The demonstration begins its march at the outskirts of Twinwoods Business Park, a former military research facility.
Yarl’s Wood is located near the back of the business park, surrounded by expanses of empty fields and barbed wire fences.
Demonstrators begin knocking on the wall which lines the perimeter of the detention centre at Yarl’s Wood. Standing at 20 feet high, the wall strikes an imposing figure, with all the aesthetics of some post-futuristic fortification.
Demonstrators announce their arrival at the perimeter of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre by pounding the high metal fence with their feet.
Many of the detainees inside the centre are locked down away from windows during the protest in an attempt to limit their interaction with it. The demonstrators respond by making as much noise as possible, hoping that those inside will hear the clamour.
Demonstrators wave to detainees inside Yarl’s Wood from behind a banner held by members of feminist direct action collective Sisters Uncut.
Several women inside the detention centre manage to wave to the crowd through cracks of open windows.
Families and friends of those inside Yarl’s Wood take turns atop a step ladder in order to see over the fence.
Several women inside Yarl’s Wood manage to place phone calls to a cell phone which is amplified through a PA system. Story after heart-breaking story echoes over the audience of nearly 2,000 demonstrators. One woman tells the crowd, ‘We are so grateful to have you here, to know that we are not alone.’