Petition update

Hundreds protest racist charter flight deportations but we still need your support

ZITA HOLBOURNE
LONDON, ENG, United Kingdom

Feb 8, 2020 — 

Dear Supporters

 

Thank you to everybody who came to our protest at Downing Street on Thursday evening. There were hundreds in attendance and we were joined by families, community and campaign  groups and several MPs, including Shadow Home Secretary,  Diane Abbott and Shadow Immigration Minister,  Bellavia  Rebeiro-Addy. The protest stopped traffic for 2 hours on Whitehall. 

It attracted National  and International media coverage and was featured on BBC Newsnight the same evening where the lead story was on our protest and the leaked Windrush lessons learned report which has been hugely  delayed.


We have maintained that there should be no deportations  whilst the report has not been published or recommendations within it acted upon. But we are also calling for an independent public inquiry into the Windrush scandal.


It was revealed that the leaked report recommends that there should be no deportation of anyone who came to the UK as a child. We know that several people booked on Tuesday's deportation  flight came to the UK as children.

One of these is a 22 year old young man who came to the UK aged 4. His mother, father, younger brother and extended family are British citizens and he was given indefinite leave to remain as a child.  Aged 17 he fell under the influence of the wrong people and was sent to prison. Since coming out he has turned his life around and remained in the same job working hard. He had nobody in Jamaica and the only home he has ever know is the UK. 


It is totally unacceptable  to tear him from his family and deport him to a place he does not know, destitute and alone. He has served his time and been rehabilitated. 


Many of those targeted for deportation have also been denied access to legal representation  and thus justice because phone signals at a number of removal centres have been down for several days meaning that on top of the distress people are already going through they are unable to speak with their legal advisors, when time is of the essence, or their loved ones. 


Here is some of the news coverage we have received;


https://www.runnymedetrust.org/blog/hostile-environment-forced-deportations-resumed

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2020/02/06/crucial-action-is-taking-place-to-stop-the-tories-planned-jamaican-deportation-flight/amp/

 

https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/06/protesters-shut-white-hall-racist-jamaica-deportation-flight-12196775/

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/07/jamaica-deportations-must-be-halted-until-windrush-report-published

 

We still need your help as the situation is urgent.


Please share this petition  widely,  other things you can do are to write to your MP raising concerns,  tweet the Home Secretary  Priti Patel @patel4witham to complain and use the hashtags  #jamaica50 #enddeportations #stopcharterflights 


We are planning another demo outside Downing Street on Monday and will update you with details.


Thank you for standing with us. Targeting of  the Caribbean  community for inhumane detentions and deportations is not only unjust but deeply racist. And must be challenged. 


Regards


Zita 

 


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