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Double win for Glasgow refugee campaigners

Issue No. 2303

Campaigners for refugees in Glasgow scored two successes last week. Angeline Pirira Mwafulirwa and her children were released from custody after being arrested in a dawn raid.

The turnaround came after activists organised protests on Monday of this week.

And journalist Ako Khalil Zada, a leading light in the campaign to stop asylum seekers being evicted from Red Road Flats, won his flat back after the locks were changed without his knowledge.

Angeline was brought for an interview at the Home Office in Glasgow. Ten minutes later she emerged to cheers from the crowd of supporters.

She told Socialist Worker, “When I saw all the people who had come to support me I felt really relieved. The Home Office people agreed to look at my medical report and I hope they will decide favourably.”

Ako was left locked out of his home. Staff refused him a new key. But eventually they admitted that the eviction was a mistake. Three other refugees housed in the flats are still locked out.

Margaret Woods of the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees said, “Today shows that protest works. We’re now organising for a Scotland-wide march on Wednesday 6 June.”

To contact Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees send an email to [email protected] or phone 07870 286 632

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Tue 15 May 2012, 16:57 BST
Issue No. 2303
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