Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has condemned Home Office raids in Glasgow’s southside where crowds are in a stand-off with police detaining locals in an immigration van.
Dozens of people – reportedly up to 200, according to people on the scene – gathered on Kenmure Street, in the Pollokshields area, after word spread on social media that the van had been spotted nearby. Protestors surrounded the van to stop it removing the detainees from the area, with some lying under the vehicle.
Reports from demonstrators suggested two men had been removed from a flat on the street before being detained in the van, where they remain several hours later.
Anti-deportation protest on Kenmure Street in Pollokshields. Immigration van is ringed by police and protesters. “These are our neighbours. Let them go.” pic.twitter.com/0xYhXw1XxX
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“The Home Office has chosen to terrorise my neighbourhood on Eid and is using a frighteningly large police presence to do it,” Benjamin Thomas White, a local resident taking part in the protest, told The Big Issue.
“I’m horrified by the resurgence of dawn raids and other deliberately intimidating tactics. But Glasgow has seen them off in the past and I think we’ll do it again.”