Over 100 protesters demonstrated last weekend outside the Dungavel detention centre in south Lanarkshire, Scotland, calling for the closure of the camp. Many of the protesters had travelled from Glasgow, where they had taken part in an anti-war rally
'I have never committed a crime in my life, but I have paid the price of a murderer, just for fleeing from persecution in my homeland.' These words, read to a 100-strong protest outside Walton prison in Liverpool, tell of the plight of more than 100 asylum seekers currently detained in the prison.
Along with convicted prisoners, they are locked in cells for 23 hours a day, subject to racist abuse and given adulterated food. English lessons are denied. The Liverpool campaign to free the detainees has received strong support, much from trade unions.
With Bush's war encouraging further hostility, local firefighter and FBU chair Ian Foulkes received much applause when he said, '300 firefighters lost their lives last week, but that tragedy should not be used as an excuse to murder more people.'