Thanks to Bristol No Borders for putting together the latest edition of the No Borders Newsletter. It covers events and actions from across the UK and includes a report from the network wide gathering hosted by No Borders North East in November, as well as reports of actions done against the introduction of ID cards and in support of the AMEY workers . To download a copy click here:
On Thursday 27th November approximately 13 activists from No Borders North East handed out 200 anti-ID card leaflets to shoppers in Central Newcastle. Banners and placards were also held, and a very positive response was given from the public.
Tuesday saw the introduction of Identity Cards for non-EU citizens. No Borders views this as yet another attempt to victimize an often voiceless group, and so has orchestrated a series of protests this week throughout the country.
This morning, during the peak rush hour time of 7.30 – 9.00 am, 4 activists from No Borders North East performed an anti-i.d card banner drop from a bridge over one of the city’s busiest inner motorways. The largest banner read “No To ID Cards, Freedom For All!” and was accompanied by a smaller No Borders banner. The reaction from the drivers below was overwhelmingly positive, with many honking horns, waving and giving thumbs up.
Today sees the start of the ID card scheme, with non-EU citizens applying for, or renewing visas for study or marriage, being made to carry a card and have their details put on the Government’s database. Immigration law already gives the Home Office powers it would like to exert over everybody. Under a cloud of anti-immigration hysteria the government is increasing it’s social control and attempting to usher in unprecedented powers of surveillance over the whole population.
This was just one of a series of No Borders protests against the scheme, with many others happening across the country today and throughout the week.