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Protest Home Office Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Glasgow

March 8, 2010
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Join the Protest outside the Home Office in memory of the three people who died in Red Road on Sunday
Tuesday 9th March
11.00 outside the Home Office reporting centre on Brand Street
Residents of Red Road have asked the Unity Centre for help with a demonstration outside the Home Office on Tuesday 9th March in memory of the three people who fell to their death on Sunday morning from one of the tower blocks in Red Road.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8554849.stm
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/three-leap-to-death-in-high-rise-suicide-pact-1.1011712
The three people, a woman and two men, who died are thought to have lived in Red Road for two months.
It is difficult to understand why it has taken the police more than 24 hours to identify the three people as all asylum seekers are repeatedly asked to give thier finger-prints by the Home Office and their landlords, the YMCA, should be able to tell the police who was living in the flat at the time.
Neighbours have told Unity that Strathclyde police visited the people’s flat on the 15th floor last Friday to tell them that their asylum case had been refused and that they would have to leave the flat. In our experience the police only come to the door of a refused asylum seeker at the request of the landlord after the family have refused to leave their accommodation. So far, the YMCA who were landlords for the three are refusing to comment to the media.
At the moment, the Home Office are denying any involvement however it has been known for asylum seekers to be so desperate that they jump from their windows if they think they are about be detained in a dawn raid by the Home Office’s Enforcement Team. Neighbours have said that they thought the Home Office had been there on Sunday morning when the three jumped.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8555763.stm
Please come to the Home Office at 11.00 tomorrow (Tuesday 9th)
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