A video of today's protest against the deportation of leading TCAR member Mako is online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcCB-qbafBA
, together with some other background footage that was hurriedly put together. A further protest will take place at the Government Offices (opposite St James's Park Metro) in Newcastle on Monday from 9.30-11am, please come along if you can.
Despite hostility from the Government Offices and four police vans turning up including cops armed with tasers (which now seem to be standard issue in Newcastle for responding to non-violent refugee protests), protestors occupied the lobby until they had been put on the phone to the regional immigration director at Leeds. Asylum seekers, refugees and supporters showed today that they will not be silenced by intimidation and will not have their means of protest determined by the British state.
Many thanks to everyone who came along to today's protest and who sent messages of protest to Jacqui Smith. Mako's solicitor is making fresh representations partly on the basis of this show of support, so please keep the messages coming. Mako has played a leading role in TCAR in standing up for the rights of other refugees, and she deserves all of our support.
Hope to see you all at the Northern Conference Against Racism on 21st June.
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