Some 30 supporters of Bristol Defend Asylum Seekers Campaign, Student Action for Refugees, Respect, Bristol NUT teachers’ union branch and other organisations protested outside Downing Street on Monday.
They brought with them petitions to Tony Blair with 6,000 signatures demanding that the case of asylum seeker Robinah Tanalie Senoga be reopened.
Robinah is a 19 year old Ugandan woman who was raped by soldiers and fled to Britain. She has no family in Uganda and nothing to return to. But she has friends here and is currently training to be a nurse.
The National Asylum Service has already stopped the £34 per week she was receiving and asked her to leave her accommodation.
Blair’s new agenda punishes the poor and needy, while giving billions to the arms traders and supporting Bush’s wars that will create more refugees.
Paulette North, Respect prospective parliamentary candidate, Bristol East
Events are planned around the country to mark the Europe-wide day of action against racism and for the free movement of migrants and asylum seekers on Saturday 2 April:
- London Assemble 12 noon, Clerkenwell Green, London WC1. March to Hackney for rally and food. See www.april2.org.uk for details.
- Manchester Three marches are planned: South Manchester, assemble 12.30pm, Whitworth Park, Wilmslow Road; North Manchester, assemble 12 noon, Goldstone Park, Cheetham Hill, Waterloo Road; Central Manchester, assemble 12.30pm, HIV memorial, Sackville Park, Sackville Street. There is a Manchester-wide rally at 2.30pm, Albert Square. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- Nottingham Noise Demo, 12 noon, Market Square. Bring banners and all manner of musical instruments — everything from trombones to dustbin lids. Go to www.nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk for more details.
- Oxford 12 noon, Cornmarket. Stall, letter writing, music and street theatre, organised by the Campaign to Close Campsfield, Bicester Refugee Support and others.
- Canterbury “Hands off our mates” vigil, 12 noon, Sunday 3 April, The Cathedral, Butter Market. E-mail email@example.com for more details.
- Glasgow 11am, Immigration Offices, 200 Brand Street, Govan. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details of the protest.