TWO demonstrations to highlight opposition to New Labour's attacks on refugees are planned next month. The protests came out of the 350-strong conference in Manchester in March that gathered together campaigners for refugees from across Britain.
Some 300 people joined a 'Speak Out Against Racism' rally in London last Sunday organised by the National Assembly against Racism. Speakers included Diane Abbott MP, London mayor Ken Livingstone and Natfhe general secretary Paul Mackney.
Campaigners are now building for two demonstrations at the start and close of Refugee Action Week from 15 to 22 June.
Saturday 15 June:
Close racist detention centres. National protest, 12 noon, Harmondsworth detention centre, Colnbrook bypass, A4 north of Heathrow (buses U3, H30, 74, 75 or 76 from Heathrow, or 81 from Hounslow West tube). For more details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 22 June:
Say no to deportation, detention and dispersal-stop attacks on asylum seekers. National demonstration, 12 noon, Malet Street, London Goodge Street or Russell Square tube).
Protests sponsored by Barbed Wire Britain, Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers, National Civil Rights Movement, and National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns.