It is no crime to escape an illegal prison! No Borders UK statement on the Campsfield detainees' escape

On Tuesday night (July 31st) over 150 detainees in Campsfield
immigration prison in Oxfordshire held a yard protest in protest at the
appalling conditions inside the detention centre. This was followed by
a hunger strike on Wednesday, which was put on hold pending a meeting
with Home Office representatives on Friday. A further yard protest on
Friday night was held as the meeting failed to meets the prisoners'
concerns. Around 10.30pm on Saturday, a riot broke out, leading to 26
prisoners escaping. 12 have since been recaptured, while the rest are
still on the run.

The No Borders UK network is in full solidarity with the detainees who
have managed to escape this racist prison and all those who are still
subject to the regime at Campsfield and all immigration prisons
everywhere.

We note that police have portrayed the escapees as criminals, urging
members of the public to "contact us immediately should they see anyone
they believe could be one of those involved." Seeking asylum is not a
crime and these people should not have been imprisoned. We call upon
members of the public to assist these vulnerable people.

No Borders UK demands that such degrading and dehumanising immigration
prisons, disguised under various names, are closed down immediately. We
call for the freedom to move and the right to stay for all people.

5 August 2007

No Borders UK

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