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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - AL #305 - Spotlight: Refugees: Close the CRAs, free the prisoners! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 17 May 2020 10:59:42 +0300


Absurd and criminal. If there are two words to sum up the situation of foreigners and foreigners locked up in the Administrative Detention Center (CRA), these are the ones. ---- Administrative detention centers are prisons for foreigners. Men, women and children locked up by the French state because they and they have no "papers". ---- There are 24 CRAs in France. All continued to operate: after March 16 there were new detentions, new evictions. The closing of the borders still thwarted the deportation machine. Despite this, the CRAs were not closed. ---- More than 150 foreigners are detained there, in the dramatic conditions of the coronavirus epidemic, at the mercy of the contagion. Care was denied to sick detainees. The guards' violence and arbitrariness continues to reign, and is documented by numerous witnesses. Because the prisoners speak and fight.

In several CRAs, in Oissel, in Mesnil-Amelot, in Vincennes, revolts broke out refusing the order of the guards and of the detention, protesting to be delivered to the disease. On Saturday April 11, the Mesnil-Amelot detainees refused to return to the buildings, and spent the night outside, the mattresses on the court floor. On April 12, it was at the CRA in Vincennes that the anger of the detainees exploded in the face of the refusal of hospitalization of one of their relatives, suffering from Covid-19. As of March 13, CRA detainees in Lille-Lesquin alerted to a case of coronavirus and started a hunger strike. A month later, on April 13, those imprisoned by the CRA of Oissel in the agglomeration of Rouen were in turn demanded their release.

Abolish retention
Because in the face of repression and the refusal of protection, it is the closure of the CRAs and the release of the prisoners that was and always is necessary. On March 23, five organizations including Cimade, Gisti and the Syndicat des Avocats de France (SAF) had seized the Council of State to request the closure. A request that the Council of State brushed aside daring to specify that the confinement should last "the time strictly necessary": but what do we talk about when the borders are closed due to a pandemic?

This closure was also requested by the human rights defender, the general controller of places of deprivation of liberty and the President of the National Consultative Commission for Human Rights, who considered that the detention was "illegal".

Associations, collectives, unions supported the revolts of the prisoners, demanded their release. Because they are indicative of state racism, we must amplify the mobilization and not give up on this requirement: close the CRAs and never reopen them .

Théo (UCL Orléans)

https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?Refugie-es-Fermez-les-CRA-liberez-les-enferme-es
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