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Detention centre protest in Lincolnshire after inmate's death

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2420

At least 30 detainees rose up at Morton Hall immigration detention centre in Lincolnshire last Saturday, after the death of an inmate. 

The disturbance began after the death of 26 year old Rubel Ahmed, and staff were forced to retreat.

At about 6.40am the Lincolnshire Echo reported “prison officers armed with batons and shields, a group of firefighters, a police dog team and two police vans” went into the centre.

The authorities said they had ended the protest by 10am. 

Detainee Akhter Sohel told the Guardian, “Our doors had been locked for the night but Rubel kept complaining of chest pains, and was banging and kicking the door asking for help.”

Rubel’s family say the Home Office told them he had killed himself.

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