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Pro-immigrant group protests deportations

Last update - Thursday, May 7, 2009, 00:44 By Metro Éireann

An Irish pro-immiugrant group protested the removal of 25 Nigerians from Ireland last month after their deportation orders were signed by Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern.

The group – including 11 men, five women and nine children – was deported aboard a charter flight through Spain’s international airport in Madrid on Wednesday 29 April. Deportees from other EU countries were also on the plane, accompanied by a number of gardaí.
Apart from Ireland, other countries which participated in the group deportation include Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Malta, Slovakia and Spain.
Residents Against Racism, which protested against the deportations at the offices of the Garda National Immigra-tion Bureau (GNIB) on Dublin’s Burgh Quay, severely criticised the operation.
The pro-immigrant body has consistently called on Irish people to support those on the fringes of the society who are facing deportation.

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