As we go to press on 17 March, up to 300 detainees at the Harmondsworth immigrant removal centre near London are reported on hunger strike.
And detainees at up to seven other centres, out of Britain’s eleven holding about 3,000 people at any one time, have joined the protest for shorter or longer spans of time.
Because of the conditions in the centres, it is hard to know exactly what the detainees’ demands are, but reports include calls for:
•cancellation of a deportation flight to Pakistan
•a 28-day limit on detention
•immediate release of disabled, elderly, pregnant, or mentally unwell