Migrants end hunger strike at Metro West Detention Centre
north america / mexico |
migration / racism |
opinion / analysis
Wednesday October 05, 2005 22:10 by Mac Scott - Northeastern Federation of Anarchist Communists
Neither of these men has had nor ever will have a trial nor a chance to defend themselves. They’re being held under orders of a "security certificate" issued in the name of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister of the Border Protection Services Agency.
Hunger Strikers at Metro West Detention Centre
Recently, a lot of attention has been centered on the issue of
security certificates since two men, Mohammad Mahjoub and Hassan
Almrei being detained based on these certificates held hunger strikes
demanding such radical things as being able to see their families and
receive proper medical care.
Though it seemed as if the state was prepared to let them die,
both men ended their hunger strikes feeling optimistic, Hassan naming
the huge popular support as his main motivation for ending, while
Mohammad ended after finally receiving assurances that he would
receive proper care for hepatitis C which he contracted in jail.
Neither of these men has had nor ever will have a trial nor a
chance to defend themselves. Neither has been able to see the
evidence being used to justify their detention, neither has been
convicted of a crime. Both can potentially be held forever in the
name of national security. And they’ve not even been allowed contact
visits with their children.
They’re being held under orders of a "security certificate" issued
in the name of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the
Minister of the Border Protection Services Agency where they feel a
person is a threat to national security. The certificates are issued
and then reviewed in Federal Court, where the judge sees all
evidence, but any evidence deemed to be dangerous to national
security if revealed is withheld from the person who the certificate
is issued against and their counsel.
This is in an era when the capitalist empire is consolidating
power through military might in Iraq, Haiti, Afghanistan and other
areas. At the same time, they are militarizing the borders as right
wing militias hunt so-called “illegal” immigrants crossing into the
United States from Mexico or Canada. These racist “Minutemen” are
even planning to patrol Vermont! As capital stops the movement of
poor people and working people around the world, they increasingly
impose draconian conditions on workers and the poor here. As they
attack people of colour and Muslim people in other parts of the world
to justify their military expenditures and to consolidate their hold
on the middle east, they need to vilify the same populations here.
If we are to build a better world, we need to build a world where
poor and working people can decide where they want to live not states
and large corporations. If you want to get involved with the fight to
stop detentions, deportations and security certificates contact: No
One Is Illegal [email@example.com], or the Campaign to Stop
the Secret Trials [firstname.lastname@example.org].
From Strike! October 2005
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Vol.1, Issue #4 (Ontario Edition)
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