Hundreds of Glaswegians rallied in the Scottish city on Thursday to win the temporary release of two men who had been detained by British immigration officers, earning widespread praise from activists, experts, the refugee community and some sections of the media.

Video footage from the scene in Kenmure Street showed two men emerging from the back of a van belonging to the United Kingdom’s Home Office, which sets the country’s immigration rules, hours after the pair had reportedly been detained from an apartment in the local area.

The Home Office said the men had been detained over “suspected immigration offences”.

But about 200 protesters prevented immigration officials from carrying the men away by surrounding the vehicle and blocking its exit path.

One demonstrator climbed under the

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