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On Saturday at 12noon there will be three protests against the arbitrary indefinite imprisonment of migrants:poster

There are 13 immigration prisons in the UK and every year up to 30,000 innocent people including 2000 children are detained without committing any crime. The government wants to increase detention by 60% and have Read the rest of this entry »

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internal-bordersHistorically borders only existed at state boundaries, now however over the last year the government has repeatedly stated adamant that:

“border control can no longer be a fixed line on a map”

From Tuesday non-Europeans applying for, or renewing visas for study or marriage, will be required to attend a UK Border Agency centre. There they will be interrogated, fingerprinted, have their Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday, No Borders Manchester activists attended an event at Manchester University where the recently appointed Minister for Borders and Immigration, Phil Woolas was speaking. They first asked him for his passport, presented him with the very 1st ‘No Borders eco-nationalist award’, and then proceeded to chuck a cream pie in his face!

Since becoming Border and Immigration Minister, despite remarking that;

“when immigrants get here I think we’re cruel to them as a society” and “the asylum processes has caused untold human misery and division within our communities.”

Phil has come out with some incredibly draconian and reactionary comments;

“I think [the immigration system] has been too lenient and I want to make it harder”

 “We need a tougher immigration policy and we need to stop seeing it as a dilemma. It’s not. It’s easy. “

“We have to have a population policy and that means at some point we will be able to set a limit on migration. This Government isn’t going to allow the population of this country to go up to 70 million.”

We’re not sure if the last quote, pandering to the overpopulation myth means Phil wants to put a limit on the number of births in the UK (perhaps with a Chinese style ‘One Child policy’), but it is hard to see how else the government is going to be able to fully control the size of the population.

Between 20th -25th September the Labour Party will be holding their annual national conference in Manchester. To coincide with this there will be a demo organised by Stop the War and a counter conference organised by The Convention of the Left. Due to the way in which the UK government has overseen an unprecedented increase in social control, No Borders Manchester will be hosting a number of events. 

There are coaches to the stop the war demo from around the country.

Friday 19th September

A solidarity demo against repression of Roma in Italy.
11.30am. Italian Consultate. 111 Piccadilly Manchester, M1 2HY (map)

The demo follows serious attacks on Roma people in Italy including physical attacks on camps, threats of fingerprinting of the Roma population (including children) and right-wing/fascist manipulations by Italian politicians & press that are linking Roma people to ‘crime’ and ‘illegal immigration’ which is increasing popularist calls for their expulsion from Italy and destruction of Roma camps.  Manchester Indymedia

Saturday 20th September

Freedom of Movement Block
12:30pm. Meet at All Saints Park, Cavendish Street. Manchester M15 (map)
For a World without Borders, States and War! Block on the Stop the War demo with the Anarchist Federation. Look out for the red and black flags. 

The Stop the War Coalition have called for a march through Manchester on Saturday 20th September. We invite all anti-authoritarians, anarchists and all those against states, nations and borders to join the ‘freedom of movement’ bloc, and to play a trick or two on those clowns in the Labour Party circus.

Let’s collectively imagine a world without borders and wars and fight together to realise this! Manchester Indymedia

Campaigning against Immigration Controls
4.30pm – meeting room, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount StManchester, Lancashire, M2 5NS (map)
Workshop with Campaign against Immigration Controls and Manchester No Borders.

Sunday 21st September

No Borders tour of Manchester
11am. Meet outside the Mechanics institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester. (map)
An alternative insight into the Capital of the North, taking in the physical outposts of the government agencies and corporations involved in the UK asylum and detention system.

Punk and Poetry!
7:30pm – late. Downstairs at the Saki Bar, 2 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 5TP (map)
Manchester No Borders presents an evening of music, magic and poetry. Donation. 

Tuesday 23rd September

Imagining a World Without Borders
7pm – University of Manchester Student Union
Manchester No Borders hosts a series of talks discussing the history of migration and resistance, power and borders, and how we can begin to imagine a world without them.

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