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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #87* - Man Deported Because Of Garda Brutality Cover up

Date Tue, 02 Aug 2005 13:24:08 +0300

In the early hours of May 19th Michael Alabi was deported by
the Irish State. Michael was resident of a hostel in Lower
Gardiner street and was part of a group of Nigerian men who
decided to go on hunger strike to protest against the
department of Justice's draconian immigration policies.
Michael and others were instructed by officers from the Garda
National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)to sign on twice daily in
their hostel, leaving them under virtual house arrest. The
action taken by the GNIB prevented the men from visiting
their wives and children.

The asylum seekers bravely persevered in their fight to gain
rights that had unjustly been taken away from them. Michael
was one of the last to come off hunger strike and due to the
pressure the GNIB eventually granted their request to sign on
once a day.

But because of the increasingly racist attitudes within the
immigration system their success was short-lived. On the 18th
Michael was, as usual, signing on with Guards from the
GNIB. His friends noticed Guards taken him into an empty
room and heard loud screams coming from inside the door.
When Michael reappeared his face and hands were covered in
blood. He was then taken to Clover Hill prison for deportation.

When Residents Against Racism (RAR) heard of the incident
they contacted Clover Hill prison to confirm he was there and
get a visitation order. At 4.30am, however, Michael was
deported on a scheduled flight back to Nigeria. The Justice
Department and Garda immigration officers are obviously
cooperating in this vicious assault on Michael. When RAR
contacted Refugee Legal Services they confirmed Michael's
appeal for asylum had not been refused and that it was an
illegal deportation and insisted he be returned.

It's not the first and won't be the last time this will occur. Just
days after McDowell's racist outburst of claiming all asylum
seekers are bogus, Michael Alabi was illegally deported by
McDowell and his hench-men in this blatant cover up. Asylum
seekers flee from persecution to seek protection from the Irish
state not to be brutally attacked by it.

Dermot Sreenan & James O'Brien
This page is from the print version of the Irish Anarchist paper
'Workers Solidarity'. http://struggle.ws/wsm/paper.html
We also provide PDF http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf.html
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