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Issue No. 1760

Defend refugees

CAMPAIGNERS FROM asylum groups joined with trade unionists for a lively protest outside Liverpool prison last Sunday. Refugees inside the prison began a hunger strike last week, and demonstrators brought drums and banners to the prison gate to show support for the detainees.

Over 100 asylum seekers are currently imprisoned in Liverpool although there is officially space for only 50. Representatives from the FBU and UNISON unions and the trades council addressed the demonstration.

A further demonstration is planned for Saturday 4 August at 1pm, assemble HMP Liverpool, Hornby Road, Walton, Liverpool.

  • The British government has refused asylum to a high profile veteran left wing and trade union activist from Pakistan. Supporters are fighting to stop the threatened deportation of Mohammed Anwar Dolan, who has been a campaigner for democracy and human rights in Pakistan for over 30 years. The Home Office accepts that he has suffered political persecution, imprisonment and torture. However, in a bizarre twist of logic the Home Office says that although Pakistan is under "military rule", "martial law has not been imposed"!
  • For petitions and leaflets write to Flat 29, 180 Acton Lane, London W4 5DL, or phone 07718 352 589.

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Sat 4 Aug 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1760
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