Glasgow: Protestors surround immigration enforcement van
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “At around 9.55am this morning, police were called to support colleagues at the UK Border Agency at an address in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow.
“A number of protesters are now at the location.
“Officers are at the scene and inquiries are continuing.”
The stand-off is happening in the Pollakshields area of the city
Nicola Sturgeon has also voiced her opinion
The 54-year-old said: “We’re here against the hostile environment created by the Tories and the British state.
“The same people who run from the British and American bombs put at the back of the van right now. And they are about to be deported.
“And it’s on Eid you know… the guys are not even allowed to pray. How do you do that in a democratic society? It’s a sad day.”
Police surround the van
Sabir Zazai, chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, wrote on Twitter: “Not close to the details on this but this is shocking, disgraceful and racist if people are raided by enforcement officers amidst the pandemic on the day of #Eid.”
Scotland’s First Minister is furious at the timing of the Home Office action, lashing out at the Westminster Government in a series of tweets.
She said: “Today’s events were entirely down to UK Home Office actions. Police Scotland were in an invidious position – they do not assist in the removal of asylum seekers but do have a duty to protect public safety. They act independently of ministers, but I support this decision.
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Protesters make their point in support of those about to be deported
An estimated 200 protesters were reported to be at the scene
Police and protesters in Pollakshields
“Both as MSP and as FM, I will be demanding assurances from the UK Government that they will never again create, through their actions, such a dangerous situation. No assurances were given – and frankly no empathy shown – when I managed to speak to a junior minister earlier.”
Tom, a neighbour who joined the protest, compared the immigration operation on Eid to a police raid on Christmas Day.
The 31-year-old, who did not want to give his surname, said: “The solidarity shown today shows the community will not stand for their neighbours being dragged from their homes.
“I’d ask Christians to reflect on what it would feel like to have your house raided on Christmas Day.”
He said the police presence was “increasing fairly rapidly”, with 10 vans at the scene at around midday.
Humza Yousaf has asked to speak to Home Secretary Priti Patel
I am deeply concerned by this action by the Home Office
“My office is making urgent enquiries and stands ready to offer any necessary assistance to those detained.”
She subsequently added: “The UK Home Office action today is creating a dangerous and unacceptable situation in Pollokshields.
“As local MSP, I am also seeking urgent answers from them – they must resolve this situation ASAP.”
Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar was also voiced his concern
Scotland’s Justice Secretary and MSP for Glasgow Pollok Humza Yousaf has asked to speak to Mrs Patel about the scenes in Glasgow.
He tweeted: “This UK Border Force Operation, in Polloksheilds, the heart of the Muslim community, on Eid is a demonstration of the UK Govt’s hostile environment.
Anas Sarwar’s tweet
He subsquently added: “I am disappointed that out of 8 Home Office Ministers none of them could make themselves available to speak to me.
“Having spoken to the DG for Home Office in Scotland I have urged him to abandon the forced removal.
“He will consider next steps & I have requested an update.”
Glasgow: Protesters surround van to stop immigration removal
He tweeted: “It is particularly unacceptable that this is happening during a pandemic, in an area that has a spike in cases and on the day of Eid.”
Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross has yet to comment.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Home Office for comment.
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