In the Belgian port town of Ostende, there is increasing repression against the scores of migrants (including minors) that stay in the nearby jungle. Up to 20 people per day are locked up for 12 hours for “disturbance of the public order” when walking around the harbour; sixty new cells are being built. IDs are being checked at food and clothing distribution centres; a homeless centre has been forced to close down.
In response to this repression, a group of individuals have come together to form Ostende No Border. They are asking for help and donations, please contact onbegrensdoostende[at]yahoo.com
Two undocumented Egyptians were killed around 1am on Thursday 17th November on the A16 near Dunkerque when a Dutch HGV drove into the back of the car they were traveling in. The driver and the front seat passenger of the car, assumed to people traffickers, fled the scene, while the three other passengers, also undocumented Egyptians, were picked up on the roadside by the authorities. Breath tests on the HGV driver were negative.
Today, Monday 7th November, the 43 detainees of 127bis detenion centre at Steenokkerzeel near Brusseleas have begun a hunger strike. They state that they do not accept their imprisonment and their treatment as criminals. They demand their liberty and their dignity.