Byron latest: High Holborn branch targeted by protesters following immigration claims

Francesca Washtell
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Two of Byron's restaurants have been targeted in the last week (Source: Byron)

Protesters have gathered outside Byron Hamburgers' restaurant on High Holborn three days after demonstrators released cockroaches and other insects in the branch.

More than two thousand people had said on Facebook they would attend the protest at the High Holborn branch.

It has been arranged in response to widespread claims that Byron acted in conjunction with the Home Office to organise a sting operation on 4 July against 35 members of its staff who had breached immigration rules.

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The protest has been organised by the Unite Hotel and Restaurant Workers Branches, the United Voices of the World Union, London Latinxs, Black Dissidents, London IWW, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, South London Solfed, War On Want and Global Justice Now.

On Friday evening, protesters from London Black Revs and the Malcolm X Movement released thousands of crickets, locusts and cockroaches into Byron's Central St Giles and Holborn branches.

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In a tweet this evening, Byron reiterated its previous statement about the Home Office investigation:

Both Byron and the Home Office have said several of the group's restaurants were visited by Home Office staff.

Neither has confirmed reports that a training day was organised in which workers were brought to London and then arrested by Home Office staff, as has been claimed.