The Burger Chain That Is Having COCKROACHES Let Loose
Cockroaches, locusts and crickets have been released into two Byron burger restaurants in protest against the burger chains role in an immigration swoop, that saw dozens of its workers rounded up.
Activists have said they released thousand of insects into the UK burger chain’s Central St Giles and Holborn branches in London on Friday evening.
They have accused Byron of carrying out ‘underhand entrapment’ of its workers after 35 people were removed by immigration officers in July.
London Black Revs & Malcolm X Movement said in a joint statement on Saturday that they had taken ‘affirmative action’ in response to the chains ‘despicable actions in the past weeks having entrapped waiters, back of house staff and chefs in collaboration with UK Border Agency.’
The statement added "Many thousands of live cockroaches, locusts and crickets into these restaurants.
"We apologise to customers and staff for any irritation, however, we had to act as forced deportations such as this and others are unacceptable, we must defend these people and their families from such dehumanised treatment," it continued.
The UK Home Office said that 35 people had been arrested for immigration offences at some restaurants across London following an operation it carried out with the full co-operation of Byron.
The burger business had made the right ‘right to work’ checks on staff members but had been shown false or counterfeit documentation and will therefore not be fined.
A Byron spokeswoman said, "The safety of our customers and restaurant teams is paramount, and our priority is now to work with local police to minimise the risk of further incident.”
Twitter has taken off with a campaign called #BoycottByron over the incident and people are being encouraged to take their custom elsewhere.