Protestors block immigration van from leaving after Glasgow Eid raid 2 months ago

Protestors block immigration van from leaving after Glasgow Eid raid

Protestors in Glasgow have surrounded an immigration enforcement van carrying individuals that were detained in a raid today during Eid al-Fitr

Protestors shouted "these are our neighbours, let them go!" as immigration vans attempted to pull away.

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Officers entered a property in Pollokshields in Glasgow this morning located in Scottish National Party's (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon's constituency.

Those blocking the vans also condemned the action during Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest days in Islam.

Sturgeon took to social media to express concern about the events.

"As a constituency MSP, I am deeply concerned by this action by the Home Office, especially today in the heart of a community celebrating Eid.

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"My office is making urgent inquires and stands ready to offer any necessary assistance to those detained."

She later tweeted: "The @ukhomeoffice action today is creating a dangerous and unacceptable situation in Pollokshields.

"As a local MSP, I am also seeking urgent answers from them - they must resolve this situation ASAP."

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There is reportedly a heavy police presence at the scene; a spokesman for Police Scotland said: "Around 9.55am this morning, Thursday 13 May 2021, police were called to an address in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, following a protest by a large group of people.

“The call was made by UK Immigration Enforcement (UKIE) after a group of protesters gathered at the address where UKIE staff were in attendance.

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"Police Scotland does not assist in the removal of asylum seekers.

"Officers are at the scene to police the protest and to ensure public safety."

These events come following a ramping up of rhetoric by the British government surrounding immigration, refugees, and asylum seekers over recent months - and is second immigration dawn raid in Glasgow in less than a month.