Release Detained Tamil Refugees: Let Them Free, Let Them Stay!

Posted by admin on Sep 2nd, 2010

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For almost one month now, 492 Tamil refugees have been detained by Canadian authorities. Families have been seperated, and women and children – including young children – are being incarcerated in Burnaby. Join No One is Illegal-Vancouver at the Burnaby detention facility to express our love, support, and solidarity to those being held inside and to call for the immediate release of detained Tamil asylum seekers.

Saturday Sept 11 at 1:30 pm. Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre where mothers and children who arrived aboard MV Sun Sea are being detained. LOCATION: 7900 Fraser Park Dr, Burnaby

* Bring noise! We want to be visible and be heard from inside so please bring pots, pans, horns, drums, noisemakers (please be aware of noises which may be triggering or traumatizing)


1) Commercial and Broadway Safeway Parking Lot at 1 pm. Rides provided. If you have a vehicle and can offer carpool, please please please do contact us at or 778 885 0040.

2) Public transit is not very accessible, but if you are taking it, then take the #116 from Edmonds station.


Surviving a dangerous journey, 492 Tamil refugees, including women and children, arrived in  BC after fleeing war and persecution in Sri Lanka. When the ship first neared Esquimault, territories of the Songhees First Nation, it was immediately boarded by the Armed Forces, Border Services, and RCMP. The refugees are now in jails, facing endless hearings that have revealed the clear incompetency, deliberate negligence, and racism of the system.

In the context of the never-ending “War on Terror” refugees, migrants, and racialized people are increasingly being racially targeted, dehumanized as security threats, and criminalized through unprecedented police and state powers. Despite its rhetoric of ‘liberating’ and ‘protecting’ women globally and locally, the Canadian state is detaining an increasing numbers of women and children that cross these borders. In light of increasing repression and exclusionary policies and idelogies, we demand “Justice, Freedom, and Status for All!”

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