Refugee support groups allege ‘racial undertones’ to protests

Movement of Asylum Seekers says: ‘Of course we know direct provision is inhumane’

Protesters have been urged to ‘stand down’ and help provide accommodation for asylum seekers. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Protesters have been urged to ‘stand down’ and help provide accommodation for asylum seekers. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Recent protests calling for an end to the “inhumane” direct provision system are tainted with “racial undertones” and are actually about race and difference “dressed up in human rights language”, refugee support groups have said.

Speaking following the Department of Justice’s decision to postpone sending 13 female asylum seekers to Achill Island this week, Bulelani Mfaco of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (Masi) said protests had contained “racial undertones”.

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