Protesters will gather outside immigration detention centres this weekend in the latest show of resistance to the UK’s Rwanda policy.
Activists from a coalition of groups will rally outside detention centres near Heathrow and Gatwick and in Manchester, Oxford, and Bristol, in a bid to support those still detained.
The flights have been suspended until September, with a High Court case and a new prime minister on the way, but all Conservative leadership candidates have said they will back the UK’s Rwanda policy.
Zehra Hasan, advocacy director at the JCWI, one of the groups involved in the protests, told The Big Issue protesters planned to show solidarity with those in detention, including many who remained fearful of being deported to Rwanda.
“Last month we saw a huge public movement against Priti Patel’s cruel and racist Rwanda deportation flights, with protests, direct action, phone blockades and legal intervention successfully grounding the first plane,” Hasan said.
“Now, despite the entire Tory cabinet collapsing, this government sadly appears just as committed to their sadistic anti-refugee policies as ever.”