It’s now been announced that Wednesday 6th, the same day as the Stansted 15 sentencing, will now see a mass deportation to Jamaica. End Deportations have put together a template letter for people to send to their MPs, and for anyone in London who can’t make it to Chelmsford Crown Court for the sentencing, there’ll now be a march on the Home Office:
“JUSTICE FOR THE STANSTED 15!
END DEPORTATION CHARTER FLIGHTS!
SHUT DOWN ALL DETENTION CENTRES!
March from Lambeth Bridge to the Home Office
Join us for a London demonstration against the scheduled deportation charter flight to Jamaica, and in solidarity with the Stansted 15 who will be sentenced for an unjust conviction at Chelmsford Crown Court this Wednesday.
***THIS IS FOR FOLKS WHO CANNOT GET DOWN TO CHELMSFORD FOR COURT SOLIDARITY. GET DOWN IF YOU CAN. Book coach seats here: https://www.facebook.com/events/735004523524622/ ***
– Last year, 15 people peacefully stopped a secretive Home Office mass deportation charter flight, to prevent unjust (and in some cases illegal) deportations. On 10th December, the people responsible for this non-violent peaceful direct action, were found guilty of a terrrorism-related offence that carries a maximum life prison sentence.
– On Wed 6th February as they face sentencing, we want to gather outside the Home Office to demonstrate our solidarity with them and demand justice.
– The Home Office has confirmed that a flight is scheduled to deport people to Jamaica, the first charter flight to Jamaica since the Windrush scandal that went public earlier in 2018.
– We say NO! We demand an end to brutal deportation flights, inhumane indefinite detention, and the hostile environment.
Join us with placards, banners, and chants to stand against the violations of human rights the Home Office perpetrates daily.
>> Please wear a visible pink item of clothing if you can, to visibly express your solidarity <<
08:00 – Meet at Lambeth Bridge
08:30 – March to the Home office
08:45 – Demonstration at the Home Office
** Accessibility **
Nearest wheelchair accessible Tube Stations:
Lambeth Bridge > Westminster / Waterloo / Lambeth North
Home Office > Pimlico”
There’s also another solidarity action happening at the Sheffield Home Office building on the day. Other upcoming End Deportations events include a teach-in about the history of the 1980s Asian Youth Movement on the 9th, and a “planes and perverts: beats against borders” fundraiser on the 16th.
Other news in brief: Crimethinc have a new piece up on the latest wave of repression against Russian anarchists, the long-running Birmingham bin dispute is escalating again, with strike action starting on Feb 19th in response to the council’s ongoing favouritism towards scab workers and attempts to punish strikers, and London Anarchist Communist Group and London Mining Network are cohosting an event on “Free movement of solidarity, not exploitation!” on the 17th.