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Defending refugees

by Margaret Woods, trade union organiser of Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees
Issue No. 1936

CAMPAIGNERS IN Glasgow last week secured the release of Pastor Mikielokele Daly and his family from Dungeval detention centre, and a judicial review of the whole case. The Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and the Pentecostal Church of Redemption worked together calling four large demonstrations over the normally quiet Christmas and new year fortnight.

An open letter to the home secretary contained 40 signatures of prominent politicians, trade unionists and church leaders.

At one point the pastor was held in home office custody for 29 hours with nobody knowing his whereabouts. He was kept with no food or water when taken via Manchester to Birmingham, before deportation to Angola was finally abandoned. The family’s courage and the determination of the Scottish-African community in the city have forced the home office to back down. We intend to continue to fight to ensure that the pastor, a leading community activist, can remain with the rest of his family.

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Sat 29 Jan 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1936
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