On 1 January 2006, almost two years ago, Abelkader Belaouni, or Kader, a non-status Algerian man, took refuge in St. Gabriel's church in Montreal to avoid deportation from Canada. Despite an outpouring of support, he has remained a prisoner in the church ever since, unable to leave for fear of being arrested and deported. That's two years too many!
On 18 January, 2008 supporters sent a loud, clear message to the Canadian Immigration Minister to Act NOW to regularize the status of Abdelkader Belaouni.
CBC News (6m30s into the video) - click HERE
Television Radio Canada - cliquez ICI
Info 690 - cliquez ICI
The Gazette, Marchers Seek Humanitarian Reprieve - click HERE
Le Devoir, Réfugié depuis 750 jours dans un presbytère- cliquez ICI
Le Journal de Montréal, Manifestation en faveur d'Abdelkader- cliquez ICI
Red Deer Advocate, Letter to the Editor - click HERE
The McGill Tribune, Algerian Avoids Deportation - click HERE
The Hour, Two Years and Counting - click HERE
Two Years Too Many - Click HERE