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There's going to be a protest at Byron's Holborn branch on Monday

Isabelle Aron

Hundreds of people are planning to take part in a protest at Byron's Holborn restaurant next week, after Spanish language online newspaper El Iberico reported that the burger chain had helped the Home Office deport some of its London-based staff earlier this month. 

The protest has been organised by Hotel Workers Branch union and the United Voices of the World union, and is planned to take place at Byron's Holborn restaurant on August 1 at 6.30pm. Nearly 700 people have said they plan to attend the demonstration, while #boycottbyron has been trending on Twitter.

The Home Office has confirmed that 35 people from Egypt, Nepal, Albania and Brazil were arrested for immigration offences during a number of raids at restaurants across London.

A Byron spokesperson said the restaurant had 'cooperated fully and acted upon the Home Office’s requests'. They added: 'We can confirm that several of Byron's London restaurants were visited by representatives of the Home Office. These visits resulted in the removal of members of staff who are suspected by the Home Office of not having the right to work in the UK, and of possessing fraudulent personal and right to work documentation that is in breach of immigration and employment regulation'.

Writing on the Facebook event, the organisers said: 'We stand in solidarity with the deported Byron workers and all migrant workers – papers or no papers. No human being is illegal. No one is disposable.'

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