IMMIGRATION: Men freed as ‘antagonistic’ and ‘intimidating’ Home Office immigration raid ends

By investigative reporter Karin Goodwin, May 13, 2021

The raid by Home Office immigration enforcement officers happened at about 9am on 13 May on Kenmure Street in Pollokshields, Glasgow.

Two men in their thirties, who are understood to have been living in the city for some time, were taken to a Home Office van by immigration officers. Protesters then surrounded the van preventing it from leaving.

Police Scotland took the decision “on operational grounds” to release the men detained by UK Immigration Enforcement back into their community after a protest lasting eight hours, which attracted hundreds of people.

It followed the intervention of several senior politicians, campaigners and human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar.

By 11.30am about 200 people were on the street. Many surrounded the Home Office enforcement van, which was circled with Police Scotland officers, chanting: “These are our neighbours, let them go”.

In the afternoon onlookers said a paramedic had entered the van, where the men had been held for over six hours. The Ferret was later sent video suggesting some protesters had been arrested.

Pictures by Gerry Hassan. The full story is on the The Ferret website.

2 comments

  1. I remember a Dumbarton High Street immigration raid on the kebab shop opposite the counting house pub about five years ago.

    With two enforcement vans screeching into place, one half of which was left half on the pavement outside the pub and half on the road blocking traffic, with the other used to block off the car park exit at the rear of the kebab shop, black clad officers lined up all the shop occupants against the wall.

    It was like a Nazi raid, lining people up, demanding papers.

    And the result a few hours later was that all of the people forcefully apprehended checked out and were law abiding citizens.

    And Police Scotland. Two officers sat in their car taking no part in the raid by uniformed and tooled up Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers.

    Bit like when informed men used to raid and kick shit out of Northern Ireland citizens. (or the 1930s Nazis looking for Jews and political dissidents)

  2. Man’s inhumanity to man, Willie. Didn’t we all hear something on the Radio the other that a judge had found that ten innocent Northern Ireland citizens had been shot dead illegally by the Army. Not one terrorist amongst them. No one is being prosecuted. The families asked for an apology, a public apology. It was not forthcoming from the government in a form that was acceptable to their families.

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