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[ 13. Jan 2008 ]

Support The Harmondsworth 4!

Demonstration at Hamonsdsworth removal centre, 10. Feb 2007

On Monday 14 January 2008, the trial will begin of four men facing charges in connection with a disturbance at Harmondsworth removal centre in west London in November 2006.

 

Demonstration
Monday 14th January 2008
9:30am onwards
Southwark Crown Court
1 English Grounds
(off Battlebridge Lane)
Southwark
London SE1 2HU
(nearest tube London Bridge)

The trial of four men who were in Harmondsworth IRC at the time of the :: protest there on 28 November 2006 will open on Monday 14th January 2008 and a demonstration will take place at Southwark Crown Court. The trial was due to begin on 7th January but was postponed as there had been insufficient time for the defence to view all the video evidence.

The Support the Harmondsworth 4 campaign is supported by London No Borders, Barbed- Wire Britain, Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism, the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, Crossroads Women's Centre, All African Women's Group, Women of Colour in the Global Women's Strike, London ABC and North West Asylum Seekers Defence Group.

Harmondsworth is run by private company Kalyx, a subsidiary of Sodexho. The protest came the day after the publication of a damning inspection report by Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers into conditions and treatment of detainees at Harmondsworth, and was allegedly triggered by the attempts of members of staff to prevent a group of detainees from watching a news broadcast about the report. Prison riot squads were drafted in and about 50 detainees left in a courtyard all night, while others were locked in their rooms even though parts of the detention centre were on fire.


Background:

:: Riot in Harmondsworth Immigration Prison... Again (01. Dec 2006)

:: Robert Whalley: 'Report of the Investigation into the disturbances at Harmondsworth and Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centres'. (pdf file, 496kb)
:: Liberty report: Excerpts from Witness Statements (pdf file, 128 kb)
:: Report on an unannounced inspection of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre (pdf file, 464kb)

This article was published first on 07. Jan 2008 @ :: indymedia.org.uk