PROTESTERS from Enfield are demanding the Government intervenes to save their relatives from a feared massacre in Iraq.

The deadline given by Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Kamel al-Maliki for the residents of Camp Ashraf to leave voluntarily, or face a repeat of July's violence, passed today without incident. But in a show of solidarity, protesters were joined by Parliamentarians outside the Foreign Office in Whitehall. Amid cries of “shame on you” and “displacement of Ashraf, crime against humanity”, protesters spoke of their fear for their families and anger at the lack of action from the British Government.

Many expressed disillusionment with Britain, a country which they said had taken them in as refugees and they had previously seen as a shining light of democracy and human rights.

A maths teacher of Colebrook Way, New Southgate, said she was afraid for her sister-in-law and seven friends who live in Ashraf.

The 55-year-old, who did not want to be named because she fears for the safety of her family in Iran, said: “It's very dangerous, it's a very crucial time, I'm very scared because I don't know what's going to happen.

“The people in Camp Ashraf are the best people in my view, they are heroes who have devoted their lives to democracy.

“They've been in Ashraf community for 25 years and they bought the land. It was a desert, there was nothing there, everything is legal.

“I feel terrible, this is very wrong, why does nobody do anything?”

The camp's residents are members of the Iranian resistance movement, the People's Mojaheddin Organization of Iran (PMOI), who have lived in the country safely for more than two decades.

Chairman of the Committee for Iran Freedom, Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, said he was relieved that nothing had happened so far but said the coming days would be crucial.

Lord Corbett said the Iraqis had stopped food, medicine and doctors from entering the camp.

And he warned Prime Minister al-Maliki that his fledgling democracy was under test.

Criticising July's attack, he condemned the “Iraqi thugs in military uniform” saying they turned on unarmed residents with axes, planks with nails and electronic batons and said the British Government had a responsibility under international law to prevent similar bloodshed happening again.

He said: “There will be people around the world whose sisters and brothers and fathers gave their lives in Iraq to give the people of Iraq the chance to build a democracy.Is this what all that was about?”

Lord Brian Cotter said he represented many other politicians in the UK, Europe and across the world.

“The people of Ashraf are in our hearts and minds. We are here to stand up for you.”