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Movement for Justice had called an emergency protest against a forthcoming
forced deportation charter flight
taking detainees back to Jamaica. Most of those selected for deportation
had grown up and been educated
here in the UK and have extensive networks of family and friends in
this country. Few have any real connection
with Jamaica. The UK government labels them as "criminals"
, though most have been convicted of only
minor crimes - including non-payment of TV licence fee - and have
served their sentences.
Their deportation is totally unjust and unjustifiable. They may have
retained Jamaican nationality but they are
British "criminals" , many of whom since their serving their
sentences have worked, paid their taxes and
contributed to our society. Not only are their sentences unfair to
them, they are unfair to the families.
The protest was outside the Jamaican embassy which is in South Kensington,
just up the road from the Science Museum.
The protesters were calling on Jamaica to refuse to take the people
being deported which they could do.
But Jamaica gets large amounts of aid money from the UK and so pressure
can be put on them.
In 2015 David Cameron gave Jamaica £25 million to build a new
prison so that we could send criminals
with Jamaican nationality back there to complete their sentences in
'No More Charter Flights - Stop Deportations'
'Amnesty for All - No More Tearing Families Apart'
Many of those being deported are descendants & Family members
of the Windrush Generation and are still
being persecuted as a part of the UK's 'Hostile Environment' despite
the Windrush scandal coming out into the open.
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