Original article from Kent Live
A Festival of Solidarity has taken place at Napier Barracks in support of asylum seekers.
The ex-army barracks in Folkestone have been a point of controversy over the past year, with refugees saying they have been forced to live in "prison-like" conditions.
More than 200 campaigners from different local groups came together to provide care and practical support to Napier residents, in the form of haircuts, legal advice and food.
Close The Camps UK organised the festival on Saturday (May 22) and called to end the "barbaric" living conditions at the barracks.
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Incredible images from the event showed people linking arms, playing volley ball and getting a fresh trim in the rain.
As festival goers huddled under the protection of several tents, dotted around the field at Napier Barracks, many waved signs in solidarity.
"All asylum seekers deserve kindness" was just one of the messages displayed on a cardboard placard.
The organisers of the event said they wanted to show Napier residents that they are not alone and have not been forgotten.
Offering friendship, practical support and experience, the Festival of Solidarity hosted stalls and workshops, all ran by different grassroots groups.
Between 2pm and 6pm, groups ran the stalls alongside doctors, lawyers and ESOL.
It involved community organising, haircuts, how to speak to press, a "free shop" and even creative classes like T-shirt printing.
Despite the heavy rain everyone laughed together, danced together, played sports, ate food and shared music from around the world.
According to the organisers of the event, many residents were told by the security at Napier that they couldn't come out of the barracks or they would be reported.
Hundreds of asylum seekers are currently being housed at the old military base in Folkestone.
The site has become extremely controversial since an unearthed report from 2014 revealed the barracks were "not acceptable standard for accommodation".
This has led to thousands of people petitioning for the barracks to be shut down once and for all.