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Subject: [noborder-org] Action at Vancouver International Aiport Halts 
Laibar Singh's Deportation
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 11:34:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Harsha <harsha {AT} resist.ca>
To: noborder <noborder-org {AT} lists.resist.ca>,	deletetheborder 
<deletetheborder {AT} lists.riseup.net>

Organizations and individuals who stand in support of the action and
community mobilizing efforts to stop the deportation of Laibar Singh,
please send a statement or short note to noii-van {AT} resist.ca.

Crowd prevents Vancouver deportation
ERIK MJANES

Canadian Press

December 10, 2007 at 8:16 PM EST

RICHMOND, B.C. Â The Canada Border Services Agency has stayed the
deportation of a paralyzed Indian man after a standoff at Vancouver
International Airport.

ÂFor safety and security reasons, Mr. Singh's deportation has been
delayed, Derek Mellon, a spokesman for the agency, said Monday.

He would not provide any information about when the removal order would be
enforced.

About 500 people gathered Monday morning outside the departures level of
the airport surrounding a van carrying Laibar Singh.

By noon, the crowd had grown to over a thousand, many holding signs and
chanting slogans.

Supporters stood atop cars with a megaphone leading chants in English and
Punjabi against the Conservative government and immigration officials.

The agency was forced to delay Mr. Singh's deportation once it became
clear officials would have to transport him through the crowd of
supporters.

Border services officials said they were not willing to wade into the
crowd to escort Mr. Singh to his flight.

For more than three hours, a standoff between supporters and security
officials filled the street in front of the international departures area.

In front of the Cathay Pacific reservation desk, RCMP officers consulted
with airport staff as Mr. Singh's 2:30 p.m. PST flight time neared.

Harsha Walia of the human rights group No One is Illegal broke the news
Mr. Singh's deportation had been stayed around 2 p.m.

ÂHe's going back to the community, she said. ÂHis health is not
necessarily that great so he may have a stop at the hospital first.Â

Mr. Singh was in the hospital for eight hours Sunday night and supporters
said they have letters from doctors at Surrey Memorial that say he's unfit
for travel.

Earlier, Ms. Walia disputed the border services agency's suggestion that
the crowd was a safety hazard, calling it a smear tactic.

ÂWe are here as peaceful protesters. CBSA is welcome to go through the
crowd. But they will have to answer to people's questions, she said.

ÂThey haven't been able to answer me or anyone else whether they believe
this deportation is just. Their fear is not of violence, their fear is
dealing with the legitimate concerns of people.Â

She said the agency gave no timeline for further action.

ÂIt's up to the government. The government has the ability to stop this
deportation on a permanent basis if they don't want to keep playing this
cat and mouse game.Â

Within an hour of the announcement, the crowd was almost completely
dispersed.

Swara Gill, head of the Kalgidhar Khalsa Darbar temple in Abbotsford where
Mr. Singh had been staying, said the Khalsa Diwan Society in New
Westminster, B.C., would be taking over Mr. Singh's care.

Mr. Singh came to Canada on a forged passport in 2003 but suffered a
massive stroke three years later that left him a quadriplegic.

Last week the border services agency served Mr. Singh with papers ordering
him to leave the country on Monday.

The exclusion order, which enforces an earlier deportation order, required
the 48-year-old Punjabi man to report to the airport for a flight to
India.

He is fighting to stay in Canada on humanitarian grounds because he fears
he will not receive necessary medical care if he is returned to India,
where he says that government has falsely accused him of having links to
terrorism.

NDP MLA Raj Chouhan said deporting Mr. Singh would be inhuman.

ÂPeople are very angry, Mr. Chouhan said. ÂThey are very concerned 
about it.

ÂI caution this government if they don't resolve this issue to the
satisfaction of the community, this government will pay a big price in the
next election.Â

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

B.C. protesters delay deportation of paralyzed man
Updated Mon. Dec. 10 2007 11:15 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

A massive crowd of protesters halted the deportation of a paralyzed Indian
man when they overwhelmed the Vancouver International Airport for more
than three hours Monday.

Laibar Singh, 48, entered Canada on a forged passport in 2003 and suffered
a massive stroke that left him a quadriplegic three years later.

He was served with an exclusion order last week, ordering him to leave the
country on Monday.

The Punjabi man has said the Indian government has wrongly accused him of
having links to terrorism.

He has been fighting a deportation order based on humanitarian grounds,
saying he will not receive the necessary medical care if he returns to
India.

"He'll be going through this ordeal again and again," said Harsha Walia, a
supporter with the human rights group No One is Illegal. "And he's been
going through this since July. And every time this happens to him his
health deteriorates, his mental health deteriorates, his physical health
deteriorates."

An estimated crowd of 500 met his van at the airport Monday morning,
surrounding it and insisting officers would have to wade through them and
answer questions if they wanted to deport Singh.

By noon, the chanting crowd had swelled to over 1,000 people, waving signs
critical of the Conservative government.

"This Canadian government, if they at all cared about human rights, they
would not be deporting this man," one protester shouted into a megaphone.

The agency decided against attempting to transport Singh through the
crowd, and rescheduled his deportation at around 2 p.m.

Derek Mellon, a Canada Border Services Agency spokesperson said the
deportation had been delayed for security reasons.

Mellon would not discuss the future of the removal order with members of
the crowd.

Walia said the agency has refused to answer any questions about Singh.

"They haven't been able to answer me or anyone else on whether they
believe this deportation is just," Walia said.

"It's up to the government. The government has the ability to stop this
deportation on a permanent basis if they don't want to keep playing this
cat and mouse game."






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