Two Year Anniversary of MigrantStrike

“I’m on immigration, I’m going on 3 years now and right now it’s been two years since we did the hunger strike.”

On September 17th, 2013, one hundred and ninety-one immigration detainees held in the Central East Correctional Centre, in Lindsay, Ontario, began a hunger strike calling for an end to their indefinite detention. This past week marked the two year anniversary of beginning of the strike. As the Canadian government continues to detain thousands without trial or charge in prisons across the country, detainees in Lindsay continue to organize and resist.

Today we are releasing some new messages from detainees, recorded over our line to mark the anniversary of the struggle.

“I’m a detainee at Lindsay correctional centre. I’m on immigration, I’m going on 3 years right now and right now it’s been two years since we did the hunger strike. Nothing has changed, everything is the same. I’m a Somalian nationality and Somalia is not issuing me no travel documents and Canada is using their own travel documents to take me back to my country, which is not right. We’re here and we’re trying to stay strong, and want you to know that we are away from our family and our loved ones and hopefully soontime we could be with them. Thank you, you guys, for keeping up the good fight for us and we do appreciate it. Thanks ya’ll.”

Read the detainees demands.

Read the one year anniversary report. Second anniversary report coming soon.

Read our groundbreaking report on immigration detention. 

These walls must fall. These walls will fall. Freedom to move, return, stay!

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