Migrants demonstrate in Calais

Between 400-600 migrants who are sleeping rough in the area demonstrated in Calais on Friday in protest plans to close down their camps around town.

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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

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. )

Radical History Discussion: Resistance in the UK's Detention Centres in the Last Decade

7 pm, Tuesday 24 June 2008
Venue: T&G, Transport House, 128 Theobald's Road, London WC1X 8TN

Asylum-seekers and migrants who have been locked up indefinitely by the British state are carrying out one of the most sustained fight-backs in the UK in recent years. Three major detention centres have been destroyed, forcing the government to release hundreds of detainees. Hunger-strikes, occupations, naked protests, dirty protests and successful break-outs involving tens and hundreds of detainees have become a regular feature of immigration detention.

Demonstrate outside Sodexho HQ, London

For the past month four men have been on trial at Southwark Crown Court for alleged offences during disturbances at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre in November 2006. The Support the Harmondsworth 4 Campaign is holding a demo this Friday outside the offices of Sodexho, whose subsidiary Kalyx runs Harmondsworth.

Friday 22 February 2008, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Sodexho, 25 Chapel Street, London NW1 5DH
(nearest tube: Edgware Road)

for more on the Harmondsworth 4, see



Demonstrate 7 January 2008
9am onwards

at Southwark Crown Court
1 English Grounds (off Battlebridge Lane)
London SE1 2HU

(nearest tube London Bridge)

The trial of four men who were in Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre the time of the protest there on 28 November 2006 will open on 7 January 2008 and a demonstration will take place at Southwark Crown Court.