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Arrest at protest against deportation centres

6 September 2008 - Yesterday, a person has been arrested for distributing flyers in front of the Randstad temp agency, the Anarchist Group Amsterdam (AGA) reports on Indymedia. Randstad recruits guards for Group 4 Securicor who work at deportation centres.

According to AGA, an 'overzealous' environmental policeman detained one of the activists for distributing flyers in front of the Randstad branch at the Rokin. When activists tried to explain that no permit is needed for distributing flyers with a political message, he would have called for back up and arrested the activist.

A police spokesperson could not say whether an arrest has been made. However, she did confirm that no permit is needed for distributing flyers unless they have a commercial purpose or a claim is made that money is collected for charities.

The flyer states: "We think that no refugee should be imprisoned for trying to find a better future. Further, it is shocking that the circumstances under which these people are being held are scandalously bad".

In June, Amnesty International said the way in which foreigners are detained violates human rights. Earlier, NOVA reported on abuses by guards in deportation centres.

AGA says it will not be intimidated and that it will continue its protests at the temp agencies.

Indymedia. Photo from website


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