Free the Harmondsworth 4 - no show trial - November 13

Free the Harmondsworth 4 - no show trial - November 13

On 13 November activists from London No Borders, Crossroads Women’s Centre, the Institute for Race Relations, National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, Barbed-Wire Britain and Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! met to launch a campaign to defend and support the Harmondsworth 4, who face trial early next year following the uprising at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre on 28 November 2006.



Harmondsworth is run by private company Kalyx, a subsidiary of Sodexho. The protest came the day after the publication of a damning inspection report by Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers into conditions and treatment of detainees at Harmondsworth, and was directly triggered by the attempts of members of staff to prevent a group of detainees from watching a news broadcast about the report. Prison riot squads (Tornado teams) were drafted in to batter the protesters into submission. About 50 detainees were left in a courtyard all night and others were locked in their rooms even though parts of the detention centre were on fire.

The revolt was widely reported after a news helicopter photographed the words 'SOS: Freedom’ and 'HELP' spelled out on the courtyard floor with bedsheets. Fearful that this would lead to support for the prisoners and make it more difficult to denounce them as violent animals, the government rapidly declared the airspace above the centre a 'no fly zone', citing vague 'security reasons'.

The campaign meeting heard from activists who had supported detainees who were tried following previous detention centre uprisings at Campsfield House and Yarls Wood and agreed to contact the detainees who are to be put on trial and offer our support to them.

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photo of FRFI supporters at No Borders demo outside Harmondsworth on 10 February 2007.
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Monday 14 January - HARMONDSWORTH 4 TRIAL - Demonstrate

Monday 14 January - HARMONDSWORTH 4 TRIAL - Demonstrate

Click here to read a letter sent to FRFI from 2 of the Harmondsorth 4!

Southwark Crown Court
1 English Grounds
(off Battlebridge Lane)
Southwark London SE1 2HU
(nearest tube London Bridge)
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Monday 14 January - HARMONDSWORTH 4 TRIAL - Report!

Monday 14 January - HARMONDSWORTH 4 TRIAL - Report!

Support The Harmondsworth 4!



The trial of four men who were in Harmondsworth IRC at the time of the protest there on 28 November 2006 opened on Monday 14th January 2008 at Southwark Crown Court.

The Support the Harmondsworth 4 campaign demonstration outside the court was attended by representatives of London No Borders, Barbed-Wire Britain, Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism and the All African Women's Group.

The trial is expected to last for six weeks and there will be a demonstration each Monday from 9 to 10.30am.

Southwark Crown Court
1 English Grounds
(off Battlebridge Lane)
Southwark
London SE1 2HU
(nearest tube London Bridge)

Harmondsworth is run by private company Kalyx, a subsidiary of Sodexho. The protest came the day after the publication of a damning inspection report by Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers into conditions and treatment of detainees at Harmondsworth, and was allegedly triggered by the attempts of members of staff to prevent a group of detainees from watching a news broadcast about the report. Prison riot squads were drafted in and about 50 detainees left in a courtyard all night, while others were locked in their rooms even though parts of the detention centre were on fire.



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See here for letter from two of the Harmondsworth 4 to Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!
racism/letter_harm4.html

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Background
Robert Whalley: 'Report of the Investigation into the disturbances at Harmondsworth and Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centres'.
http://www.irr.org.uk/pdf/Whalley_report.pdf (pdf file, 496kb)

Liberty report: Excerpts from Witness Statements
http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/news-and-events/pdfs/excerpts-witness-statements.pdf (pdf file, 128 kb)

Report on an unannounced inspection of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre
http://inspectorates.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmiprisons/inspect_reports/irc-inspections.html/Harmondsworth1.pdf?view=Binary (pdf file, 464kb)

The Support the Harmondsworth 4 campaign is supported by London No Borders, Barbed-Wire Britain, Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism, All African Women's Group, Women of Colour in the Global Women's Strike, the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns London Anarchist Black Cross, Iraq Solidarity Campaign and North West Asylum Seekers Defence Group.

Saturday 15 March - STOP THE WAR LONDON!

Saturday 15 March - STOP THE WAR LONDON!

On 15 March FRFI activists joined the Stop the War demonstrations around the country to mark the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by the US and British forces. At the main march in London our loud anti-imperialist contingent was joined by Turkish communists from the MLKP and Congolese activities.





 

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