Unite says Derby Road residents do not believe controversial programme will add anything to immigration debate

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, UK unions, Unite, Racism
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Members of the Southampton Communities Alliance (SCA), supported by Unite Community members, are tomorrow protesting outside Channel 4 headquarters to call on the broadcaster to abandon the screening of Immigration Street.

The documentary is filmed in Derby Road, Southampton and is the follow-up to the controversial Benefits Street.

Unite Community Southampton Area (UCSA) branch officer, Joe Dukes said: “The communities of Southampton do not think that this programme will add anything to the debate on migration. In fact, we think that just like Benefit Street it will scapegoat an already vulnerable group of people.

“The majority of people of Derby Road are from many ethnic backgrounds and have lived there for generations. They do not want to be branded as ‘immigrants’ with all the associated risks of attracting extremist behaviour.

“We are asking Channel 4 to be a responsible broadcaster and cancel this programme.”

UCSA along with SCA have been holding events that have further united an already cohesive and active community in Southampton. These invents included a ‘Hope Street’ family day that attracted over 300 people.

* The demonstration will take place at 11am tomorrow at Channel 4, 124-126 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX


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Tim Lezard

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