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'58 dead-nothing said'

Issue No. 1706

'58 dead-nothing said'

THOSE commemorating the 58 dead Chinese refugees outside Downing Street last week included Guardian journalists Jonathan Freedland and Gary Younge, and organiser and Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown


Counting the cost of Labour's scapegoating

AN EMOTIONAL commemoration was held opposite Downing Street on Wednesday of last week to remember the 58 Chinese refugees found dead in Dover last month. The Independent journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown organised the ceremony, which was joined by around 100 other media workers, actors and anti-racist campaigners. Yasmin said, "We got together this event because some of us felt strongly that we had to remember the 58 Chinese people. As a nation we ought to have done something."

Actress Maureen Lipman said, "I have spent much of my life fighting racism as hard as I can. My love and support go to the families of the 58 who died in principal due to the immigration laws of this country." Some 100 people then attended a public meeting held in a west London synagogue.


A victory

A sign of the potential to build support for refugees was shown this week. A refugee's deportation from Heathrow airport was successfully stopped after campaigners and people on the flight held a protest.

  • Stop refugee deportations-Amang Gafor must stay. Assemble 7am, Friday 21 July, check-in desk, flight BA 4715, Gatwick North terminal.

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Sat 22 Jul 2000, 00:00 BST
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