Can you get to Broadmead for 12.30 on Friday lunchtime?
Elvis Leka, a young asylum seeker from Kosovo, who arrived in Bristol in August 1999, aged 19, has run out of options despite the efforts of his MP Jean Corston, his employers, his solicitor Mary Shepherd, and members of the public.
HE IS NOW VERY LIKELY TO BE DETAINED FOR DEPORTATION TO KOSOVO WHEN HE SIGNS ON AT NELSON STREET POLICE STATION ON FRIDAY. (This is the main City Centre police station; Nelson Street is on the other side of Union Street from Broadmead itself.)
Elvis has to be at the Nelson Street police station at 12.30pm so, if you can make it, come along and meet him outside the police station at 12:20, and then accompany him inside.
If they decide to detain him we will not be able to prevent them; but whatever they do, it will be in the fullest glare of publicity, and in full knowledge of the nature of their actions. THE MORE PEOPLE WHO COME TO THIS, THE GREATER WILL BE THE MEDIA COVERAGE, AND THE GREATER WILL BE THE SHAME OF THE ‘PUBLIC SERVANTS’ WHO ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE IMPLICATED IN THE GOVERNMENT’S DIRTY WORK. Read more on anti deportation protests https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6382283/
If you work in central Bristol, can you arrange your lunch-hour so that you can support Elvis? Ask colleagues to come too.
If you can come, please bring some cash and/or other small item to hand to Elvis if they take him away. I understand that he uses a pay-as-you-go Vodaphone mobile – so topup cards for that might be very welcome. Once detained, any contact with his solicitor and supporters will become very expensive and very difficult.
About Elvis Leka…
Elvis Leka, a young asylum seeker from Kosovo, arrived here in Bristol in August 1999, aged 19. He now works at Grove House hostel for the homeless in Fishponds (asylum seekers may be granted permission to work, once they have been in the UK for six months).
Elvis has become a major asset to the hostel. He is immensely hard working, has revealed a natural talent for care work, and the staff and residents of Grove House would hate to lose him.
Elvis dreads going back to Kosovo, where he witnessed extreme, sustained and well-documented violence. Close family members were tortured and murdered, his home was burned down, and his village destroyed. After he fled, the rest of his family disappeared and the Red Cross have not been able to trace them. He has nothing and no-one to return to, other than traumatic memories.