- Madrid and Rome: Revolts in Detention Centers
All over Europe, new prisons for migrants people are built. National or multi-national collaborators invest in this business, and harbour the local fascist politics.
In Madrid, around March 8th, detainees put fire in several rooms. From the street, one could hear them screaming: „fire!“, „tell people what happens here!“[..].
„I‘m racist and i‘ll send you back to your fucking country!“. That what said a policeman to an Angolan detainee when he refused to enter the plane, kicking him in his chest and putting him a straitjacket. He came back to the Center almost unconscious. Some hours later, he was taken to the hospital (besides, he’s seriously ill). This is what started the revolt.
In the meanwhile, we learnt protesting movement rose last month: collective revolts, clash with police ( several policemen have been injured).
For information, the Red Cross entered the site several weeks ago, with a financial help from the Interior Minister, that would be about 200 000 €
Saturday March 13th, Rome: Demonstration and revolt infront of Ponte Galeria detention Center.
Since a while, a demonstration in front of Ponte Galeria Detention center is announced. Before arriving to the gathering, the walls of the train station and the Rome-Fiumicino lines are covered with posters.
Then, at the center, some pass food and drinks on to the detainees: food with no antidepressant nor sedative, in opposition to those usually given by the Auxilium cooperative, that manages the center since two weeks.
Just after that, about 20 detainees go up to the roof of another building, where they will stay several hours, resisting to the threats and the police attempts to chase them away.
Attempting to escape, one persone clings to the streetlight, others gash their arms, and some others threaten to hang themselves with their blankets.
When the gathering comes to an end, and when the individuals coming in solidarity (about one hundred) move away, police charge at the detainees one the roof: with billies and handcuffs.
At that point, the comrades decided to occupy the rails in „Fiera di Roma“ train station, blocking the trafic on both sides during 40 minutes. Around 7pm, a group (still 100 people) gather at the place in front of the Trastevere train station and starts a wild walk in the town, blocking the traffic behind a banner „Close the centers for migrants – Anti-racists against all prisons“.
The shouts and the speeches in the megaphone remind the saturday morning passing people there’s a camp at Ponte Galeria, and in that camp there are people who struggle and rebel.
When the ‚carabinieri‘ [italian police] arrive, the demonstrators don‘t break up and continue the demonstration in the alleyways to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere.
The day after, national papers, that couldn‘t hide the happening, talk about an elected representative, whose visit was cancelled when police refused he enters the Center!
In Paris, Sunday March 14th, some people meeting at the Vincennes detention Center after a walk in the forest, salute teh detainees- shouting „liberty!“ Some fire works come also with the walk. People try to send balls inside, knowing police forbide them to have some. But people say the walls are really high… Some detainees have the time to go out of the buildings and to answer them, but are quickly threaten by dogs and cameras.