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Activists show support for asylum seekers ‘detained’ in Glasgow hotels

CAMPAIGNERS staged a banner drop in Scotland today to show solidarity with asylum-seekers “detained” in hotels. 

Hundreds of refugees are being housed in Glasgow hotels by housing contractor Mears, which has led to a barrage of complaints. 

In recent weeks, the provider has removed asylum-seekers in Glasgow from its homes and placed them in hotels in close proximity to others. A lack of social distancing, poor-quality food and no drinking water have previously been reported by those staying at the sites across the city. 

The No Evictions Network and other campaigners in Glasgow are now reporting further issues with food, telling the Star that “hotels do not appear to be taking sufficient action to accommodate those observing Ramadan.”

Muslims taking part in the month of fasting do not eat or drink during daylight hours but have a meal just before dawn and another after sunset. 

The campaigners say that meals provided lack “adequate nutritional value” and facilities to access drinks have been removed, with no efforts made to fix these problems. 

Today’s banner drop was intended to highlight the dismal conditions in which asylum-seekers in Glasgow are being kept. 

A spokesperson for the campaign said: “No Evictions Network is demanding an immediate end to this inhumane and reckless situation and reinstatement of financial support for those in the hotels. 

“Prison-like conditions are having a devastating impact on the mental health and welfare of people in the hotels, and an outbreak of Covid-19 in the hotel is likely, similar to what we have seen recently in hotels in Greece and Ireland.”

Mears was approached for comment by the Morning Star.

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