Sumit Sehdev, a chef, and Lakhvir Singh, a mechanic, each of their 30s, have reportedly been within the UK for 10 years.
Six UK Immigration Enforcement officers, backed by Police Scotland, eliminated them from their residence within the Pollokshields space of Glasgow on Thursday and put them right into a van heading to a detention centre, however had been quickly surrounded by a big crowd of protesters decided to free them.
“This was a cynical and provocative action by the Home Office to do it on the day of Eid. To be honest, they don’t give a damn about the lives of these people, but the people of Glasgow do,” Aamer Anwar, a Pakistani-origin human rights lawyer, instructed ‘ITV News‘.
“This city is built on the backs of refugees, people who’ve given their blood, sweat and tears to build this city. We stand firmly with these men,” he said.
Two men are released from an Immigration Enforcement police van. (Credit: AP)
Lakhvir Singh spoke in Punjabi about how he feared for what would happen when the officers took them into custody in the van and tearfully thanked the people of his neighbourhood for turning out to support them.
The duo then walked down the street with Anwar towards the local mosque, with the estimated hundreds gathered cheering and clapping, waving placards that read “refugees are welcome”.
Videos posted across the social media channels showed protesters chanting “Leave our neighbours, let them go” and “Cops go home” during the nearly eight-hour-long standoff.
Hundreds of demonstrators crammed the street in Scotland’s largest metropolis to forestall a van leaving with the boys inside earlier than police lastly introduced they’d be freed. (Credit: AP)
“The Home Office must ask itself laborious questions after right now. Doing this on Eid, within the coronary heart of our Muslim group, and within the midst of a severe Covid outbreak was staggeringly irresponsible — however the even deeper downside is an appalling asylum and immigration coverage,” stated Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter, who had appealed straight with the UK Home Office to face down.
A Home Office assertion stated the operation was “conducted in relation to suspected immigration offences”.
Eventually, Police Scotland stated it needed to make an operational choice to guard the “safety, public health and well-being” and the 2 males had been launched on bail and returned residence to their households.