CAMPAIGNERS have stepped up their demands for a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the deaths of three asylum seekers who plunged 150ft from a Glasgow towerblock.
MSP Anne McLaughlin says residents in the Red Road district of Springburn are "extremely distressed" about Sunday morning's tragedy when a Russian man, his wife and step-son were found at the bottom of their 31-storey building.
The family, named by local welfare organisations as Serguei Serykh, his wife Tatiana and his stepson, plunged to their death from the 15th floor of their Petershill Drive towerblock.
Now Ms McLaughlin has written to the Lord Advocate requesting an official hearing into the case.
It is understood the family had been living in the Red Road flats for a short time after arriving from Canada but had been advised by the UK Border Agency that arrangements were being made to return them to the country where they had previously been granted protection.
The deaths are said to have traumatised the community, which houses many people seeking asylum.
Speaking at a press conference set up in the area on Friday, Ms McLaughlin said: "We don't know exactly what led to their deaths but we know people living in the area are extremely distressed.
"For the sakes of the three people who lost their lives, we absolutely have to have some sort of inquiry to find out if there were systematic failures that led to their deaths.
"There are other people in similar situations and we need to do it for their sakes as well."
Local groups Positive Action in Housing and Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees said the tragedy had highlighted the plight of those seeking asylum and are demanding changes to the system.
During First Minister's Questions at Holyrood yesterday, Alex Salmond suggested a Fatal Accident Inquiry could take place.
A Red Road resident broke down at today's conference at Petershill leisure centre, admitting that she too had contemplated suicide.
The mother, who did not want to be identified, said she thought about taking her life before Christmas rather than face being sent back to her country.
She said: "I'm so upset about this because I wanted to kill myself as well.
"I was thinking, 'who is going to take care of my child'?
"They didn't want to die - the situation makes them want to kill themselves."
Robina Qureshi, of Positive Action in Housing, described the Red Road flats as a "ghetto of people who have been pushed to the brink by the Home Office".
She said documents showed that Government officials were aware of the risk of suicide in the family's case.
Speaking about the asylum situation in the city generally, Ms Qureshi added: "When one takes away every safety net available to a human being... what you get is people who are prepared to put themselves over the edge.
"We need to know what drove them over the edge, we need a Fatal Accident Inquiry."
Margaret Woods, of the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, said: "People have hanged themselves, people have set themselves on fire in this city.
"We want answers and I would like to see those answers under oath.
"The community is traumatised by this, of course it is. We are all very angry and we are going to demand changes."
A statement issued by the UK Border Agency after the tragedy said no officers were in the vicinity of the flats when the family died and no "imminent" action to remove them from the UK had been planned.
"We will continue to work with Strathclyde Police while this incident is under investigation," a spokesman said.