Join South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group, These Walls Must Fall supporters, and Sheffield Student Action for Refugees on a national protest at Morton Hall detention centre on 26th October 2019.
Saturday 26th October
12noon to 3.00pm
MORTON HALL IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTRE
Morton Hall Village, Swinderby, LN6 9PT
(15 minutes walk from Swinderby Train Station)
Transport from Sheffield: arranged by SYMAAG and STAR. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a ticket – free for asylum seekers.
Buses to the demo from Bar One, Glossop Road (Sheffield University Students Union) at 10:00 am leaving Morton Hall prompt at 16.00 pm
Transport from Manchester (TBC)
Transport from Leeds arranged by Leeds University Oxfam Society (contact details to follow)
Transport from Nottingham (TBC)
Transport from Lincoln – contact details TBC to go in a group but please get the train to Swinderby and it is around a 15 minute walk to Morton Hall
Background to the demo:
Morton Hall is a an ex-prison, now a detention centre run by the Prison Service for the Home Office and can detain 392 people.
There were FOUR deaths at Morton Hall in 2017 and there are constant reports of violence by staff and self-harm by people detained there.
Friends of SYMAAG, Victor, Benji and Kunzani, and other South Yorkshire residents, were held in Morton Hall in 2019, and met others who had been there for months and even years.
“Nearly half the detainees told the inspectors they felt depressed or suicidal on arriving at Morton Hall.”The Prisons Inspectors on report on Morton Hall, 21 March 2017
On 12 March 2019 the Home Affairs Select Committee reported on Detention and said: “The Home Office has shown a shockingly cavalier attitude in its approach to immigration detention and overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process… [and] has utterly failed in its responsibility to oversee the safe and humane detention of individuals in the UK”.
We ask supporters of migrants rights and those opposed to detention and the hostile environment to join us at Morton Hall to let the detainees know we are support them, and to show the Home Office we are watching.
Bring banners, placards, vuvuzelas and musical instruments – we will be making as much noise as possible!
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