Sunday Apr 02, 2023

Glasgow Home Office protest: Extinction Rebellion block the front entrance on Brand Street – The Scotsman


The group, along with Glasgow Calls Out Polluters, claim the protest is against the Nationality and Borders Bill passing through the House Of Commons.

The activists locked themselves to each other and to the property’s gates from about 7am on Monday.

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The protesters, from XR Scotland and XR Glasgow, are calling on the UK Government “to end its hostile environment policy towards migrants​​​”.

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The activists have blocked access by locking themselves to each other and the gates with messages on equipment and banners stating ‘Refugees Welcome’, ‘End the Hostile Environment’ and ‘Climate Justice = Migrant Justice’.

A spokesperson for XR Scotland said: “The Nationality and Borders Bill must be stopped.

“It’s beyond cruel to criminalise people seeking asylum.

The scene at Brand Street.

“It’s state-sanctioned murder to grant immunity to border force staff if refugees die after being pushed back into French waters.”

One protester said: “The UK’s heartless hostile environment policy routinely denies migrants their human rights, preventing access to employment, healthcare, housing and other basic services.”

XR claim the demonstration has been organised in response to Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill passing through the House Of Commons.

The demonstration comes after multiple equalities organisations rallied together in a mass protest against the Bill on Sunday in London outside 10 Downing Street.

Protests blocked the Home Office building in Glasgow.

Pictures at the scene in Glasgow on Monday show the protesters taking action in solidarity with those in London with messages banners saying “Refugees Welcome”, “End the Hostile Environment” and “Climate Justice = Migrant Justice”.

Stuart, a 23 year-old support worker told The Scotsman: “We are protesting against the Nationality and Border’s Bill which is passed through the House of Commons which will criminalise asylum seekers for taking routes to the UK. There are no current legal and safe routes for people. They have been made aware by human rights groups that this will endanger lives, but they are still pushing it through.”

Speaking on the motivations for the protest, Stuart, who arrived at 7am to protest added: “The Bill passed parliament this week, and a fortnight ago we saw the deadliest crossing on record so we thought we had to take action. We are hoping to draw attention to the actions of the Home Office. It is Home Office negligence that is also responsible for deaths of asylum seekers here in Glasgow.

“We hope we will inspire more direct action from those able to do so. We obviously saw incredible spontaneous action earlier this year with Kenmure Street, but for those of us that are able to feel we need to step things up as this Bill is ready to go through today.”

Extinction Rebellion has blocked the front entrance to the Home Office building in Glasgow

Asked about what motivated him to take part in the protest on Brand Street he added: “If you consider the situation for those forced to take these perilous …….


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