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Asylum seekers protest over ‘inhuman’ UK detention centres

Protests including hunger strikes and sit-ins are taking place at several immigration detention centres against the UK’s controversial fast-track asylum system in which detainees say they are being treated as criminals and given little chance of proving that their cases are genuine.

The protests started at Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow Airport last Friday when about 150 detainees staged a sit-in in a courtyard and threatened to go on hunger strike. A detainee at Harmondsworth said that about 300 people were involved in protests by Thursday, while other protests have taken place at three other centres in southern England.

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