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Refugee protest

by Mark Brown, secretary Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees
Issue No. 1894

AFTER 28 days on hunger strike, and at the urging of their friends and supporters, the 'Glasgow Three', Faroq Haidari, Fariborz Gravindi and Mokhtar Haydary, have ended their hunger strike. The three, Kurdish refugees from Iran, have been heartened by the growing support for their fight against deportation from across Scotland and beyond. They were also strengthened by a protest in their support at the Scottish Parliament last week.

The three have now heeded the advice of their supporters, pledging to begin eating again and to throw themselves into the political campaign against their deportation as soon as they are strong enough to do so. Faroq, Fariborz and Mokhtar expressed their great appreciation of the tremendous and widespread support they have received from campaigners, politicians, trade unionists and religious organisations throughout the country.

The visits they received from the shadow first minister John Swinney MSP, STUC general secretary Bill Speirs, Tommy Sheridan MSP and Carolyn Leckie MSP, among others, helped to confirm to the men that they were not alone in their fight.

Their allegations of human rights abuses against the Kurdish minority by the Iranian state have been reported in Iran. No reasonable person can conclude that it would be safe for them to return. David Blunkett, however, is not a reasonable man.

Over the coming days and weeks the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, the Glasgow Three and their many supporters will be stepping up the campaign against the threat of deportation which Blunkett holds above the heads of Faroq, Fariborz and Mokhtar.

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Sat 27 Mar 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1894
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