About 400 are deported from Britain every week.
Since 2001 alone, as racist immigration legislation has got increasingly vicious, there have been 41 suicides of asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers - 17 in detention centres and prisons. In September 2006 the Institute of Race Relations, catalogued the deaths of 221 asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers in Britain in the 17 years since 1989". (NWASDG)
Today, around 150 people marched for asylum seekers' rights and against deportations. The march started at Strangeways prison and finished with a rally at Manchester Town Hall.
The Congo Support Project and North West Asylum Seekers Defence Group and many individuals were present at the march with chanting, singing and big visible banners, while Rhythms of Resistance Manchester Samba Band brightened the rainy day with their rhythms.
The march attracted the attention of thousands of people who showed their support.
ASYLUM SEEKERS RIGHTS
END DEPORTATIONS NOW
1234 deportation no more
We also had some great food and lots of chance to socialise and chat as well as some fantastic music in the evening.
Leeds No Borders