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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
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!
Please note new venues for Ice and Fire Performance on Friday 29 Nov and workshops on Satruday 30 Nov after the demo.
(Sorry for any confusion, the change was out of our control.)
20 YEARS TOO LONG!
Saturday 30th November
12 noon Campsfield main gates
20th anniversary demonstration
Marking 20 years of detention and resistance!
Plus a weekend of events including discussions, Oxford town centre demo, theatre, film show and social.
For more details see Regular Meetings and Demos
Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearly 100 people came to the demonstration outside Campsfield main gates to mark the 19th anniversary of the detention centre opening in 1993.
Despite the rain there was a feeling of hope and inspiration – that if all the groups concerned worked together, these centres would soon be a memory – part of a barbaric past, and that people will move freely across the world.
People from Hackney Migrant Support, No Borders London and Oxford, Coventry Trades Council, Warwick University STAR and Amnesty International – the latter in numbers on a coach, Oxford Migrant Support were among those attending. Some people did the Bike Ride out from Oxford.
Chants calling for freedom of movement, and an end to detentions and deportations, and the drumming of Oxford samba band Breach of the Peace elicited shouts from detainees and a number of appreciative phone calls from them to the mobile whose number was displayed on a banner by demonstrators.
- Toomaj Karimi from Iran and London, who was detained for 18.5 months in Lindholm, Strangeways and Harmondsworth
- Shiar from London No Borders and Stop Deportations and
- John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, whose constituency near Heathrow includes both Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres.
Demonstrators also went round the back of the centre to communicate with other detainees, across the football field which detainees have been prevented from using since Campsfield opened.
After the demonstration there was a very useful meeting in Exeter Hall, Kidlington which made a number of decisions about organisation and future events. Soup was provided at the demo, and lunch at the meeting.