A man arrested for immigration in London was released after hours of protesters gathered to block the van he was leaving.
The footage of the scene showed a crowd of people sitting on the ground in front of a vehicle in Peckham, southeast London.
The Metropolitan Police Department was called by Evan Cook Close “for reports of protesters interfering with immigration” shortly after 1:30 pm on Saturday, saying police officers remained on the scene until just before 5 pm.
A police spokesman said: A man was arrested by an immigration officer for a violation of immigration. “
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that the man was subsequently released on bail.
Eleanor Janega, one of the protesters, was warned by the PA news agency that “an migrant attack was underway” and said she had come down to “stop it.”
An activist in a group called Stand Up To Racism, who named her only as Nicola, said police “tried to arrest many activists on the front lines,” but gave up “they were captured by others.”
Nicola told PA: “After many protests, police announced that he would be released. [the arrested man] It took them about 30 minutes to actually open the door, so we all stayed and called for this to happen soon. “
The Interior Ministry said it was “unacceptable” to prevent immigration teams from doing their jobs.
“Interfering with or interfering with them does not discourage the public from fulfilling their obligations,” a spokesman said.
This is not the first time British immigration activists have succeeded in forcing authorities to release people arrested on suspicion of immigration crime.
On May 13, 2021, Scottish police released two Indian men from an immigration van in Glasgow after about 200 protesters blocked the van for eight hours.
Scottish police later confirmed that they had arrested and charged a 23-year-old woman and two men, 31 and 32, for offensive public order and morals. The three were said to be tried earlier this year in early August.
More than 100 protesters gathered in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, after it was reported that two migrant vans had arrived at Nicolson Square on May 5, this year, blocking allegations of “immigrant attacks.”
The Interior Ministry said the two were found to be in violation of immigration law and were placed on immigration bail, adding that the protesters did not affect the outcome of the surgery.
PA Media contributed to this report.