org
· admin@ruralaustraliansforrefugees.org for Rural Australians for Refugees

Demonstrations, meetings and other public events can be organised at:
· immigration detention centres
· in town and city centres
· at reporting centres and similar places where migrants report to the
authorities and from which they may be removed to a detention centre
or deported
· at government offices, e.g. interior ministry
· at offices of private companies that manage detention centres

This call follows many years of campaigning around the world,
including European days of action on 31 January 2004 and 2 April 2005,
when there were some fifty anti-detention actions from Scandinavia to
southern Italy and from Spain to Greece, the biggest being led by
migrants and in the south of Europe...
-----


(((((6)))))

Algerians celebrate but scars still sting: Some in limbo after
vindication by court

Wednesday 08 March 2006

JEFF HEINRICH
Montreal Gazette

Tears came to Fawzi Hoceni's eyes yesterday as he watched and listened
to TV footage of police using tough tactics to arrest him and 11 other
unarmed Montreal demonstrators in an Ottawa office tower three years
ago.

Along with two non-Algerian supporters, eight of the 10 Algerian men,
including Hoceni, were acquitted last month on charges of mischief for
occupying the waiting room of Denis Coderre, who was citizenship and
immigration minister, on May 29, 2003.

The sit-in lasted almost 10 hours before police attacked the the
demonstrators with electric stun guns and hauled them away to spend
the night in jail.

The trial is over, but for the Algerians the emotional - and in some
cases, physical - scars remain. They and others who've fled the North
African country want Canada to recognize what they consider their
right: to stay here indefinitely.

Their two next steps: Lobby Canada's new immigration minister, Monte
Solberg, and maybe sue the police for brutality.

"Now that we've finally been acquitted, our struggle makes more
sense," Hoceni, 25, said at a news conference held yesterday by the
Action Committee of Non-Status Algerians to celebrate their Feb. 24
court victory.

"The way we were treated is the way immigrants are criminalized in
this country," said Hoceni, who has lived here since 2001 and is
married to a British Columbia woman, but has no official residency
status.

In a police videotape shown during the 25-day trial, Ottawa police
tactical-squad officers were seen and heard zapping Algerians with
Taser guns and punching one or two of them after forcing them to the
floor in the waiting room of Coderre's offices in downtown Ottawa.

Photos taken after the incident show burn marks on two of the Algerian
mens' necks; one man also had a bloody forehead.

A language barrier may have made the arrests worse, said Denis
Barette, a lawyer for the group. Though led by a francophone, police
barked commands to the French-speaking demonstrators only in English,
a language the protesters could barely speak, the video shows.

In her ruling, Ontario Court Judge Anne Alder didn't address the
demonstrators' complaints of police brutality, but did recognize the
sit-in had been conducted calmly and non-violently and hadn't
disrupted the activities of Coderre's employees.

Coderre was not present during the demonstration. He was shifted seven
months later to another cabinet post and was dumped in 2004. .

The protesters wanted Coderre to restore a moratorium on deportations
to Algeria he had lifted in 2002 and to grant permanent residency to
them and 1,060 other Algerians denied Canadian refugee status.

Since then, because of new procedures allowing Algerians to stay, only
seven per cent are still without status. The most vocal - including
those acquitted in Ottawa - are still in legal limbo.

Two protesters - Mohamed Cherfi and Djamel Maziani - had their
mischief charges dropped and were deported. Cherfi was jailed in
upstate New York. Granted U.S. refugee status on appeal, he wants to
return to Canada as a permanent resident.
-----


(((((7)))))

THOUSANDS RALLY IN CHICAGO, DC
(Immigration News Briefs)

(Immigration News Briefs is a weekly supplement to Weekly News
Update on the Americas, published by Nicaragua Solidarity
Network, 339 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012; tel 212-674-9499;
fax 212-674-9139; wnu@igc.org. INB is also distributed free via
email; contact nicajg@panix.com for info.)

Immigrants and supporters marched and rallied in Chicago on Mar.
10 to demand legalization for out-of-status immigrants and oppose
anti-immigrant legislation currently being considered by the
Senate. Organizers estimated the crowd at 130,000, while Chicago
police estimated 75,000 to 100,000 people took part, making it
one of the biggest pro-immigrant demonstrations in US history,
according to national advocates. The march was dominated by
Mexican immigrants but also included Irish, Polish, Chinese and
African-American participants. The protesters stepped off shortly
after noon for a two-mile march to Federal Plaza, followed by a
2pm rally; The march was so long that many participants had not
yet reached the plaza when the rally ended at 4pm. [Chicago
Tribune 3/11/06; La Jornada (Mexico) 3/11/06 from wire services]

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
were among the politicians who spoke at the rally in favor of
immigrant rights, along with US Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a
longtime advocate for immigrants. According to a report in the
Chicago Tribune, whole shifts of workers left their jobs in
Chicago and the surrounding areas, and thousands of students
walked out of class to attend the demonstration. At one school,
Farragut Career Academy in Lawndale, about half the 2,500
students walked out en masse after attendance was taken at
10:40am. [CT 3/11/06]

Three days earlier, on Mar. 7, tens of thousands of immigrants
and supporters demonstrated in Washington, DC to urge the Senate
to pass legislation providing out-of-status immigrants with a
path to citizenship, and to reject the harsh anti-immigrant
provisions in HR 4437, the bill sponsored by Rep. James
Sensenbrenner (R-WI) which passed the House of Representatives
last Dec. 16. [Scripps Howard News Service 3/7/06] The rally was
organized by the National Capital Immigration Coalition, which
said the crowd was far larger than the predicted turnout of
20,000, with possibly as many as 40,000 participants. US Capitol
Police estimated that the rally drew at least 5,000. [Washington
Post 3/8/06; Washington Times 3/8/06]

Hundreds of participants arrived in the capital by bus from New
York City, Baltimore (Maryland) and Richmond (Virginia).
[Richmond Times-Dispatch 3/8/06; El Diario-La Prensa (NY) 3/8/06
from correspondent] Some 500 participants arrived on buses from
Georgetown, in southern Delaware, the center of the poultry
processing industry. Many of them had attended a massive
immigrant rights rally in Georgetown last Feb. 14 [see INB
2/18/06]. Parishioners from Catholic churches in Seaford and
Georgetown collected more than $3,000 over the weekend of Mar. 4
to pay for the buses. [News Journal (Wilmington, DE) 3/8/06]

Clergy from the Jewish, Catholic, Quaker, Episcopalian,
Methodist, Muslim and other faiths protested the bill with a
prayer service at the Washington rally and a press conference
earlier in the day; clergy are particularly incensed over a
provision in HR 4437 which would impose sanctions on anyone who
assists undocumented immigrants in any way. [Christian Post
3/8/06; WT 3/8/06]
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(((((8)))))

Caribbean Life, March 7, 2006

Amnesty Is Still Not Here! More Bad legislation for immigrants!
By Subhash Kateel

Every year, there is new hope among immigrants for a coming amnesty.
What we get in its place however are worse immigration laws. This
year is no exception. Just before the New Year the Congress' House of
Representatives passed what is probably the worst proposed immigration
bill ever. The "Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism and Illegal
Immigration Control Act" (HR 4437) was proposed by James Sensenbrenner
(WI-R) and Peter King (NY-R)-two lawmakers with a history of
supporting anti-immigrant legislation. If passed by the Senate and
signed into law by Bush it will remove any illusions that there is not
an all out War on Immigrants. It might even make the term "immigrant
rights" an oxymoron.

For the first time in recent memory, the bill would make living in the
country illegally a felony (instead of a civil violation). It would
also criminalize anyone assisting undocumented immigrants, deport
people for crimes that have in the end been overturned or vacated,
permanently bar US citizenship for whole classes of immigrants, and
give the government more powers to indefinitely detain immigrants. The
bill would also force local police into the new role of enforcing
immigration laws. In fact, perhaps the only thing the sponsors
couldn't yet include were provisions to end birthright citizenship
(seriously).For the bill to succeed, a similar version has to pass the
Senate and be signed by the president. This week, the Senate
Judiciary Committee is considering a bill proposed by its Chairman,
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA).

The proposal by Senator Specter contains many of the same provisions
from the Sensenbrenner-King bill with some exceptions. Residing in
the country unlawfully would still be a crime punishable by
imprisonment, but with a smaller sentence. There are also additional
penalties for marriage fraud, hiring undocumented workers, and being
"suspected" (not convicted) of "gang activity." The Specter bill
thankfully does not include provisions to deport people that have
vacated and overturned their conviction.

It also creates a temporary guest worker program for some people who
receive an offer of employment, pay a fine, undergo a medical exam,
and do not have any criminal convictions, are not in deportation
proceeds, and have never been ordered deported in the past. The
Specter bill however, does not come close to endorsing an amnesty.
There is no provision in the bill to grant guest workers a green card.
A worker granted a temporary guest worker permit could work for three
years, and possibly get an extension for another three years. At the
conclusion of six years, they must return home.

In its entirety, the bill would make it easier to deport more people,
remove more rights from immigrants facing deportation, and make it
harder for many immigrants here to become citizens. What benefits it
does present, a temporary guest worker program, falls short of any
amnesty that will benefit the tens of millions of undocumented workers
in the United States.

What is more frightening is that, if the Senate passes its own version
of the bill, it will go into conference committee with members of the
House of Representatives (including its authors, Sensenbrenner and
King). At that stage a smaller grouping of elected officials can
still keep the worst provisions of both bills alive for a vote.

Each time bad legislation is passed in Congress, immigrant communities
spend more money hiring lawyers to find smaller loopholes in the law.
In the process, they spend less time building their power and pushing
for policy changes. As a result of our inability to flex our
political muscle, 1.2 million people have been deported in the past
decade. There is an ongoing urban myth that immigration laws-meant to
benefit a group of people that cannot vote-will pass by the goodness
of elected officials hearts. The opposite is happening. 18 Democratic
representatives voted for the Sensenbrenner-King bill. Most
Democratic senators have yet to voice their opposition to the worst
provisions of the proposed legislation. If immigrant communities do
not flex their muscle now, it will be to their detriment.

There are things that immigrants can do even if they cannot vote.
Immigrants can push their church leaders, their union leaders, their
employers, and their school associations to urge their Senators to
work to reduce deportations, keep immigrant families together, and
push for legalization of the tens of millions of working immigrants.
For example, immigrants should ask their leaders, who are fond of
talking about families values, why they do not support legal
protections for the thousands, if not millions of children, many of
them citizens, that will be separated from their families if one of
their parents is deported. The Senate is expected to vote on a final
immigration bill immediately after their recess on March 27. This
gives communities needed time to contact Senators and tell them how we
feel. More importantly, we must ask our families, friends,
sister-churches, and sister organizations in other states to contact
their Senators. Many Senators claim they hear more from their
anti-immigrant constituents than their pro-immigrant constituents. The
time is now to change this. We can beat back bad immigration bills.

Subhash Kateel is Co-director of Families For Freedom, a multi-ethnic
network of immigrants directly facing and fighting deportation. You
can contact him at (718) 858-9658 ext. 204 or
subhash@familiesforfreedom.org. For more information on the
immigration bills and what you can do about them, visit
http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org
-----


(((((9)))))

(www.indymedia.org)

Immigrant struggles climax in 11,000 strong demonstration in Belgium

http://www.indymedia.org/en/2006/02/834243.shtml

A 11,000 strong demonstration took place in Brussels on Feb 25, 2006,
to demand the legalisation of the 150.000 illegal migrants living in
Belgium, and an end to mass arrests, detentions, and deportations.

The demonstration is the climax of years of struggle (since 1970) and
migrant self-organisation to reclaim their rights: in early 2005 the
Church of Minimes was occupied, and in October 2005 started the
occupation of the Church of St Boniface in Brussels, that continues
today.

After months of failed negotiations with the Belgian state, and under
the threat of imminent deportations, some members of the occupation
started a hunger strike to support their demands. In early February
3000 people demonstrated in Antwerpen for legalisation and 2500 in
January demanded the end of children being in detention outside the
Vottem detention center. In September 2005, about 2500 people gathered
to commemorate the death of Semira Adamu, killed by police during her
deportation.

For more info: http://www.indymedia.org/en/2006/02/834243.shtml
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(((((10)))))

BBC: Spain intercepts 200 immigrants

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4800166.stm

Spanish authorities say that they have intercepted more than 200
illegal immigrants within 24 hours.

The 208 immigrants were travelling in four boats and trying to reach
the Canary Islands from Mauritania.

Spanish police say Mauritania has become a new start point for
journeys to Spanish territory since Morocco increased security along
its shores.


There are fears that 10,000 Africans may have gathered in Western
Sahara and Mauritania to try to make the journey.


Perilous voyage

Just over a week ago, 45 African migrants trying to reach Europe
drowned in separate incidents, the Mauritanian Red Crescent says.

At least 23 people drowned in rough seas after their boat collided
with a Moroccan vessel coming to its aid off the Mauritanian city of
Nouadhibou.

In the second incident, another 22 drowned after their boat capsized.

Thousands of Africans risk hazardous journeys to Europe each year to
escape poverty, but many die in the attempt.

Since 10 November 2005 at least 1,200 people have died trying to make
the trip, the Mauritanian Red Crescent says.
-----


No One Is Illegal/Personne n'est illégal-MONTREAL
tel: 514-859-9023 -- noii-montreal@resist.ca
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* [Ed. Note: The No One is Illegal Montreal is
an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative]

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