Yarl's Wood solidarity demo, Friday 26th Feb

Over 50 women have been on hunger strike at Yarls Wood Immigration Prison near Bedford since Friday 5th February, demanding their immediate release from indefinite detention.

Serco, the company that runs Yarl's Wood on behalf of the UK Border Agency, has tried to brutally repress the hunger strike, most notably on Monday 8th February when Serco guards locked the hunger strikers in a corridor for 8 hours without access to water or toilet facilities.

Resist detention! Hunger strikes in Yarl's Wood and Harmondsworth

Over 20 women have been on hunger strike at Yarls Wood Immigration Prison near Bedford since Friday 5th February, calling for their immediate release.

Last week 55 detainees began a hunger strike at Harmondsworth Immigration Prison.

There will be a fundraiser for the Yarl's Wood solidarity campaign on Tuesday 23rd March.

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

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. )