Londoners chanting ‘Let him go!’ surround police and border officials to stop ‘immigration raid’

Londoners chanting 'Let him go!' surround police and border officials to stop 'immigration raid' 2
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Crowds of left-wing campaigners clashed with cops on a London estate as police conducted an apparent raid to detain illegal immigrants.

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More than 100 protesters gathered in Peckham, south London this afternoon in an attempt to halt the raid.

They chanted as cops took one man: ‘Let him go!’

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Campaigners tweeted videos of the protest with the caption: ‘Come and join us.’

Nunhead & Queens Road councillor Reginald Popoola wrote: ‘I’m here with over 100 others. 

Chants turned into ugly clashes at the Peckham estate this afternoon with tensions rising

Police and protesters were seen scuffling in worrying images

Chants turned into ugly clashes at the Peckham estate this afternoon with tensions rising

‘Block the van from taking one of our neighbours – come and join us now on Evan Cook Close SE15!’

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Brighton’s anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign Twitter account wrote: ‘Solidarity to community resisting immigration raid right now in Peckham. More numbers needed.’

Other chants sung by the crowd included: ‘You say people, we say power, people power.’

Campaigners appeared to scuffle with police officers on the scene in a fight to stop the raid

Campaigners appeared to scuffle with police officers on the scene in a fight to stop the raid

Southwark Labour councillor and primary school teacher James McAsh tagged the Camberwell and Peckham Constituency Labour Party and Southwark Momentum.

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He wrote: ‘URGENT – Immigration raid in Evan Cooks Close, Peckham, Se15. Near Queens Road station.

‘Currently being blocked by a big crowd. Get down ASAP. Please RT or pass on the message.’

Crowds gathered at the estate on Evan Cook Close in Peckham from early this afternoon

Crowds gathered at the estate on Evan Cook Close in Peckham from early this afternoon

The raid appears to have started shortly after midday, with crowds assembling over the next two hours.

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Tweets shared by local campaigners and councillors raised awareness about the event.

It’s not clear whether the protest has stopped the police from detaining any of the immigrants they are thought to be searching for.

MailOnline has contacted the Metropolitan Police for comment.

Labour councillors and local campaigners led the stoppage, urging others to join

Labour councillors and local campaigners led the stoppage, urging others to join

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Police officers appeared unfazed as the large assembled crowd chanted while the raid went on

Police officers appeared unfazed as the large assembled crowd chanted while the raid went on

The revolt came as the first Home Office flight to Rwanda was set to go ahead on Tuesday.

The plans survived a bid by left-wing lawyers to halt the policy as a violation of human rights legislation.

A High Court judge last night threw out a bid to halt the first charter flight to Rwanda.

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Mr Justice Swift said he had to balance the concerns of individual migrants with the wider public interest.

Prince Charles reportedly joined the opposition, claiming the Rwanda plan is ‘appalling’.

The scores of people chanted with raised arms as they attempted to halt the immigration raid

The scores of people chanted with raised arms as they attempted to halt the immigration raid

Left-of-centre campaigners have sought to halt the government's Rwanda migration plan

Left-of-centre campaigners have sought to halt the government’s Rwanda migration plan

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The Daily Mail learnt there has been friction between the heir to the throne and Boris Johnson, with each grumbling about the other being late for official appointments.

Allegations of tensions between the two men echo reports of the strained relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher when she was PM.

A union representing Border Force staff and two charities claimed in the High Court yesterday that Rwanda was an unsafe country and Miss Patel was exceeding her powers as Home Secretary.

But rejecting their application for a temporary injunction blocking next week’s first flight, Mr Justice Swift said: ‘It is important for the secretary of state to be able to implement immigration control measures, and preventing that would be prejudicial to the public interest.’

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Despite opposition from the left, the government's Rwanda plan will formally begin on Tuesday

Despite opposition from the left, the government’s Rwanda plan will formally begin on Tuesday

Responding to the ruling, Mr Johnson said: ‘Welcome news from the High Court today. We cannot allow people traffickers to put lives at risk and our world-leading partnership will help break the business model of these ruthless criminals.’

Home Secretary Priti Patel, who insists the plan is crucial in preventing further deaths in the Channel, added: ‘I will now continue to deliver on progressing our world-leading migration partnership.’

The coalition that brought yesterday’s legal challenge was granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. 

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That hearing is expected on Monday. 

A separate application for an injunction is due to be heard by the High Court on Monday.

Further individual legal challenges are also expected to prevent the Home Office from removing migrants, most of whom crossed the Channel since May 1.

More than 90 from a pool of 130 migrants have already submitted claims – principally under the ‘right to private and family life’ and modern slavery laws – with more expected between now and Tuesday.

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It emerged at yesterday’s hearing that 31 people are due on the first flight and the Home Office has agreed to withdraw five migrants from the passenger list.

‘A lot of people were waiting for the High Court ruling. We expect they will all put in individual claims now,’ a government source said. 

‘There’s still a very real risk no one can be put on Tuesday’s flight.’

Demonstrations also took place against a repatriation flight to Jamaica, which ultimately took off with seven criminals onboard.

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More than 100 were initially expected to take the flight, with just seven child rapists, drug dealers and other violent criminals ultimately taken.

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