Sat 7th May: National Day of Action
Saturday 7th May 2016 marked the National Day of Action Against Detention Centres across the UK. Come demonstrate at one of the UK’s most isolated detention centres, The Verne, on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Previously a prison, The Verne was reclassified as an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in September 2014, however it remains under the jurisdiction of Her Majesty’s Prison Service.
Aside from the its isolated location, which prevents many detainees from receiving visits, an HM Inspectorate of Prisons report in March 2015 reported high levels of violence within The Verne as well as considerable difficulty for detainees in obtaining legal representation. The inspectors found that just 30 minutes of free legal advice was available and many detainees “struggled to obtain representation to fight their cases”. The report also highlighted “excessive stays”, finding that 40 of The Verne’s 580 inmates had been in detention for over a year and one had been held for over five years.
For more information about the Close the Verne Campaign visit our facebook page.
We counted over 40 people at The Verne demonstration on Saturday 7th May. Protests were held at over nine detention centres all across the UK, as well as further across Europe, including in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Iceland.
The last few years have seen a tremendous rise in protests inside and outside detention centres; it was great to be part of it.
Here’s an ace video of the demonstration at The Verne, made on the day of action. Please share!
This barbaric treatment of people seeking to remain in the UK must stop. Join us in support of those detained, and to call for an end to detention: