Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:
“The STUC and other Scottish civil society organisations we have contacted are very concerned at reports of large numbers of detainees refusing food at the Dungavel Detention Centre.
“It is unclear whether this is a response to conditions in the centre, or wider issues relating to the asylum system, or both. But what is clear is that the decision to refuse food reflects a level of desperation which must be investigated - the mark of a civilised society is how it treats its most vulnerable.
“The STUC, with the support of the Church of Scotland and the Conforti Institute has today requested permission for an urgent collective meeting with detainees and written today to this effect to the Home Secretary and the Centre Manager at Dungavel.”
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