More than 150 people marched through central London today demanding justice for Jimmy Mubenga. Jimmy died a month ago today as three G4S private security guards were forcibly deporting him to Angola on a British Airways plane at Heathrow airport. Jimmy appears to have died of asphyxiation.
The angry, noisy demonstration moved off from the Angolan Embassy near Baker Street. It crossed central London to finish at the Home Office gathering support on the way. Marchers shouted, 'No borders! No nations! Stop deportations!'
Marchers disregarded police instructions and spread across the road, stopping traffic on Oxford Street.
One marcher, Kimbangu Matone, told Socialist Worker, 'You can't kill someone just because you want to deport them. We are all human beings before we belong to any country. People say this is a free country.
'We should be able to live where we want. They should change the law to respect human beings.'
Flavio Marques, who is from Angola, said, 'No one else should be forced to die like Jimmy. We must stop them doing this.'
Marcia Rigg and Samantha Rigg-David – sisters of Sean Rigg who died in police custody – joined the protest. Samantha told Socialist Worker, 'We keep finding out about more deaths in custody. I feel for Jimmy's wife. No one should have to go through that.'
Antonia Bright of the Movement for Justice told Socialist Worker, 'Deportations have to be stopped whether they're carried out by G4S or anyone else. Forced deportation brutalises people and tears families apart.'
At the brief rally outside the Home Office Jeremy Corbyn MP told marchers, 'There are links between newspaper attacks on the right of asylum, the rise in racist attacks, the growth of the BNP. This atmosphere makes people think they should walk by on the other side as grotesque brutalities are committed.'
Jimmy had lived in Britain for 16 years and all five of his children were born here.
The demonstration was organised by the Union of Angolans in the UK.