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Holiday time? Spare a thought – and solidarity – for those in detention, hidden away at UK airports

As the holiday season approaches, alongside the prospect of another brief summer in the UK, those of us privileged enough to do so find ourselves arriving at airports, eagerly awaiting our escapism.

But most holiday makers do not know that their chosen airport is a prison to those who want to stay in the UK.

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Manchester fundraiser gig, 7 December

Gig leaflet

RISE! celebrates the epic political song, drawing on traditions ranging from Turkey to the Americas, taking the audience on a stirring journey of revolution and resistance…

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University of Manchester event, 16 October

gates of detention centre, with event info text

At the University of Manchester, we are bringing together a panel of practitioners, academics and experts by experience to raise awareness of immigration detention and look at what we can do on and off campus to take action.

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“Together we can bring the walls down!”

Earlier this month These Walls Must Fall campaigners spoke with members of the public at Manchester’s Partisan Collective community day. There was great back and forth with the audience, and lots of people signed up to support the campaign. Below is the text of the speech from one of the campaigners.   These Walls Must Fall is a campaign against immigration detention in Britain – the walls are the walls of detention centres. Anybody who doesn’t… Read more »

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Manchester lawyer, Laura, on detention visiting and the campaign to end detention

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Laura Gibbons works at the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit. She is also a volunteer visitor at the immigration detention centre in Manchester, a facility not many locals know about. Laura writes this week on the Right to Remain blog about detention, volunteering and These Walls Must Fall.

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Two These Walls Must Fall events in Manchester for Refugee Week

Campaigners with messages outside HOME

Last night saw two great #TheseWallsMustFall events in Manchester for Refugee Week. People engaged in a performance protest raising awareness about detention at HOME, with the help of Virtual Migrants. It highlighted the injustice of immigration detention and was a tribute to the 120 women on hunger strike during March this year. Now @HOME_mcr with @VirtualMigrants @wallsmustfall. Hostile Detainment performance protest raising awareness about detention in the UK. #RefugeeWeek2018 #TheseWallsMustFall pic.twitter.com/dGg5IuplDq — Community Arts NW… Read more »

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Migrant Frontiers, Hostile Detainment: creative activism. At HOME Manchester

three suited men stare at a giant behind a fence outside HOME Manchester

Thurs 21 June. Two FREE events before and after the Human Flow film by Ai Weiwei. A semi-enacted political protest ‘action’, and a panel discussion. By Virtual Migrants and These Walls Must Fall.

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“When you see injustice – speak out!”: These Walls Must Fall in Manchester

Manchester group photo

Last Thursday human rights campaigners, union members, migrant rights groups, political representatives and other members of the public met in Manchester to campaign against immigration detention. Setting up for the big event at the historic Mechanics Institute. Follow us, @wallsmustfall and #TheseWallsMustFall for updates! pic.twitter.com/EAcln0LgrG — Right to Remain (@Right_to_Remain) November 2, 2017 Gathering at Manchester’s historic Mechanics Institute, at a campaign launch meeting organised with Uniet the Union Greater Manchester Social Action Branch, over… Read more »

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