Many Ghurkas think UK citizenship is the least they deserve
Demands by up to 400 retired Gurkhas for British citizenship will form part of a review of the soldier's position, the government said.
The soldiers, from Nepal and based mainly in Kent, protested in Liverpool before meeting Home Office officials.
Despite having fought as part of the British Army for almost 200 years, they are barred from British citizenship.
The Home Office later said the soldier's concerns will "feed into" the policy review of their naturalisation.
However, many of the soldiers feel the Home Office is taking too long to consider the issue.
Some said they have been waiting for two years for citizenship applications to be processed, which they claim is preventing them getting jobs.
After the meeting Tikendradal Dewan, chair of the Brigade of Gurkhas Welfare Society, said the soldiers did not get an answer.
"It is very frustrating for all of us," he said. "We can't go home to visit our families in case they do not let us back in and we can't get the jobs we want."
The soldiers, who gathered at the Home Office's Immigration and Nationality Directorate in Water Street, were being supported by other ex-servicemen and members of the public.
Soldiers say getting a job is difficult without citizenship
During the demonstration many of the Gurkhas, most of whom had travelled from Folkestone, were dressed in their regimental tie and wore the medals they have won during their service, which can last up to 30 years.
The Home Office later said: "Officials from the MOD and the Home Office are reviewing the current policy on the naturalisation and settlement of Gurkhas," a spokesperson said.
"The information gathered [in Liverpool] will feed into the review currently being undertaken.
"We cannot comment further on the possible outcome of that review but we are working hard to resolve this situation."
The Gurkha regiment now has around 3,500 men.
I THINK I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY
At the moment I'm shouting and swearing and if I was writing it down then every second word would need editing out, so here's the family-friendly version;
Today I read that one of these men failed his asylum bid and was deported to Nepal within hours. I haven't got the article, I can't find it online, but I'm sure going to make my feelings on it felt!
The individual in question was 44-year-old Tej Bahadur Limbu, former medical sergeant of the Ghurkhas Brigade, who had served in the British army for 13 years. I bet not for second he imagined while serving the country called Britain, that it would stab him in the back for his loyalty and service!
Currently many other Ghurkhas like him are waiting for their asylum appeals to answered, most of them now retired after over a decades long service, some fighting and risking their lives for this country as long as 15 years.
And for their service, they have been treated like sh*te!! Donít bother to excuse the language, because itís the d*mn truth. Stepped on by the governments of Britain one after one, looked at with disgust and then wiped onto the nearest peace of grass to be rid of them.
Meanwhile in other news I read that fascist Islamic Cleric b*stard who the other week said it was okay to kill children in the name of Allah, has gained the right from the Local Councils to have a street party to celebrate the anniversary of 9/11!!!
WHY THE **** IS THIS EVIL FASCIST PEACE OF HUMAN WASTE STILL IN THE COUNTRY?!
Why are he and men and woman like him, such as Hamza, who hate and despise this country, and pose a threat to the British people allowed to remain here, gaining insane amounts of welfare, and then using tax payers money to fight their deportation?! Yet mean who have fought, bleed and served this country as it were there own are treated in the appalling manner that they are?! Tossed away when they are no longer able to lift to their weapons, having given their youth and health for the British people.
They've fought for this country as if it were their own, then this country is their own! And the British government should be honoured to have men such they receive British citizenship!
Unfortunately the British government - be it under the smug Blair, git Major, or satanic Thatcher - would rather open our borders to murders and sympathises of terrorist, than open its hands to the men who have fought to defend those borders for 200 years!
These men may have been born in Nepal, thousands of miles from our soil, but it is OUR soil they have given their lives to protect! The idea of making them seek asylum to begin with is insulting enough, BUT TO REFUSE IT!!
The actions of the ungrateful brats we call our government sicken me, and should sicken all of us. Britain, if it has any self-respect and sense of decency and loyalty, should stretch out our open hands in friendship and tell them not "thankyou", but rather "welcome home, my brother"!
Edited by Talon S., 10 September 2004 - 12:41 AM.