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BUNDLES of Daily Mail newspapers were fed to the flames across West London this weekend after an all-women’s migrant solidarity protest took an angry turn.
Members of Sisters Uncut marched to the tabloid’s head-offices on Saturday afternoon, protesting against the anti-migrant propaganda peddled by the paper.
The rally came a few days after the Daily Mail called for the British Army to be sent to Calais refugee camps to “stop them trying to get to the UK.”
Sisters Uncut member Anita Roberts said she joined the day’s action because “Sexist Tory policies on immigration are propagated and validated by the hate spewed by the Daily Mail.
“Again and again they push the message that migrant lives do not matter and black lives do not matter, we say enough is enough.”
The protest ended with a block of Kensington High Street until police officers came in and dispersed the crowd.
Another of the group’s main concerns was that Tory cuts coupled with the xenophobic message of right-wing media would put migrant women at further risk of domestic and sexual violence.
Most migrants and “failed” asylum seekers living in Britain already get by without access to public funds, including housing assistance and benefits.
Cuts to services such as refuges and an escalation of immigration raids and detention cases have left migrant women “at greater risk of isolation, vulnerability and violence.”
Also protesting was Maham Shamsi who said she feared the vitriol spewed in the Daily Mail’s front pages because “as an immigrant woman I feel that the right wing media fuels hatred against people who — like everyone else — have the right to support and safety.”
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