Support Yarl's Wood hunger strikers! Holloway demo 03/03/10

Holloway Prison, Parkhurst Road, London N7 0NU
Wednesday 3rd March, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Demo at Holloway Prison in support of the three hunger strikers imprisoned there as well as the twenty women still refusing food at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre.

Five women branded as ring leaders have been moved over the last weeks from Yarl's Wood detention centre to prison, where they are being held without charge. Over fifty women are entering their third week of a hunger strike in protest at the horrendous conditions and degrading treatment they suffer on a daily basis, and the racist immigration controls that have led to their incarceration. The response to this action has been an increase in brutality and victimisation from guards, and a white-washing from government.

Denise is one of the women now being held in Holloway. She escaped from Jamaica with her child after her brother was killed in gang wars and her family received death threats to stop them reporting to the police. Her other brother was deported to Jamaica on 29 January and was murdered there. She was detained for 11 months having been convicted and imprisoned for “racially aggravated assault” after police were called to an argument in a shop. She tried to stop police taking her five year old son from her, was held down and accused of kicking a police man. One of the officers (all white) called her a 'Black bitch' to which she responded 'white bastard'.

Having been identified as a 'ring leader' of the current protests Denise was beaten by guards at Yarl's Wood, held in solitary confinement for days and then removed to HMP Holloway last week.

Come and show your support and solidarity.