firstname.lastname@example.org (Stop Detention) | 04.06.2011 00:55
This morning at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Swinderby, Lincolnshire a demonstration was held in disgust at the opening of yet another detention centre.
Our intention was to create enough noise from the inside to be heard on the inside by those imprisoned by the State. This was thought to be particularly important today, as Damien Green the minister for immigration was being shown around the prison in it's new guise as an I.R.C, he was accompanied by the usual snivelling, narcissistic and self deluded members of the press who were also treated to a grand tour.
The press members, no doubt viewing the inmates as they would animals in a zoo, were no doubt shown how modern, enlightened and friendly the prison was. The quantity and quality of relaxation, stimulation and general homeliness was undoubtedly underlined as the hacks jumped like rats for scraps.
Outside, banners and signs were raised and held expressing our unwavering solidarity with the prisoners inside (indeed with all those who have been kidnapped by state power), the damage caused by the detention and deportations industry and highlighting the UK government's insidious role in that industry.
Various absurd and circular conversations were had with both security, prison officials and police. Some conversations attempting to persuading us that it was all very nice behind the cages, that people had TV's and phones as if these things are the barometers of human freedom. Other conversations were based around deluded threats of removing or arresting us, deluded to think that we would move because they threaten. Many of us there today know full well that the police, prison, and border systems are arbitrarily enforced and will always be served in the name of the state and capitalism against all others. This enforcement is most often against the most marginalised groups who in order to survive the effects of capitalism are forced to go beyond it's legal system. In the case of Morton Hall this is presently Non UK nationals who have been arrested and will be deported because they are not perceived to play a role in the maintenance of capitalism in this country. Knowing this means that expressions of solidarity to all those imprisoned in Morton Hall, as well as all UK prisons and "immigration removal centres" such as this demonstration must continue.
Which means we will be back, not to engage in "debate" with prison authorities or the police, but to let those inside know that they have not been forgotten.
If you want to participate in future demonstrations, or have ideas of other ways in which to show solidarity to those inside Morton Hall please email NSN[at]riseup[dot]net.
There's also a vistors group currently being set up, who are planning on arranging visits to those imprisoned. Who we can put you in touch with unless they add their contacts in the comment section.
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