Support hunger strikers at Yarl’s Wood!

Today migrants support workers were witness to an attack on the Yarl’s Wood hunger strikers.

Mothers and Fathers in detention at the Yarl’s Wood detention centre near Bedford have been on hunger strike for the past 2 days over health care issues and the continuing detention of children in immigration prisons (see: https://publish.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/06/432512.html). in contravention of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (which the UK has recently signed after years of prevarication) and despite calls form the Children’s Commissioner for England Al Aynsley-Green to outlaw the practiceLittle has been in the press about this, apart bizarrely enough the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1193495/Immigration-centre-detainees-stage-hunger-strike.html.

Today whilst on the phone to the wife of one of the people named in the Daily Mail article, Solomon Ojehonmon, a migrant support worker was witness to the brutal attack by SERCO staff on Solomom and a number of others who were taking part in a peaceful sit in as part of their protests.

We ask people to phone the main switch board at Yarl’s Wood on 01234 821000 and ask about the status of Solomom and his family (Room C145).

Detainee Solidarity are also organising a picket outside the SERCO office at 22 Hand Court, Holborn, WC1V 6JF this Friday 19th June from 12 noon to 1 pm in support of the hunger strikers.