In just under 24 hours the illegal immigrants being housed at Penally barracks staged two protests. The first was on Wednesday 13th with roughly 30 in attendance. The second was held on Thursday 14th with a similar amount attending.

On both occasions the illegal immigrants marches from Penally to the small seaside town Tenby in Wales. They were protesting against the ‘living conditions’ inside the ex military barracks.

Penally Barracks Gate

This protest went ahead despite the lockdown restrictions that have been put in place by the government. There was a small police presence but they were allowed to continue with the protest.

Simon Hart the Conservative MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire since 2010 said “The two protests held by ‘Asylum Seekers’ this week made a mockery of Covid regulations”.

Simon Hart Conservative MP

Questions have been raised on how this large group of people were allowed to leave the camp and walk all the way to Tenby in the middle of a lockdown. Many of the locals were very concerned and one local said “It was very intimidating to see so many of them walking and chanting”.

In 2020 the UK Home Office decided to use the Penally barracks to accommodate illegal immigrants. They are free to come and go from the barracks. Many of the locals were outraged on first discovering the barracks would be used in this way.