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Immigration Detention Protests staged across Britain in solidarity with Yarl's Wood hunger strikers

PROTESTS took place across Britain today in support of women prisoners on hunger strike at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre in Bedfordshire.

More than 100 women in the notorious centre went on hunger strike on February 21 to protest against their indefinite detention and treatment at the hands of security firms Serco and G4S that run Yarl’s Wood for profit.

Women demonstrated on the steps of Leeds University’s Parkinson Building today.

Protester Emily Jennings said: “Many people in detention have been subjected to torture, rape and fled war in their countries of origin.

“Over half of the people in detention are later released but never recover from the experience.”

She said supporters handed out leaflets in Leeds city centre.

“Everyone was genuinely shocked that the UK treats people like this,” she added.

A protest will also staged outside Manchester town hall this evening.

Campaigners are calling for amnesty for people who have lived in Britain 10 years or more, a maximum 28 days in detention, an end to short-notice deportations and no return to detention once released.

The Home Office has threatened that women on hunger strike could find their deportation accelerated.

 

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