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Demo says ‘Don’t take their home’

by Nahella Ashraf
Issue No. 2275

Around 70 people gathered outside Longsight police station in Manchester to protest against an eviction on Tuesday of last week.

They gathered outside a meeting between police, local councillors and community representatives concerning the eviction of the Farooqi family from their home.

The “Save the Family Home” campaign was set up after the family of five adults and two children, including an eight month old baby, were told they could be made homeless as a result of the father’s conviction.

This is a clear attempt to introduce collective punishment for an individual conviction.

The father was found guilty of terrorism charges, which he is appealing.

Shortly after his conviction the police approached the Crown Prosecution Service which is now threatening to seize the family home.

This is the first time that such a move has been attempted under section 23A of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows forfeiture of property in terrorism cases.

There was real anger among the protesters that the meeting about the eviction was taking place without the Farooqi family or campaign representatives being allowed to attend.

The protesters saw this as an attempt by the police to put pressure on the Imams not to support the campaign.

The supporters pledged to continue to campaign against what they see as an unjust law that attacks all our human rights.

The campaign is supported by refugee rights group RAPAR.

The online petition can be signed at www.savethefamilyhome.com. Messages of support can be sent to savethefamilyhome@hotmail.co.uk.

Campaign meeting Monday 31 October, 7.30pm Eastern Pearl Restaurant, Manchester, M13 0BG


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Tue 25 Oct 2011, 17:45 BST
Issue No. 2275
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