Monday, June 23, 2008
Immigrants start fire in French deportation centre.
More Innocents deaths attributed to the cruel, Obsessive, brutal Immigration policies.
PARIS, June 22 (Reuters) - Undocumented immigrants started a fire on Sunday at one of France's biggest deportation centres outside Paris, burning down two buildings and injuring around 20 inmates waiting for expulsion, police said.
The blaze began when a number of inmates set mattresses on fire after the death on Saturday of a Tunisian immigrant detained in the centre, one inmate told Reuters by telephone.
Police said in a statement that 20 people "made uncomfortable by fumes" had been taken to hospital, but that no one had been seriously injured.
They said several fires had been started deliberately at 1345 GMT, severely damaging two buildings housing a total of 273 inmates. All the buildings' occupants have been evacuated and will be moved to other centres.
A 41-year-old Tunisian immigrant died in the Vincennes centre on Saturday, and police said he died from a heart attack while alone in his bedroom.
An investigation into his death has been opened, but the MRAP organisation against racism said the death showed that detention conditions in French deportation centres were poor.
"This one too many death is to be blamed on the obsessive, cruel, brutal and inhuman policy that criminalises immigration," the MRAP said in a statement.
The French government has said it is aiming to expel 26,000 illegal immigrants in 2008 after missing its goal of 25,000 last year.