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Jamaicans deported from the UK label government a 'sell out'

RELEASED: The deportees were released today after being processed at the Mobile Reserve in St Andrew [PIC CREDIT: The Jamaica Gleaner]

TWO OF the 42 Jamaicans who were today deported from the United Kingdom have accused the Jamaican government of failing to do enough to protect the interest of its citizens in the UK.

The 42 people were deported yesterday (Sept 7) for a range of reasons, including over stayers and even people who have lived in the UK for many years but did not regularise their immigration status.

Five others reprieved after their lawyers intervened at the last minute.

One of the deportees, who declined to give his name, labelled the Jamaican government as a "sell-out", reports The Jamaica Gleaner.

Another deportee, Seon Clarke, agreed and argued that Jamaicans in the UK are being targeting and mistreated.

Clarke, who admitted to living in the UK illegally and to stealing ganja there, said the Jamaican government should do more to stand up for the rights of Jamaicans.

Protesters gathered outside the Jamaican high commission in London on Tuesday (Sept 6) to demonstrate against Jamaica’s cooperation with a deportation flight.

The small group of protesters, led by Movement for Justice, were demanding that the deportation be stopped.

It's understood that many have been in the UK since they were children, some even arrived as babies. Most are said to be connected to British citizens whose parents forgot to regularise their status, along with other breaches that makes them eligible for deportation.

Antonia Alexander with Movement for Justice, an organisation which fights for equality and Justice, told The Gleaner that the action of the British authorities reflects great injustice as some of those being deported served in British army.

"We want the Jamaican government to say no to accept these deportees but it will take the community to stand up for its people," she said.

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