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Yarl’s Wood women go on hunger strike

(reposted from rabble.org.uk)

Today detainees from Yarl’s Wood detention centre announced they were going on hunger strike. Yarl’s Wood is a 400-person capacity migrant detention centre in Bedfordshire, UK, run by Serco. The hunger strike follows another ‘Shut down Yarl’s Wood’ demo organised by Movement for Justice this afternoon, where hundreds of people surrounded the centre, made lots of noise, and communicated via phone with detainees.

While the demo was going on, screws locked up the prisoners in a bid to undermine solidarity, but the women responded with their own resistance.

From Detained Voices:

We have decided to go on hunger strike. It was a last minute thing because of what they have done to us. They have locked us up. In all the units we are on hunger strike. We are not sure how long for. If we have to go tomorrow we will as well. We are entitled to do a peaceful demonstration. It is our right, it is our freedom of speech.

From 1:30 when the protestors are coming up. They locked us up they up and they didn’t want us to shout out to the protestors through the window. We are locked up already in this centre and they lock us up again inside. They didn’t want us to shout out – we are on the other side of the building from the protestors. They lock us in Crane. The women in Dove are locked in Dove. Avocet as well. We all have to stay in our units. This is the first time they have done this.

Why are they frightened if they think they have nothing to hide? Why are they panicking like that?

There are so many officers, some of them area between the units, some are in the corridors, monitors and officers to keep an eye that you don’t even shout and you don’t even do anything. They have never done this before.

We want to appreciate the people to show us support but we were locked up. We are being treated like objects and not human being.

We will know what the outcome is today and see if we have to go tomorrow.

We ask them why did they lock us up. It is our freedom of speech. it is our right. We want an answer.

We would like to see an end to indefinite detention.

Shut Down Yarl’s Wood, shut down all immigration detention centres!

On the 10th of September, Movement for Justice is organising the 9th Surround Yarl’s Wood demonstration, calling for the closure of the racist prison Yarl’s Wood and all immigration prisons:

END the Hostile Environment & STOP the scapegoating of immigrants
STOP deportations & mass charter flights
BUILD community resistance to immigration raids

Buy your ticket for the Bristol coach before Monday (money is needed to
secure the coach booking)-
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristol-to-yarlswood-shut-it-down-100916-tickets-27262143806

Message from Movement For Justice:

‘On 10th September 2016 we return to Yarl’s Wood immigration detention
centre in force – join us in a movement that can bring an end to the
hated, rotten, racist system of detention! The demonstrations and
resistance inside Yarl’s Wood have been the most important fight in
Britain for women’s rights and for immigrants rights, because they have
been inspiring – because the people in this struggle are fighting to win
the most basic of demands as human beings.

The next National Demonstration at Yarl’s Wood is for ALL those held
like cattle in the UK’s detention system around the country. For ALL
looking to break out from under the shadow of detention. It is for ALL
those at the borders of Europe challenging the cynical leaders a
demanding in real life the promise of democracy and freedom, of which
sanctuary is fundamental.

The MFJ, and our friends and allies around the country organising for
justice and equality and fighting racism, we have been breaching the
walls and fences of detention centres, reaching inside with chants of
FREEDOM. Our detainees friends, partners in struggle, though locked up
have made their voices ring out.

PLEASE NOTE: IF we dont raise enough money through ticket sales and
Bristol specific donations we cannot go ahead and book a bristol coach
as we do not have enough money in MFJ to cover the cost. We have a coach
company who is holding a coach at the cost of £640 untill the @29th
AUGUST – if we do not raise at least £500 by the 29th we will have to
cancel the coach and refund everyones money  – SO GET YOUR TICKET NOW
AND GET YOUR FRIENDS BUYING THEIRS BEFORE THE 29th!!!! We need to sell
36 tickets before 29th!!!!’

SHUT IT DOWN, SHUT THEM ALL DOWN!!!!!!!

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