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Protest set to demand an end to Yarl’s Wood shame

Issue No. 2494

Hundreds joined a protest to surround Yarls Wood last year. The refugee prison looks set to see the largest protest against it yet this Saturday

Hundreds joined a protest to surround Yarl's Wood last year. The refugee prison looks set to see the largest protest against it yet this Saturday (Pic: Darren Johnson/IDJ photography on Flickr)


Protesters from all over Britain are set to surround Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire this Saturday.

Nine coaches were planned from London alone and more from other cities to the isolated refugee prison.

It looks set to be the largest protest out of several called there in recent years.

Rejected asylum seekers are detained indefinitely in Yarl’s Wood and other centres.

A report into the Harmondsworth centre by the prisons’ inspector last month exposed horrific conditions including overcrowding and cockroaches.

Yarl’s Wood is the only centre where women are detained.

Detainees have spoken out about racist and sexual abuse by guards.

But the government is under pressure to reform its inhuman detention system. It was set up in the mid-1990s and is gradually being reduced after campaigners made it an embarrassment for governments.

Big protests can help get rid of this monstrosity completely.

Demonstration—shut down Yarl’s Wood detention centre Sat 12 Mar, 1.30pm, Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre, Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire, MK44 1FD. on.fb.me/1nA80Ik

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