Sixty demonstrators yesterday demanded that Campsfield be closed, along with all immigration detention centres. Oxford samba band Breach of the Peace played and detainees shouted back and waved white and red cloths from the windows.
Speakers included D, a former Campsfield detainee, who described the ‘hell in there’, said the support from outside was much appreciated by detainees and urged demonstrators to continue.
Gabriel brought solidarity greetings from Peace News. Other speakers were Rebecca from the Coalition Against Bullingdon Immigration Removal Centre, Emma from Medical Justice and Dave from Coventry Trades Council.
The protestors came from London, Warwick, Coventry, Oxfordshire towns and Oxford town and gown.
Earlier, 15 students did a protest bike ride from the Martyrs’ Memorial in Oxford to Campsfield.
The protest was covered on BBC Oxford TV and included an interview with the former detainee.
After the demonstration, a meeting of the Barbed Wire Britain anti detention network in Kidlington discussed the past year’s anti detention actions and planned future activity in 2012.