Barcelona June 2006
This morning the 2nd European Caravan for the freedom of movement the 1st
European caravan took place in Ceuta to denounce the deaths of more than
40 people crossing the border fence- continues with its programme of
activities that begun yesterday
At around 10:30am, more than 100 people from different
European countries congregated in front of the doors of what will be the
new migrant detention centre, currently in construction in
Zona Franca (Barcelona).
They entered peacefully in the site and placed
placards denouncing the use that the centre will have.
The new detention centre, that will be the biggest in Spain, will
substitute the current one (La Verneda) and will amplify its capacity in
the number of places. The CIE La Verneda has been continuely denounced by
international human rights institutions and by diverse social
movements, as a result of which the opening of the new centre is being
presented by the administration as an "improvement" in the
migrants internment conditions.
During the action, the police arrived, and after having negotiated a
peaceful exit for the participants, they began to act aggresively towards
journalists, threataning the participants with dogs and even destroying a
camera of TVE. The events have ended with multiple agressions and
with the detention of all the participants concentrated within the
centre, including the journalists, one from Europa Press and another from
The detainees are now in Verneda police station where right now there is a
concentration of support, which will later be moved to the demonstration.
The lawyers will present a Habeas Corpus for illegal detention. We
denounce the unmeasured and aggresive police action against a completly
peacefull and legitimate act in defence of all the rights of migrant
The arrangement of the peacefull demonstration at 18:00pm this afternoon
in plaça universitat, for the closing of migrant detention centres,
freedom of movement, and the unconditional regularisation of migrants in
Europe, remains in place. At the end of the demonstration a concentration
of people has been arranged in front of the Verneda detention centre in
solidarity with the detainees.
The concert at the Centre Civic Sant Marti (metro Bac de Roda)at 21:00pm
tonight, will also take place as planned.
Press group 'II Caravan for the freedom of movement'
00 34 626 317 001
00 34 647 554 716
0033 6 72 11 19 59
Flüchtlingsrat Hamburg, Nernstweg 32-34, 22765 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-431587 Fax: 040-4304490