MONTREAL RALLY IN SUPPORT OF MOHAMED CHERFI

TEXT OF FLYER TO BE USED IN THE MONTREAL-AREA

BRING MOHAMED HOME!
SOLIDARITY WITH CANADA'S NON-STATUS ALGERIANS

Sunday, March 7, 2004

Mohamed Cherfi, a non-status Algerian who has resided in Canada for six
years, was deported to the United States this past Friday. His sanctuary
inside the Saint-Pierre United Church was violated when at least 15 police
forcibly entered to arrest him. Without any sort of due process, Mohamed
was deported to the United States where he now sits in a prison cell.

Mohamed was an outspoken member of the Action Committee of Non-Status
Algerians, and their spokesperson. Due in large part to the tireless work
of Mohamed, hundreds of non-status Algerians were regularized in Quebec as
immigrants.

However, Mohamed was himself refused as an immigrant to Quebec on the
pretext that he was not adequately "integrated". Mohamed is a fluent
speaker of French and trained as a French teacher.

Here are some details concerning the work of Mohamed Cherfi in the past
two years:

* He was the person who accompanied people living underground to
Immigration Canada to have warrants for their arrest and deportation
orders revoked.
(A lawyer's work: $300 per person.)

* He was the person who volunteered to fill out the applications of more
than fifty non-status Algerians in need, most of whom were subsequently
accepted.
(A lawyer's work: $1,500 per person.)

* He was the person who put his body and soul into work for the Action
Committee every day for the past 2 yearas.
(A community organizer's work: $30,000 per year.)

* He was the person who raised public awareness about the injustice faced
by his compatriots.
(A Coordinator of Public Relations' work: $40,000 per year.)

* He is the person affectionately called the guardian angel of non-status
Algerians, the public scribe, the psychologist for those in distress, and
finally, the friend.
($: invaluable.)

* He is the person who found himself in jail 3 times in 6 months for his
involvement in the Action Committee for Non-Status Algerians. He and
others were chained up, beaten and brutally arrested during a peaceful
demonstration in Minister Coderre?s offices last May 29th, in solidarity
with those excluded from the regularisation procedure (See photo: Burns
with electrical shocks from Taser guns that Mohamed and others received.)
Prior to this struggle, Mohamed did not have a criminal record and had
never had any contact with police.

Like Mohamed, approximately 150 men, women and children have been rejected
and will be deported to Algeria if we remain indifferent.

We demand the immediate return of Mohamed Cherfi, and denounce the actions
of Immigration Canada, Immigration Quebec, the Ministry of Public Security
and the Quebec City Police. Moreover, we re-iterate the original demands
of the Action Committee of Non-Status Algerians: the regularization of all
non-status persons; an end to deportations; the return of the moratorium
on deportations to Algeria.

JOIN US IN MONTREAL AS PART OF A NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST IN SOLIDARITY
WITH MOHAMED CHERFI ...

TUESDAY, March 9, 4-6pm
at Immigration Canada, 1010 St-Antoine West
(metro Bonaventure)
Bring your banners, placards and noisemakers!

For more information on future actions:
514-859-9023 or nooneisillegal (at) tao.ca