Hunger strike at Brook House

Since earlier today (Monday 19th October), over forty of the Iraqis returned on the charter flight to Baghdad, and others, have been on hunger strike in Brook House immigration prison, Gatwick, demanding their release.

A stop in hell: Pagani, a prison for migrants at the gate of Fortress Europe

The Greek island of Lesvos is just a short sail from the Turkish coast - you can see Turkey from the island. Here many migrants try crossing into Europe, usually on inflatable boats. Frontex patrols the coast to prevent them from landing; those who land may be detained in one of the most appalling prisons for migrants we have ever seen or heard of.

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Protest against Arora's detention plan

Six activists from No Borders London today (06 Oct 2009) held a protest at the Arora International Hotel near Heathrow airport against Arora International's plans to turn its four-star hotel at Gatwick, Mercure, into yet another immigration prison.

Press release | Report and pix | Details of what you can do below.

Report: Demonstration at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

Nearly 200 people gathered Saturday 21st March in Bedford town centre, than heading to Yarl's Wood immigration prison, demanding its closure. Yarl's Wood has 405 capacity and holds single women and families with children. The building of a new immigration prison, next to Yarl's Wood, has just been approved, to hold 500 single men.

There were many asylum seekers and ex-detainees in the protest, alongside anti-racist groups, students and campaigners. Most people came from London, but there were Bedford based campaigners and people from Birmingham, South Wales, Leicester, Oxford, Brighton...
There were also lots of police to cordon the protest.

see also: Yarl's Wood 2009

Abolish immigration prisons! film night and cafe @ Ramparts, Friday 20th March

Film night and cafe @ Ramparts, Friday 20th March
@ Rampart , 15 -17 Rampart Street,
London E1 2LA (nearest tube Whitechapel)
From 5 pm

- report and hopefully some film on Tuesday's blockade of Tinsley House
immigration prison, against a charter deportation to Iraq
- tea, coffee and vegan cakes available.
- Films from No Borders demos against detention

New immigration prison to open at Gatwick this spring

The new immigration detention centre at Gatwick airport will not be opened until the spring, Corporate Watch has learned. The official opening had been scheduled for February this year but has been delayed for undisclosed reasons. The purpose-built high-security prison, named Brook House, is based on the 'successful' design of Colnbrook detention centre at Heathrow airport. The new detention centre will be run by Global Solution Ltd (GSL), which is now owned by G4S, and will hold up to 426 male and female detainees.

Demonstration at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, 21st March 2009

London NoBorders, Campaign Against Immigration Controls, SOAS Detainee Support Group, No-one is Illegal, Campaign To Stop Arbitrary Detention at Yarl’s Wood, Campaign to Close Campsfield, Legal Action for Women, All African Women's Group, Communites of Resistance and Barbed Wire Britain Network to End Detention call: For An End to Immigration Detention - Saturday 21st March 2009

( Benefit Night: Friday 6th March 2009, 9 till late @ Ramparts Social Centre, Rampart Street, Whitechapel, £5 donation. )