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Posts Tagged ‘Kevan Thakrar’

Campaign In Support Of Kevan Thakrar – Letter by John Bowden

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

From a comrade of ABC Brighton:

The abuse of psychiatry in pathologizing and punishing “difficult” prisoners has a long and disturbing history in the British prison system and is probably the worst example of human rights abuse suffered by some prisoners labelled “challenging” and “unmanageable”.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, especially, the role of prison system-hired psychiatrists in assisting in the suppression of rebellious prisoners became an established one and often an unlawful one too such as when administering tranquillizing drugs by force purely to assist guards in subduing “troublemakers”. The practice became known as the “liquid cosh”. For particularly determined prisoner “troublemakers” the spectre of maximum-security psychiatric hospitals such as Broadmoor and Rampton could quite easily become a reality and often did when psychiatrists were recruited to apply the necessary pathological labels and facilitate the “nutting-off”, or sectioning under the mental health act, of sane but “difficult” prisoners, Rampton, especially, acquired a notorious reputation for it’s brutal and inhuman treatment of prisoners, administered by prison officer “nurses” and punitive-minded psychiatrists, and was considered amongst long-term prisoners as the worst and most deadly weapon of all in the prison system’s armourer of control and punishment. (more…)

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New letter about the Close Supervision Centres by Kevan Thakrar (UK)

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

From ABC Brighton:

When I first arrived on the Close Supervision Centre (CSC) back in March 2010, only three units existed holding a maximum capacity of 26 prisoners, plus designated cells within the segregation units of most high security prisons providing back-up to these.

These three units were:

HMP Woodhill CSC – Assessment centre holding up to 10 prisoners.
HMP Whitemoor – Selected CSC prisoners unit, holding up to 10 prisoners.
HMP Wakefield – Extreme risk CSC unit, holding up to 6 prisoners.

Most people would say that three CSC units are three too many, especially when the cost of each place on there is over five times a place in a maximum security main location, the brutality inflicted upon the prisoners within them exceeds all other prison environments in the UK, and they cause the majority of their residents to develop major mental illness requiring treatment within the secure hospitals of Broadmoor, Rampton or Ashworth under the Mental Health Act. (more…)

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'Specialist Intervention' at Strangeways prison Manchester by Kevan Thakrar (UK)

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Latest letter from Kevan Thakrar, via a comrade of ABC Brighton:

Unable to break my resolve and provoke me into any violent reaction after three and a half years at HMP Woodhill’s notorious Close Supervision Centre (CSC), I was transferred to the Specialist Intervention Unit (SIU) at HMP Manchester on 13 June 2013. Initially, people would be forgiven for thinking that finally getting off the CSC was a good thing, but when it is discovered that the move was due to Woodhill staff ‘needing respite’, having burned themselves out with their daily actions of brutality, the move is immediately seen in a different light. (more…)

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Kevan Thakrar transfers to HMP Manchester as screws continue their vendetta (UK)

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

From a comrade of the Anarchist Black Cross Brighton:

There’s a call out now for people to start writing letters of complaint about Kevan Thakrar. Here’s a couple of messages I got from his Mum yesterday:

Kev has been fighting against everything wrong in prisons and the way prisoners are treated. He is being tortured in an attempt to shut him up. The POA [Prison Officers Association] have a vendetta against him after being found not guilty of assaulting prison officers at HMP Frankland. Please show your support by writing, calling, emailing your complaints to HMP Manchester, Tel: 0161 817 5600. FAX: 0161 817 5601. Acting Governor Hannah Lane
chris.grayling.mp@parliament.uk graylingc@parliament.uk

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Kevan is being tortured at HMP Manchester. He has been starved for 3 days and only allowed out of his cell after the phones have been shut off. He is being subjected to strip searches 3 or 4 times a day usually from the same officer. He has been given 3 IEP’s in the past week and has been put on closed visits which means he is only entitled to 30 minute visits. The director of high security prisons Richard Vince visited him and told him that the move to Manchester is a permanent one so he had better stop making complaints. (more…)

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PDF: Close Supervision Centres in the UK #2 – A Brief Follow Up

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

After publishing Close Supervision Centres – Torture Units in the UK in April 2012, we received correspondence from people that had been held in CSCs or who had known family or friends who are or have been. A year on and conditions in the CSCs are no better. This is a brief follow up to serve as an accompanying publication to the original, keeping information coming out about what is going on…

With letters from inside the CSC system and articles and responses from people that have been struggling against this ugly regime, this follow up publication updates news of the continuing struggle and provides up to date addresses to contact the contributors.

Download here: CSC#2 A Brief Follow Up

ABC Bristol

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Close Supervision Centres – Torture Units in the UK – New Pamphlet from ABC Bristol

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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Here to download – a collaboratively produced pamphlet from inside and outside the prison walls, for printing and distribution about Close Supervision Centres in the UK prison network.

With an introduction by Mark Barnsley of ABC Leeds; many articles and texts from John Bowden, our comrade currently residing in HMP Shotts, Scotland; first hand accounts from inside these maximum security segregation units from prisoners such as Kevan Thakrar and Kyle Major; and many articles, testimonies and denunciations from families, supporters, and other people fighting against these degrading and despicable institutions; this text is a call-out for renewed pressure on the prison system and the web of screws, bureaucrats, health care professionals, managers etc. that enact overt and covert abuses on inmates of the CSC system every day.

The text will be available in paper format soon from Kebele Infoshop, 56a Infoshop, and further afield we hope. Please right click and click save as below to download in electronic format:

CSCs Torture Units in the UK
SCREEN (for reading on computer)

CSCs Torture Units in the UK IMPOSED (large file – for printing as booklet)

CSCs Torture Units in the UK A4 (single A4 pages)

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New brochure by ABC Bristol about CSC Units – The FIES of Britain – Introduction by Mark Barnsley, ABC Leeds (UK)

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Coming Soon – A new brochure from ABC Bristol about the prison units of Close Supervision Centres in UK, the notorious and brutal equivalent of the F.I.E.S. units in Spain – the so-called “Prison within the Prison” of “Maximum Security”. Known as punishment and brutalisation units, the CSC’s are the subject of this new publication by the Anarchist Black Cross to bring to light first hand accounts of life inside these annihilation cells, where numerous methods of psychological and physical destruction are applied against rebellious prisoners, those who have been taken from the general prison population to try to break their minds and bodies. The forthcoming publication will be available soon in electronic versions for reading and printing, and also as a paper format zine available from ABC Bristol. In the text below, anarchist comrade and ex-prisoner Mark Barnsley of ABC Leeds provides an introduction to the publication, which is aimed to give fire to the anti-prison struggle and expose the terrible situation in the hellholes of the CSCs with the voices of those inside them. (more…)

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Letter from Kyle Major from the psychological torture isolation units of England (UK)

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Here I am in the harsh and psychological torture unit (aka Close Supervision Centre CSC) at HMP Woodhill, in a high control cell with a six-officer riot unlock. You will have been reading about CSC recently in MOJUK and FRFI articles by John Bowden, Kevan Thakrar, which are all true.

As a prisoner experiencing it at the present time it is very unpleasant only two days ago a prisoner on the unit Danny Walker more or less amputated his arm. Requiring emergency hospital treatment where his arm had to be stitched back together and an operation to reconnect his nerves and arteries. (more…)

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