On Saturday 30 June at 12 noon, The Nottingham Congolese Community assembed to demonstrated against continued deportations.
Starting from The Old Market Square, they marched through Nottingham, past the railway station and continued through the Meadows Queens Walk to the Meadows Park near the embankment.
They wanted to draw attention to continued deportations of their community to the Congo, in spite of the risks to them.
Is the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) really independent? Since "independence was granted to the DRC on 30 June 1960, the country has been under the control of criminals and dictators, while its progress has been hindered by foreign interference, illegal exploitation and exportation of the Congo's natural resources, and levels of repression, human rights abuses and conflict that have killed millions and produced hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, refugees and internally displaced persons.
Despite the so-called ' democratic' elections last year, more than people were gunned down in February this year in the Bas- Congo region while protesting against local election results. Innocent men, women and children belonging to the politico-religious group Bundu dia Kongo were killed while they prayed in their church.
On 22 and 23 march, more than 700 people died in the capital when troops loyal to Joseph ' Kabila' used heavy arms in an open street battle against those backing hi8s presidential contender Jean-Pierre Bemba. Hundreds more were seriously injured, thousands arrested and an unknown number were forcibly disappeared. In the east of the country, war between opposing groups of militias is still causing death, devastation, displacement and acute insecurity. Rape is endemic throughout the country and is used as a weapon of oppression punishment and torture.
Industrial loggers are being allowed to plunder the Congo's remaining intact rainforest , upon which more than two thirds of the population depend for their livelihood. Eighty percent of the species found in the Congo cannot be found anywhere else on earth. People are being exploited for their land.
There is credible evidence of persecution of Congolese Asylum seekers who are forcibly returned to the DRC. A country Guidance tribunal due to start on July will aim to determine that it is unsafe to return people under present conditions.
Organised by: Nottingham Congolese Community.
Supported by: No Borders Nottingham, African Initiative Support, NCADC
Other postings for this year, on this and related issues.
Nottingham Mayday 1 Event: suported asylum seekers in their demand for the right to work.
Nottingham Mayday 2 Parade: suported asylum seekers in their demand for the right to work.
Nottingham No Borders 'National Day of Action on Asylum Rights'
Nottingham Demo against deportations to Congo
Nottingham Situation in the Congo is worsening as deportations continue [Feature]
More indymedia posts:
Occupation at Labour Party Offices for East Midlands
Nottingham Protest against Deportations to Northern Iraq (Kurdistan)
Nottingham Police Station :: Forced Deportations Continue
Anti-Deportation Protest at Nottingham Magistrates Court
More info on Nottingham Congolese community,
Contact: Patrick Essalo 07877489626
Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham. UK
Member of the National Union of Journalists [No: 014345]
"It is not enough to curse the darkness.
It is also necessary to light a lamp!!"
Monday 2 July 12-3pm
Congo Support Project demo against deportations to
(un)Democratic Republic of the Congo and to highlight the legal challenge to the Country Guidance on DRC
Whitehall, opposite Downing Street, London SW1
Tuesday 3 July 1-2pm
Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! monthly protest at Communications House Immigration Reporting Centre, Old Street, London EC1
DR Congo is not safe! Nobody should be deported there - well, nobody should be deported anyway, but especially to a war ravaged country where over 5 millions people have been killed. People are still dying as a result of conflict, and human rights violations, killings of civilians and recruitment of child soldiers continue. Deportees are handed over to the securety services, and if they are wanted by the authorities they are immediately detained and brought to prisons where they can easily die within a year, due to beatings, torture and lack of food. In many DRC prisons the only food is provided by volunteer orgainsations.
Close down Communication House, close all reporting centres! They are the first link in the chain of detention and deportations of asylum seekers and migrants.
People who go reporting can be detained any time. Some are so scared they cannot sleep at night before reporting.
Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!/No Borders/Congo Support Project
Demonstrations against deportation to DRC in London 2-3 July
FRFI/ No Borders/Congo Support Project