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No Borders 'Dawn Raid' action also in Manchester

Manchester No Borders | 18.12.2007 11:20 | No Border Camp 2007 | Anti-racism | Migration

This press release was send to the local media this morning...


Manchester No Borders[1] have just learnt that a group of activists have targeted the Group 4 Securicor (G4S) enforcement teams in Salford. G4S operates ‘snatch squads’ from Greater Manchester’s immigration reporting centre at Dallas Court, which aim to arrest suspected ‘failed’ asylum seekers and ‘irregular’ migrant workers.

The local migrant communities live under constant threat of being victims of dawn raids by the snatch squads, and being detained in removal centres or deported.

Early this morning, activists used a motorbike chain to lock shut the gate at Dallas Court, preventing the snatch teams from leaving the premises. They also hung a banner reading “Caution snatch squads – we are watching you”.

We understand that today’s action was part of a co-ordinated national day of action against snatch squads. Similar activities were expected to happen in other cities across the UK.

The activists also see themselves as part of a broader campaign in Manchester to highlight the contradictions of migration management and the injustice experienced by the most vulnerable. In November this year, an unknown group of activists had used superglue to sabotage the office door locks of consultancy firm FD Tamesis for its involvement in the construction of what will be Britain’s largest immigration prison[2].

In October, a protest by No Borders and anti-racist activists had secured the release from custody of an asylum seeker held at Longsight Police station. It is believed that the man would have been deported to Iran without the pressure from campaigners.

A spokesperson for Manchester No Borders welcomed today’s ‘dawn raid’ on G4S warning that “the pressure on those profiting from detentions and deportations is on. Direct action here has a direct impact on the lives of those affected”.


[1] No Borders’ is an international network demanding freedom of movement for all and working for this through direct action. No Borders does not call for a reform of deportation centres or for 'fairer' immigration controls but for their complete abolition.

[2] Brook House, near Gatwick airport, will be the UK’s largest detention centre upon its completion. The problems and poor conditions facing detainees in deportation centres have been well-documented, for example by the BBC documentary “Real Story” (2005), which presented evidence of staff violence and racism. Some detainees will be deported to countries where they face the threat of political and other forms of violence.

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10.01.2008 17:44

Good work by Manchester No Borders in your direct action against Dallas Court! We have been calling for joint action against Dallas Court and for the place of fear to be closed down since 2005. Also well done for your crucial part in the demo outside Longsight police station in October 2007, which resulted in the release of the Iranian activist and asylum seeker being held there. However, it would be correct to let your members and other readers know that the demo was called by NWASDG and that the Iranian refugee was an NWASDG activist. The demo was supported also by the International Organisation of Iranian Refugees as well as by Manchester No Borders - it would only be courteous to acknowledge in your press releases all those who took part in the protest and helped to secure his release.

in solidarity


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