Please sign the petition to save protester from deportation UK

On April 07 2012, Trenton Oldfield undertook a peaceful direct action protest in order to draw attention to the mouth dropping, entirely unnecessary and rapidly increasing inequalities that are occurring as a result of ‘austerity’. The protest took place at the Oxbridge Boat Race; a symbolic representation of ‘the establishment’ that in the three days before the boat race received royal assent for the fire sale of the NHS, introduced the Data and Communications Bill and called on people to ‘shop’ their neighbours if they thought they might protest at the forthcoming Olympics.

 Trenton was protesting ‘elitism’ the idelology that allows, encourages and maintains inequalities and exploitation.

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On 07 June 2012, Deepa and Trenton received correspondence from the Home Office suggesting Trenton, who was born in Australia, though lived and worked his adult life in London is ” undesirable, has unacceptable associations and could be considered a threat to national security” and they want to remove him from the UK.

 Trenton has been labelled by Teresa May as ‘not conducive to the public good’.

Trenton Oldfield ‘stuck his head above the parapet’ now he and his young family are facing a disproportionate, extremist and possibly vindictive attack from the current British government which looks hell bent on undermining their lives. This attack is consistent with how protesters, those that dissent are increasingly being criminalised. It has to stop – now. Even Matthew Pinsent, race umpire said in December 2012: “Look, I want to live in a country where protest is possible. However unwelcome it was, I still value the freedom to do that.”

Also, a few weeks ago Facebook took down the Myrdle Court Press page. They were labelled as ‘abusive and or spam’. This is most likely a result of complaints from Cambridge students who were photographed disrespectfully wearing indigenous head wear whilst drunk. For this reason, a new page has been set up – please join here.

View the full article and sign the petition here, to defend the right to protest. Thousands have signed already.
Or see the full article from the Guardian.

If you would like to attend the tribunal to support Deepa, Trenton & their daughter please join them on Monday 09th Decemember 2013 (meeting outside around 09:15am) at:

Taylor House, Immigration and Asylum Chamber
88 Rosebery Avenue
London EC1R 4QU.

This petition will be handed over Friday 6 December. Please join at the Home Office at 1pm.

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Government tried to prevent disclosure of detention manual

The government’s attempts to delay the current proceedings that have yielded highly classified documents for public consumption have received a rebuttal out of court. The failed attempt to suppress the information out of court, a ‘spin-off’ hope from the appeal court’s dismissal of the same case in May, has dented the coalition’s plans to restore confidence in the British Intelligence service who have been implicated in the torture of British citizens in Guantanamo and Afghanistan. It also follows previous failed efforts by David Miliband in October 2009 to prevent the disclosure of a CIA report that claimed that MI5 were fully aware that Binyam Mohamed was subject to ‘inhumane treatment’ during  interrogation in Morocco and Afghanistan, supplying information and questions to the Moroccans and Americans. Miliband was under pressure to protect the identities of those involved.

The inquiry, led by Sir Peter Gibson, will press ahead with raiding through the chest of 500,000 documents considered relevant to the judicial inquiry announced by David Cameron last week.  Among the documents that the government asked to remain undisclosed was the ‘Detainees and Detention Operations’ manual. The official document from MI6, which provides step-by-step guidelines that impressively manage to surf the boundaries of both legality and morality, contains a particularly chilling line regarding the jurisdiction of a particular detention that reads:

Is it clear that detention, rather than killing, is the objective of the operation?

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No-one’s really bothered, keep going

“Public opinion has on the whole shown little concern about the welfare of the British detainees, or the legal terms of their detention. But the issue is clearly of sensitivity to Muslim opinion in the UK and abroad.”

The source of this quote is a memo circulated to the junior Foreign Office ministers, the Foreign Office press office and the department’s senior legal advisor, Sir Michael Wood on 4 January 2002, and refers to a number of British citizens and residents who at the time were being detained by US forces. The objective nature and breezy tone of the memo betrays a shocking disregard for the suffering of prisoners who, as revealed in several of the other documents, were witnessed by British Intelligence to have been in a rapidly deteriorating state.

What is more alarming is that the message was a clear signal to indulge in the illegality, secret acts of abduction and flying prisoner from cell to cell, on the grounds that they were getting away with it.

First hand video testimony of this process from Omar Deghayes documents the horrifying results of these decisions.

The memo is among 900 classified documents disclosed during high court proceedings this week as part of the official inquiry into the Labour government’s rendition of UK citizens, and goes on to say that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office should be, “seen as applying our normal standards of consular assistance as far as possible,” wholeheartedly asking its recipients not to be forthcoming about the fact that their government was knowingly allowing its people to be tortured.

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