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Police manhandle campaigners during Saleh Family deportation

Save Saleh Family Campaign has posted a video showing campaigners being held and physically manhandled by police during the removal of an Egyptian mother, Fariman Saleh and her two teenage children.

Save Saleh Family anti-deportation campaigners and friends of Mrs. Saleh and her family went to Cedars detention centre in Crawley in Sussex on 24th October 2012.

The detention centre in Pease Pottage, is run by children's charity Barnardo's and holds families who are due to be forcibly removed from the UK.

One supporter locked himself to the underside of the bus in an attempt to halt the forced removal of Mrs. Saleh and her two children.

Save Saleh Family Campaign said a family friend who tried to stop the deportation ended up in hospital for spine injuries as a result of police abuse.

Here’s a statement she posted: "So my friend's family were deported. I am distraught. I am also in shock & a great deal of pain, having been subject to a completely unprovoked physical assault by two police while trying to peacefully prevent the coach that was to take them to the airport from entering the Cedars detention centre. All I did was stand in the road, linking arms with other friends of the family. I did nothing aggressive, didn't even say anything that could in anyway be construed as aggressive. Yet I was assaulted so forcefully (hit in my back as I was held face down in the mud, arms twisted up behind my back) that I was screaming in pain & left incapable of standing, even moving. Thanks to everyone who helped & made sure I got home safely – ambulance & hospital staff, and some very lovely friends… special mention & respect to the amazing gremlin who risked his safety & freedom by locking himself to the drive-shaft of the coach, delaying it for 3 hours. So sorry it wasn't enough to prevent them getting to the airport in time: (my thoughts are now with the family, hoping that their worst fears about what awaits them in Egypt do not materialise…."
 

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