Immigration detainees set to be deported to Europe have gone on hunger strike, the Home Office has said.After all, they'll be lighter which will save on fuel, and less likely to have the strength to act up to get themselves taken off the plane.
Detainee support group Detention Action said it understood two deportation flights bound for France, Germany and Spain are set to go ahead this week.
Under the EU’s Dublin regulation, the UK can deport asylum seekers to the first EU country in which they arrived.
Which is only useful if you also then have a plan to stop them hopping on the first dinghy back to Dover, but still, baby steps...
Of course, the quislings are outraged. And doing their best to drum up sympathy.
Website Detained Voices published two statements by people claiming to be refugees from war-torn Yemen now participating in the Brook House hunger strike.
One detainee, who claimed they had fled Yemen because they were tortured by rebel Houthi forces, said they would prefer to die in the UK than allow themselves to be deported to Spain.
Why? If you genuinely want to be 'safe from torture', what's wrong with Spain?
The other detainee said they had come to the UK on a boat from Calais and will now be sent to Germany, where they previously had asylum applications rejected.
Ah. See? They come here because we are seen as a soft touch.
Detention Action director Bella Sankey said the Home Office should not be deporting detainees to countries with rising coronavirus infection rates.
“These are people who have fled their countries and moved through EU countries to the UK because they feel safe in the UK.”
Thanks to quislings like you, Bella. It's about time the Home Office started to look at charging your organisation with aiding and abetting.