Home Office raid in Glasgow described as “routine” by Boris Johnson spokesman

The border forces raid on Glasgow, which saw two men released from an immigration van after an eight-hour standoff with protesters, has been called “routine” by Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said the confrontation between police officers and protesters in Kenmure Street in south Glasgow on Thursday 13 May was completely legal and correct and “was by no means linked to Eid “.

Hundreds of people surrounded the Interior Ministry vehicle containing two Indian immigrants who had been taken from an apartment on the south side of town with a man crawling under the van to keep it from moving.

The men were released following negotiations at the scene and pressure from Nicola Sturgeon, who is the MSP for the constituency, on the UK Home Office which is responsible for immigration.

Reacting to the events, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: ‘Immigration authorities attended an address in Glasgow and the proper legal protocols were followed at all times. The operation was routine and the two Indian nationals fully complied with the officers. “

The two men were finally released after more than eight hours

Following complaints that the morning raid took place on Eid, the end of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, the official added: “The operation was routine and was in no way related to Eid. “.

It is understood that none of the men, who thanked the neighbors for their help, are Muslims, but the operation took place in one of Scotland’s largest Muslim communities.

Lakhvir Singh and Sumit Sehdevi said they were overwhelmed by community support that prevented their detention.

However, the prime minister’s spokesperson said: “What immigration law enforcement officials were doing was trying to tackle illegal immigration and the damage it can cause. .

“The individuals have been released on bail pending further investigation and we will continue to fight illegal immigration and the damage it causes.”

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The official added: “It is important that immigration law enforcement officers are able to prevent illegal immigration and deal with illegal immigration, and that is what they were doing. yesterday.

Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf have contacted the Home Office to ask them to drop the operation as hundreds determine the vehicle will not move.

Along with other Scottish political leaders, the Prime Minister tweeted his disgust on Thursday.

She said: “I fundamentally disagree with @ukhomeoffice’s immigration policy but even putting that aside this action was unacceptable. Acting in this way, in the heart of a Muslim community as it celebrated Eid, and in an area affected by a Covid epidemic was a health and safety risk. “

The issue will be raised in an urgent question in the Scottish Parliament by Green co-leader Patrick Harvie on Friday.

Harvie is expected to ask what “engagement the Scottish government has had with the UK government and with the Scottish Police regarding the community response to the attempted immigration action on Kenmure Street in Glasgow on May 13”.

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