Refugees, Capitalism and the British State

morton hall

Over Christmas there have been reports of violence at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Lincolnshire, between groups of inmates and between inmates and prison guards.

Reports from inside are patchy so far, but a picture is emerging of increasing tensions in the lead up to Christmas, produced by ongoing accusations of racism and violence from prison guards toward detainees, interruptions to water in cells that prevented toilets from flushing, poor quality food and accusations that Christmas presents and money that had been sent in had not been distributed. There are reports of a peaceful protest over these conditions by 30 to 40 prisoners on 24 December who refused to return to their cells, which was dispersed by prison officers, and the Prison Officers Association reports that the following day approximately 50 detainees were involved in violence and a serious escape attempt. The BBC and detainees who have spoken to…

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