JULY 26th 12 noon
the daily mail
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The right wing tabloids run never-ending headlines of soft-touch Britain and bogus asylum seekers. They openly scapegoat refugees and asylum seekers for all of society's ills.
But asylum seekers and refugees are among the poorest and most vulnerable people. Most of them are fleeing war zones and dictatorships created by the British military and arms manufacturers. Others are desperate to escape the effects of economies in freefall again thanks to British, US and EU maintained debt mountains, unfair trade rules and austerity dictated by the IMF.
WHAT DO THE RACIST RAGS SAY?
WHAT IS THE TRUTH?
- Asylum seekers are taking British jobs... TRUTH Asylum seekers are forbidden to work until their claim is accepted. If they do, their claim will be rejected and they will be sent back. A significant number are doctors, educated professionals who could contribute a lot but are not allowed to do so.
- Asylum seekers live in the lap of luxury... TRUTH A single asylum seeker gets only £37.77 a week - 30% below the official poverty line.
- Britain is being flooded. More asylum seekers come here than anywhere else... TRUTH Under 2% of the worldÕs asylum seekers come to Britain. Even within the European Union, Britain is ranked 10th in asylum applications. It is some of the worldÕs poorest countries that gives most sanctuary, like Iran and Pakistan.
- Asylum seekers are bogus: they just come here to improve their standard of living... TRUTH The top four countries that recent asylum seekers come from are Iraq, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Somalia. These countries in the grip of war and brutal repression.
- Asylum seekers are criminals...TRUTH Even according to police statistics, there is no higher crime rate among asylum seekers. In fact, they are more likely to be the victims of crime.
These lies whip up racial tension especially in underfunded communities hard hit by the economic downturn. They target anyone in Britain who is not white or speaks with an accent. The outcome? Racially motivated attacks on the streets and in communities. The rise of the BNP and other fascist organisations. We must take action against this front page racism! Let's target the RACIST RAGS! Join us in action...
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