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| South Coast
Early in the morning of 17th March, about 20 anti-deportation campaigners from London and Brighton blockaded Tinsley House detention centre at Gatwick airport, where some Iraqi refugees due for deportation were being held. Using D-locks and superglue, the aim of the protest was to try and prevent the deportees being taken from the detention centre to Stanstead airport, where a special charter flight to Iraqi Kurdistan was scheduled that afternoon. Unfortunately the blockade was removed around 1pm, just in time for the WH Tours coach to get to the airport and Tinsley deportees be put on the flight, along with some 50 others brought from Campsfield and Dover detention centres. Nine protesters were violently arrested under Section 69 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (failure to leave land after a warning) and taken to Crawley police station. For more details, see the protesters' press releases: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/03/424368.html http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/03/424406.html
Unfortunately I couldn't get any pictures of the removal operation and violent arrests, which involved 40-50 cops and resulted in 9 people, including the 6 locked and superglued to the gate, being arrested.