Release of two men following protest in Glasgow

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Protesters have been in a standoff with Police and The Home Office following a morning raid.

Early on Thursday people crowded around a Home Office vehicle which contained two immigrants which were believed to have been removed from a premise .

Crowds of activists began to gather on Kenmure Street with a man crawling under the van to prevent it leaving the area. Chants were also heard from the group shouting “let our neighbours go”.

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It is understood that Police Scotland were involved in the release of the two men from the detention of Border Force.

In a later statement, Police Scotland said that Ch Supt Mark Sutherland had decided to have the men released.

It said: “In order to protect the safety, public health and well-being of all people involved in the detention and subsequent protest in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, today, Ch Supt Mark Sutherland has, following a suitable risk assessment, taken the operational decision to release the men detained by UK Immigration Enforcement back into their community meantime.

“In order to facilitate this quickly and effectively, Police Scotland is asking members of the public to disperse from the street as soon as possible. Please take care when leaving the area and follow the directions of the officers on the street.”

With Police Scotland also earlier stating it did not assist in the removal of asylum seekers and that the officers were in attendance to protect the public and police the protest.

Nicola Sturgeon, who is the MSP for the area, said the Home Office action had created “a dangerous and unacceptable situation”. 

The group ‘Sikhs in Scotland’ group said in a statement that it was “deeply concerned”, and urged the Home Office to “abandon forced removals and to adopt an immigration policy based on human rights, compassion and dignity”.

Mohammad Asif, of the Afghan Human Rights Foundation, said hundreds of people were protesting.

He added: “We’re here against the hostile environment created by the Tories and the British state.”

Written by: Brad Yule

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