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August 2016: an attempt was made to violently deport an illegal immigrant on a flight from Belgium to Cameroon. Most of the passengers refused to sit down, and protested vocally. As a consequence, the deportation was called off. Subsequently, six passengers were randomly picked out by the police and are being pursued by the Belgian state. Don’t let solidarity be muzzled! In supporting these six people by contributing to their legal fees, let’s show that we won’t shut up!
We want to set up a number of shows on the theme that 6 passengers are facing charges by the Belgian state of obstructing air traffic.
In August 2016, an attempt was made to violently deport an illegal immigrant on a flight from Belgium to Cameroon. Most of the passengers refused to sit down, and protested vocally. As a consequence, the deportation was called off. Subsequently, six passengers were randomly picked out by the police and are being pursued by the criminal court in Brussels.
Belgium has clearly decided to mobilise its legal system against people who showed solidarity in the face of human suffering.
Following this incident, individuals and organisations launched a campaign: “expulsion violente : Je ne la boucle pas.” : www.jenelabouclepas.org. (violent deportation: I won’t shut up)
At a time when Secretary of State Théo Franken is ordering round-ups and declaring his intention to “show his teeth” to individuals protesting against violent deportations, and isn’t afraid to show his joy over the prosecution of a woman who took action during a deportation, we cannot let this latest attack on human solidarity pass.
We believe that silence in the face of State violence and Théo Franken’s strategic plan to criminalise citizen solidarity is unacceptable.
On 15 November 2017, the 6 accused will reappear before the court. By contributing to this growfunding campaign you will help us to pay the legal fees for their defence, and to do this we need €3,500.
If the total raised exceeds this sum, we can also help the accused with the cost of getting to court (none of the accused live in Belgium).
We can also support them by:
-. Signing the “self-incrimination" petition: this will show the Belgian State that in a similar situation you would also be willing to stand up to stop forced deportations.
- Being present outside the Law Courts on 15 November 2017 at 8 a.m. to show our support for the six accused and to condemn this attempt to criminalise solidarity.
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