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Refugee family forcibly taken by police in bullet proof vests - urgent action!

Liverpool Indymedia | 28.03.2007 19:54 | Anti-racism | Migration | Repression | Liverpool

At 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning (27th March) Jannatul Chowdhury and her children were suddenly and violently arrested at dawn and taken by van to a cell in Reliance House Water Street where they were held until they were again taken by van to Yarls Wood detention centre where they are currently imprisoned and facing imminent deportation on Sunday April 1st. Such treatment is outrageous in a so-called ‘civilised’ society.

Jannatul Chowdhury and her family
Jannatul Chowdhury and her family

Jannatul Chowdhury fled from Bangladesh two and half years ago with her family. Her children Ishtiaque and Nazifa were kidnapped by members of the leading political party of Bangladesh leaving Jannatul and her husband Naushad no choice other than to pay the ransom. Despite being victims of such a dreadful crime the authorities refused to take any action over the kidnapping which left the family living in permanent fear and with the belief that they could never again be safe there. So they fled to Britain to seek asylum.

Naushad, Jannatul’s husband died of a heart attack in December 2005. Nauchad is buried in Liverpool tying the family strongly to the area.

Despite the trauma they suffered from the kidnapping, the tragic death of their father, the stress caused by the immigration system such as enforced dispersal to different houses in Liverpool, surviving on the meagre NASS support all this both children are doing very well in school. All the pupils and staff at Childwall Sports College are distraught at what has happened and cannot understand why this is happening. Yet Liam Byrne has decided that they do not have the right to stay here. After her husband’s death Jannatul had to take on the family’s asylum claim and it was subsequently refused.

In Liverpool Jannatul has been assisting voluntarily with ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) classes at Asylum Link Merseyside and regularly cooks for other asylum seekers who are in need. She also writes for a local newsletter/magazine for the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. And she been actively campaigning for her own family’s right to stay and also for the rights of others seeking asylum in the Asylum Voice (of the undocumented) campaign group in Liverpool which was set up and is led by asylum seekers and others who are undocumented.

There are other concerns related to Jannatul and her family :

* Jannatul is scheduled for surgery on the 3rd April to explore severe abdominal pain – a condition that will be worsened by this terrifying ordeal and her daughter Nazifa was due to see a consultant at Alder Hey Neurological Clinic for very serious migraine and eye problems which have also been getting worse.

* Her son Ishtiaque did remarkably well in his GCSE’s, is working towards his AS levels and is set for a university place.

Jannatul has slowly rebuilt her life and that of her children through hard work, perseverance and with the support of all the communities around her. To send this family back to Bangladesh is cruel and inhuman. To terrorise children and remove them and their mother is an appalling endightment of this government and its cruel immigration system. It is nothing to do with justice or fairness it is a racist system which is only concerned with achieving targets.

We must end this madness and stop a DEPORTATION EVERY 26 minutes which Liam Byrne boasts he is achieving!

What you can do to help: quote HO ref: C1167819
• Write to Liam Byrne MP, Home Office, Peel Building 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
Email Tel: 0121 789 7287Fax: 020 7035 4745 from outside the UK + 44 20 7035 4745
• Contact British Airways and demand that they do not collude in the forced removal of this family
Flight Details – BA0145 from Heathrow to Dhaka 15.25 1st April
Tel 0870 850 9850 Email:
• Louise Ellman MP Tel 0151 236 4301 London fax 020 7219 2592 email:

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29.03.2007 20:56

I got a failed delivery due to : Returned mail: Over quota...apparently he's picking up his mail with his Black Berry.
This was the email:

Dear Sir,

I have read the sad story of the latest people being persecuted by your latest anti immigration strategy.
In the past few years sevral EU immigrants have arrived in the UK and are happily living and working in the UK.
These EU immigrants do not come from situations where they were being tortured and therefore feared for their lives.
On the 27th of March you violently and shamelessly arrested a lovely family of asylum seekers in Liverpool, sending expensive police forces with bullet proof vests.
Considering that i live in Portsmouth where the police refuse to investigate rape, stalking, hacking and harassment due to the fact that they have no budget (I received confirmation of this in writing), how can you condone this?
What you are doing is appalling, pointless, stupid, inhumane, expensive, wasteful and irrelevant.
I urge you to review your decision to deport this family and allow them to receive health care and the education they deserve.
Whatever you think you are doing regards immigration it will not make you popular, your mandate is irrelevant and stupid and only appeases the likes of the Sun newspaper and all the other Murdoch media outlets.
Murdoch has no benevolant interest towards the UK, other than to blackmail the UK and force us to maintain a level of ignorance to suit his revolting political aspirations.
Therefore weakening the British isle's strenth as a nation of good rightous people, turning us into Taliban's with computers and Gucci bags.
None the less the level of ignorance around in the UK and the US is now pretty similar to what we witness in afghanistan, but we are not poor and have not been denied a chance to grow as a nation as the Afghan's have.
Playing into these people's hands will do this country no good, we already have gangs of kids killing each other, this is a victory for the Sun, Murdoch and zionist conspiracies, that are destroying this countries future.
This is England, not america and not Israel.
This would never happen in Italy, why does it happen here?
If you loved your country you would be busy doing other things.
As for the police in this country..I used to respect them and regard them as the best police force in the world, now they are just as illegal as the street gangs in London in my eyes.
Please....try and switch your brain on and stop torturing the weak people of this world, a single mother that is ill.
Shame on you!

Kind regards,

blah blah will try later again..

failed delivery

free the Chowdhury family

31.03.2007 18:37

you can help now, logon to and search for Chowdhury and sign the petition. Thank you all.

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Please sign the Chowdhury Petition here

31.03.2007 20:05

Follow this link to register your condemnation of the way this family is been treated

For videos and campain picture follow

sorry for the above spelling.

Lee Ferguson
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Liverpool Campaign for Chowdhury Family Release

31.03.2007 21:38

Joint Childwall School and TUC March for Freedom - video/x-ms-wmv 874K

Handing over petition to Home Office Case Worker for the Chowdhury Family
Handing over petition to Home Office Case Worker for the Chowdhury Family

Childwall school addressing TUC conference today (31st March 07)
Childwall school addressing TUC conference today (31st March 07)

As new information regarding this case becomes available it is being posted at the following website address:

Details of an online petiton is also available as well as photographs and video and sound footage of action that has been taken by students from Childwall School where the Chowdhury children attended.

Edward J Kelly
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