This is the stripped down tweets from todays action so I could place it in chronological order. Today’s action was aimed at stopping Siddique from being deported. Luckily the action succeeded. It was quite a simple plan It is a simple plan and relies on someone just standing up and saying enough.
Immigrant Crazy Eye helped us in the last week making contact with sympathetic people working in international organisations. We tracked two sets of information, planned deportation dates using commercial carriers and the movement of international aid workers. We could extend this to academic institutions and sympathetic people in the private sector. Hopefully employers will support their staff as if they make the decision to support a deportee and state their moral objection to a deportation.
Eva has been providing us with information on imminent deportations and when they are planned and Immigrant Crazy Eye’s contacts keep us informed of people flying to deportation destinations. When we matched an aid-worker on a flight with a deportee we then make contact with the aid worker and ask them if they want to help the deportee in some way. Then we give support to the aid worker on how they can help the deportee. Today luckily we had three people on the flight willing to support Siddique, Pat, Mohinda and Claire. Read further to see how the action proceeded and resulted in the cancellation of the deportation flight.
Tweet 1 On the flight is Siddique a 21 year all asylum seeker whose appeals have been rejected and who is being deported against his will
Tweet 2 Siddique crossed the Sahara as a youth and attached himself to the undercarriage of a truck to make it here.
Tweet 3 The journey he made was dangerous. Then he made a life for himself being got an education and finished high school.
Tweet 4 Before he turned 18 the system saw a neglected urchin who needed protection and support although grudgingly.
Tweet 5 Once 18 the system saw him as a burden and potential skiver or criminal who needed removal no matter where or what he would be returned to.
Tweet 6 So the 3 long years of procedural abuse handed down to Siddique now appears to be over, once the flight takes off in 20 minutes.
Tweet 7 The life he built means nothing to the system.
Tweet 8 His girlfriend, friends or the couple who took him in as their child have no say as to whether he stays.
Tweet 9 Is our action and is it pointless, futile or likely to succeed a little or a lot.
Tweet 10 It is a simple plan and relies on someone just standing up and saying enough.
Tweet 11 Immigrant Crazy Eye has helped us in the last week making contact with sympathetic people working in international organisations.
Tweet 12 We are tracking two sets of information planned deportation dates using commercial carriers and the movement of international aid workers.
Tweet 13 We could extend this to academic institutions and sympathetic people in the private sector.
Tweet 14 Eva has been providing us with information on imminent deportations and when they are planned.
Tweet 15 We then can try and match with flights of an aid worker with a deportee.
Tweet 16 We then make contact with the aid worker and ask them if they want to help the deportee in some way.
Tweet 17 If yes then we give them information on how they can help support the person being deported against their will.
Tweet 18 We tell them the following:
Tweet 19 1. They can approach the person being deported and ask the person are they being deported and verify a deportation is taking place.
Tweet 20 2. If they see the person is restrained they can ask the guards to release the person as they are being de-ported against their will.
Tweet 21 3. If they the guards answer in an aggressive manner or make an order to leave.
Tweet 22 You can request their name and identity and inform them you will make a complaint.
Tweet 23 4. You can complain to the cabin staff and state your concerns for the safety of the deportee and other passengers on the flight.
Tweet 24 5. If you see any restraint or aggressive behaviour towards the detainee the incidents can be recorded, filmed &photos taken of the incident
Tweet 25 This media can later be used by various support organisations and also to support a report to the police.
Tweet 26 6. You can ask the cabin staff to make the Captain aware that someone is being deported and the risk involved to all concerned.
Tweet 27 7. Lastly you can just walk off the flight.
Tweet 28 That is our action we simply empower people to make a stand at the right time.
Tweet 29 The setup is quite simply and low risk for those participating at least.
Tweet 30 Eva will SMS us from a junk phone we have given her that will be thrown at the end of the action.
Tweet 31 Eva is working in the deportation unit in the airport is supporting Immigrant X
Tweet 32 The aid workers will contact us with a SIM cards we bought from a pawn shop and contact us on similar disposable mobiles.
Tweet 33 We then will tweet what is going on which will be public and visible for Eva and those supporting on the plane.
Tweet 34 Eva shift this morning has her doing general rounds of the airport. She will monitor the border police communications for us.
Tweet 35 It is now 10 minutes to go before people can board the flight.
Tweet 36 Siddique will be moved on board through the security area before the non-deportees board.
Tweet 37 Eva has informed us that Siddique is being moved on board now ahead ofthe other passengers accompanied by two immigration police.
Tweet 38 The aid workers that have agreed to help us are: Pat, Mohinda and Claire they have gone through the security check & are waiting at the gate
Tweet 39 Eva has heard Siddique is on board and the gate will now be open.
Tweet 40 The gate is now open and passengers are moving onto the plane. First of course the elite classes and those with children.
Tweet 41 Mohinda and Claire have said they are now through and entering the plane.
Tweet 42 Pat has split from the others and is going for his seat. Claire and Mohinda are seated together.
Tweet 43 They have not spotted Siddique as yet. Likely he is down the back of the plane
Tweet 44 Pat, Mohinda and Claire will take their seats and then try and locate Siddique when most passengers are seated.
Tweet 45 Eva says that no communication are coming about the flight anymore from the immigration police, it all ap-pears Ok for them
Tweet 46 Most passengers are seated. Claire has decided to look around the flight, pretend to go to the toilet.
Tweet 47 Mohinda and Pat are texting what they sees to us and we are relaying it on to you.
Tweet 48 Claire stops by a black man with two officious looking guys on either side. She asks the black man if he is being deported.
Tweet 49 He says no and laughs with what appear now to be colleagues of his. Claire seems to have not found Sid-dique.
Tweet 50 She thinks she has spotted him now right in the last row. Siddique is clearly being restrained by the immi-gration police.
Tweet 51 The threat of force is apparent. Claire speaks directly to Siddique and asks him if he is being deported.
Tweet 52 Mohinda says he has followed Claire to hear and take record the exchange if necessary.
Tweet 53 Siddique says he is being deported against his will and starts to try and get up to speak.
Tweet 54 One guards starts to restrain him and hold him down. The guard is applying pressure holds that are causing great pain to Siddique.
Tweet 55 The other guards is physically intimidating Claire, standing over her and telling her to go back to her seat.
Tweet 56 Mohinda is trying to film all of this.
Tweet 57 The flight staff are now coming and asking Claire to go back to her seat and other passengers are also telling her to sit down.
Tweet 58 One passenger yells at Claire that the guys is illegal and deserves his fate and not to get involved.
Tweet 59 Claire is now protesting with the cabin crew.
Tweet 60 She is telling them that the presence of the immigration police(their behaviour) are endangering Siddique and all the passengers on board.
Tweet 61 The crew keep insisting on Claire to go back to her seat.
Tweet 62 The flight has now been delayed by 10 minutes on its scheduled departure time.
Tweet 63 Claire has asked that the Captain be notified of the situation and the danger to staff, Siddique and passengers.
Tweet 64 She is getting heckled more and more by other passengers now and told to sit down. Some really racist stuff.
Tweet 65 Many passengers appear uncomfotable not knowing what to do. Some may well support Claire. None as yet doing anything.
Tweet 66 Claire has said she is going to call the police because of the way Siddique is being treated.
Tweet 67 The Cabin crew finally agree to inform the Captain.
Tweet 68 The crew have responded to Claire and said the Captain has decided the flight is still on with Siddique
Tweet 69 Mohinda says he is now calling the Police to give some space for Claire who is really being hassled by staff and passengers.
Tweet 70 Police have taken the call and now we see if they respond.
Tweet 71 One of the immigration police on the plane has taken a mobile call. Probably related to Mohinda calling the police.
Tweet 72 Eva has the call as well on the immigration police comms. Police have asked if there’s any issues they need to respond to on the flight.
Tweet 73 Eva’s supervisor lies to the police and says everything is fine and it was a minor disturbance that is now controlled.
Tweet 74 We have informed Mohinda that the police are not coming. Claire’s turn to call the police.
Tweet 75 Once again the immigrantion policeman on the flight picks up the call probably saying all is Ok. Claire and Mohinda have backed off for now.
Tweet 76 They are returning to their seats.
Tweet 77 Eva informs us that the gate is now closed and the doors of the aeroplane will close in a few mniutes.
Tweet 78 Pat, Claire or Mohinda now have to decide if they will step off the flight.
Tweet 79 Police are not intervening again. Immigration police have told them all is under control.
Tweet 80 Claire has informed us she is going to walk off the flight.
Tweet 81 She gets her bags from the overhead locker and walks to the front of the plane. She informs the cabin crew she is getting off the flight.
Tweet 82 They try to stop her. Mohinda supports her request to leave and helps her physically get past the crew.
Tweet 83 She has now stepped off the flight. Mohinda says he is staying to the cabin crew. Because of work commitments.
Tweet 84 This means now that Claire’s baggage will have to be located and removed from the plane. Causing a delay to the flight of maybe one hour.
Tweet 85 The mood on the flight is turning quite nasty and a lot of frustrated passengers.
Tweet 86 Passengers are starting to put two and two together and figure out that they won’t make their connect-ing flight.
Tweet 87 Mohinda is sitting back down. He will wait a while before making his own protest atleast until Claire’s bags are located.
Tweet 88 We wil see if this goes on long enough before Pat may need to get involved.
Tweet 89 Eva is saying there is a a lot of traffic now on the immigration police radio about the incident.
Tweet 90 The captain of the flight is asking the airline about what his responsibilities are.
Tweet 91 If he can get rid of Siddique and the immigration police from the flight.
Tweet 92 We assume that some deal has to being made here as the airline will start to lose money with further delay.
Tweet 93 Not much will happen for around 20 minutes until we get news that Claire’s bags are located. Then Mohinda will become active again.
Tweet 94 Remember: A law that is unjust should be disobeyed through ingenuity and creativity not by violence or hurt those we oppose or seek to help.
Tweet 95 Immigrant X is our communication and plan for a better future
Tweet 96 We Blog, Tweet and use social media to push our ideas. Immigrant X is faction.
Tweet 97 All you have to do to see Immigrant X is open your eyes and see those standing in the shadows and hear a whisper that injustice reigns.
Tweet 98 That lives are torn apart by the passive acceptance of those with their accidental citizenship in a western democracy.