Migrants at Saharonim prison protest their detention

May 5, 2013 14:45


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Over 300 African asylum seekers held a protest at the Saharonim detention center over the weekend, demanding they be released from custody and allowed to move freely in the country, the Israel Prison Service stated on Sunday.

The protest included some 340 African migrants from the 7 block of the detention center, the IPS said, who refused to return to their cells on Friday and remained in yard of the block. The protesters told the wardens that they are being held illegally and must be released, and that until Sunday, efforts to speak to the prisoners failed.

On Sunday morning, IPS officers moved in and removed the protesters from the yard. The IPS said that the protesters used passive resistance and therefore the IPS personnel did not use violent force or crowd dispersal means like flash bangs or tear gas.

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