She told reporter Cordelia Lynch that guards were laughing at them: “All we’re asking for is respect … an apology.”
She told Channel 4 News that there were at least 100 women in corridors protesting against guards overnight.
She claimed that out of all the women in the detention centre, only 15 people have eaten a meal tonight. And she said that they are planning to continue to refuse eating for the near future.
A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police confirmed that inmates had been protesting. In a statement, he said: “There is a small protest that is currently peaceful at this time.”
Serco, who suspended two staff members following the investigation, said that they were speaking with the detainees: “There is a small peaceful protest by around a dozen women and we are talking to them.”
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are aware of a small-scale protest in a secure outdoor area at Yarl’s Wood which is in the process of being peacefully resolved.”