URGENT – to all SWAN supporters – please see below for information on the demonstration being held at 5pm on Thursday this week (12th April) to stop the mass eviction of over 140 asylum seekers in Glasgow. SWAN is supporting the demonstration and we would urge you to come along and bring others from your workplace, community or place of study to demonstrate our outrage at this inhumane action – bring placards, banners, trade union banners – as many as possible.
Stop the evictions - No deportations - End destitution now
Rally and protest, Red Road / Petershill Rd, Glasgow Thursday 12 April - 5.00 – 7.00pmCalled by Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, The Unity Centre and Ypeople Glasgow Residents Association. Supported by the Right to Work, Defend Glasgow Services, Social Work Action Network, UNITE Scottish Housing Branch (SC151), Save the Accord, Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts, No Deportations – Residence Papers For All, Glasgow Palestine Human Rights Campaign and others. Up to 140 Glasgow asylum seekers are to be evicted by their landlord, Ypeople, in the next few weeks, and left without home, and without access to work or any benefits or state support whatsoever. These people have had their claim for asylum refused even though most are unable to return to their countries because they are too dangerous. They include Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Zimbabwe and others. Ypeople, a charity funded to provide accommodation to vulnerable people, claims they have to do this before handing over the housing of asylum seekers to Serco, a giant multinational making money for its shareholders out of running prisons and detention centres. The hand over period runs to November yet Ypeople have decided to evict everyone right now. Community groups say they will not be able to cope. We call on Ypeople to act with humanity towards these extremely vulnerable people and on Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to step in and stop this disaster before it happens. What kind of city and what kind of Scotland are they governing that allows this kind of humanitarian outrage to occur? Finally we call on the British government to honour its international obligations in the spirit as well as the letter by granting protection and the right to work for all people seeking sanctuary. Come and support the demonstration next Thursday. Bring friends, family, workmates, trade union branches, churches and other organisations, banners, placards etc. Glasgow Campaign to Welcome RefugeesContacts: Margaret – 07870 286 632 Jock – 07896 877 315
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