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Charles Atangana speaks out from detention centre

12 August 2010

The NUJ has managed to speak to Charles Atangana, while he is still at Dover Immigration Removal Centre, on the day of his bail hearing. He wanted us to pass on the following message to all those who have supported the campaign to stop his deportation to Cameroon.

"I want to thank you all for the incredible support you've given me during my time in detention these past 2 months. The knowledge that there are so many people on the outside, campaigning tirelessly to prevent my deportation has given me more strength than I can say.
"I came to the UK in the belief that it was a place that welcomed those fleeing persecution and campaigning for justice and against corruption. Despite the cold-hearted attitude of the Home Office, my faith in that ideal is now stronger than ever, given the way you have all worked to publicise my plight.
"Whatever the result of today's bail hearing, I will never forget what you have done for me. Please, let my trade union brothers and sisters in Glasgow know that I miss them and I know that they are working especially hard for my release. Yes, I'm an African, yes, I'm a journalist – but I'm a Glaswegian too and I want to go home – to Glasgow, where I belong."

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