Category Archives: Protests

23rd anniversary demo at Campsfield, Saturday 26th November 2016

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At the main gates of Campsfield Detention Centre north of Oxford today, 120 demonstrators called for the closure of all immigrant detention centres. There were groups and speakers from the Campaign to Close Campsfield, Oxford Migrant Solidarity, Movement For Justice, Hackney Migrant Centre, Warwick University Amnesty, Oxford University Amnesty, Oxford City of Sanctuary, Coventry Trades Union Council, and Oxford Trades Union Council. Cyclists arrived on a ‘Close Campsfield’ bike ride from central Oxford. A strongly supportive message from East Oxford MP Andrew Smith was read out.

Demonstrators called out ‘Stop detention, stop deportation, close Campsfield down’. Men detained in the detention centre called back ‘Freedom’ and ’Thank you’. Detainees spoke to the demonstrators by phone, calling a number displayed on a large sheet, and their words amplified to the crowd by the p/a system. Drummers from the Confluence Collective provided a beat.

 The event was organised by the Campaign to Close Campsfield to mark 23 years since the centre opened. It was followed by a ‘Barbed Wire Britain gathering at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, where campaigners heard news from the Calais migrant camp that was recently destroyed by the French government, and discussed plans for further actions.

PRESS RELEASE – Big protest at Campsfield in run-up to 23rd anniversary demonstration on 26 November

On Saturday, people from Oxfordshire and beyond demonstrated outside Campsfield House, an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) 6 miles north of Oxford where around 280 refugees and other migrants are detained.

 Outside thwelcome-banner-demo-29-10-16e 20-ft barbed wire fences, they chanted hope and solidarity with the migrants.

‘This is being done in our name? But it is like a high security prison!’ said a student who had never seen an IRC before.  Continue reading

23 YEARS TOO LONG! DEMO 26 NOVEMBER

DEMONSTRATE 12 noon SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER
TO CLOSE CAMPSFIELD
AND END ALL IMMIGRATION DETENTION

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NATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH DETAINED PEOPLE AND PROTEST AGAINST DETENTION CENTRES – SATURDAY 7 MAY

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As part of the national day of solidarity with detained people and against detention centres on Saturday 7 May, when campaign groups will demonstrate at detention centres around England and Scotland, there will be an extra demo at Campsfield main gates from 12 noon to 2pm.

How to get there.

See the facebook event

More than 150 people attend 22nd anniversary Campsfield demo

A few photos from the demo yesterday with Freed Voices, Movement for Justice, Oxford City of Sanctuary, Oxford Migrant Solidarity, Oxford City Amnesty, Oxford University Amnesty, Warwick Amnesty   Thanks to all for being there.

 

Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East, couldn’t be there but sent the following message of support:

Close Campsfield message November 28th 2015

I am very pleased to send a message of support to all of you who have come today to mark 22 years of Campsfield House. I am sorry that a personal commitment means I am unable to be there in person but I stand with you in your protest today.

Thank you all for bringing attention to Campsfield, and especially for standing up for those who are detained in these centres, giving voice to the thousands of people who are locked up without charge and without time-limit. I am very proud that so many of my constituents volunteer to visit people detained in Campsfield House, bringing them support and friendship and, importantly, listen to them and hear their stories.

The government argument runs that detention is an essential part of immigration control, ensuring people who are not meant to be here leave the country. But why then are 47% of those who are detained later go on to be released? Why then do we pay millions of pounds per year in unlawful detention claims? Why then does Germany receive four times as many asylum claims but detains seven times fewer people?

Not long ago I spoke in Parliament in support of the excellent Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention report. In this speech I said:

‘There have been far too many scandals about the conditions in detention centres. There have been enough calls for reform from campaigners, experts and former detainees. Every death in detention, such as those of Ianos Dragutan and Ramazan Kumluca in Campsfield, is one too many. There have been enough Government reviews. This time let us end this cruel and shameful practice by bringing an end to indefinite detention and looking at international best practice and community-based alternatives.’

I hope that we can take hope in the cross-bench support for the inquiry recommendations, in the ending of the Detained Fast Track, the closure of Dover and in the strength of the voices calling for reform and we can together close Campsfield and bring about a more just and humane future where those who seek sanctuary in the UK are not put behind barbed wire.

Best wishes,

Andrew

A report from the Barbed Wire Britain meeting following the demo will follow…

Close Campsfield NOW! 28 November demo

On our doorsteps! 22 years too long!
End the inhumane practice of immigration detention!

On 29 November 1993 the first minibus full of people arrived at Campsfield House. Since then over 30,000 people from other countries have been imprisoned there. Many have survived torture and conflict, and are seeking sanctuary in the UK. Many have lived and worked for years in the UK, and have family and friends and a life here. All are HUMAN BEINGS. People are imprisoned in Campsfield and other immigration detention centres WITHOUT CHARGE, for administrative reasons. Many cannot be deported and are subsequently released. But there is NO TIME LIMIT on their EXPENSIVE detention. If you are FED UP with the government’s ‘hostile environment’ and divisive rhetoric, and want to stand up for and reach out to those imprisoned unjustly, JOIN US! There has been PROGRESS in the fight against immigration detention in 2015 – a Parliamentary Inquiry with tough recommendations, legal challenges to the ‘Detained Fast Track’ system, and protests inside and outside detention centres across the UK. LET’S KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!

INVITED SPEAKERS INCLUDE FORMER DETAINEES, OPEN MIKE Bring music, banners!

WHERE? Demonstration at the main gates, Campsfield House Immigration Detention Centre, Langford Lane, Kidlington OX5 1RE.

WHEN? 12 noon, Saturday 28 November.

GETTING THERE Bus: S4 to Oxford Airport, 11.15 am from stop C4 Magdalen Street, Oxford.  Bike: meet 11am Martyrs’ Memorial, St Giles, Oxford.  London coach: contact mfj@ueaa.net

Followed by Conference of BARBED WIRE BRITAIN Network to End Migrant Detention, for info exchange & planning future action, 2-5pm, Exeter Hall, Oxford Rd, Kidlington, OX5 1AB. Refreshments free.

closecampsfield@riseup.net , oms@riseup.net

FACEBOOK https://goo.gl/CFBwyE

FLYER

 

Coach from Oxford to Yarl’s Wood demo on Saturday 7 Nov

UPDATE:  A few photos from the amazing Movement for Justice demo at Yarl’s Wood.

 

A coach has been organised by Movement for Justice, tickets available at http://oxfordtoyarlswood7nov.eventbrite.co.uk

Demo facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/755942137885113/