LONDON, Two people glued themselves to the gate of an immigration detention center near London’s Heathrow Airport in an attempt to block a deportation flight from the United Kingdom to Africa.
About 10 anti-deportation activists gathered Tuesday evening at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Center, located northwest of the Heathrow Airport, to form ablockade to stop a bus carrying deportees, who were being taken to the London Stansted Airport for deportation to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
Police were at the scene for about five and a half hours. No arrests were made. A fire brigade from London’s Fire Brigade was also sent.
“There were a small number of demonstrators in attendance at the immigration center who had been there since 5:30 p.m.,” a Metropolitan Police Servicespokesman said. “We were on the scene with the fire brigade in a monitoring role and there have been no arrests.”
The Unity Center organized the protest and called for “urgent action” against the deportation, urging the public to contact the airport to “show opposition.”
“Herding individuals from these hand picked countries onto huge planes for mass deportations every month needs to stop,” The Unity Center said in a statement. “Many individuals have ongoing immigration cases, many cannot afford to pay the huge legal fees to regularize their stay and most have families, children, partners and strong ties to the U.K.”