Thousands of protesters demand closure detention centre in UK
Nov 8, London: Thousands of people have protested outside the UK's Yarl's Wood Immigration Detention Centre, demanding that the government close its doors and release its detainees, where 350 immigrant women are held.
Protestors, including a number of asylum seekers and refugees, travelled from as far as Glasgow to participate in the demonstration. The protest was organised by the grassroots Movement for Justice organisation.
Waving colourful home-made banners and printed placards, protestors used drums, whistles, sound systems, pots and pans, and kicked the sturdy five-metre high metal fence, to ensure all the women detainees could hear them.
Yarl's Wood, located in Bedfordshire and one of 13 detention centres in the UK, has been subject to repeated condemnation, including allegations of sexual abuse, since it opened in November 2001, according to Al Zajeera news report.
The Oslo Times