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Resisting Deportations to Bagdad

Around fifty people protested on 14th October against the deportation of more than forty people to Baghdad. The demonstration was called to stop the first mass deportation flight to Baghdad, and demanded that "the first mass deportation flight to southern Iraq, expected to leave on Wednesday, is suspended and the detainees threatened with forcible removal are released immediately." Activists from International Federation of Iraqi refugees and Stop Deportation Network spoke and called for an end to all deportations to Iraq and to free the detainees. Also on 14th October an early day motion was tabled by 4 MPs in the House of Commons which "calls for the deportation of Iraqi refugees to Iraq to be halted and for the Iraqi detainees threatened with forcible removal to be released immediately". Despite this the first deportation to Baghdad took place and 39 people were deported early on Thursday the 15th October on a specially chartered plane provided by Air Italy. However only ten of the detained people were taken off the flight in Baghdad while the other detainees were not accepted by the Iraqi government and were flown back to detention in the UK.

A model letter has been produced by NCADC for people to use as part of their campaign against Air Italy over this issue. A further demonstration has been called for Saturday October 17th in Parliament Square, London, at 2pm to oppose the deportations to Iraq.

Articles: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

Links: [ Stop Deportation Network | Coalition to Stop Deportations to Iraq ]
Topic revision: r3 - 16 Oct 2009, ChrisC
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