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Omar Deghayes: Victim of Guantanamo faces racism

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The family of Omar Deghayes, a former detainee in Guantanamo Bay, have endured a series of racist attacks in their hometown of Saltdean, near Brighton.
Issue 2170

The family of Omar Deghayes, a former detainee in Guantanamo Bay, have endured a series of racist attacks in their hometown of Saltdean, near Brighton.

Omar, who was released from Guantanamo in December 2007, is living with his family. Over the past 18 months, intimidation and harassment have blighted the family’s lives.

The most recent attack involved the windscreen of the family’s car and a front window of their house being smashed. Omar’s sister in law was also threatened. The Deghayes are now scared to leave the house.

But the local community is organising against the attacks and racism in the area.

The Save Omar campaign, alongside the Peace Messenger group, are holding a meeting this week to discuss the issues and come up with practical solutions to the problems.

Jackie Chase from the Save Omar campaign told Socialist Worker, “The meeting is fully centred on the community response and community action.

“We believe that people getting together can make a huge and sustainable difference.”

Local bands have offered to put on a gig for the campaign. Local people are also hoping to set up a phone line for black and ethnic minority people to call if they have problems and concerns about racism in the area.

The meeting is to be held at 7.30pm, this Thursday 24 September, Saltdean Community Centre, Saltdean Park Road.

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