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The controversial plan to deport to Rwanda people of any nationality who claim asylum after setting foot on British soil irregularly was unveiled by British PM Boris Johnson on April 14 as part of Britain's post-Brexit asylum system.
Activists have demonstrated in major cities across the UK to reject the controversial plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda.
"We know there are many people against Rwanda's brutal plan and we are delighted to see many of them making their voices heard today [...] that cruel plan is not what the people of the UK want," said Care4Calais NGO director Clare Moseley.
Moseley made these statements on Saturday in the framework of protests in which various civil organizations participated in cities such as Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford and Sheffield under the slogan "Refugees welcome!".
PROTESTERS ACROSS UK DECRY ‘HEINOUS’ RWANDA PLAN
Demonstrations took place outside Brook House and Colnbrook immigration removal centres chanting “Let us make it clear asylum seekers are welcome here.”#SOLIDARITY To all those who protested ✊��✊ https://t.co/JZppkhr8Gi
These demonstrations are part of the #StopRwanda campaign of the Trades Union Congress, Care4Calais and Standing Up to Racism. It is backed by eleven unions, including the Public and Commercial Services Union which represents more than 80 percent of Border Force personnel and immigrant rights organizations.
The controversial plan to deport to Rwanda people of any nationality who claim asylum after setting foot on British soil irregularly was unveiled by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on April 14 as part of Britain's post-Brexit asylum system.
The first flight of deportations was scheduled for June, however, the UK cancelled the flight in question, following a last-minute intervention by the European Court of Human Rights. It decided to do so because there was "a real risk of irreversible harm" to the asylum seekers involved.