Scottish police free men detained by UK immigration force – fr

Scottish police free men detained by UK immigration force – fr

Scottish police ordered the release of two Indian men on Thursday who had been arrested by British immigration officers, after hundreds of protesters in Glasgow blocked the path of a van carrying the detainees.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who wants to wrest immigration powers from the British government, praised the actions of the police and blamed the British government for what she called a “dangerous situation”.

Video footage showed the two men emerging from the back of a van belonging to the UK Home Office, which sets immigration rules for the whole of the UK.

After a standoff of several hours, a crowd of onlookers cheered and cheered as one of the men waved and police made space for them to walk freely, pending further investigation.

British immigration officers initially asked local police for help after a crowd gathered to block them.

Scottish police said in a statement that they had “taken the operational decision to release the men detained by the British Immigration Police into their communities”.

Police interact with protesters seated at Pollokshields in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain on May 13, 2021, in this screenshot obtained from a video on social media. HENRY RAYNER via REUTERS

Police said they took the decision “to protect the safety, public health and well-being of all those involved in the detention and subsequent protests.” Large gatherings are currently banned in Scotland under anti-COVID measures.

Sturgeon, whose constituency for the Scottish Parliament includes the area where the incident took place, said she complained to the UK government and asked them to avoid such situations in the future.

“No assurance was given – and frankly no empathy demonstrated – when I managed to speak to a young minister earlier,” she said in a statement.

Britain’s Home Office said it would continue with plans to speed up the evictions.

“The operation in Glasgow was carried out in connection with alleged immigration offenses and the two Indian nationals have consistently complied with the officers,” said a spokesperson.

Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party won the most seats in a Scottish Parliament election last week, which she says justifies her call for a resumption of the 2014 referendum in which the Scots voted against independence.

The SNP also campaigned for the Scottish government to be given the power to grant immigration visas.

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