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Close down Campsfield

Issue No. 1829

PROTESTERS HELD a ninth anniversary rally for the Close Down Campsfield campaign last Saturday. The rally was addressed by Labour MP Julia Drown who claimed the government's asylum and immigration policies were 'compassionate'.

But around 200 asylum seekers who have committed absolutely no crime are imprisoned at Campsfield, near Oxford. Around 80 protesters heard the campaign's Bill McKeith saying that the government, far from being compassionate, was following an agenda set by the Daily Mail.

The protest was aided by a samba band, and asylum seekers inside the camp responded as noisily.
Alan Gibson, Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers

ASYLUM RIGHTS campaigners are preparing for Wednesday 8 January. From that day all asylum claims not made immediately on arrival in Britain will be deemed 'unfounded'.

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Sat 7 Dec 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1829
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