On Thursday 28th of April there will be a Frontex* charter flight from Brussels to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our fellow activists in Belgium tell us that it will be taking 60 people, 15 from Belgium and another 45 from the UK, Holland, Ireland and Sweden. On the flight will be the Belgium federal police and possibly some private security.
Despite that speed of the operation it appears that No Borders activists in Belgium are putting up a struggle against this flight. Here’s hoping that the flight is stopped and people can return to their families and friends.
UPDATE: This morning (28/05/2011), around 20 activists blockaded entrance to the 127 bis detention centre in Steenokkerzeel, near the main airport of Brussels. Using lock-ons from around 4.30am they intend to prevent this charter flight from leaving. Indymedia article here: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/04/478368.html
* Frontex is the European agency concerned with protecting the external borders of Europe. Amongst other things it co-ordinates European wide charter flights with member states.