"Óscar, a Bolivian man, went to the English capital on February 25th to see a concert; he did not get to see the show.
He was arrested when he was in the entrance queue - because his visa had expired - and transferred to a Home Office prison. On the 2nd of March he was deported back to his country.
The arrest of Óscar, together with that of roughly 90 other Latin Americans, occurred due to a premeditated act by the police who, given the circumstances, sought to arrest as many people as possible.
Two factors which anticipated a large Latino presence at the event were that the singer who performed was the Puerto Rican, William Omar Landrón Rivera, better known as Don Omar, who has a majority of Spanish speaking people as fans; as well as the location of the concert at the Coronet Theatre, in the Elephant and Castle district"
Seems a bit unfair to me. These people were just off out for the night and weren't out mugging or robbing people. Without going into the political wrongs or rights, their immigration status is hardly top priority crime is it? Seems like the real crime here is the fact that police officers would rather dedicate their attention to matters like this than catching muggers, robbers and the like.
Yea, and London would grind to a halt without illegal immigrants doing all the low paid (and often crap) jobs that no one else wants to do. But gets the arrest stats up and satisfies the right wing I guess ...
I agree, illegal immigrants are not very high on my list of priorities compared to the local lowlifes that regularly threaten my day to live and that of my family with their thuggery, theft and vandalism. I don't feel one bit safer. 90 illegals? I'd rather they nicked 1 burglar.
the operation was officially a 'licencing' operation, all about 'community safety' according to the met pr. if, as part of a licensing/community safety operation you go and arrest 90 people who happen to not have been born in england, the message isn't that ambiguous?