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1st December 2014

Campsfield detainees demonstrate for freedom

Wednesday 3rd Dec @12.30pm
Campsfield House immigration removal centre 
Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 1RE 

LONDON MEET UP: 8.30am Marble Arch Tube station
(by the KFC) - we will pay transport costs for all asylum seekers, for others a return ticket is �18 - please get in touch if you want to come but have difficulties with the cost.

Once again detainees have risen up to demand freedom following the severe beating of a detainee in Campsfield detention centre (see press release from Campaign to Close Campsfield below), you can hear detainee's voices clearly in this video by Standoff Films...
29 November 2014: Detainees Protest at Campsfield House IRC
29 November 2014: Detainees Protest at Campsfield House IRC

MFJ stands in solidarity with the detainees of Campsfield and ALL detainees who are standing up against a system that is inherently abusive. Mass resistance and building a movement inside and outside of detention is the only way to prevent cover-ups of the abuses and have a chance of bringing down this detention regime to end the deaths and abuse.



Press Release by Campaign to Close Campsfield

Protests in Campsfield IRC after detainee is beaten up by Mitie security guards


A detainee with mental health issues is in a critical condition after being beaten up by Mitie security guards at Campsfield IRC in Oxfordshire. Between 60 and 100 detainees have occupied the courtyard to protest against the violence and the inhuman living conditions they suffer during detention.


Around 4pm on 29th November 2014 a male detainee with mental health issues has been left in 'a critical condition' after he was beaten by guards at Campsfield House IRC, as numerous detainees reported. This marks the second assault by guards against the detainee. Two other detainees were hurt by guards in the ensuing struggle and sustained minor injuries.


Between 60 and 100 detainees occupied the courtyard to protest against the violent treatment of the detainee and the inhuman living conditions they suffer during detention. The protesters in the courtyard were joined by numerous demonstrators outside of the fences and barbed wire surrounding the detention centre who fully support the demands of the detainees.


The demands of the 60-100 protesting detainees are:


1.Permission to see their friend in order to see what happened to him

2.Release of the (at least 3-4) people forced into solitary confinement

3.Punishment for the guards who beat up the detainee

4.End to inhuman treatment, deprivation of freedom and separation from families


The protesting detainees emphasise that they are 'being treated like animals' in the racist system of immigration detention. Specific problems are inadequate medical care, low quality nutrition, and separation from their families in the UK. The protestors ask to be treated like humans.


Instead of responding to the demands, the management of Campsfield IRC ordered to put at least three or four detainees who tried to make contact with their injured friend into solitary confinement and confiscated their phones. A visitor who was trying to see one of them was threatened with arrest by the police. Many more detainees were put under lockdown and not allowed to leave the areas where they were being monitored. Afterwards, several detainees were moved to different detention centres.


The incident followed the demonstration '21 years too long' outside the detention centre on Saturdaymorning. Local, national and international groups have come again and again to protest against Campsfield IRC during the 21 years of its existence. Currently, planning permission is being sought by the government to double the size of Campsfield IRC, which would more than double the number of people subjected to detention in Campsfield from 276 to 566.

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