This is not happening in some right or left-wing dictatorship, but in our country which prides itself on its respect for law, democracy and freedom.
In solidarity with a worldwide movement against dentention and deportation, the All African Women's Group, African Liberation Support Campaign Network, Kilombo Pan African Journal, Payday Men's Network, SOS Immigration, Wake Up Congo and Women of Colour in the Global Women's Strike protested outside Communications House at lunchtime on Monday 10 April, 2006.
A line of demonstrators along the Old Street frontage displayed placards, chanted and listened to speeches as office workers walked by on their way to and from lunch. Many took the leaflets that were offered them, although the few that I saw coming out of Communications House itself refused them. Most seemed ignorant of what happened inside the building they were walking past.
Asylum seekers were among those who spoke, telling the truth about the often appalling treatment they had received while in detention. One speaker reported on the demonstration last Saturday at Harmondsworth.
There will be a few more pictures on my web site shortly.