Coalition of campaigns protest at increase in detention in Oxfordshire

Campaign to Close Campsfield

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Coalition of campaigns protest at increase in detention in Oxfordshire

At lunchtime on this Saturday 31 January two campaigns will join up to protest at the imprisonment of innocent people in Oxfordshire and against the Government's plan to increase this injustice.

At 12 noon on Saturday 31, the regular monthly demonstration of the Campaign to Close Campsfield will take place at the main gates of Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre, Langford Lane, Kidlington.

A delegation from the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees has been invited to attend.

At the end of the demonstration some of those present will proceed to 'A Site', Piddington, near Bicester, the location of the proposed Bullingdon Immigration Removal Centre. There they will join supporters of the Coalition Against Bullingdon Immigration Removal Centre (CABIRC) for a brief demonstration against the proposed IRC at 2.30pm.


In December, the UK Borders Agency submitted a planning application to build an 800-place immigration removal centre. The Cherwell District Council planning committee meeting on 19 February is expected to consider the application and approve or reject it.

CABIRC comprises members of the former Bicester Refugee Support group who campaigned against the proposal for an open accommodation centre on the same site, Asylum Welcome, Refugee Resource and the Campaign to Close Campsfield in Oxford. CABIRC is supported by singer/songwriters Leon Rosselson and Robb Johnson, playwrights Kaye Adshead and Christine Bacon, and by the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

Local support for CABIRC includes Oxford & District Trades Union Council, Oxford District Labour Party, Banbury District Labour Party, Oxfordshire Green Party, and Banbury Constituency Liberal Democrats.

Needless to say, local parties do not all support the policies of the national leadership of their party on detention of refugees and other migrants.

The Campaign to Close Campsfield has held over 180 monthly demonstrations at Campsfield.

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