A round-up of local actions against the Deportation Machine
As part of the Week of Action Against the Deportation Machine (1-6 June), different groups around the UK and Europe organised various events, protests and actions in their area. Here's a round-up put together by Stop Deportation.
Tuesday, 1st June
In London, two protests were held at immigration reporting centres, one at Communications House on Old Street from 1-2pm, and the other at Becket House near London Bridge from 3-4pm. The demos were organised by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and No Borders London respectively. See here for more details.
In Oxford, the Campaign to Close Campsfield organised a public meeting that was addressed by ex-detainees. The campaign had also organised a demonstration at Campsfield detention centre on 29th May, calling for its closure.
Wednesday, 2nd June
In Cardiff, No Borders South Wales did a number of banner-drops in the city centre and opposite the UKBA office and Cardiff Prison. See pictures here.
In London, No Borders London organised an open discussion about 'challenging deportations: past, present and future', which was attended by many anti-deportation campaigns and groups.
Thursday, 3rd June
Activists from Stop Deportation presented Carlson Wagonlit Travel with a 'Deportation Profiteer of the Year' award at its main offices in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. See details here
The National Coalition of of Anti-deportation Campaigns (NCAD) also launched an online campaign against CWT that morning, involving emails, phone calls and faxes.
In Derby, the UK Border Agency offices were D-locked the night before and a written message left. See report here.
In Vienna, there was a street festival without borders, with info stalls, musicians, street theatre and more.
Friday, 4th June
The National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns launched a one-day online campaign against British Airways for being 'a frequent flier of forced removals'. See here for more details.
In Brighton, G4S 'voluntarily' withdrew from the Brighton & Hove City Future Job Fair after various campaign groups issued an official complaint to the job fair sponsors about G4S’s horrendous human rights abuses against migrants. See here for details.
In Copenhagen, a mass demonstration against deportation and the EU border agency Frontex took place.
In Vienna, a mass anti-racist demonstration was held. See here for details.
In Jena, Germany, the Karawana Festival 'against colonial injustice and to commemorate the death of the Fortress Europe' started.
Saturday, 5th June
In London, a small demo was held in Parliament Sq demo. See report and pictures here. At the same time, the SOAS Detainee Support Group organised a march and carnival against the detention of children. In the evening, the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees organised a social evening in solidarity with Iraqi and Kurdish detainees facing deportation.
In Oxford, the Campaign to Close Campsfield held a street stall in the city centre.