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Defending asylum seekers

by Ian McKendrick
Issue No. 1880

TWO HUNDRED people protested against the continued detention of asylum seekers at Campsfield House in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, last weekend.

The protest was called by the Close Campsfield Down campaign on the tenth anniversary of the camp's opening.

The demonstration was supported by the Oxfordshire CWU, Oxford Trades Council, Unison health branch, Oxford Amicus/MSF Publishing, Oxford University Labour Club. The National Association of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, the Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers, Barbed Wire Britain and the Stop Arbitrary Detentions campaign also supported the protest.

The rally was addressed by Bill Morris, former leader of the TGWU union, who accused the Labour government of taking the children of refugees hostage.

Campaigners are angry that the decision to close Campsfield has been reversed by the current government, who now intend to increase the number of people held there to 290.

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Sat 6 Dec 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1880
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