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25 YEARS TOO LONG: CLOSURE OF CAMPSFIELD TO BE MARKED WITH PROTEST AND REFLECTION IN OXFORD THIS WEEK

On 29 November 1993, the first minibus full of immigration detainees arrived at Campsfield House IRC. Oxford resident Bill Mackeith, joint organiser of the Campaign to Close Campsfield, was one of twelve protestors who came to meet them. He was there, in shame and solidarity, to protest a system that (still) allows migrants (including refugees and asylum seekers) to be held without charge, time-limit or proper judicial oversight, in a network of prisons run for private profit.

A quarter of a century later, campaigners will mark the anniversary with a couple of free public events: an evening of reflection and discussion on 25 years of resistance to Campsfield on Thursday 22nd November (7pm, Oxford Town Hall), featuring testimony from an ex-detainee and a new exhibition about the campaign, and a lively protest outside Campsfield itself on Saturday 24th November (12 noon, at the main gates).

This year’s anniversary demonstration will be different as the campaign’s twenty-five year anniversary coincides with the welcome news that Campsfield is finally to close. Bill says, ‘We think soberly of all the harm done, the lives damaged or destroyed, and those lost – 18-year-old Kurd Ramazan Kamluca in June 2005 and Moldovan Ianos Dragotan in August 2011 – at Campsfield over the past twenty-five years.’

Throughout this time, detainees have protested about their conditions of imprisonment and for their release, and campaigners outside have sought to amplify their voices. There have been regular (monthly) demonstrations, rooftop protests, hunger strikes, interventions from MPs and prominent academics (that saw the expansion of Campsfield shelved in 2015) – and even a solidarity march to London.

In recent years, initiatives like Detention Unlocked, Freed Voices and the These Walls Must Fall campaign have focused public attention on the myriad of human rights abuses stemming from the current system. In 2015, an all-party parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention warned of “significant mental health costs for detainees, as well as considerable financial costs to the taxpayer”, and demanded a 28 day time-limit. This report was welcomed by Amnesty International but has yet to be implemented by the government. In Oxford, campaigners have vowed to keep fighting until “barbed wire Britain” is a thing of the past.

Statement from Bill MacKeith, joint organiser, on behalf of the campaign:

‘The announcement that Campsfield is to close is long overdue. But the misery and injustice of immigration detention continues at Yarl’s Wood, Colnbrook and Harmondsworth, Brook and Tinsley, Morton Hall, and Dungavel. These too have to go. We shall work for that.’

Join campaigners on the steps of Oxford Town Hall for a photograph with the banner at 6.30pm on Thursday 22nd November.

Contact: Bill MacKeith: 01865 558145
closecampsfield@riseup.net

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25 YEARS TOO LONG!

25th November 1993: First immigration detainees brought from Harmondsworth detention centre. Twelve demonstrators meet minibuses at Campsfield main gates and demand freedom for detainees. Ever since, people inside and outside the centre have demanded:
Close Campsfield and end all immigration detention

celebrate 25 years of resistance: Thursday 22 November 2018 7pm, Oxford Town Hall, speakers on experiences during 25 years of struggle, including people who have been detained and campaigners, exhibitions, stalls, art, music – memory, hope, action

demonstrate: Saturday 24 November 2018,  12 noon Campsfield main gates Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1RE
11 am bike ride Martyrs’ Memorial, St Giles, Oxford
Speakers: people who have been detained, local MPs Layla Moran (Oxford West and Abingdon), Anneliese Dodds (Oxford East), open mic, Horns of Plenty

2.30-5pm Barbed Wire Britain gathering: Exeter Hall, Kidlington OX5 1AB, refreshments, experiences, Stansted 15 solidarity, future actions

Supported by Oxford City of Sanctuary, Oxford Migrant Solidarity, Amnesty International Oxford University, AI Oxford City, Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity, Oxford and District Trades Union Council

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Campsfield 25 A4 Poster

22 Nov meeting Facebook event
Register for 22 Nov meeting here

24 Nov demo Facebook event

25 YEARS TOO LONG! Anniversary demo 24th November

There will be an anniversary demo on Saturday 24th November 2018, marking 25 years since the first detainees arrived at Campsfield.

Where: Campsfield main gates, Langford Lane OX5 1RE
When: 12 noon – 2pm at Campsfield
Followed by Barbed Wire Britain get-together meeting at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB2.30 – 4.30pm.  All welcome.

Full details of all to follow soon.

 

Anniversary Demonstration – 24 YEARS TOO LONG!

At 12 noon Saturday 25th November  there will be an anniversary demo at Campsfield main gates, Langford Lane OX5 1RE

SPEAKERS:Layla Moran MP (Oxford W), Anneliese Dodds MP (Oxford E), Freed Voices, Movement for Justice, Stansted 15
GUEST APPEARANCES: Robb Johnson**, Neo (homelessness campaigner and singer-songwriter)

Bike ride to Campsfield: meet 10.30 Martyrs’ Memorial, Oxford

2.30-4.30 Barbed Wire Britain meetup: briefings, plan future action, refreshments, food; Exeter Hall, Kidlington, OX5 1AB

November 1993, 2 white vans brought the first detainees to the new Campsfield detention prison from Harmondsworth near Heathrow. Since then over 30,000 people have been locked up here without time limit, without charge or proper legal representation in a place run for profit (currently by MITIE). And detainees and their supporters have insisted, month by month, year by year, that it be closed, along withFl all other detention centres.

Close Campsfield, end all immigration detention!
For freedom of movement and the right to stay !
Stop deportations !
Unite the families !

CCC 24 flyer

** Robb Johnson is also playing a gig on Friday 24 November, 7.30pm
St Aldates Tavern, email pete.cann@hotmail.co.uk to book

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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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.
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20 YEARS TOO LONG!

Approx. 200 people attended the 20th anniversary demonstration at Campsfield on Saturday 30th November for a noisy demo showing solidarity with those locked inside as well as anger and frustration at the ongoing existence of this unjust prison for migrants.

Music was provided by a 25-strong samba band with an impromptu performance in Oxford later, raising awareness in town too about Campsfield and the strength of opposition to it.

The weekend also involved a moving and thought provoking performance of the Asylum Monologues on Friday night, attended by 80 people, and workshops on Saturday afternoon and Sunday to discuss how to go forward to close Campsfield and all immigration detention centres.

Thanks to everyone involved, including Rhythms of Resistance, Ice and Fire, Oxford Migrant Solidarity, Oxford Trades Council, SOAS Detainee Support, Corporate Watch, Hackney Migrant Support, Coventry Trades Council, Warwick University STAR, Amnesty International, Migreurop, the makers of the soup, and especially former detainees for sharing their experiences.

CLOSE CAMPSFIELD DOWN! MIGRATION IS NOT A CRIME!
FREEDOM NOW!