“Just Go!” A Final Slap for the Unwanted: Britain’s Immigration Shame

The following is an article by Deportation Watch, 31/10/11.

Anti-deportation campaigners watched in despair last Wednesday night as almost 20 women were forcibly taken to the airport to be removed from the UK aboard a bus branded ‘Just Go!’.

They were driven from Yarl’s Wood immigration prison to join a mass deportation of over 50 Nigerians. Some still had outstanding appeals against deportation.

“It’s sinister for the Border Agency to use a coach plastered in ‘Just go!’ stickers when deporting people,” said a campaigner, adding: “Surely a bureaucrat somewhere realised that was woefully insensitive.”

Some of the women on the flight had lived in the UK for over 20 years and were respected pillars of their community. Now they will be on the street in Lagos likely with nowhere to go, few belongings and ‘their lives in tatters’, according to supporters. “This is a disgusting and racist way to treat humans,” said the activist.

Women's Day demo at Yarl's Wood on 5th March

Come and celebrate International Women's Day by showing solidarity with the migrant women imprisoned at Yarl's Wood!

Saturday, 5th March 2011, 1pm

@ Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Twinwoods Road, Clapham, Bedfordshire, MK41 6HL

Directions are here. Please organise your own transport.

Solidarity demo at Denise McNeil's bail hearing, 25/01/11

Denise McNeil, one of the "Yarl's Wood 3" who have been in prison for over a year for taking part in a hunger strike at Yarl's Wood immigration prison, has a bail hearing this Tuesday 25th January from 10am at IAC Hatton Cross, York House, 2/3 Dukes Green Avenue, Feltham, Middlesex, TW14 0LS (travel directions here). We really want to show alot of support for her inside and outside the court.

Free the Yarl's Wood 3! Campaign planning meeting, Fri 28th January

Campaign planning meeting, 6pm-7.30pm, Friday 28th January
@ Fin Future, 225-229 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2DA

In February 2010, women at Yarl's Wood immigration prison went on hunger strike to demand an end to indefinite and abusive imprisonment. The women experienced violent attacks and abusive treatment in an attempt to end their protest. Six women were accused of being ring-leaders and moved into isolation and prisons. Nearly a year later, three women remain in prison without charge: Aminata Camara, Denise McNeil and Sheree Wilson.

Free the Yarl's Wood 3! Demo 31/12/10, Holloway Prison

In February 2010 prisoners at Yarl's Wood immigration prison organised a hunger strike. They demanded an end to indefinite and abusive imprisonment. Their courageous protest lasted five weeks, despite violent attacks by guards at the detention centre.

[video] Serco Speakout, 2010

Speakout at the offices of SERCO in support of the hungerstrikers in Yarl's Wood detention centre, which is run by SERCO.

[video] Serco / Yarl's Wood

Demonstration at the offices of SERCO in support of the hungerstrikers in Yarl's Wood detention centre, which is run by SERCO.