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Prisoners at Yarl’s Wood immigration prison organised a hunger strike in February this year. They demanded an end to indefinite and abusive imprisonment. The hunger strike lasted five weeks, despite violent attacks by guards at the detention centre. During the hunger strike prisoners were forced into an outside yard and beaten.
Strikers forced the government to respond to their demands. Several prisoners were later released. But several prisoners were moved to prison as retribution for the protests. Many are still being held including Denise McNeil who is currently imprisoned in HMP Holloway. During the strike she spoke to journalists about the reasons for striking http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/feb/22/yarls-wood-hunger-strike. She was moved to Holloway prison for her part in the protests.