August protest to call for end to unjust blockade of Gaza and unjust detention of refugees

PRESS RELEASE         27 August 2014

The monthly protest organized by the Campaign to Close Campsfield will this Saturday highlight the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza and refugees in British detention centres. As well as calling for an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza, the protest will call on the British government to recognise the rights of refugees in this country. Campaigners will argue that Britain cannot help to solve conflicts around the world whilst it denies people justice at home.

A spokesperson for the campaign said:
“Gaza has become a prison. Its inhabitants are denied the rights of citizenship, and then punished for it. Meanwhile every immigration detention centre in Britain is a Gaza in our own country. No-one in a detention centre is serving a sentence for a crime. Instead, they are locked up for not having the rights we refuse to give them. The Israeli government could not treat its own citizens the way it treats Palestinians, and our government could not treat its own citizens the way it treats refugees. No-one is illegal. Neither a Palestinian in Gaza nor a refugee in Britain should be imprisoned just because of their nationality. If we value our own freedoms, we should value those who are denied justice in the middle east and those who are denied justice in our own country.”

Inquires to Austen Saunders – austensaunders@gmail.com – 07753390767

Notes to editors

  • Campsfield House opened in 1993.
  • It is a privately run detention centre Campsfield is run by Mitie, the outsourcing company, on behalf of the Home Office
  • The Campaign to Close Campsfield is a local group which, since the centre opened, has campaigned to close the centre and protect the rights of inmates whilst the centre remains open.
  • A monthly protest takes place on the last Saturday of every month, 12 noon to 2pm at Campsfield House main gates, Langford Lane, Kidlington.
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