Demo against dawn raids held at immigration centre in Glasgow

Around a dozen people demonstrated against dawn raids outside an immigration centre in Glasgow today.

Protest group ‘Glasgow Anti-Raids Network’ organised the rally in Brand Street, Ibrox.

A spokesman for the group said: “Immigration raids are happening almost every day in Scotland. The Glasgow Anti-Raids Network is opposed to this violent and racist criminalisation of free movement.”

The practice of carrying out dawn raids was thought to have stopped in Glasgow following a high profile campaign by a group of teenagers known as the Glasgow Girls ten years ago.

However, we revealed recently that a young mum and her two children were flown to China after a dawn raid.

Their ordeal began at 6.45am when Border Force staff arrived at their home in Bridgeton.

Min Lin, 30, whose asylum claim was turned down, was later handcuffed at Glasgow Airport and their distraught 5-year-old daughter and infant son detained in a separate room.

Her husband Kefei Lin, 27, remains in Scotland while he waits for his asylum case to conclude.

The case prompted an outcry from politicians and charities that work with refugees.

Scottish Government minister for Social Justice, Alex Neil, slammed the family’s treatment as “completely unacceptable” and wrote to the Home office to seek an explanation.

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