GALLERY: Protesters call for closure of Yarl’s Wood detention centre

Thousands of people descended on Bedfordshire at the weekend calling for the closure of Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.

The site, surrounded by high fences, houses mostly women who are being held, some for long periods, while waiting to be deported.

Protesters at Yarl's Wood detention centre, March 2016 PNL-160315-134201001

Protesters at Yarl's Wood detention centre, March 2016 PNL-160315-134201001

The demonstrators, who arrived in coaches from all across the country, marched, chanted and banged pots and pans to ensure the detainees inside could hear them.

They responded by waving and hanging messages from the windows.

Some protestors let off flares while a number carried rainbow flags to highlight the plight of those who fled their home country after being persecuted for their sexuality.

The demonstration was organised by Movement for Justice.

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