Supporters say deportation battle not over yet





Laibar Singh waits in a taxi surrounded by protesters at Vancouver International Airport Monday.


Paralyzed refugee claimant Laibar Singh is "happy for the time being" but remains anxious after Monday’s massive protest at Vancouver International Airport temporarily blocked his deportation, a supporter said yesterday

A relieved Harsha Walia of No One Is Illegal said that the onus is now on the government to ensure Singh is able to permanently stay in B.C.

"The ball is in their court. It’s up to them to respond to the voices of supporters all across the country," she said, adding that protests were also held in Victoria, Montreal and Toronto.

More than 1,000 protesters prevented Singh’s taxi from arriving at YVR Monday, something that Walia said could be repeated if officials attempt to deport him again.

"It’s not just a protest. A man’s life was on the line on that day at that moment," she said.

Singh — whose health has deteriorated significantly — spent the past two days at different locations in the community while his supporters try to find a permanent place for him.

The Canadian Border Services Agency refused to say yesterday when or if another deportation order will be issued, citing safety and security.