Mobilising for refugees
CAMPAIGNERS ARE mobilising in local areas to build for the two demonstrations in London and Edinburgh in support of asylum seekers (see back page).
- AROUND 80 people attended a meeting in Brighton last week in support of refugees. It was attended by several local councillors-two from Labour, a Liberal Democrat councillor and one from the Green Party. Des Turner, the MP for Brighton Kemptown, also spoke at the meeting.
- CAMPAIGNERS in Hastings have virtually filled the coach they booked to the London demonstration. They shifted up a gear after the Nazis threatened to hold a march in the area three weeks ago. The coach has been sponsored by local trade unions, including the trades council, UNISON and PCS unions. The Evening Argus newspaper in Sussex was set to run a half page advert of the statement condemning attacks on refugees.
- TONY BENN MP spoke at a 60-strong meeting in Chesterfield last week in defence of refugees.
- AT A meeting in Hammersmith, west London, some 50 people heard a local Labour MP Iain Coleman say that he was not there to defend the government. He added that he recognised some people in the room from various campaigns since the miners' strike in 1984-5. He urged the "same collective spirit" to be shown in campaigning over refugees.
- SOME 50 people went to a meeting in Coventry where the platform speakers included Chilean refugee Sergio Requemara. Sergio was warmly applauded when he spoke about how global capitalism moved money around the world, yet when workers try to move countries they are stopped. Members of the Coventry branch of the British Pensioners and Trade Union Action Association have produced their own leaflet countering the media's myths about refugees.
- ANTI-RACISTS responded in Wakefield after two Kosovan students were victims of a racist attack on their home two weeks ago. Refugee supporters held a stall outside the students' college and got a good response.