THE BBC has come under fire for only having 30 seconds of coverage of more than a thousand protesters forcing the Home Office to release two men they had detained in a dawn raid.

The broadcaster's six o'clock news programme only showed a small clip of the protests in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow.

Activists rushed to the scene yesterday morning at around 9.40am when they got word that two Indian nationals had been detained.

One protestor managed to squeeze himself under the van, stopping the immigration enforcement officers from being able to leave the street. Police Scotland were called to the scene at 9.55am.

As the day went on, hundreds of people from the local community started to turn up and surround the van. By lunchtime police had created a human shield around the vehicle and dozens of police riot vans blockaded each end of the street.

The protestors refused to back down, chanting “These are our neighbours, let them go” and “refugees are welcome here”.

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When police tried to move them on, they sat down in solidarity and refused to leave until the two men were released.

But the BBC only showed 30 seconds of coverage of the day from before the men were released as protestors cheered.

The presenter said the protesters crowded round the van "attempting to prevent it from leaving a street in Glasgow", adding: "Some of the protesters were heart shouting 'let our neighbours go.'

"Police Scotland said a number of its officers had been called to the southside in the city to support the UK Border Agency.

"First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the situation as 'deeply concerning.' Tonight the two men have been released."

Dave King said the broadcaster is "sanitising the news".

Elaine Harrison said the BBC was "skillfully and deliberately not showing the hundreds of protesters who managed to stop the deportation".

Phil Gould said the report should be investigated by Ofcom, adding: "This is surely a breach of the BBC’s charter. And we see this time and time again!"

Others questioned why there wasn't more in-depth coverage from the broadcaster.