Ibrahim is still camping out on College Green.
He is seeking asylum here from Algeria and can can no longer stand the mental torture of being destitute and homeless. He is protesting at this treatment of him and thousands of other vulnerable people across the UK.
On Thursday 26th July at 5:30pm asylum seekers and their supporters will go to the council house to present the petition statement (below) to the council, please bring along any petitions with signatures you have. The completed petitions will be submitted at the council meeting on 4th September.
We urge Bristol City Council to follow the example of Glasgow City Counciland adopt the following policy with appropriate amendments for Bristol.Glasgow City Council Meeting 28 June 2012
Council condemns the United Kingdom Border Agency policy of destitution and the eviction of refused asylum seekers that is increasing the strain on the charities and communities supporting their most basic needs.
Council believes that the numbers of destitute asylum seekers now living on the streets of Glasgow (read Bristol) represents a humanitarian crisis that requires an urgent response.
Council endorses the Scottish Refugee Policy Forum conference report recommendation that all asylum seekers should be provided with UKBA cash support until they are granted status or leave the country.
Council therefore demands that the UK Government change existing rules which severely restrict local authorities in the support they can provide to failed asylum seekers. Council calls on the Chief executive to write to the UK Government, seeking a change in policy to allow local authorities to assist refugees in danger of destitution.