In the run up to Christmas there has been a marked increase in immigration raids in South Wales, with arrests in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport & Rhondda as well large raids in North Wales. 9 people were arrested following a raid by cops & Borders & Immigration officers on a restaurant on City Road, Cardiff, on 28th November (coinciding with a visit by Immigration Minister Liam Byrne). The Hawaiian restaurant was hosting the annual Albanian celebration of independence, one of the party commented:
“I thought I was in Stalin’s Russia, not a civilised country like Britain. This was not just a raid. They had guns & dogs. They stormed into the building.”
people who had the correct documents on them were forced to wait outside in the rain while the remaining diners’ identities were checked. 6 of the arrestees may be deported.
This article appeared in Gagged! #21.