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Immigration Detention Yarl's Wood hunger strikes end after a month of action

Detainees say they will continue protests and refuse to participate in their detention

HUNGER strikes by detainees at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre have come to an end after a month but campaigners vowed to continue protests.

Detainees announced the end of the strikes today but the Hunger for Freedom protests and refusal to participate in their own detention is ongoing.

The strikers emphasise that they are still “hungry for their freedom and justice,” and will continue to organise internally and fight for their human rights.

People detained at Yarl’s Wood started a series of hunger and labour strikes and occupations on February 21 to call for an end to indefinite detention, mass deportations by charter flights and the mistreatment of detainees.

The original group of strikers are no longer at the centre and have either been deported or released back into the community.

In a statement released today, the strikers said: “This action only highlights the reasons we were driven to take such drastic measures

“The Home Office, rather than being concerned with our welfare instead capitalised on our weakened state."

Demonstrations took place last night in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol a part of the National Day of Action in solidarity with the women at the immigration detention centre.

Campaigners in London gathered outside Marsham Street where a live telephone link-up with a hunger striker took place.

The strikers call on everyone to show their solidarity and support.

“We must all fight together to stop this spiral into division, intolerance and the disintegration of liberty, for liberty is easily lost but very hard earned as history proves over and over.”

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