[noborders-brum] IOM Unwelcomed in Birmingham

Shiar shiar at riseup.net
Wed Jun 25 15:23:30 UTC 2008

IOM Unwelcomed in Birmingham
brum noborders | 25.06.2008 15:16

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) today held a
'conference' in Birmingham in preparation for opening a new regional
office in the city. A handful of local activists braved the morning
showers and went down to the venue, the four-star hotel of Marriott in
Five Ways, to unwelcome the dodgy organisation. Armed with a banner that
read "International Organisation Against Migrants" and leaflets exposing
"the truth about IOM", they confronted attendees as they walked in and
offered them a dose of truth to help them digest the lies they would later
get in their welcome packs and the marketing-style presentations. The IOM
staff, however, were highly diplomatic (or confused) and did not call the
police or try to kick them out. The IOM Communications Director even
invited them to go in and "raise their questions inside", as some invitees
did not apparently turn up and some seats were left embarrassingly empty.
One of the protesters later commented: "This is the funniest action I've
ever done!"

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