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.