LETTER FROM RAUL EXPLAINING WHY HE IS ON HUNGER STRIKE
Stop the deportation of Raul Ally on hunger strike since Wednesday 10th April.
Raul is currently being held in Colnbrook immigration prison to be deported to Tanzania TOMORROW Wednesday 17th April.
Call Colnbrook to demand his release. Tell them you know he is on hunger strike (for almost a week now) they need to release him so he can get proper medical attention and he is in no fit state to fly.
Tel: 020 86075200
Then press option 1
Then press 310 (healthcare)
Or try: 020 86075200
Then press option 1
Then press 354 (UKBA staff in Colnbrook)
Fax: 020 87597996
Ring Kenya Airlines, flight KQ101 from Heathrow Wednesday 17th, 8pm. Demand that they do not take Raul. He is from Somalia and they are trying to deport him to Tanzania against his will.
Central Office: 020 8283 1800
Heathrow Office: 020 8759 7366
Passenger reservations: 020 8283 1818
Fax: 020 82831880
See below for more information.
Monday 15th April Tyneside Community Action Against Racism (TCAR) organised a protest with Raul’s family and friends to demand his release from Colnbrook immigration prison and to halt the deportation set for this Wednesday 17th April.
Over 30 people attended the protest, with banners, placards and speeches and chants on the megaphone linking the racist treatment of asylum seekers and migrants to Britain’s imperialist plunder and pillage around the world, not least in Somalia.
Somalia has been carved up so that its energy resources can be exploited. In a conference on Somalia hosted in London in December 2011 Britain talked of its intention to secure ‘British interests’ in the oil-rich and strategically important region. Now another conference is to be held in London on 7 May 2013. Ugandan, Burundian, Kenyan, Ethiopian, US, British and French troops have entered Somalia.
Activists also protested outside Virgin Money, with several people occupying offices demanding to speak to a manager, highlighting Virgin's role, with Virgin Atlantic, in deporting asylum seekers.
Raul, 18 years old, fled Somalia when he was 12 and has been living in the north east ever since. This is the second time he has been criminlaised and locked up in an immigration prison. The Home Office are trying to deport him to Tanzania – a country he has never been to and has no connection to. Raul has went on hunger strike because he is making a protest and stated he would 'rather starve than be treated like this'.
TCAR asks the question: who are the real criminals? The British government and companies who force war and poverty onto millions of people around the world? Or the people who are forced to flee such situations?
Free Raul Ally! End the criminalisation of asylum seekers and migrants!
Justice for Immigrants! Freedom for Refugees!