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Man dies during forced deportation

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2224

Jimmy Mubenga

Jimmy Mubenga

Jimmy Mubenga died after he was manhandled onto a British Airways flight to Angola during an attempted forced deportation.

Passengers on the plane witnessed him being dragged to the back of the cabin by three Group Four security guards.

He was held in a seat crying out, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe” and “They are going to kill me” for about ten minutes before he passed out.

One passenger told the Guardian newspaper, “In the beginning his voice was strong and loud, but with time, the voice was losing its strength.”

Mubenga lived in Ilford, east London, with his wife and five children. He had been living legally in Britain for 14 years. He was deported because he had served a prison sentence.

During 2009 nearly 2,000 people were deported on flights run by BA, Virgin and BMI.

If enough passengers protest whenever a deportation is attempted, planes will not be able to take off and this barbaric practice can be stopped before anyone else dies.

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Tue 19 Oct 2010, 18:53 BST
Issue No. 2224
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