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Protests over Iraqi deportations

Colnbrook immigration removal centre
Colnbrook immigration removal centre is in West Drayton in Middlesex

Activists have been protesting near London's Heathrow Airport against plans to deport Iraqi refugees.

Around 15 members of the Federation of Iraqi Refugees have been demonstrating outside the Colnbrook detention centre.

Protesters encased their arms in glass and plastic tubes, and concrete blocks, to try to stop the refugees' removal.

Dashty Jamal, from the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (Ifir), said the deportations were "inhumane and must be stopped".

He said: "Many of those who have been sent back are forced to live in hiding to avoid persecution by the Kurdistan regional government."

"Ifir has received reports of deportees who have committed suicide, been kidnapped or killed in car bombs. Nobody should be sent back to Iraqi Kurdistan."

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