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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 October 2005, 13:20 GMT 14:20 UK
Asylum seeker treatment protest
Protest in Glasgow
Protesters called for an end to dawn raids on asylum seekers
About 800 demonstrators have marched through the centre of Glasgow to a rally protesting against the treatment of asylum seekers.

The campaigners marched from George Square to St Enoch Square, where politicians and trade union officials made speeches.

The rally came two days after a Kosovan family, which had been living in Glasgow for five years, was deported.

The Vucaj family had been subject to a dawn raid by immigration officials.

They were taken to Yarlswood detention centre near Bedford on 13 September before their final deportation on Thursday.

'Tears of rage'

The action provoked fierce reaction from politicians, as well as human rights activists and charities.

Daughter Saida Vucaj, 13, called the charity Positive Action In Housing (PAIH) from the detention centre to say that she and her family had been woken up and told to get dressed as they were being deported.

Robina Qureshi, director of PAIH, said: "This city is the asylum capital of the UK, having more asylum seekers per head of population than any other city.

"In the last 48 hours we have had hundreds of phone calls and emails expressing outrage, anger, disgust and tears of rage at the fact that dawn raids go on in this city to the Vucaj family and other families like them.

"These are messages from ordinary Scottish people. And our message is clear - no more dawn raids in this city. Let the Scottish Executive act and give Scotland back a sense of dignity."

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