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Not beaten enough for asylum

Issue No. 1958a

Among the groups of refugees on Saturday’s march was Daniel, a refugee from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He told Socialist Worker, “We came to Britain in 2002. The British government did not believe us when we told them that if we go back to the Congo our lives will end.

“My mother was beaten up there, but the British government says that is OK because she was only beaten once.

“Local trade unionists from Unison and the NUT have supported our campaign to stay — that’s why we’re on the march today.’

Jason Travis, the president of Bolton NUT, explained, “This family faces persecution because of their father’s political activities in the DRC. Teachers in Bolton were shocked that the government has turned down their application to stay.

“We launched a campaign involving the local NUT, the NUS at the sixth form college, Unison and the local paper.

“And, we’re here today to say that the G8 creates the conditions that make refugees flee to Britain.”

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Sun 3 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1958a
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