Disturbance at Morton Hall IRC, 30/11/11

[Source: http://www.no-deportations.org.uk]

The following is a statement from the detainees at Morton Hall IRC in Lincolnshire:

We the detainees were subject to Lock down on 30/11/2011 earlier then usual time as some detainee peacefully protested by the astro (Football ) where detainee protested as earlier on 30/11/2011 detainee Vassell were allegedly attacked by gang of officer and taken to RFA.

During the protest about 30 detainee stayed out for 30 minutes then the detainees came to individual room.

Early in the morning of 01/12/2011 we were given first of the notice to detainee to our shock it stated an attempted escape were discovered and 2 member of staff were assaulted.

Then through out the day detainees were taken to different HMP (Namly Lincoln and Nottingham and other HMP)

Only 2 detainees were sent to different detention centre one to Dover and one to Colnbrook.

Such was Unlawful lock up against detention service order authorised by the parliament.

***** on behalf of detained detainees

Revolt in detention centre in Italy, 11/10/10

On Monday afternoon, 102 immigrants including 30 Algerians escaped from the Elmas detention centre in Cagliari, Sardinia. According to the Italian media, the revolt started when some of the detainees refused to be transferred to a closed detention centre (CIE) whilst 40 of them were able to get out of the centre onto the adjacent runway, causing the closure of the airport for the whole day. The police came en masse to recapture the migrants. 10 were arrested and taken to prison in Cagliari and two who were injured were hospitalised.

Hunger strike at Campsfield immigration prison, 02/08/10

Some detainees at Campsfield immigration prison near Oxford have been on hunger strike since the evening of Tuesday 2nd August. Here is the statement that they released, entitled "Unlawful Detention of Detainees":

147 detainees are staging a protest by refusing meals at Campsfield immigration removal centre. The protest erupted as a result of the treatment of detainees in detention centres especially for people who have been detained for a long period of time. We continue to refuse meals indefinitely for our voices to be heard.

Resisting deportations across Europe

This article attempts to chronicle some resistance to deportations across Europe in recent years. It is far from a complete database and is a work in progress.


23/10/09 - Day of action against deportations at Vienna Schwechat airport.


Italy: Rome immigration prison set on fire by detainees

«Total chaos!» At midnight on 30th March 2010, this text message was sent from one of the detainees inside Ponte Galeria, the immigration prison in Rome, Italy.

An hour prior to the text, a riot inside the detention centre had started: mattresses were burnt and two huge fires reached the infirmary. Some of the detainees were on the roof, while others broke three or four doors and reached the outer fence. The detention centre was soon full of riot police. Gunshots were heard around 1.20am.

There riot has allegedly caused EUR 200,000 worth of damage; a hydraulic and electric system was put out of order; four people escaped and an unknown number of detainees were moved to other detention centres, while 17 were arrested. They are due in court on 31st March.

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Suspension of Yarl's Wood hunger strike, 19/03/10

The following is a statement from the Yarl's Wood hunger strikers:

This is to inform the authorities and the public that the on-going hunger strike is to be suspended on the 19 March 2010 at 9.00 am. We are giving the authorities and immigration the chance to look at all the issues raised before and during the strike. We are hoping that management at Serco will review problems at Yarl’s Wood. Also, we expect immigration to carefully look at the cases of women held at the detention centre.

Protest outside Yarl's Wood, Sunday 14th March

Yarl's Wood Migrant Solidarity are calling a demonstration at midday on Sunday, 14 March in solidarity with the women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. We join these women in their protest against the detention of migrants. We support their bravery and we oppose immigration laws that restrict the freedom of movement of those in need.