Another deportation to Sudan // Encore une déportation vers le Soudan

Malheureusement, la personne érythréenne pour laquelle nous vous alertions la semaine dernière a été déportée vers le Soudan mardi soir. Alors que les représentants du consulat qui l’ont reconnu comme soudanais avaient menti en se présentant comme une “ONG américaine” et ce avant le délai de 48h, aucun tribunal français n’a invalidé cette décision.

Quand la justice aide l’État à bafouer ses propres lois, ce n’est plus seulement leurs prisons pour étrangers qu’il faut brûler mais les tribunaux avec.


Unfortunately, the eritrean person we already warned you for last week, got deported to Sudan tuesday night. Even if the ambassy representatives who identified him as sudanese lied by presenting themselves as a “american NGO” and this has happened before the statutory time limit, no french court invalidated this decision.

When the justice help the State to flout its own laws, it is not only their prisons for foreigners that we should burn, but all the courts with them.


URGENT!! Un homme érythréen risque une expulsion au Soudan // URGENT!! ERITREAN MAN RISKS EXPULSION TO SUDAN!

La personne en question a été arrêtée à Calais et, dans un contexte légalement très douteux, a été présentée au consulat soudanais qui a choisi de l’identifier comme soudanais bien qu’il soit erythréen. L’ayant “reconnu” comme soudanais, l’ambassade du Soudan a publié un laisser-passer vers le Soudan. Il a été ensuite transféré au CRA de Oissel, près de Rouen.

Du fait de ce laisser-passer, l’appel de la décision de déportation a été rejeté autant par le tribunal administratif que la Cour Européenne des Droits de l’Homme. Aujourd’hui, les autorités françaises, par l’OFPRA, ont rejeté sa demande d’asile. Les chances d’obtenir l’asile en centre de rétention sont bien plus petites qu’à l’extérieur (indépendemment des histoires personnelles et des circonstances qui montrent le danger qu’ils courrent dans leur pays).

Alors que sa demande d’asile en suspens suspendait la décision de déportation, cet homme est désormais en danger. Il aura une audience devant le Juge des Libertés et de la Détention demain, mercredi mais à moins qu’il soit libéré, elle ne suspend pas la décision de déportation.

Vous trouverez ici plus d’informations sur son arrestation et la déportation de l’homme arrêté avec lui.

RESTEZ VIGILANTS ! En attendant plus de nouvelles, nous pouvons déjà saturer les lignes téléphoniques et les boîtes mail des autorités impliquées dans cette tentative de déportation et exiger la libération et la régularisation de Mr H.

Le ministre de l’intérieur, responsable de la decision : écrire à
Le gouvernement et ceux en charge des bureaux ministériels:,,,,,,,,,,,,
Le préfet du Pas-de-Calais, auteur de la décision et qui a le pouvoir de l’annuler : par téléphone:, par fax:, sur le formulaire de contact de la préfecture.



The man in question was arrested in Calais and under very legally suspicious circumstances presented to representatives of the Sudanese government. Despite him being Eritrean, the Sudanese representatives chose to identify him as Sudanese. Having “recognized” him, the Sudanese embassy issued a “laisser-passer” or the authorization for someone to be admitted to Sudan. He was then transferred to the CRA of Oissel(near Rouen).

Due to this “laisser-passer,” the legal appeal to the deportation has been denied in the first instance, and the case was not even accepted for review by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Now, the French government, vis a vis OFPRA has denied the man’s request for asylum. The chances for asylum cases submitted by people in detention are much lower than those out of detention (regardless whether people’s personal stories and circumstances show them to be in danger in their countries).

While a pending request for asylum suspended an attempt of deportation, now, the man is at risk. He will have a hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, with the Judge of Liberty and Detention – but unless his is released after the hearing, it does not suspend the deportation decision.

Look here for more information on his arrest and the deportation of the Sudanese man arrested with him.

STAY VIGILANT! While waiting for further news, we can already contact and saturate the telephone lines and mail boxes of the authorities involved in this deportation attempt and ask them to cancel it and free Mr H.

The Minister of the Interior, responsible for a decision of such severity: write to
The government and those in charge of ministerial offices:,,,,,,,,,,,,
The prefect of Pas-de-Calais, author of the decision and who can annul it: By phone:, By fax:, On the prefecture contact form.


Two hours watching police racism at Calais train station

A witness account of a small sample of the ongoing police racism that is playing out all over Calais every day, since the eviction of the ‘Jungle’. Two hours. Seventeen people of colour detained. Nine arrested.
I haven’t been to Calais since before the brutal state eviction of the ‘Jungle’ in 2016, but in 24 hours here, it became clear that all that had changed was the particular manifestations of police racism. The violent near-daily attacks on the ten thousand strong migrant village allowed most of the repression to be kept out of the public eye, whereas now the violence and harassment has been distributed across the region, along with the thousands of migrants that have been forced to scatter since the eviction.

Where once the presence in an ‘illegal’ camp provided the pretext for police attacks, now skin colour alone is used to single-out, round-up and at times physically brutalise those passing through town. Racism has of course always been the lynchpin of policing in Calais, but the lack of a shared living space as a focus for state violence has forced the police to show their true colours, stripped away of any other pretexts.

When two of us arrived at the main Calais train station at 6:30pm, four Arab teenagers were getting grilled by French police with machine guns at the ready. One was arrested, three were sent off, papers deemed to be insufficiently out of order as to justify their formal arrests.

Moments later, six young Africans were pulled aside, in three groups of two, as they disembarked from a Dunkirk train. My friend took a photo of the police and was told doing so inside the station was against French law.

The six boys were pulled aside, just as the last ones had been, as their papers were checked, stood against a wall in the cold. At the assembly time, we were approached and asked for identification. They took our ID and lined us up against the wall with the six others, telling us we were ‘under police control’ until further notice.

Of the six, four were arrested this time, the other two let go. Shortly after threatening my friend with arrest if she didn’t erase her photos (which she reluctantly did), we were released.

As we continued to hang around, two more trains arrived. On both, as with the previous ones, every white passenger (the vast majority) walked freely out the front doors of the station, while the vast majority, if not all, people of colour were detained.

In two hours of watching cops, we witnessed 17 controlled by the police (not including ourselves), all men and boys of African and Middle Eastern descent, which resulted in nine arrests. And while it would be harder to say with as much certainty, I don’t think a single black or brown man got off a train in that two hours that didn’t face police detention.

The French courts have ruled this practice racially discriminatory and illegal, but it remains the norm according to the migrants, volunteers and activists I have spoken with in the last twenty-four hours. What we saw in two hours one evening is playing out all day, every day in various locations around Calais.

Perhaps this is why the French gendarmerie were so touchy about being filmed? It would be impossible to watch the pattern we watched play out in those two hours, without coming to the conclusion that these arrests were the result of racial profiling and systemic discrimination. The courts know this, but the gap between a judge’s diktat and police implementation is at times an unbridgeable divide. For now, it is up to those of us with relative privilege to continue to stand with those facing – and resisting – the brutality of this racism system, and shine a light on the reality of the police’s post-Jungle policing strategy.
NOTE: The practice of racial profiling at the train stations and throughout the city of Calais has been happening systematically for many years in the city – and was a strategy employed during the time of the “jungle” as well.
There is also a French-language account of racial profiling at the Calais Ville train station, since the eviction of the large “jungle.”

Against all deportations! // Contre toutes les expulsions!

When there are news about scheduled flights to Sudan or Eritrea, there are calls for mobilizations against these deportations. In the last two months, there have been these threats of  and deportations carried out from France to these countries.

But these are not isolated incidents. Everyday, people are deported from France, from Europe, and from other countries either on the route there or where people seek refuge (e.g. Jordan deporting to Sudan, Sudan deporting to Eritrea). For example, the deportation planes and boats leaving France are filled with people from all former French colonies (Mali, Tunisia, Vietnam, etc.), Albania, Romania, and others- people who are not eligible for asylum, whose countries are considered “safe.”  Many of these people have put their lives at risk to come to Europe – their reasons should not be subject to the divisions of good refugees/bad migrants.

There are people who routinely are deported “legally” under the Dublin agreement to other European countries – from which they are pushed out into further obscurity and danger. There are no humane deportations – deportations go against freedom of movement and settlement.
Where are the public outcries over these daily deportations? Through staying silent, we stay complicit.

Many things can work against the deportee, ranging from the person not receiving necessary information, the inability of overworked or unknowledgeable people from associations in deportation centres, careless translators, or bad timing. However, it is not these things that deport the person – it the governments which issue the orders, the police which carries them out, the system which enforces them.

If the system which creates borders and enforces them through violence — whether controls, arrests, deportations, routine beatings on the streets, wars — continues to be in place, we will always be reacting to individual (or group) deportations. This may at best prevent several individuals from being deported to countries where refoulment has been shown to endanger lives. This does not stop the deportation machine.

We denounce illegal deportations, deportations to countries at war, but not because of these conditions, but because we denounce ALL deportations!

Fight the companies profiting from this violence: airlines, security companies, detention centres, police, states. Fight the borders!
Here are some groups that are fighting against detention and deportations (certainly there are more):

Detained Voices:
Getting the Voice Out:
Global Detention Project?
Unity Centre:



Lorsqu’il y a des annonces de vols pour le Soudan ou l’Érythrée, il y a des appels à mobilistaions contre ces expulsions. Au cours des deux derniers mois, ont été mises à exécution plusieurs de ces menaces d’expulsions depuis la France vers ces pays.

Mais ce ne sont que des cas particuliers. Chaque jour, des personnes sont expulsées de France, d’Europe, et d’autres pays, que ce soit sur le chemin pour y venir ou là où elles cherchent refuge (par exemple, la Jordanie expulse vers le Soudan et le Soudan expulse vers l’Érythrée). Les avions et les bateaux utilisés pour les expulsions quittent la France pleins de personnes issues d’anciennes colonies françaises (Mali, Tunisie, Vietnam, etc.), et aussi de pays comme l’Albanie et la Roumanie. Ces personnes ne sont pas éligibles au droit d’asile, ces pays étant considérés comme “sûrs”. Beaucoup de ces personnes ont mis leur vie en danger pour venir en Europe. Leurs raisons ne devraient pas être soumises au tri entre bon-nes et mauvais-es migrant-es. Ces personnes sont expulsées quotidiennement et de manière routinière  – “légalement” selon les accords de Dublin, vers d’autres pays européens – d’où elles sont ensuite poussées vers davantage d’invisibilité et de danger.

Il n’y a pas d’expulsions humaines – les expulsions sont en contradiction avec la liberté de mouvement et d’installation. Mais où sont les protestations publiques contre ces expulsions quotidiennes ? En restant silencieux-es, nous restons complices.

Beaucoup de choses peuvent jouer contre les expulsé-es, allant du manque de l’information nécessaire, de l’incapacité des membres d’associations, débordé-es ou insuffisament formées, qui travaillent dans les centre de rétention, en passant par les traductions bâclées ou des délais inadaptés. Cependant, ce ne sont pas ces choses qui expulsent – ce sont le gouvernement qui donne les ordres, la police qui les met en œuvre, et le système qui les justifie et les rend possible.

Si le système qui crée les frontières et les fait respecter par la violence – que ce soient les contrôles, les arrestations, les expulsions, les brutalités quotidiennes dans la rue, les guerres – continue à exister, nous devrons toujours réagir à des expulsions individuelles ou collectives. Nous pourrons au mieux empêcher que quelques individu-es soient expulsé-es dans des pays où il a été montré qu’ils et elles risquaient leurs vies. Mais ça ne stoppera pas la machine à expulser.

Nous dénonçons les expulsions illégales, les expulsions dans les pays en guerre, mais pas parce qu’elles sont illégales ou que les pays sont en guerre, mais parce que nous dénonçons TOUTES les expulsions !

Luttons contre les entreprises qui profitent de cette violence : compagnies d’aviation, entreprises de sécurité, centres de rétention et d’expulsion, police, États. Luttons contre les frontières !

Voici quelques groupes qui luttent contre les centres de rétention et d’expulsion (il y en a davantage bien sûr) :

Detained Voices:
Getting the Voice Out:
Global Detention Project?
Unity Centre:

A new year, another death in Calais// Une nouvelle année, un autre mort à Calais

On Saturday, 21 January, shortly after 8 a.m., a 20-year old Ethiopian man was killed on the A16 motorway, struck by lorries.

Although it may be a new year, the border continues to kill in Calais – much as it does at all frontiers.

Le samedi 21 janvier, peu après 8 heures du matin, un homme éthiopien âgé de 20 ans a été tué sur l’autoroute A16, écrasé par des camions.

Bien que ce soit une nouvelle année, la frontière continue de tuer à Calais – comme il le fait à toutes les frontières.


Update from January 19: Despite efforts to stop the deportation, the police carried out the deportation yesterday, January 18, on Qatar Airways.

_________________________________________________________Another flight has been scheduled for a Sudanese man arrested in Metz, who refused to board the airplane for the first deportation attemept (and has consequently been moved to the Mesnil Amelot detention centre.

The flight is scheduled on Wednesday, January 18, from Paris to Doha, at 21:20 on Qatar Airways. From Doha, there is a connecting flight to Khartoum.

Contact the Prefecture of Moselle to demand that they cancel their decision to deport:

Online contact form:

Prefect Pascal Bollot
(Tel.) 03 87 34 87 49
Secretary General: Olivier du Cray
(Tel.) 03 87 34 88 09
Or on twitter with @qatarairways / #qatarairways

Qatar Airways, Agence de Paris, 19 rue de Ponthieu, 75008 Paris, France, 01 43 12 84 40

To challenge the government and the people in charge of the Ministerial Cabinets:,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Stop all deportation flights! Freedom of movement and settlement for all!

Trial results – Repression

After new and new delays, nearly a year of waiting, the appeals court of Douai, which took place on October 19, finally gave the verdict for a friend charged and tried on December 14, 2015 for charges associated with participating and organizing riots in November 2015 (link, link, link). An earlier court ruled not-guilty for 2 of the three charges. The appeals court gave a verdict of “guilty” on three charges, with a suspended sentence of one year of prison.

Outraged about once again the “justice” trying to fence in our lives, we are outraged about the racism of the charges and the repressions of people who choose to associate with those outside their race and papers status. Claiming that it requires a young white person to incite people of colour – who have made revolutions in their countries, fought wars, have fled their countries for persecution for political struggles—to express outrage over systematic continuing beatings and gassings by police, this is what the appeals court reaffirmed.

Unsurprisingly, the police make cases just like this one, to shirk any responsibility for their violence and to punish those who speak out against it. In Calais (but not only), the cops have for years been taking the legitimacy of violence with impunity, acting outside the law they serve. The same cops and government officials responsible get to cover it up too. Criminalization of solidarity, racial profiling, raids (link), deportations (link), etc… are continuous and don’t stop.

In some circles, people show support for those on trial by going to hearings, finding lawyers, spreading information, making banners, noise and more. It is important but tiring. Fight the oppression of prisons by helping people from not going in them, but instead by smashing them. Fire to the prisons! Fire to cops!

A French riot police officer gesturea as he is surrounded by flames, during a demonstration against the controversial labour reforms of the French government in Paris on September 15, 2016. Opponents of France's controversial labour reforms took to the streets on September 15, 2016 for the 14th time in six months in a last-ditch bid to quash the measures that lost the Socialist government crucial support on the left. Scores of flights in and out of France were cancelled as air traffic controllers went on strike to try to force the government to repeal the changes that became law in July. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images