Immigration officers back down after mass protests in Peckham blocked the detention of a Nigerian man. 

A large group of people sat on the ground in front of a vehicle while witnesses recorded them chanting “let him go” at the responding officers. 

Immigration officers back down after mass protests in Peckham blocked the detention of a Nigerian man. 

Protesters arrived at the location and attempted to “block” enforcement agents, resulting in the release of a man detained for immigration offences. 

People gathered for hours in southeast London to prevent an arrestee’s car from leaving the area. 

A large group of people were seen sitting on the ground in front of a vehicle in Peckham, while another video showed members of the public chanting “let him go” at the police there. 

There had been complaints of “protesters obstructing immigration officers” near Evan Cook Close soon after 1.30pm on Saturday. 

A Nigerian national is said to be the subject of the immigration agents’ attention and is suspected of having overstayed his visa. 

One activist with the south London section of Stand Up To Racism, who gave her name only as Nicola, claimed police “gave up” attempting to arrest individuals at the site. 

She said: “Police tried to arrest a number of activists at the front, but they were held onto by others who were also sitting down, and the police gave up. ” 

“And finally, after a lot of protest, the police announced that they were going to release him (the arrested man) and it took, I don’t know, about half an hour for them to actually open the doors so we all stayed and called for this to happen quickly.”

Authorities subsequently reported the detained individual was freed on immigration bail. 

A spokeswoman for the Met said: “Officers attended and found a van was being prevented from leaving the location. “

“One man has been arrested by immigration enforcement officers for immigration offences.” 

Eleanor Janega claimed people were notified that an immigration raid was happening “so locals came down to block it”. 

“We had been sitting here blocking the van and having ice lollies. They brought more police in and tried to break through the crowd by pushing us. We all sat down.”

Reginald Popoola, a Labour councillor, reported that the crowd had gathered calmly around the vehicle, although he alleged that some demonstrators had been shoved. 

Mr Popoola stated, “He’s being released, peaceful protest is powerful.” in reference to the guy being released on bail. 

“Obstructing them will not deter them from undertaking duties.” 

A Home Office spokes person said: “Preventing immigration enforcement teams from doing their job is unacceptable.”

“Blocking or obstructing them will not deter them from undertaking the duties that the public rightly expect them to carry out.”

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