Chesterfield campaigners protest over Rwanda deportation plans

Stand up to Racism supporters gathered in Chesterfield to protest about the Government’s proposal to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda.
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There were a number of speakers at Saturday’s event, held in Rykneld Square, all of them expressing anger at the idea that people escaping war and persecution would be forced onto planes, with a one way ticket to a country with a poor record in protecting human rights.

Campaigners said that all the major refugee organisations, including the United Nations and many church leaders have criticised the plan.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury is among those who has hit out at government plans, saying that they are ‘ungodly’

Campaigners gathered in ChesterfieldCampaigners gathered in Chesterfield
Campaigners gathered in Chesterfield

A spokesperson for the Chesterfield protestors said: “The plan has been labelled 'inhumane', expensive and will be open to challenge in the courts. It is a real threat to the lives of vulnerable people.”

Campaigners have pledged to oppose the plan in the coming weeks.