Our special demonstration on Saturday November 18th brought solidarity and supporters from London and Liverpool, Manchester and more to the gates of Hassockfield/Derwentside. Maybe the imprisoned women couldn’t hear the passionate speeches by ex-detainees and human rights campaigners, but they would certainly have heard the uplifting songs from our musicians, the drumming of the samba band and the heartfelt singing of the pop up choir.
Thanks to Davy Ellis for these images. You’ll find lots more images on our Facebook page – they say more than words what a great day it was.
But here are some words anyway from our fabulous social media team:
“We were joined by people from London, Coventry, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Durham, Newcastle and Edinburgh. The scale of support for our campaign is so moving.
We heard emotional words from people who have lived experience of detention, and learned news that the friend of some people in attendance yesterday is currently imprisoned in Derwentside.
Thank you to everyone who made the effort to come and show support for the closure of Derwentside IRC. Thank you to all of the amazing speakers and performers. Thank you to everyone who helped organise and run the refreshments stall and childrens activities. Thank you to Samosa Sisters for the delicious food afterwards. Thank you to all of the organisers for making this happen.
Yesterday was a day of hope. We will not stop until Derwentside Immigration Prison is closed down!”