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#StopDeportations #Bristol #UK: Around 100 people block road in solidarity with deportation victim

Around 100 people blocked a street in Bristol’s Easton neighbourhood trying to stop UK Border Agency deportation attempt last night. The stand-off, lasting through-out the night to the chants of “cops go home”, aimed at preventing the police from taking away and eventually deporting an Easton resident. The UK Border Agency van have been successfully blocked from leaving the area by protestors who came both on foot and in cars.

Originally published by Freedom News. Written by ZB. Image above: still from video, Bristol Rising Tide

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

The UK Border Agency officers arrived to the area after apparently receiving a tip-off that one man, a local resident, might be in the UK “illegally”. The news about the victims’ arrest quickly spread, and the local residents took a spontaneous direct action in hope to prevent him from being detained and deported. The border officers reacted with calling Bristol’s cops for assistance, however, this did not stop the impromptu protest and it carried on from about 10pm to 5am, when the “racist van” finally left the area.

According to some reports, the man has been left by the police in a van without water, food or toilet for the duration of the action. His fate right now is unknown, but he is supported by a lawyer.

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