Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

Campaigners gather together with posters and placards to have their pictures taken. 21st June 2008. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Stop Iraqi Deportations, Tent City. Parliament Square. London. 21st June 2008.

By Published Last Edited 2008-06-21 00:00:00

Campaigners and activists gather in Parliament Square to hold a tent city in protest at the British Governments continued programme of deportation of people of Iraqi nationality.

As a result of the invasion and forced occupation of Iraq, many of its citizens have either been killed, fled their homes or been displaced into refugee status. Many have found their way to the EU and UK and claimed asylum status and have asked to stay here.

The British government, nevertheless, continue to deport them back to their country of origin and in many cases to a life of chaos and fear.

According to UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) around 4.7 million Iraqis have left their homes since the US/UK led invasion of 2003, and over 2 million have fled out of the country to neighbouring states.

London. 21st June 2008.

Campaigners gather and set up the tent-city.

Campaigners gather and set up the tent-city.

The actress, Joanne McQuinn, lends her support to the campaign.

The actress, Joanne McQuinn, lends her support to the campaign.

A poster hangs from one of the tents.

A poster hangs from one of the tents.

A marquee with the words First we destroyed their country...now were sending them back to a warzone outside the British Parliament building.

A marquee with the words First we destroyed their country...now were sending them back to a warzone outside the British Parliament building.

A campaigner makes a large banner which is set-up to advertise the camp to passers-by in Parliament Square.

A campaigner makes a large banner which is set-up to advertise the camp to passers-by in Parliament Square.

A pack sits on a chair setting out that the tent-city is illegal under the terms of the now disgraced Serious Organised Crime and Police act 2005 aka SOCPA.

A pack sits on a chair setting out that the tent-city is illegal under the terms of the now disgraced Serious Organised Crime and Police act 2005 aka SOCPA.

A Metropolitan police officer and GLA (Greater London Authority) Heritage Wardens incur into the camp to serve notice that the camp is illegal.

A Metropolitan police officer and GLA (Greater London Authority) Heritage Wardens incur into the camp to serve notice that the camp is illegal.

A campaigner talks to others setting out that the Metropolitan police appear to have asked themselves for permission for the group to carry out their protest under the terms of SOCPA.

A campaigner talks to others setting out that the Metropolitan police appear to have asked themselves for permission for the group to carry out their protest under the terms of SOCPA.