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Defending refugees

Issue No. 1877

OVER 100 people joined a protest in Manchester last Saturday against the government's harsh treatment of asylum seekers.

Home secretary David Blunkett plans to deny all benefits to asylum seekers if their applications are rejected.

Manchester Against Destitution (MAD) organised the 100-strong public meeting and protest last Saturday. MAD is an umbrella group coordinating advice and help for the destitute, as well as campaigning against Blunkett's policy.

Campaign round-up

BRISTOL DEFEND Asylum Seekers Campaign is fighting the deportation of 28 year old Maria Ikow, who fled wartorn Somalia.

Like a growing number of asylum seekers she is now destitute-denied all access to state benefits, healthcare and help with accommodation. She is not allowed to work.

Last Saturday we held a street meeting in Bristol's Broadmead Shopping Centre. People passing stopped to discuss the situation facing asylum seekers, volunteering to sign our petition and contributing money.

GEORGE SQUARE, Glasgow, outside the city chambers (where the council meets) on Monday evening was a dynamic and well attended event in defence of refugee rights. There were about 350 people at any one time.

Speakers called on Glasgow council to be more supportive of destitute asylum seekers.

The government has removed support but the human rights issue remains for a Labour council. About two hundred people then attended a meeting in a nearby hall.

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Sat 15 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1877
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