PETITION TO STOP THE DEPORTATION OF TRENTON OLDFIELD - Started by Defend the Right to Protest at People's Assembly - London, UK - 22 June 2013

On April 07 2012, Trenton Oldfield undertook a peaceful direct action protest in order to draw attention to the mouth dropping, entirely unnecessary and rapidly increasing inequalities that are occurring as a result of 'austerity'. The protest took place at the Oxbridge Boat Race; a symbolic representation of 'the establishment' that in the three days before the boat race received royal assent for the fire sale of the NHS, introduced the Data and Communications Bill and called on people to 'shop' their neighbours if they thought they might protest at the forthcoming Olympics.

On 07 June 2013, Deepa and Trenton received correspondence from the Home Office suggesting Trenton, who was born in Australia, though lived and worked his adult life in London is " undesirable, has unacceptable associations and could be considered a threat to national security"* and they want to remove him from the UK.

Trenton Oldfield 'stuck his head above the parapet' now he and his young family are facing a disproportionate and possibly vindictive attack from the current British government which looks hell bent on undermining their lives. This attack is consistent with how protesters are increasingly being criminalised. It has to stop - now. Even Matthew Pinsent, race umpire said in December: "Look, I want to live in a country where protest is possible. However unwelcome it was, I still value the freedom to do that."** 

We the undersigned call on the UK Home Secretary to immediately withdraw its threat to deport Trenton Oldfield. We the undersigned stand in SOLIDARITY with Trenton Oldfield, his family and all protesters.

*322(5) Immigration Rules
**http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/dec/23/protestor-trenton-oldfield-boat-race