ACTIVISTS blockaded the HQ of security firm Serco by dumping rotting food there today in protest at its treatment of detainees at Yarl’s Wood.
The action was organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, which tweeted that it wanted to remind the private company running the immigration detention centre that 120 women inmates are entering their second week of hunger strike.
Both Serco and the government have refused to acknowledge the hunger strike and listen to the demands of the Yarl’s Wood women.
Sam Bjorn of Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants said: “The women in Yarl’s Wood face intimidation from guards and sexual harassment and companies like Serco are profiting from this horrendous treatment of people in detention centres.
“The UK immigration system is rotten to its core and it’s the brave women of Yarl’s Wood that are suffering the consequences.
"As Serco continues to ignore the hunger strike, we wanted to bring the rotting food to their doorstep. We support their brave fight against this brutal system.”
Home Office Minister Baroness Susan Williams has previously claimed that the hunger strikers may be refusing food for “dietary and religious reasons,” choosing to remain deaf to their demands.
Around 30,000 people are sent to immigration detention centres each year, though campaigners say the practice is harmful and unnecessary.
Britain is the only country in Europe that has no specified legal time limit for detention of immigrants, so people seeking refugee can be held indefinitely. Many are held for months or years with no release date.
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