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Defending refugees

by Margaret Woods
Issue No. 1969

Over 300 people gathered outside the immigration department of the home office in Glasgow last Saturday to protest at the arrest and deportation of families in the city.

The protest was sparked by the arrest of the Vucaj family last week. They were taken to Yarls Wood detention centre and scheduled for deportation to Kosovo after having lived in Glasgow for nearly five years.

The demonstration was organised by the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees in conjunction with the local Scotstoun community, where the family lived, and school students at Drumchapel High School, which the children attended.

MSPs Rosie Kane and Sandra White spoke, as did Kenny Ross, of the Fire Brigades Union.

Three families from Glasgow have had their deportations stopped by protest action recently. These demonstrations show the growing anger at the treatment of refugees.

Many refugees signed up for places on transport to the anti-war demonstration in London, paid for by trade unionists, activists and the local mosque.

Around 150 Iraqi Kurds and their supporters marched through Handsworth, Birmingham, last Saturday in protest at deportations to Iraq.

Pete Jackson

A national demonstration against deportations has been called for Saturday

1 October. It is supported by the major anti-deportation organisations and family campaigns. Assemble 12 noon, Lever Edge Lane School, Lever Edge Lane, Bolton. For more information go to

Paul Maurins

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Sat 24 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1969
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