Category Archives: Protests

Demo at Campsfield – Wednesday 3rd December 12.30pm

Demo with Movement for Justice and Oxford Migrant Solidarity at Campsfield main gates (Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 1RE).
LONDON MEET UP: 8.30am Marble Arch Tube station, see for more details.

In solidarity with the detainees and their demands.

Protests in Campsfield IRC after detainee is beaten up by Mitie security guards

Press Release
For Immediate Release: 30/11/2014

A detainee with mental health issues is in a critical condition after being beaten up by Mitie security guards at Campsfield IRC in Oxfordshire. Between 60 and 100 detainees have occupied the courtyard to protest against the violence and the inhuman living conditions they suffer during detention. Continue reading

Oxford University students and academics send letter to David Cameron


Oxford dons take Mr Cameron to task over immigration detention at nearby Campsfield

Launch of open letter to Prime Minister

1pm Saturday 15 November, at the Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1 4AJ

The letter, signed by 9 heads of college and 61 other senior academics of Oxford University, calls for the immediate release of all Campsfield detainees and the withdrawal of plans to expand the immigration detention centre. Continue reading


1. View the plans.

2. Comment on them as soon as possible.
If you would like help writing your submission, come to a workshop at Exeter Hall, 7 – 9.30pm on 3 December.

3. Mark 22 January in your diary. The planning decision is likely to be made at a Cherwell Council meeting on this date. Nearer the time, members of the public can register to speak by calling 01295 221589.

4. Write to your MP/Councillor.
Sample letter to to send to your councillor
Sample letter to MP who has already spoken out against the expansion (Nicola Blackwood MP and Andrew Smith MP oppose the expansion)
Sample letter to other MPs  See also The Detention Forum‘s call for a moratorium on the expansion of detention briefing paper and sample letter.

5. Sign Nicola Blackwood’s petition

6. March from Exeter Hall to Campsfield. Meet at 10.30am outside Exeter Hall (OX5 1AB) on Saturday 29 November, for march to demo outside Campsfield at 12 noon.

NO MORE DETENTION! 21st anniversary demo – Saturday 29 November 2014

Assemble 10.30am Exeter Hall carpark, Kidlington OX5 1AB, 6 miles
north of Oxford.
March 11am to Demo 12 noon at Campsfield main gates, Langford Lane, Kidlington OX5 1RE.

Bring banners, drums, music. Speakers invited.

Followed by Barbed Wire Britain gathering 2-5pm at Exeter Hall.
Focusing on stopping expansion of detention and on UK borders beyond the UK Continue reading

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 Continue reading