The March Sets of from the West End
Marching Through the West End
Marching Past Government Offices North East, Where the Local Home Office is Hous
Speakers at the Rally
Refugees from countries including DRCongo, Congo Brazaville, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Turkey marched with local people in a militant and energetic show of unity against the Labour government's attempts to divide the working class and oppressed. Chanting and singing was kept up by the marchers for the whole of the route, and literature was distributed in the communities the march passed through explaining its purpose.
At the rally at the monument there was an open mic, which was used by many of the refugees present to speak to the people of Newcastle about the situations in the countries they had fled from. Many spoke about the role of the British government and companies in plundering their countries of resources, exploiting their labour, and funding and directing wars. As has happened increasingly on TCAR demonstrations, local working class people also took up the microphone to express their solidarity with the struggle of refugees.
With the dawn raid on the Uthayakumar family at the start of August the lull which we have been experiencing since the introduction of the New Asylum Model in March ended. The Home Office's new, even more brutal immigration system is now swinging into gear, and we need you to join us on the streets to oppose it. Please get in touch with your phone number if you are interested in organising against dawn raids in Newcastle, or in helping with TCAR's work in any other way.
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