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Britain First's fascist thugs lambasted for Birmingham asylum hotel raid

FASCIST thugs from Britain First were lambasted today for storming a Midlands hotel that was temporarily housing refugees and directing a torrent of abuse at terrified residents.

Anti-racists and an MP have protested to the Home Office and asylum-accommodation profiteer Serco over the incident, saying that the asylum-seekers were left unprotected and vulnerable.

The fascist group filmed the incident and put a video of the attack on its website.

The site also shows that Britain First has recently repeated the tactic at a north London Holiday Inn and at The Bell Hotel in Essex, claiming to have “exposed” them as housing refugees.

Protests over the Birmingham attack have been mounted by the Status Now Network, which is campaigning for all asylum-seekers to be given secure status in the Britain, entitling them to food and health care.

The attack took place at the Bromsgrove Hotel and Spa near Birmingham airport last week.

Refugees from war, persecution and famine are housed there while they wait for decisions on their applications.

A statement from the Status Now Network said: “In the film, a group of men and a woman enter the hotel and rap on the doors of several rooms demanding that the occupants tell them which country they are from and whether they are paying for their rooms. 

“It is the responsibility of the Home Office and their accommodation providers in the UK to house people who are legally seeking asylum and ensure they are safe.”

Labour MP for Leicester East Claudia Webbe, who has sponsored an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for all asylum-seekers to be eligible for public funds, said: “The attacks on asylum-seekers at the Bromsgrove Hotel are disgraceful and I stand in full solidarity with all those who are exercising their legal right to claim asylum.

“Britain First and other hate groups represent the very worst of our country. They must be not be given any platform to legitimise their vile anti-migrant discourse.

“It is ludicrous to suggest that a small number of vulnerable migrants pose a threat to our security, economy or social life.

“It is also far from the case that the UK is overwhelmed with asylum-seekers, with Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece and France registering far more asylum applicants. 

“It is up to all of us today who oppose racism to continue this fight against all forms of hatred and bigotry.”

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