BBC studios across the UK, including Sheffield, have been the site of demonstrations as pensioners take action to protest against proposals to end free TV licences for the over 75s. Under proposals from the BBC only those in receipt of pension credit would remain eligible for free TV licences with others required to pay the £154.50 per year fee to watch television. Campaigners are seeking to reverse the decision announced a month ago which is set to come in to affect by 2020 and could affect around 3.7 million pensioners. Sheffield Live spoke to the secretary of Sheffield Pensioners Action Group Jaqui Milner.
Sheffield amateur football team Mount Pleasant Park FC staged a peaceful demonstration and football match outside Vulcan House, the Home Office immigration centre in Sheffield. The team were joined by supporters, campaigners and those affected by detention and deportation threats. The action was organised in support of These Walls Must Fall’campaign against immigration detention. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Bevan Richardson, of Mount Pleasant Park FC.
A group of Sheffield students from King Edward VII school have launched a campaign under the banner Our Own Rights with a demonstration outside the Town Hall. The campaigners are calling for young people’s views to be heard on issues and decisions affecting their lives. Baillor jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A new local campaign group have launched a call to end the roll out of Universal Credit with a demonstration held outside the Department for Work and Pensions headquarters in Sheffield. Campaigners from Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit argue that the new benefit arrangements are leaving some people as much as £50 per week worse off. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to the campaign’s acting chair Martin Mayer.
Dozens of anti-war campaigners gathered at Sheffield Town Hall at the weekend to protest the threat of military intervention in Venezuela. The demonstration was mounted in the wake of United States calls for an end to the Maduro regime. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Demonstrations have been held in Sheffield and across the UK in support of 15 human rights activists who were convicted last week on terror offences after preventing a deportation plane from leaving Stansted airport. The Sheffield protests were held outside the Home Office building at Millsands and also marked International Migrants Day which is observed on 18 December by the United Nations. The Stansted 15 activists locked themselves around a Boeing 767 chartered to return undocumented migrants to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone and held a banner proclaiming “mass deportations kill”. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Michael Collins of the Right To Remain campaign.
Dozens of Guineans from Sheffield joined others in a demonstration at the Foreign Office in London calling for support to stop the killings of unarmed civilians by Guinean security forces. Since 2010 more than 100 people have been killed in the capital Conakry either by the police or the military. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Protestors from Sheffield’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign gathered at the Town Hall on Saturday to demonstrate against what they describe as Israel’s on-going attack on Gaza. In the last eight months more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli troops. Baillor Jalloh reports for Shefield Live!
Campaigners have mounted a demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall to protest the deportation of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
NHS campaigners mounted a demonstration against plans to close the Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the Walk-in Centre on Broad Lane. The rally was held as the Primary Care Commissioning Committee met to review independent analysis of feedback following a public consultation on the proposals. The Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group said, in a statement, that over 2,000 responses were received to the formal consultation and they will be considering next steps for responding to the issues raised. Campaigners say plans to move the services to Northern General Hospital will cause difficulties for many as well as pressure on hospital services. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Alistair Tice of Save Our NHS.