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jan1At midday this Wednesday 27th May, we will be holding a picket outside the UK Borders Agency at 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) to protest against the systematic de-humanisation of migrants in the UK via enforced destitution, detention and deportation. The picket will also be in solidarity with the repressed migrants in Calais, looking toward the Calais No Border Camp in a month’s time. The demonstration will be from 12noon until 1pm, so come and join us, we will have a selection of banners and placards, but feel free to bring your own too!

The situation for migrants in Calais is nothing short of a major humanitarian crisis, which has been created by Read the rest of this entry »

no-deportations-to-iraqAt 1pm today people gathered outside the UK Border Agency (UKBA) on Newport Road in Cardiff to protest in solidarity with the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees who have been holding a two day protest outside the United Nations office in Geneva, there was Read the rest of this entry »

iraq-demoWith the IFIR demonstration in Geneva scheduled for two days, as well as our protest outside the UK Border Agency on Friday, which has the support of Cardiff Stop the War, there will also be a demonstration in London on Thursday. We encourage everyone who is able to attend any one of these to do so. 

With over 3 million Iraqis having been forced to flee their homes since the British and American military invasion in 2003, this displacement of people is Read the rest of this entry »

asylumsOn the 16th – 17th April the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees has called a demonstration outside the UN office in Geneva against policies that victimise Iraqi asylum seekers in Europe.

We will be holding a demonstration in solidarity with the IFIR outside the UK Border Agency, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff on Friday 17th April at 1pm. We call on all opponents of the illegal invasion of Iraq to join us. Showing solidarity Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday at midday, a group of 15 people picketed the Cardiff branch of the UK Border Agency, protesting against the dehumanising migration controls enacted by the government. The offices on Newport Road are housed within a non-descript building and one of the aims of the picket is to highlight what goes on here. This includes the fact that this is where asylum applicants are required to sign on a regular basis, risking being grabbed and detained in the process, and is also from where ‘snatch squads’ of immigration officers leave from to conduct dawn raids on unsuspecting families to take them into detention prior to forced deportation.

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Unusually for one of our regular pickets, there was Read the rest of this entry »

migration-not-a-crimeThe next regular picket of the UK Border Agency Office at 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) will be held on Thursday 26th March at 12 noon. Please join us to show solidarity with people forced to sign here.

It wasn’t until the 1905 Aliens Act that we saw the first law aimed at controlling migration into Britain. Now we have a brutal and dehumanising system where people, including children are imprisoned Read the rest of this entry »

loud and vibrant demonstration in Whitehall (video) along with a picket outside the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in Cardiff last thursday was part of an international day of action for Yahya Al Faifi. The practice of the UK Border Agency in this case has been of its usual disgusting standard. Yahya, like so many people who seek asylum in Read the rest of this entry »

Today was an international day of action for trade unionist Yahya Al-Faifi, who is under threat of deportation to Saudi Arabia. There were protests outside the offices of the Home Secretary in Whitehall, outside the UK Border Agency in Cardiff, as well as outside the British embassy in Brussels.

Yahya and his family fled  Saudi Arabia after threats of fatal attack because of his trade union activity, eventually settling in south Wales. However, Yahya has had his application for asylum refused and he now faces the very real possibility of being deported back to a country with a horrific human rights record where trade unions are illegal.

It is very likely that if deported it will be BMI Airlines who are called on to do the governments dirty work, as they have previously Read the rest of this entry »

n43656470668_1722Yahya Al Faifi and his family, who live in Cardiff, are now threatened with deportation after their asylum application was refused. The family were forced to flee Saudi Arabia in 2004 after receiving threats for Yahya’s trade union activity. The trade union movement has called for an international day of action on Thursday 19th February.

At 2pm, there will be a lobby of the Home Secretary in Marsham Street, behind Millbank (Pimlico Tube Station – map). All supporters who can be there are urged to attend.

From 12 noon there will be a picket at the UK Border Agency, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) in support of this day of action and in solidarity with the demonstration in London.

Elsewhere groups are requested to protest outside British Embassies and Consulates. Please join us to demonstrate your support for this family. Bring Read the rest of this entry »

jan2On Thursday 29th January 2009, around 25 people braved the freezing cold conditions to hold a picket for about 2 hours outside the UK Border Agency at 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff. These offices are where decisions are made about who gets detained, deported or in rarer cases granted leave to remain. ID cards are issued here for non-EU students and spouses and immigration ‘snatch squads’ operate from this address. This is also the local reporting office, where asylum applicants must ‘sign on’ as part of the conditions of their continued residence in the UK and then sometimes are detained  prior to deportation. It is the face of Britain’s racist immigration policies right here on our doorstep.

Whilst holding our regular pickets we witness asylum applicants attending to ‘sign on’, their papers being inspected before they are granted admittance. Any accompanying friend or family members made to wait outside while they go in. We often also see Read the rest of this entry »

idcarddemoaOn Thursday 29th January at 12noon  we will be holding a picket outside the UK Borders Agency at 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) to protest against deportation, against detention and against the racist ID card system all of which are enforced from these offices. We will be hanging banners, holding placards and distributing leaflets to draw attention to what happens inside the building.

The last picket of the UK Border Agency was set to coincide with the start of registration for ID cards, whilst there is no such Read the rest of this entry »

n596404504_1766306_5272Once again people gathered outside the UK Border Agency to protest against “ID Cards for Foreign Nationals”. This demonstration was scheduled to coincide with the start of the registration of non-EEA students and spouses in Wales and the West on Wednesday 10th December. The close proximity to a large number of Read the rest of this entry »

idprotestOn Wednesday when the Cardiff office of the UK Border Agency starts the process of interrogating foreign nationals (starting with non-EEA students and spouses) and registering them for ID cards, we’ll be protesting outside (map).

Against ID Cards. These ‘ID cards for foreign nationals’ are the first step in the process of introducing a national ID card for everyone. The testing of the scheme on migrants before their introduction to the rest of the population is a cynical appeal to the worst kind of bigotry. By resisting the repression of migrants we Read the rest of this entry »

251108-idcarddemo21On Wednesday 10th December the registration of non-EEA students and spouses for ID cards will begin in Cardiff. At 12 noon No Borders South Wales will be holding a protest outside the UK Border Agency at 31-33 Newport Road (map) where this registration will happen. We invite all opponents of ID cards to join us.

251108-idcarddemo5This is a follow up to the demonstration when ID cards came into force on the 25th November in the same place, which was part of a national day of action by No Borders. Reports of the protests appered in Indymedia, No Borders NottinghamTen Percent, Gair RhyddSWM ForumGreenman’s Occasional Organ, Earth First! Action ReportsFreedom for Tooting, and even got a mention in the Guardian.

251108-idcarddemo221The different border agency centres around the country are starting to register over a stagered period. Only the Croydon centre started registering on the 25th. There was a blockade of Vulcan House in Sheffield when Read the rest of this entry »

Over 60 people attended our protest against the introduction of Biometric ID Cards for non-EU students and spouses on Tuesday. The demonstration was held for a couple of hours at midday outside the Cardiff office of the UK Border Agency at 31-33 Newport Road. People the government is forcing to carry ID cards will have to attend this centre for interrogation, photographing and Read the rest of this entry »

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