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emily-yehEmily Yeh has lived in Newport for 18 months, arriving to seek sanctuary from Taiwan. She refused to be an intelligence officer for the Taiwanese government as she became morally uncomfortable with the work she was asked to carry out.

She was detained on Tuesday 10th December, “Human Rights Day”, and held at Newport Central Police Station.  As soon as news came out that she was to be forcibly removed from the police station to a detention centre, some 25 friends turned up to show solidarity and kept a presence there for over 12 hours. She is now in imprisoned in Yarl’s Wood, a detention centre run by Serco, on behalf of the UK Home Office, who intend to forcibly remove her from the UK.

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Since then, her friends and other activists have set up a campaign (originally referring to her as M.Y. to protect her identity) calling for her to be returned to Newport – where she can continue to build a new life for herself within the community where she has become such an important and valued member. In Taiwan she would face a very uncertain future.  There is a website and a Facebook page with daily updated information.

Her case has gone global, with reports in the media in Taiwan, China, Pakistan and Qatar, among others.

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Hundreds of emails and phone calls later – most during a phone blockade of EVA Airways, who were due to fly her out of the UK  – Emily is still in the UK, but has been taken ill; with bad stomach pains, blood in her urine, and a diagnosis of kidney stones, and possible epilepsy.

Emily is incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support she has received, and, as she attempts to recover from her illnesses, almost definitely made worse by the stress of her situation, she is in talks with her solicitor, who is also fighting for her to stay in the UK, as is her right under the Geneva Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Her friends have reported that Emily claims that staff at Yarl’s Wood had “pushed (her) off her seat” and that there were “bad things said to her/about her”. If confirmed, this would be a serious allegation against the staff there, especially after when much controversy has already surrounded Yarl’s Wood, after hunger strikes, fires and the recent sexual abuse some of the woman detainees have suffered at the hands of its staff.

The campaign still hopes and plans to continue trying to persuade the airline not to take Emily, and for the Home Office to release her so that she can be returned to Newport where she belongs.

If you want to get in touch with the campaign, you can do so at southwalessolidarity@hotmail.com

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Here’s the slightly delayed latest issue of Movement, events over the last few weeks have meant this issue has changed a few times before publication. As is often a problem with print media our two cover stories may develop considerably within hours of publication. You can keep up to date with these stories and more on the Movement website, which hosts extensive links from across the movement for freedom of movement and equality for all (and beyond).

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Here’s the first issue of 2010, as usual packed with the latest news and opinion from the movement for free migration.

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The second issue of the No Borders newsletter has hit the streets, and is packed with all the latest happenings in the struggle for freedom of movement and equality for all.
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advert The No Borders UK Newsletter has been rotated around local No Borders  groups for the last few years. Last month’s  network gathering in London, signalled that it is now our turn to produce the publication. We  intend to create a more regular and broad based periodical, drawing in others that work to end the inhuman cycle of detention, deportation and death through the abolition of migration control. As a statement of intent we are re-naming and re-launching!

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SO… (drum roll…) we proudly present the first issue of ‘Movement’, a monthly newsletter covering the latest updates from the No Borders Network and beyond. This début issue is packed with articles on (follow the links find the original unedited versions);

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The new issue of Gagged! is a Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair special. As well as featuring the full programme of the bookfair, including our workshop at 1pm, there is an article on the upcoming No Border Camp in Calais, reports from our demos against deportations to Iraq and against the ethnic charter flight to Nigeria, as well as Mayday in Cardiff. Along with plugs for the Calais info night on 4th June and our benefit gig on 9th June. All this plus a selection of other articles by South Wales Anarchists, Westside Climate Action, Cardiff Anarchist Black Cross and FITwatch.  

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The spring 2009 issue of the No Borders Newsletter is out now, it is put together by Bristol No Borders and covers news and events from across the UK wide network and beyond. This issue is packed with articles including;

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The latest issue of the South Wales anarchist newsletter is out now. We have contributed articles about the occupation of cardiff university and the situation facing Yahya Al Faifi. The rest of the newsletter is made up of pieces written by South Wales Anarchists,  Cardiff Anarchist Black CrossWestside Climate Action and FITwatch.

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The latest issue of the No Borders Newsletter is out now, covering news and events from across the UK wide network and beyond. This issue is packed with articles including;

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Help spread the word about No Borders, download the .pdf, print out on A4 paper and photocopy as many as you can get away with, give to friends, family and strangers. At the moment the newsletter is being put together by the Bristol group, in the past, Manchester has been responsible for production, in time perhaps we’ll take on putting issues together here in south Wales. You can download previous issues here: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | (more recent issues don’t appear to be online)

South Wales Anarchists have produced the latest issue of their popular newsletter ‘Gagged!’, as usual we have contributed to the content. In these days of mass internet access there has been a huge drop in alternative media being produced on paper, so we are proud to help continue this fine tradition. Over 8,000 copies of Gagged! are produced and distributed every issue, no mean feat for a small anarchist network, if you’d like to help them out, drop them a line.

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The front cover bears a quote from a text written by the Haunt of Albanian Migrants and circulated at a protest following the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos by police in Greece. The outburst of rage that has followed this latest act of violence by the state has spread to all sections of Greek society that suffer under capitalism, not least migrants. As part of yesterday’s international day of solidarity members of No Borders South Wales joined with South Wales Anarchists in the centre of Cardiff to show our support for the uprising in Greece.

greek-solidarity-2012-5Though we heartily recommend the rest of the content of the publication, for ease of access we’ve reproduced our article  below (usually we have more input, see previous issues), regular readers of this blog may find large parts of the text somewhat familiar!

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ID Cards Are Here!

Biometric ID cards came into force for non-EEA students and spouses on 25th November. The  UK Border Agency office at 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff is one of only six registering centres in the country. No Borders South Wales protested there on the day ID cards came into force as part of a coordinated day of action outside every centre and also on the day the Cardiff office started the process of interrogation, photographing and fingerprinting.

Both the protests were well attended, attracting well over 50 people each; we displayed banners, held placards, waved giant mock ID cards and distributed over 1000 leaflets. The public reaction was overwhelmingly supportive.

These new ID cards are not only a repressive measure against non-EEA students and spouses, they are the first shot in an attack against everyone’s liberty. This initial step by the UK authorities targets a largely voiceless migrant group, who have the least chance to complain and the most to lose. By using a cynical appeal to the worst kind of bigotry the government is following the example of repressive regimes throughout history. Immigration law already gives the Home Office powers it would like to exert over everybody. By resisting the repression of migrants, we defend the freedom of everyone!

ID cards are just one part of a wider plan to increase government regulation over all our lives. To reverse the waves of authoritarianism that currently dominate the political mainstream, we need to build a movement that is committed to universal freedom and rejects the legitimacy of state interference. It is up to everyone who cares about freedom and equality to organise to oppose these worrying trends.

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Issue #24 of the South Wales Anarchist newsletter “Gagged!” is out now. As usual it contains a number of articles by No Borders South Wales. All the information in “No ID card protest in Newport”, “We loves ya, Babi” “No Border Fest Success” & “Nosey cops stalk public” have already appeared on this blog. South Wales Anarchists provide the rest of the content on a range of issues including climate change, anti-fascism, corruption and the economy.

You can download a .pdf of the newsletter to print, copy and distribute. Or you can contact the Gagged! collective to get a bundle in the post.

We also forgot to mention that we had an article in the long running weekly direct action newsletter SchNEWS not so long ago.

The recently produced first issue of the No Borders South Wales Newsletter, made the news in it’s own right yesterday when Media Wales published an article under the headline: ‘Asylum campaigners launch newsletter‘ then followed it up with a a link to this very website! Three cheers for David James of South Wales Echo, a fantastic bit of free publicity! 

ASYLUM campaigners who opposed the deportation of late Ghanaian cancer sufferer Ama Sumani and are fighting on behalf of several other asylum seekers, have produced their first newsletter.

The group, called No Borders South Wales, kicked off their first two-page newsletter with a report about a protest outside the Border and Immigration Agency regional headquarters on Newport Road, Cardiff, last Wednesday.

The group plans to hold monthly similar pickets as it fights the deportation of other South Wales-resident asylum seekers including pregnant Nigerian Kemi Ayinde who, as a teenager, was trafficked into the UK to work as a child prostitute.

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In order to further spread information about our activities and upcoming events we’ve produced our first newsletter. In the past we’ve contributed articles to the South Wales Anarchists newsletter Gagged!, (here’s all our stories) but as an issue hasn’t appeared in a little while, we decided to produce our own.

It’s only a double sided A4 sheet but we’ve managed to cram in articles about the last picket of the UK Border Agency offices, Constance, BB, Jean Pierre, Kemi, ID Cards, and our collective statement along with adverts for the Cardiff Radical Socialist Forum, the Bristol anarchist bookfair, the Freedom of Movement block against the Labour party conference and No Border Fest.

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You can LISTEN HERE to an interview with a No Borders South Wales activist on Radio Cardiff, on 24th April, after a blockade of the Border & immigration agency.

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