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Hold the plane – Stop the deportation charter flight to Pakistan

UK: Call to stop a deportation flight on May 22.

Originally published by End Deportations Facebook event page.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Hold the plane – Stop the deportation charter flight to Pakistan

May 22, 2018, 17:00 – 19:00 UTC+01, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF London, UK.

In the wake of the Windrush scandal, ALL deportation charter flights must stop. Pakistan is a Commonwealth country, once colonised by Britain, and people who’s homes and families are here have been subjected to the same brutal treatment by the Home Office as the Windrush generation who have been forced to Jamaica.

Come to the Home Office, 2 Marsham St, as close to 5pm as you can while staff on still in the office to call on them to stop the flight. If you have more information on the time of the flight please get in touch. We expect it to be between 10pm-11pm.

Bring banners, voices and love.

**FULL LIST OF SPEAKERS TBC, pls get in touch if you want to speak**

*Please share with your networks!*

And come to next week’s demo to stop a deportation charter flight to Nigeria:

More info:
Deportation charter flights are a brutal, secretive and barely legal way of forcing people out of the UK. The Windrush scandal has shed light on just how many people are being ripped away from their homes, families and communities, when they may have lived here for decades. Their homes are here. They belong here. 

The scandal goes beyond Windrush. People from other Commonwealth countries, colonised by Britain, have been subject to the same, brutal, treatment by the Home Office. The Windrush scandal is not a mistake, nor an aberration. It is the intention of policy. Mothers, fathers, siblings, best friends and neighbours, people who are part of our communities, are regularly snatched away and physically forced onto secretive flights in the middle of the night. Many have lived in Manchester, Birmingham, London and other cities for years. Their families and friends are here, and they may know no-one in the country they’re being sent to. 

Few have been able to access good quality legal advice, pay the high fees necessary to regularise their status, or access their right to challenge notoriously poor Home Office decision making – and that’s in cases in which people were aware they needed to take action to regularise their immigration status or prove their right to be here. For some, the first time they learn their legal status is in question is when action is taken to forcibly deport them. We know that many people deported on charter flights will face persecution, harm, isolation or even death when they arrive in the countries they are sent to. 

A deportation charter flight due to send 57 people to Nigeria and Ghana from Stansted airport was stopped by activists last year, who are due to stand trial in October 2018 trial charged with a terror-related offence. A number of people due to be deported on that flight had ongoing legal cases and appeals, and several feared for their safety on arrival in Nigeria.

The government has already stopped a planned deportation charter flight to Jamaica as a result of public outrage over the Windrush scandal. The scandal has shown that this government’s hostile environment policy is unjust, immoral and illegal. It is time to bring an immediate halt to all deportation charter flights. Join us this Tuesday and help us bring an end to racist deportations.

May 22, 2018, 17:00 – 19:00 UTC+01, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF London, UK.

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