Resistance against detention continues at Morton Hall

mortanhall

On 27 May Nottingham Revolutionary Communist Group returned to Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in Lincolnshire as part of the Shut Down Morton Hall Campaign (SDMH). Marching with us were two former detainees. One man, Nariman Jalal Karim, was inside last time we visited (see FRFI 256). He spoke out and was victimised by being moved 200 miles away. Campaigners made sure to follow his case and have heard stories of the abuse he suffered in detention, including being restrained by having three guards sit on his chest, causing him to cough up blood, and guards deliberately turning fellow detainees against him by blaming him for an outbreak of bedbugs.

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Protest against Morton Hall immigration prison – 11 March 2017

Morton Hall

On Saturday 11 March, Nottingham RCG attended a demonstration organised by South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) outside Morton Hall detention centre, where the British state locks people up for 'administrative purposes'. Protesters were able to talk directly to detainees by shouting over the fence and using mobile phones. The main messages conveyed by the detainees was that they are not prisoners but are being treated as such; medical and social care is appalling, and they are particularly concerned about the older detainees. The detainees are not allowed access to camera phones, which makes it difficult to keep in touch with family. They were clear that the reason for this is that the prison officers don't want them to document the conditions inside the centre. One man climbed the interior fence to speak to us, and the man in the soundcloud link (below) spoke to us at length on the phone. We are receiving reports that these two men and one other have been removed from the block and their whereabouts are currently unclear. Get in touch if you want to help us build resistance to Britain's racist immigration laws!

Speaking out against racism in Nottingham

Speaking out against racism

Nottingham Revolutionary Communist Group and supporters held an Open Mic Against Racism! In Hyson Green as part of the National Day of Action against the Immigration Act (see fighttheracistact.wordpress.com). The 2016 act builds on the 2014 Immigration Act and the two together tighten Britain's already racist immigration controls in order to make a "hostile environment" for migrants by making it easier to deport people and severely restricting access to services. Additionally, they extend immigration controls into more sections of the community, requiring schools, hospitals and other institutions to carry out immigration checks before providing basic and necessary services.

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Nottingham People's Assembly cover up for Labour Party racism

Nottingham demo

On 28 June RCG supporters joined more than a thousand people at a demonstration called by Nottingham People's Assembly under the banner 'Nottingham Together'. Nottingham RCG took the opportunity to raise the issue of the 2016 Immigration Act, taking a petition round the crowd that was very well received. We also organised parachute games for children to make it easier for their parents and carers to participate.

The stated aim of the event was 'to show that the vote to leave [the EU] is not an excuse for bigotry, and that any negotiations should include the right of EU citizens to stay in the UK if they wish'. It was fantastic to see so many people taking to the streets against racism. In practice, however, the event was utterly dominated by the Labour Party and dissenters were censored.

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RCG on the streets in the Midlands

The RCG is active every week in towns and cities across the Midlands, fighting for a movement against racism and imperialism and for socialism. Contact us to get involved.

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Midlands Events coming up..

We have regular street actions and political educational meetings in Nottingham, Birmingham and Worcester – for details call 07746 559 033 or email nottinghamrcg@gmail.com for Nottingham, rcgbrum@hotmail.com for Birmingham or rcg.worcester@yahoo.com for Worcester.