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Immigration detention centre inmates demand ‘a life with dignity’

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2403

Protests took place at at least four immigration detention centres last week. 

Around 50 detainees at Campsfield, Oxfordshire, went on hunger strike from Wednesday of last week. In a statement on Youtube one said, “We want our freedom. We want our life with dignity.

“We do not want to be treated in an inhumane way. So that’s why we’re demanding the closure of all detention centres for immigrants in the UK.”

The protest was called off last Saturday when several hunger strikers fell ill, a spokesperson for the Campaign to Close Campsfield said.

Some 20 men held at Brook House near Gatwick airport refused to return to their cells from the exercise yard and stayed out overnight in protest.

At Colnbrook near Heathrow guards broke up a protest meeting by about 40 detainees. “Ring leaders” were placed in isolation.

The previous week up to 150 people organised a sit-down protest at nearby Harmondsworth against “fast track” deportations.

Detainees claim that several people involved have been transferred to different detention centres, one activist told Socialist Worker.  


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