Israel: 20,000 march for migrant rights

Submitted by Matthew on 28 February, 2018 - 9:58

On 24 February, around 20,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv in Israel to protests against the deportation of African asylum seekers.

Protesters carried signs reading, “No to deportation”, “We’re all humans” and “Refugees and residents refuse to be enemies”. The protest was a response to tensions between local residents and recently-arrived migrants.

The protest — which, if scaled up to the UK population, would have numbered about 140,000 — came after the Israeli state began to jail African asylum seekers who refused to leave Israel of their own accord.

On Tuesday 20 February, asylum seekers at a detention centre in Holot began a hunger strike.

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