The following excerpt is from The Guardian!
Official tweets showing raids of suspects are described by critics as ‘dystopian’ and likened to ‘UK Hunger Games’
The Home Office has found itself at the centre of a Twitter storm amid mounting criticism of its tactics to crack down on illegal immigration.
Users of the service poured scorn on the government department’s official Twitter account as it posted details of raids made against people suspected of working illegally in the UK.
The account posted several updates on arrests, including pixelated photos of suspects, made at locations including London, Durham, Manchester, Wales and Somerset.
The Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker tweeted: “Hey @ukhomeoffice why not make your tweet-a-long-a-stormtroop gallery of brown folk thrown in vans even more dystopian by using cattleprods?”
Comedian David Schneider tweeted: “I’m enjoying @ukhomeoffice’s tweeting of the preliminary rounds of the UK Hunger Games.”
The tweets were tagged with the hashtag #immigrationoffenders. While most posts mentioned those targeted were suspects, one did not.
A post stating that 139 people had been arrested on Thursday links to a government web page headlined “Immigration offenders arrested in Home Office operations”, which twice describes those arrested as offenders before mentioning they are at this stage merely suspects.
The immigration minister, Mark Harper, said: in a statement: “Today’s operations highlight the routine work we are carrying out every day to stamp out illegal working. We are sending a clear message to employers who choose to use illegal labour – we will find you and you will pay a heavy penalty.”