Byron Burgers targeted in Newcastle – End immigration raids!


On Saturday 6th August supporters of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! North East held a picket of the Byron Burgers restaurant in Newcastle. The picket was against the recent immigration raids, which Byron and the Home Office orchestrated, when Byron workers were pounced upon by immigration police in a phoney health and safety meeting called by Byron, and subsequently 35 workers have been arrested and deported.

The protest assembled in front of the restaurant demanding an end to all immigration raids and decent work for all whether people have papers or not. There was a lot of support from people passing-by and stopping to listen to speeches. The 2016 racist Immigration Act will see this type of collusion between businesses and the Home Office increase. The new laws have been put in place to create a hostile environment for migrants to make it almost impossible to live in Britain. If an employer is found to hire anyone who to does not have the legal right to work then they can face fines of £20,000 per worker and up to 5 years in prison. This will have the effect of forcing migrants into even worse jobs, with worse pay and next to no rights – exactly what British capitalism needs into order to grow.

Anti-racists made the important point: that we will not fight another member of the working class over a job, a council house or a hospital bed. Our fight is not with migrants. Our fight is with the government, the local Labour council, the banks, big business, the police and the racist media. And we will fight them, side by side with our migrant brothers and sisters demanding decent jobs, housing and healthcare for all.

Fight the racist Immigration Act! End immigration raids! Solidarity with the Byron workers!





Newcastle marches against racism

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On Saturday 25 June, two days after the EU referendum, the Migration and Asylum Justice Forum marched through Newcastle against the racist 2016 Immigration Act. Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! North East is centrally involved in the Forum and played a key role in organising the demonstration. Anti-racist and migrant-led organisations from all over the country joined the Forum’s protest: the Edinburgh Migrant Solidarity Network, Manchester Migrant Solidarity and the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group from Sheffield, the Newcastle-based Angelou Centre, Beyond Borders, Keep Our NHS Public, Amnesty International and Peace of Mind, as well as supporters of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.

The Immigration Act is intended to deepen the oppression of migrants from outside the EU, making it even easier for the government to deport them, restrict their access to jobs, health services and housing, and increase powers of surveillance with immigration checks ordered at every level of society. The purpose of this is to force migrants into accepting super-exploited, casualised, poverty pay jobs. With the post-Brexit rise in xenophobia and racism, now is the time to redouble our efforts in the fight against state racism, and, despite EDL threats, we went out onto the streets confidently, loudly and defiantly marching down the roads and stopping traffic from the heart of Newcastle's West End, a working class community, home to many migrants and black people who will be subject to the Immigration Act.

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Join the march against the racist 2016 Immigration Act

Statement from Revolutionary Communist Group/Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! North East (a member of the Migration and Asylum Justice Forum)

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On Saturday 25th June, the Migration and Asylum Justice Forum will march in Newcastle upon Tyne against the racist 2016 Immigration Act. We will assemble at 12pm at the top of Stanhope Street, NE4 (intersection with Dilston Road) and march to Grey’s Monument for a rally. There are anti-racist and migrant-led organisations and individuals travelling to Newcastle to march with us from Sheffield, Manchester, Edinburgh, Teesside, Sunderland and Gateshead.

The British state has the power to impoverish, incarcerate and murder migrants and black people on a daily basis. The Immigration Act intensifies this government repression in order to intensify the hostile environment for migrants. We are clear: state racism is the principle threat to migrants and black people in Britain. We urge all committed anti-racists to march with us on 25 June to oppose this racist Act.

The racist English Defence League (EDL) intends to march from the top of Northumberland Street to the Monument in order to oppose the Migration and Asylum Justice Forum. The threat that the EDL poses to black and migrant people is not significant compared to the reality of British state oppression. The EDL does not run the police force, the racist courts, the racist prison system; it does not run asylum detention camps. It does not run the Border Agency or organise daily raids on places where migrants work. It does not control migrant access to the NHS which the Immigration Act requires. On 25 June the EDL will be nothing but a distraction from the real fight against racism.

In May, the Migration and Asylum Justice Forum invited Newcastle Unites, which includes the Labour Party, to join the march against the Immigration Act. Its representatives never responded. Instead, three days before the march, it announced its intention to mobilise against the EDL on Northumberland Street. Its Facebook postings do not mention the march against the Immigration Act – a disgraceful act of sectarianism. It wants to reduce the fight against racism to a shouting match with the EDL, and distract attention from the racist policies of the Labour Party. Do not be deceived! Join the real fight against racism, join the march against the Immigration Act!

Fight the racist Immigration Act! Justice for immigrants! Freedom for refugees!


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