Protesters demonstrated in Middlesbrough town centre last weekend against the government policy of deporting people to warzones such as Iraq, Afghanistan and DR Congo.
“We want to raise awareness about the plight of asylum seekers being sent back to unsafe countries,” said Tresor Bukasa of the North East Coalition For Asylum Rights.
Tresor highlighted the hypocrisy of the government’s position on Iraq and Afghanistan. “They say Iraq and Afghanistan are unsafe therefore the troops must stay – but then they say these countries are safe when they are sending people back.”
The demonstration followed a meeting where people saw videos of the terrible treatment suffered by the civilian population caught up in the war in DR Congo.