Actions today calling for an end to deportation of U.S. Iraq War resister Robin Long

    TORONTO, July 15 /CNW/ - Activists will gather at the Peace Arch on the
U.S.-Canada border and in Toronto at 12 Noon today in front of the Federal
Court of Canada, 180 Queen Street West to protest the deportation of Robin
    Yesterday's Federal Court decision in Vancouver by Justice Anne Mactavish
denying Robin's appeal means that his deportation is imminent.
    In a recent Angus Reid poll, almost two-thirds of Canadians said they
want U.S. Iraq War conscientious objectors to be allowed to stay in Canada.
The decision also flies in the face of the Parliamentary motion adopted June 3
by a majority of MPs calling for the conscientious objectors to be allowed to
remain in the country to apply for permanent resident status, and for
deportation proceedings to cease immediately.
    The War Resisters Support Campaign is demanding to know why the federal
government is pursuing the punishment and deportation of courageous Iraq War
conscientious objectors seeking refuge in Canada for refusing to participate
in the illegal and immoral Iraq war.

For further information:

For further information: Lee Zaslofsky, (416) 598-1222, (416) 369-0864;
Bob Ages, (604) 760-6786; Sarah Bjorknas, (778) 837-1475

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