No deportations to Iraq!

Submitted by AWL on 12 September, 2005 - 12:17

A series of protests took place over the weekend in protest at the Government’s announcement that it plans to begin deporting “failed” asylum-seekers back to Iraq. Protests in Scotland, Wales and English cities with a large Iraqi population including Nottingham, Cardiff and Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and London also highlighted the Government’s plans to cut benefits for Iraqis who do not return home, in an attempt to drive them out of the UK “voluntarily”.

New Labour’s attempt to deport Iraqi asylum-seekers - many of whom are socialist political exiles from Saddam’s regime - back to a country shattered by foreign invasion, riven by sectarian conflict and controlled in large part by far right theocratic militias shows how cynical and empty its rhetoric about democracy and human rights really is.

For information on the campaign against deportations, contact the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees, d.jamal@ntlworld.com

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