Hundreds expected to turn out for Saturday’s Yarl’s Wood protest

A previous protest outside Yarl's Wood.
A previous protest outside Yarl's Wood.

A protest march around the perimeter of controversial immigration detention centre Yarl’s Wood will take place in the last call for it’s closure.

The show of feeling this Saturday (August 8), with close to 1,000 people expected to attend, is being organised by the Movement for Justice.

A statement posted on the organisation’s Facebook page says: “Yarl’s Wood detention centre is the central battleground in the fight for the rights of women and immigrant rights in Britain. It is the site of the most consistent and sustained struggle against the racism and inhumanity of immigration detention.

“Saturday’s demonstration is the fourth since April, each one building a stronger movement inside and outside, determined to shut down Yarl’s Wood.

“Our struggle is an inspiration to everyone who wants to see real action for justice and freedom and a real fight against racism, the divide-and-rule scapegoating of immigrants, and the politics of endless austerity.”

Groups, coming from across the country, will meet at the entrance to Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest, at 1pm and will set off on their march between 1.30pm and 2pm.

Women inside the detention centre are expected to take part in the demonstration from behind the fencing.

Protestors who are driving on the day are being advised to park at Bedford and get a specially organised coach from Bedford train station, which is leaving for Yarl’s Wood at 12.30pm. It will leave Yarl’s Wood to return to the station at 5pm. Coach users will be asked for donations to cover the transport cost.

For more information visit the group’s Facebook page by clicking here.