Inmates at UK's largest immigrant detention centre light fires in huge protest


Blackleaf
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Immigration centre protest




Protest ... SOS message
Picture: SKY NEWS




By ONLINE REPORTER
November 29, 2006



SEVERAL fires were lit in Britain’s largest immigration detention centre causing disruption in all four wings.

The disturbance at Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre in Middlesex began late last night and is still going on today.

The fires set off the detention centre’s sprinkler system but a Home Office spokesman said there were no reports of injuries to staff or detainees.

“A disturbance began late last night at Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre in Middlesex,” he said.

“A number of specialist officers from prisons across the south of England have been deployed.

“All four wings of the detention centre are involved in the incident.

“Police have assisted the prison and immigration services by securing the perimeter and there is absolutely no risk to the public.”

Harmondsworth, which can hold up to 501 detainees, is currently holding 482 people.

The disturbance started on the day that a report was released raising concerns about poor relations between staff and detainees at the centre near Heathrow.

Chief inspector of prisons Anne Owers said her new report on Harmondsworth centre was the poorest she had yet issued on such a facility.

It was not meeting any of her major tests and more than 60 per cent of detainees said they felt unsafe.

Their main fear was bullying by staff, with 44 per cent of detainees claiming they had been victimised by staff, compared with a national average of 28 per cent, it said.

The centre holds immigration detainees including asylum seekers whose applications are being considered under fast-track procedures.

Ms Owers said: “This is undoubtedly the poorest report we have issued on an immigration removal centre.

“Harmondsworth is not an easy place to run, and the serious disturbance it had experienced had clearly affected the confidence of managers and staff.

“However, it had been allowed to slip into a culture and approach which was wholly at odds with its stated purpose, and inimical to the proper care and treatment of detainees.”

Home Office minister Liam Byrne said he took the report’s recommendations “very seriously”.

thesun.co.uk
 
Colpy
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Are we in the West really that stupid?

Simple solution.

Throw every single person involved in this destruction of property back to where they came from.
 
thomaska
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Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy View Post

Are we in the West really that stupid?

Simple solution.

Throw every single person involved in this destruction of property back to where they came from.

For real. Throw 'em out. What are they going to do? Threaten to not come back?
 
Sassylassie
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Yep charter a big ole plane and load them up and ship them back to the Mother Land, if they can't abide by the Host Countries laws off they go.
 
northstar
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a plane? heck that's too posh, how about sending them on a raft...with a bottle of filtered mineral water and some spiked radio active muffins....
 
silky
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Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy View Post

Are we in the West really that stupid?

Simple solution.

Throw every single person involved in this destruction of property back to where they came from.

Sounds appropriate. If these immigrants are illegal or undocumented taking them back to their country is not enough, a hellish detention for illegals would best serve the UK, however, the legal immigration detainees including asylum seekers whose applications are being considered under fast-track procedures should be given protection.

Here in Arizona, we have about 2 million illegal aliens from Mexico and S. America invading our border annually, and only 10 % are caught by the border patrol. For the first time invaders they are merely taken back to the border and released to Mexico, which only encourages them to try again. If there are no consequences for breaking the law by entering a country illegally ... then they will continue until they succeed. This is a huge problem.

The following is an excellent video on the problem of illegal immigration (17 minutes long with jaw dropping charts).

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...51411393887069