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Asylum centre stormed by campaigners – protest against dawn raids

A DIRECT action group claimed to have occupied an immigration centre today in protest at dawn raids on asylum seekers. The group, which said it is affiliated to the Unity organisation, claimed it has taken control of the centre in Brand Street, Cessnock, Glasgow over the early-morning raids and the detention of children.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman confirmed the force was dealing with an”ongoing incident” at the scene.

A spokesman for the protesters said there were around 30 taking part in the demonstration and that they had chained the gates to prevent staffgetting access. He said a banner saying “Stop child detention – end deportation” hadbeen draped from the gates.

http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=469482007
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Demonstrate on Thursday April 12th in Nottingham

Stop Deporting Nottingham People to the Congo

The ‘Country Guidance Tribunal? on the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Government will decide whether it is safe to send people back to DRC, has been moved to Thursday April 12th. Wednesday’s demo in the Square at 1.00 will still go ahead (see below) and we will be building for another demonsraion on April 12th. Watch this space…..

Tthe Congo is far from safe. The situation is actually worsening….
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8 Demonstrations Against Deportations to DR Congo – Wed 28 March

Earlier this month hundreds of protesters gathered at demonstrations at the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal and Enforcement Units in Manchester, Glasgow and beyond. 8 further demonstrations around the UK will take place on Wednesday March 28th.

The 8 Demos are in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leicester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Manchester, and now Leeds. Read more for details.
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Nottingham protest against sudden detention of local Sudanese asylum seekers

Please come and demonstrate outside the Bridewell, between the Magistrates Court and the Family Court by the Canal near the railway station tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Saturday 24th March, for our detained Sudanese friends who were arrested when they signed at Loughborough reporting centre yesterday. At least 8 from this area have been detained – three are known to us.

Important addition: This local detention appears to be part of a national ’round-up’ by the government, with the collusion of the Sudanese authorities who have been present interviewing detainees in holding centres in spite of protests by solicitors. It’s essential that the names of all the detainees are discovered and solicitors found for those who don’t have them.

There is a case in the High Court against the removal of asylum seekers to the Sudan and so the Home Office is doing its utmost to remove as many as possible before this judgment is made!! It is particularly dangerous for asylum seekers from Darfur to be returned to Khartoum.

Thanks to all who attended the protest at Bridewell police station and the Market Square. Hopefully there may be others things we can do to help thereafter.
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Modern day ‘slavery’ / migrants to Britain / Nottingham connection

Modern day ‘slavery’ and exploitation of migrants to Britain –
with a Nottingham connection

During the Abolition 200 events, at the same time as making it clear that slavery did not end in 1807 (not even British involvement in slave trading) it?s important to look at the issue of modern day conditions of some of Britain?s exploited and abused people, especially migrant labourers and people from both EU and non-EU countries who are treated like slaves in Britain because they are held captive by their ?bosses?.
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