Thursday, 12th April 2007, saw a national day
of action to protest against deportations to the Democratic Republic
of Congo. Nine coordinated protests took place in Birmingham, Cardiff,
Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.
protests, called by the Congo Support Project and supported by
many other groups, including NCADC and No Borders, were to mark
a Directions Hearing for the Country Guidance Tribunal regarding
DRC asylum seekers facing mass deportation.
Earlier this year, in a Home Office operation named Castor, 38
DR Congolese nationals, including 21 children, were forcibly removed
on a charter flight, operated by XL Airways, from Stanstead airport
near London. There are signs that another 'operation' is already