Migrant citizens detained in the centre of Bari Palese escape from the centre during the initiatives of the activists of the noborder camp.
28.Jul.03 - A delegation of activists who have partecipated to the antiracist camp has
entered into the military airport of Bari Palese where there is a detention
center for migrant citizens that was born during the Kosovo war. This non
place can "host" untill 2500 people: at the moment 70 people, all refugees
asking for asylum, are here detained waiting for being transferred in other
detention centers or to be deported thorough mass deportations. In this non
place, violations of the fundamental rights are daily. Activists have
entered into the airport and have recorded the voices and the images of the
migrants inside. Outside other activists with banners have blockaded the
street outside the airport .
During the initiative a number of migrants have managed to escape form the
Fifteen activists entered into the centre as a delegation have been kept by
police, people outside were still demonstrating on the street in the
meantime rapresentatives of istitutions and lawyers have been called to ask
for the immediate release of the 15 activists. Police asked for the videos
made by the activists to be released, saying it's illegal to make videos of
military places, the 15 activist refused to give them the videos but they
had to erase the images regarding the military structure on them.
Finally at about 23.00 the fifteen have been relased without any denounce.
Great satisfaction from the activists outiside and inside the centre for the
success of the action that have given the migrants the possibility to
Today we managed to free the bodies of the people who are closed in these
places. The success of today is also important for the european dimension of
the initiative, it's in fact necessary that the closing of the detention
centres and struggles for the citizenship rights have a european dimension
as a space of construction of the political programme of a Europe built from
Comunicato del Tavolo Migranti dei Social Forum
Italiani about the action in bari
On the 27th of july more than 100 activists, coming
from the noborder camp in Frassanito, have pacifically
invaded the "First Hospitality Centre" in Bari Palese.
In this jail we found tens of migrants detained only
because they asked for asylum. Resisting to the
policemen, camerades managed to talk with the
migrants, hearing their stories, the desperation,
their waiting and their will of freedom.
In those moments some migrants managed to run away.
In the jail of Bari palese, that the sad and furious
language of burocracy don't want to define it as a
detention place, since the last 4th of june 1200
asylum seekers have been detained and in the last two
weeks nobody of them could talk with the lawyers.
The invasion in the centre of Bari palese has
confirmed what the National Board of Migrants has
always declared: these "detention centres" must be closed!
We cannot accept that men and women that cross the
borders to build a new life can be closed in jails or
That's why the struggle against all the detention
centres must go on during the next months, such as the
one against the Bossi-Fini law must go on since it
considers the detention centres a fundamental point
for the control of the migrant workers.
And this struggle must reach concrete results.
It will remain in our eyes the image of that man that,
after he jumped out the centre, stopped his race and
took a stone acting like to throw it. Then, he left it
down and he kept on running away.
Tavolo Migranti dei Social Forum Italiani
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