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Protests after deaths of Glasgow asylum seekers

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2192

Protesters gather to commemorate the three dead asylum seekers by the Red Road tower blocks (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Protesters gather to commemorate the three dead asylum seekers by the Red Road tower blocks (Pic: Duncan Brown)


Some 80 people demonstrated outside the UK Border Agency offices in Govan, Glasgow, yesterday after the deaths of three asylum seekers on Sunday. Up to 300 people joined a commemoration in the evening by the Red Road flats where the three died.

Protesters are demanding an inquiry into the deaths of a father, mother and their 21 year old son who jumped from one of the 31-storey blocks.

The family lived in the tower which is scheduled for demolition, but is being temporarily used to house asylum seekers.

Margaret Woods of the Glasgow Campaign To Welcome Refugees told Socialist Worker, 'This housing is in a terrible state. And residents are worried about the way the government is using detention centres and removals. Vulnerable people are very exposed. These aren't the first suicides here.

'But, there has been a great tradition of solidarity from local people. Dawn raids have been pretty much brought to a halt in Glasgow. They became untenable because of the number of demonstrations.'

Protesters have called another demonstration for Saturday.


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Wed 10 Mar 2010, 17:36 GMT
Issue No. 2192
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