No Borders have called an emrgency demonstration tomorrow (Friday 1st Dec) outside the HQ of Kalyx/Sodexho.
Kalyx used to be called UK Detention Services (UKDS) and manage the Harmondsworth detention centre. They claim that they provide “nationally recognised standards of service, delivered by high calibre staff”, providing “protection and care associated with the growth of the individual and strength”, “attributes for which they are known and respected!”
This contrasts with the thoughts of the UK Prison’s Inspector who comments in her recent report on Harmonsworth: “This is undoubtedly the poorest report we have issued on an IRC” Anne Owers, HMIP.
The trouble in the centre is believed to have started when custody officers (screws) turned off a TV report which was being watched by detainees highlighting this report.
No Borders have called a demonstration stating:
“We are in solidarity with all migrants and refugees and their desire for freedom. We hold Kalyx and the Home Office responsible for the sufferings of the detainees and demand that they are brought to account.”
Meet outside Kalyx HQ, Edgware Road this Friday, 1st December 2006 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. 25 Chapel Street NW1, Nearest tube Edgware Rd.
A benefit event is being held at Ramparts that evening. More details can be found here.
Barbed Wire Britain have also called for a demo outside Harmondsworth itself this Sunday 3rd December. Directions etc are at http://www.ncadc.org.uk/