Free Walli Ullah Safi- No to racism

Walli Ullah Safi fled war ravaged Afghanistan to find a better life. Two weeks ago he was found on a motorway near Naas and was taken to prison despite pleading for asylum.

Socialist Worker

Free Walli Ullah Safi- No to racism

Walli Ullah Safi fled war ravaged Afghanistan to find a better life. Two weeks ago he was found on a motorway near Naas and was taken to prison despite pleading for asylum.

Having spent two weeks in prison he has been the victim of a brutal attack. Walli Ullah Safi is clearly entitled to asylum and should not have been detained in a prison.

The Irish State is determined to join with other racist states in hyping up the issue of migrants. Therefore they would like to make an example of Walli.

Instead of the asylum process he was jailed – as many others are when prepared for deportations. Walli is 21 years old and does not speak English.

A series of Irish Governments provided Shannon Airport to US war planes on their way to bomb Afghanistan and Iraq. The result was tens of thousands of deaths and the collapse of society.

When people flee that horror and make the difficult journey to Europe they face a racist system which places asylum seekers in Dickensian detention centres. They are imprisoned and refused permission to work or claim welfare.

Scapegoating and criminalisation of migrants serves to divert anger away from the Government – who are facing mass resistance on the water charges and growing anger in relation to housing.

Racism is a poison that divides the working class in the interests of elites. Workers need to focus our anger against the system which caused the crisis and we should not be fooled by the divide and conquer tactics of racism.

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