May Day March
Whilst many others were resting over the May Day bank holiday, a campaign and support group from Leeds were demonstrating against the unfair treatment of many migrant workers in the UK.
The Leeds No Borders group continued in their ongoing protest against immigration control by holding a march through Leeds on Saturday 3rd May.
Tens of people gathered to take part in the event which called for ‘a right to work for asylum seekers’, ‘equal rights for migrant workers’ and an ‘end to racist immigration controls’.
The group, who hold monthly protests outside Leeds’ UKBA Waterside Court, on Kirkstall Road, received support from onlookers as their procession passed through the city.
Kate Jennings, representative for Leeds No Borders, said she was pleased to see so much support for the group and explained what she hoped the group could achieve.
She said: “May Day is a day to remember workers across the world and we marched calling for asylum seekers to be allowed to work, for equal rights for migrant workers and an end to racist immigration controls.
“By standing together, we can fight for better pay and conditions for everyone and will not be divided by the racist politicians.
“We had a very positive response from shoppers and I think it shows that most people don't believe the lies about immigration.”
The Leeds No Borders group are made up of campaigners from across the county who also offer support to individuals facing deportation.
Last month, the group gathered outside Waterside Court to show their support for Nigerian mother, Afusat Saliu, and her two children, who face deportation back to the African nation.
Should they be forced to return, the children are in danger of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and currently more than 117,000 people have signed an online petition against the family’s extradition.