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Protest grows to stop playwright Lydia Besong’s deportation

by Mark Krantz
Issue No. 2182

The campaign to release human rights activist and playwright Lydia Besong, currently in Yarslwood detention centre where she faces deportation to Cameroon, received a boost last week when 100 supporters rallied in Manchester.

Lydia told supporters via mobile phone that her detention was “mental torture”.

Both Lydia and her husband Bernard were tortured in Cameroon as members of an organisation fighting for the freedom and liberation of the southern part of the country.

Lydia’s debut play How I Became An Asylum Seeker was performed last week before a packed audience.

Vigil to defend Lydia Besong, Saturday 12 December, 3pm, on the steps of the Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester

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Tue 15 Dec 2009, 17:35 GMT
Issue No. 2182
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