Glasgow TUI protest slated as holiday giant allows charter flights to be used for evictions

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Holiday giant TUI will face protests today for allowing the use of its charter flights for evictions.

Human rights activists say at least 21 such thefts have taken place since the start of the year.

And they’re worried that a lot of planes will be the same ones that are used to take people on vacation.

A protest will take place this afternoon outside the TUI offices in Gordon Street, Glasgow.

Similar protests have taken place across the UK this year, including in London, Leeds and Liverpool.

The Stop TUI campaign claims that the company benefits financially from deportations, to the detriment of the human rights of asylum seekers. A spokesperson added: “The people we support are being unfairly deported from the UK on TUI charter flights to countries where they feel their lives are in danger.

“By taking a stand together in front of the Glasgow store, we are telling TUI that we will not let them get away with silently enjoying this treatment of human beings.

“TUI is now the No.1 airline for deportation flights in the UK, having carried out at least 21 mass deportations since January 2021 alone.”

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Stop TUI says refugees are being deported to countries such as Jamaica, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, as well as Vietnam.

He is against all deportations and says refugees and asylum seekers should be allowed to stay here. The spokesperson added: “TUI presents itself as a family business. One of the goals of the Stop TUI campaign is to pressure the airline to stop these cruel thefts, which contrast with their public image. You have to remember that the evicted people are first and foremost human beings.

“They are also in grave danger upon their return. “

Protesters are expected to assemble in George Square at 1:50 p.m. before marching to the Gordon Street branch. It is believed that an average of 20 people are carried on each eviction flight. One of the last known thefts was from Birmingham in July, which returned a similar number to Vietnam.

Protesters say they have already succeeded in persuading other airlines such as Virgin to stop eviction flights. Last November, model Naomi Campbell and Line Of Duty star Thandie Newton were among public figures who called on companies like TUI not to supply planes for eviction flights.

German company TUI, which operated as Thomson’s, is the world’s largest leisure, travel and tourism company. He declined
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