Protest against expanding Campsfield Detention Centre

John Walker reports from a protest against Campsfield Detention Centre yesterday.

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Around 35 people attended a picket of Cherwell District Planning Committee called by Oxfordshire Trades Council yesterday. They were demanding that the planning committee turn down a government request for permission to dramatically expand the size of Campsfield Detention Centre.

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Campsfield Detention Centre is where the government puts asylum seekers while it considers their cases. People can be held here for months, and in some cases years. They have not been found guilty of committing a crime. They have merely fled persecution.

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The planning committee agreed to defer a decision until their next meeting as a result of a legal submission by the campaign.

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