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Issue No. 1788

PROTESTERS from both Salford and Manchester's Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers protested outside the Dallas Court Reporting Centre in Salford last week. Many asylum seekers within a 25-mile radius of the centre now have to report there instead of their local police station, and no help is given with the cost of transport.

AROUND 80 people attended a meeting in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, about proposals to relocate Josiah Mason Sixth Form College. Councillors and management want to sell off the college's current site and next door sports centre to a company planning to build a hotel.

THE RECENT two-day strike at Southampton City College by members of the Natfhe and Unison unions resulted in an estimated 90 percent of courses being cancelled.

Over 80 lecturers and support staff, on strike over pay and conditions, picketed the college gates and ended with a rousing rally.

OVER 70 percent of students at Exeter University voted to demand the immediate resignation of their chancellor, Lord Alexander of Weedon QC, in a referendum last week.

Weedon is a non-executive director of the oil and gas multinational Total FinaElf. The company is involved in Burma, a country notorious for suppressing human rights. The vote follows an active campaign, including demonstrations and an occupation.
PETE HARRISON, Free Burma Coalition

Peace protest

The Stop the War Coalition joined British Asian groups last week to hand in a peace petition to the Indian and Pakistani high commissions in London

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Sat 23 Feb 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1788
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