Immigrant advocates say hundreds of men have launched a hunger strike at an immigrant detention center in the high desert city of Adelanto, Calif., making it the fourth immigrant detention facility in the United States where protesting detainees have refused food in recent weeks.
Attorneys for some of the men and advocates with a detention center visitation group say more than 300 men stopped eating Oct. 30 to protest conditions at the center. They said another group of detainees joined them in the strike on Wednesday. Continue reading →
[As hundreds of millions of workers and peasants are driven by hunger, desperation, oppressive conditions and displacement to migrate in search of livable and workable conditions, governments worldwide stigmatize, harass, and force into desperate lives, all the better to divide the working class, heighten xenophobia, and exploit in slave-like conditions. In the UK, migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers are rounded up and stuffed into detention centers–prisons, by all estimates. But the migrants have organized and waged collective protests, as prisoners do, because “where there is oppression, there is resistance.” Here is a report on the huge hunger strike in centers across Britain. — Frontlines ed.]
Harmondsworth detention center, from where up to 100 detainees were deported to Pakistan this week. | Photo: AFP
The protests began last week, and have spread across several detention centers around the country, with hundreds of refugees reported to be taking part.
Migrants across the United Kingdom continued hunger strikes Thursday in protest against the horrendous treatment of asylum seekers in detention centers.
According to asylum seeker advocacy group Detained Voices, which records stories of the experiences of refugees in detention centers, a number of refugees were sent back to their home countries Wednesday. A source, known only as “Chowdery,” told RT that detainees were calling for the cancellation of a deportation flight to Pakistan, while another said that 100 asylum seekers were due to be deported.