Jacquie Coupe protests at Cliffords Tower over Australia's immigration policy

Jacquie Coupe and fellow protesters at Cliffords Tower.

Jacquie Coupe and fellow protesters at Cliffords Tower.

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AN AUSTRALIAN woman who says an ancestor was deported as a teenager from York prison in the first convict fleet in 1775 has staged a protest at Clifford's Tower against current Australian immigration policy.

Jacquié Coupé said her protest yesterday was timed to coincide with demonstrations involving tens of thousands of people cities and towns across Australia, expressing their outrage and disgust at what successive administrations had done 'in their name'.

She claimed people seeking asylum in Australia were being given as unwelcoming and distressing an arrival as possible in an effort to deter them.

"Many have died along the way, some even filmed on Australian news programs fighting uselessly for their lives as their helpless bodies were dashed to death by fierce waves along the rocky northern Australian coastline," she said.

She said her ancestor, Nancy Yates, had been incarcerated in the former jail close to Cliffords Tower for stealing satin material from a house before facing a long and dangerous sea journey on the First convict Fleet to set out to the new land.

She was now using a visit to friends in York to put two banners on the tower bans giving strong protest messages for her Government back home.

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9:53am Tue 15 Apr 14

smudge2 says...

No country wants asylum seekers if there are honest but governments are forced to be politically correct by the do gooders of the world.
No country wants asylum seekers if there are honest but governments are forced to be politically correct by the do gooders of the world. smudge2
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9:58am Tue 15 Apr 14

BL2 says...

From what I know of Australia's policies, I tend to agree with them!
From what I know of Australia's policies, I tend to agree with them! BL2
  • Score: 14

10:24am Tue 15 Apr 14

Yorkiebear says...

Are you sure you have the year right of the first fleet to go to Australia?
Are you sure you have the year right of the first fleet to go to Australia? Yorkiebear
  • Score: 6

10:32am Tue 15 Apr 14

roskoboskovic says...

i just wish that we had stringent,australian style ,immigration policies and maybe then we wouldn t be in this state.why is she doing this over her and not back in aus.
i just wish that we had stringent,australian style ,immigration policies and maybe then we wouldn t be in this state.why is she doing this over her and not back in aus. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 11

10:45am Tue 15 Apr 14

Bad magic says...

Yorkiebear wrote:
Are you sure you have the year right of the first fleet to go to Australia?
Quite. It was 1786.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkiebear[/bold] wrote: Are you sure you have the year right of the first fleet to go to Australia?[/p][/quote]Quite. It was 1786. Bad magic
  • Score: 6

12:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Omega Point says...

smudge2 wrote:
No country wants asylum seekers if there are honest but governments are forced to be politically correct by the do gooders of the world.
Do you mean "if they are honest". Simply not true. Scandanavian countries do
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: No country wants asylum seekers if there are honest but governments are forced to be politically correct by the do gooders of the world.[/p][/quote]Do you mean "if they are honest". Simply not true. Scandanavian countries do Omega Point
  • Score: 3

12:47pm Tue 15 Apr 14

GPRD says...

I also quite like what I know about Australias immigration policy, I wish ours was as stringent.
Genuine Asylum Seekers and immigrants should be welcomed, people wanting a free ride shouldn't be.
I also quite like what I know about Australias immigration policy, I wish ours was as stringent. Genuine Asylum Seekers and immigrants should be welcomed, people wanting a free ride shouldn't be. GPRD
  • Score: 8

12:51pm Tue 15 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

Yes please .can we adopt tbeir policy s as well.
Ob we cant.??
We is in the EUSSR
Yes please .can we adopt tbeir policy s as well. Ob we cant.?? We is in the EUSSR piaggio1
  • Score: 1

2:10pm Tue 15 Apr 14

york_chap says...

1) What on Earth is the point of doing this in York? If feelings are that strong, go down to the Australian Embassy, or somewhere it might get noticed by those with any influence.

2) As for the lady's ancestor; the saying "if you can't do the time".... springs to mind.

3) As others have said, it's a real shame the UK has taken such a liberal approach to immigration; the adoption of policies akin to Australia's could have prevented many problems this country is now facing.
1) What on Earth is the point of doing this in York? If feelings are that strong, go down to the Australian Embassy, or somewhere it might get noticed by those with any influence. 2) As for the lady's ancestor; the saying "if you can't do the time".... springs to mind. 3) As others have said, it's a real shame the UK has taken such a liberal approach to immigration; the adoption of policies akin to Australia's could have prevented many problems this country is now facing. york_chap
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Tue 15 Apr 14

petethefeet says...

I get the impression that the Aussies also make another group of people unwelcome, i.e. 'trouble-makers' - and then they make their way back here. Peter Tachell? The guy that wrecked the boat race? To name but two others. Australia has gotten independence and now we here in Blighty have no more rights to go over there than anybody else in the world. So, how can it be fair that it's citizens can still camp over here just because their grand-parents became 10-quid pommes and voted to cut the ancestral ties?
I get the impression that the Aussies also make another group of people unwelcome, i.e. 'trouble-makers' - and then they make their way back here. Peter Tachell? The guy that wrecked the boat race? To name but two others. Australia has gotten independence and now we here in Blighty have no more rights to go over there than anybody else in the world. So, how can it be fair that it's citizens can still camp over here just because their grand-parents became 10-quid pommes and voted to cut the ancestral ties? petethefeet
  • Score: 2

3:37pm Tue 15 Apr 14

York2000 says...

UKIP have taken over the Press comments thread!
UKIP have taken over the Press comments thread! York2000
  • Score: 3

3:42pm Tue 15 Apr 14

petethefeet says...

York2000 wrote:
UKIP have taken over the Press comments thread!
Can't 'ave. You got your spoke in didn't you?
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: UKIP have taken over the Press comments thread![/p][/quote]Can't 'ave. You got your spoke in didn't you? petethefeet
  • Score: 2

3:46pm Tue 15 Apr 14

York2000 says...

@petethefeet

Actually, it's a nice break from the moan about the council group who normally take over the comments.
@petethefeet Actually, it's a nice break from the moan about the council group who normally take over the comments. York2000
  • Score: 2

4:00pm Tue 15 Apr 14

petethefeet says...

York2000 wrote:
@petethefeet

Actually, it's a nice break from the moan about the council group who normally take over the comments.
Agreed. That one's done to death! Mine was a genuine (non-racist) comment. Ex-colonies always seem to want it one way.
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: @petethefeet Actually, it's a nice break from the moan about the council group who normally take over the comments.[/p][/quote]Agreed. That one's done to death! Mine was a genuine (non-racist) comment. Ex-colonies always seem to want it one way. petethefeet
  • Score: 2

4:01pm Tue 15 Apr 14

petethefeet says...

like Scotland for instance!...........
:-))
like Scotland for instance!........... :-)) petethefeet
  • Score: 1

4:16pm Tue 15 Apr 14

York2000 says...

petethefeet - You are a voice of reason! Thank God people like you are still on here.
petethefeet - You are a voice of reason! Thank God people like you are still on here. York2000
  • Score: 3

4:46pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

From what I read Oz treats its indigenous people with such contempt as would make your eyes water. To bleat about immigration when the treatment of their own Aborigine people is putting the cart before the horse in my book. Fair dinkum?
From what I read Oz treats its indigenous people with such contempt as would make your eyes water. To bleat about immigration when the treatment of their own Aborigine people is putting the cart before the horse in my book. Fair dinkum? Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 4

5:29pm Tue 15 Apr 14

spottycow says...

we dont need banners putting up near our monuments no matter what the cause is . LOOK IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD FIRST AUSSIE
we dont need banners putting up near our monuments no matter what the cause is . LOOK IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD FIRST AUSSIE spottycow
  • Score: 0

6:12pm Wed 16 Apr 14

jcoupe57 says...

unfortunately some responses to this protest are completely uneducated, i urge you all to look further into the issue before making comments based on your personal fears and/or assumptions. i'm asking for compassionate understanding and treatment, and by this, allowing people to be processed onshore to determine their genuine status rather than being locked up in offshore centres in inadequate and often humiliating conditions, with little communication about their length of stay.. and by the way, over 90% of people arriving by boat are found to be genuine. it's the amount of time incarcerated in detention centres and the conditions under which they are held that is the worrying problem. i feel privileged to protest in york, for the reasons quoted in the article, and it is in my own backyard that this protest is aimed. all the white australians are boat people originally, and many like mine were transported to australia from london in 1777, arriving as the first fleet did in 1778. so they were the founding members of white australia, some may even be relatives of yours. if you want to make uneducated comments, go your hardest, but it won't clarify the situation at all. if you want to learn more, and then have some compassion for those seeking very legal asylum from persecution, terror, war and deprivation, then feel free and welcome to write to scott morrison, our immigration minister, or directly to our prime minister tony abbott.
unfortunately some responses to this protest are completely uneducated, i urge you all to look further into the issue before making comments based on your personal fears and/or assumptions. i'm asking for compassionate understanding and treatment, and by this, allowing people to be processed onshore to determine their genuine status rather than being locked up in offshore centres in inadequate and often humiliating conditions, with little communication about their length of stay.. and by the way, over 90% of people arriving by boat are found to be genuine. it's the amount of time incarcerated in detention centres and the conditions under which they are held that is the worrying problem. i feel privileged to protest in york, for the reasons quoted in the article, and it is in my own backyard that this protest is aimed. all the white australians are boat people originally, and many like mine were transported to australia from london in 1777, arriving as the first fleet did in 1778. so they were the founding members of white australia, some may even be relatives of yours. if you want to make uneducated comments, go your hardest, but it won't clarify the situation at all. if you want to learn more, and then have some compassion for those seeking very legal asylum from persecution, terror, war and deprivation, then feel free and welcome to write to scott morrison, our immigration minister, or directly to our prime minister tony abbott. jcoupe57
  • Score: 1

7:26pm Wed 16 Apr 14

petethefeet says...

jcoupe57 wrote:
unfortunately some responses to this protest are completely uneducated, i urge you all to look further into the issue before making comments based on your personal fears and/or assumptions. i'm asking for compassionate understanding and treatment, and by this, allowing people to be processed onshore to determine their genuine status rather than being locked up in offshore centres in inadequate and often humiliating conditions, with little communication about their length of stay.. and by the way, over 90% of people arriving by boat are found to be genuine. it's the amount of time incarcerated in detention centres and the conditions under which they are held that is the worrying problem. i feel privileged to protest in york, for the reasons quoted in the article, and it is in my own backyard that this protest is aimed. all the white australians are boat people originally, and many like mine were transported to australia from london in 1777, arriving as the first fleet did in 1778. so they were the founding members of white australia, some may even be relatives of yours. if you want to make uneducated comments, go your hardest, but it won't clarify the situation at all. if you want to learn more, and then have some compassion for those seeking very legal asylum from persecution, terror, war and deprivation, then feel free and welcome to write to scott morrison, our immigration minister, or directly to our prime minister tony abbott.
Fine, don't disagree with you. But you are Australian and this is an Australian issue. So, please take up your democratic right to protest......IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY! Just buy a tin-hat first!
[quote][p][bold]jcoupe57[/bold] wrote: unfortunately some responses to this protest are completely uneducated, i urge you all to look further into the issue before making comments based on your personal fears and/or assumptions. i'm asking for compassionate understanding and treatment, and by this, allowing people to be processed onshore to determine their genuine status rather than being locked up in offshore centres in inadequate and often humiliating conditions, with little communication about their length of stay.. and by the way, over 90% of people arriving by boat are found to be genuine. it's the amount of time incarcerated in detention centres and the conditions under which they are held that is the worrying problem. i feel privileged to protest in york, for the reasons quoted in the article, and it is in my own backyard that this protest is aimed. all the white australians are boat people originally, and many like mine were transported to australia from london in 1777, arriving as the first fleet did in 1778. so they were the founding members of white australia, some may even be relatives of yours. if you want to make uneducated comments, go your hardest, but it won't clarify the situation at all. if you want to learn more, and then have some compassion for those seeking very legal asylum from persecution, terror, war and deprivation, then feel free and welcome to write to scott morrison, our immigration minister, or directly to our prime minister tony abbott.[/p][/quote]Fine, don't disagree with you. But you are Australian and this is an Australian issue. So, please take up your democratic right to protest......IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY! Just buy a tin-hat first! petethefeet
  • Score: 3

12:15am Thu 17 Apr 14

Ingsdreamer says...

Yorkiebear wrote:
Are you sure you have the year right of the first fleet to go to Australia?
Definitely wrong. Doesn't look like proper research has been carried out.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkiebear[/bold] wrote: Are you sure you have the year right of the first fleet to go to Australia?[/p][/quote]Definitely wrong. Doesn't look like proper research has been carried out. Ingsdreamer
  • Score: 1

8:40am Mon 21 Apr 14

nearlyman says...

How very amusing. I must pop over to the Faroe Islands to protest about British government policy !!
How very amusing. I must pop over to the Faroe Islands to protest about British government policy !! nearlyman
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