"We fled the war to prison": Migrants protest against conditions at the former military base in Wales, which has been converted into a huge camp for asylum seekers
- Asylum seekers housed in a former military camp protested the conditions
- A protester held up a sign that read, "We fled the war and went to prison."
- Around 230 migrants were sent to the former army training center in Penally
Asylum seekers who were housed in a former British military camp protested against the conditions on site – and shouted: "Save us from Covid 19".
A protester held up a sign reading, "We fled the war to prison" after being housed in the coastal village of Penally, Pembrokeshire.
Around 230 migrants were sent to the former army training center in the sleepy holiday village upon their arrival in the UK from the Middle East.
Up to a dozen refugees protested in front of the base with signs saying “Where are human rights?” And “We want justice”.
Others held banners saying "The refugee has the right to stay in a house", "We want better conditions" and "Save us from Covid 19".
The protest slogans included "Save us from Covid 19" and "We are people, not numbers in a file!"
This resident of the Penally, Wales camp was talking on his cell phone while holding up a cardboard sign calling for human rights
The arrival of the men was initially met with protests from worried locals, who were concerned about the impact on local services and property prices in the village of 800 people.
Far-right activists later took part in demonstrations, and anti-racism groups also gathered in the center.
The refugees – all ages 18 to 35 – arrived in Penally in September and are expected to stay there for up to a year while their asylum applications are processed.
The men are mainly from Iraq and Iran.
First Welsh Minister, Mark Drakeford, previously called for the men to be removed from Penally, saying it was an unsuitable place.
Mr Drakeford said: “It is unacceptable that the Home Office has repeatedly failed to address serious living conditions at the Penally military camp.
& # 39; The Welsh government and local service providers have continuously informed the Home Office of serious deficiencies in the standard of accommodation for asylum seekers. The Ministry of the Interior has not acted sensibly so far.
"The well-being and safety of local asylum seekers must not be compromised and the well-being of the local population must be treated as a priority by the Ministry of the Interior."
A mass struggle among migrants broke out in a Welsh camp yesterday when police arrested two men
A Home Office spokesman previously said: "During these unprecedented times, the government is working with a number of partners and across departments to secure additional housing, and the Department of Defense has offered the use of some of its locations.
"When it comes to using emergency shelters, we work closely with organizations, including local authorities and law enforcement agencies, throughout the process to ensure value for money and to ensure that vulnerable asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute are left over while processing their applications have suitable accommodations. "
Asylum seekers who were housed in a former British military camp [see picture above] protested against the conditions on site – and shouted: "Save us from Covid 19".
A mass fighting broke out in the Welsh camp last month, during which police arrested two men.
The officers arrested a 22-year-old on suspicion of Affray and a 25-year-old on suspicion of assault.
Pictures show a large police presence outside the Penally Asylum Accommodation Center in Penally, Pembrokeshire, following the incident.