XL Airways pulls out of asylum seeker deportation flights

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Oct 10 2007 15:25
XL Airways pulls out of asylum seeker deportation flights

After sustained pressure by anti-deportation campaigners, one of the airline carriers XL Airways has announced its pull out from further deportation flights. XL was identified for its carrying out of a deportation from UK to the Democratic Republic of Congo in February 2007. It was later subject to a direct action during the Camp for Climate Action when it seemed likely that XL would be the carrier for a further deportation to DR Congo in August. This action was followed by demonstrations across Britain by the Congolese community and its supporters. XL Airways was at pains to convince opponents it would not be the carrier for the latter deportation (which was in any case halted in the courts), pending a Country Guidance Tribunal for DR Congo. Now it has been forced to announce its pull out altogether.

Other airlines are now facing direct action for their involvement in deportations including British Airways and Virgin Airlines.This follows a recent expose (in the Independent newpaper) of racism and assault at asylum seeker removal centres, especially by private prison 'escort teams' who are paid to take people back to their home countries.

Sustained pressure is needed to get these flights stopped and to against detention of asylum seekers altogether.
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More background and info about Congolese demos: http://www.nobordersnottingham.org.uk

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Oct 10 2007 15:58

Oh and its not just DR Congo either...

Stop Deporting Cameroonians (demo 9th Oct 2007):
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/10/383287.html
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/10/383276.html
"Every day refused asylum seekers from Cameroon are being put on Kenya Airway flights and taken back to Cameroon for no other reason than the Home Office does not think that Cameroon is a dangerous place, despite a wide consensus that it is unsafe. "

The demo that took place yesterday included support for Beatrice Guessie who was beaten up by member(s) of 'escort teams' mentioned above - employees of security firms on the Government's approved list for the forced removal of failed asylum-seekers: Group4Securicor, ITA Group and GEO, an American company.