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Verne detention protester who spoke out put in segregation

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2448

The Verne immigration detention centre in Dorset, where Haile is being held

The Verne immigration detention centre in Dorset, where Haile is being held (Pic: Geograph)

A detainee who took part in protests at the Verne immigration detention centre in Dorset last month is being held in segregation. 

The detainee, Haile, told Socialist Worker, “I’ve been in a seg from Friday. I think they will take me to a different detention centre or prison.”

He spoke to Socialist Worker last month after a desperate detainee had jumped off the roof. 

Though the man was not injured his protest led to a demonstration inside the Verne. 

“The guy that jumped has been moved to Winchester prison,” Haile said. 

The authorities appear to be dealing with a country-wide spate of detention centre protests by speeding up deportations and dispersing protesters to other centres.

Haile said that six people were moved out immediately after the protest. “We’ve tried to ring their mobiles, but they’ve been switched off. Ringing people is the only way to find out what has happened to them.”

He is glad he spoke out because people need to “know what they’re doing to non-British citizens”. 

But he is being held indefinitely and worries about his family, “After all these years hoping to see my kids grow, I don’t know if I’ll ever spend one day with them again.”


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