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Windrush Anti-racists call on Tories to halt mass deportations

CAMPAIGNERS are calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to stop a charter flight of mass deportations to Jamaica, which could go ahead on Friday.

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (Barac) has released an online petition asking for public support.

Zita Holbourne of Barac said: “It’s astonishing that charter flights would be continuing at this time in the midst of the Windrush debacle.

“The government has not set out a clear policy on who is covered from Commonwealth countries, so it makes no sense for this to be happening.

“Most people being deported in this way to Jamaica will be part of a Windrush family who, if not of Windrush generation themselves, will likely be the children or grandchildren of people who are.”

Ms Holbourne said a woman with British siblings, children and grandchildren was booked on the flight, served a removal notice and told she does not have enough family ties in Britain.

"She has subsequently been taken off the flight and released from Yarl’s Wood but there are likely to be more such examples.

“This injustice must be stopped and [everyone affected] properly compensated.”

An emergency demonstration organised by Movement for Justice will take place on Tuesday at the Jamaican High Commission at 12pm.

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