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Take action this Saturday - protest to welcome refugees

Issue No. 2470

“Refugees welcome here” protests will be held across Britain this Saturday. In London demonstrators will assemble at 12 noon at Marble Arch and march to Downing Street. 

This is part of a day of action called by Stand Up To Racism, Barac, the Stop the War Coalition, Migrant Rights Network, War on Want, the People’s Assembly, Movement Against Xenophobia, Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism and Black Out London.

Last Saturday saw over 2,000 people in Oxford demonstrate their support for refugees. “This is the most spectacular thing I have ever seen in Oxford’s history,” co-organiser Mark Lynas told crowds.

In Cambridge 300 protested on Saturday on a hastily arranged march in support of refugees. 

In Birmingham 300 joined a vigil to support refugees. Organiser Abdul said, “We want a safe path for people from Syria to find shelter in Europe so they do not have to turn to desperate methods to try and escape war and persecution.”


Solidarity spreads across the world

Solidarity protests were held in several countries last week.

Some 4,000 people marched on the Hungarian parliament in Budapest against plans for police to raid without a warrant anyone accused of hiding refugees.

Protests around France last Saturday saw an estimated 10,000 people turn out. 

Demonstrators waved the flags of the countries refugees are fleeing from the monument in the Place de la Republic in Paris.

Hundreds of Austrian rail workers pledged to work overtime for free to drive special refugee trains.

Rallies across Australia saw tens of thousands of people  protest against a brutal immigration policy held up as a model by every racist in Europe.

It involves turning back boats and holding refugees in camps.

And angry crowds marched through Canadian cities after news that Canada’s government had refused asylum to the family of Aylan Kurdi.

Protests this Saturday form a day of action across the world.


What you can do in your workplace

At many workplaces across Britain people have collected money or materials for refugees. 

Trade unionists in the south west of England plan a day of action where people can collect money, hold meetings and show their support for refugees.

Download a “Refugees are welcome here” poster and take a picture with you and your workmates.

Send it to info@standuptoracism.org.uk and share on social media with the hashtag #refugeeswelcome


Things They Say

‘Show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care.’

Katie Hopkins from column in April used to promote the  Sun newspaper until the ad was deleted last week

‘The father sent them on that boat so the father could get dental treatment’

Cory Bernardi, Australian senator, criticising Aylan Kurdi’s father for fleeing Turkey

‘Idea. Why no welcome refugees and expell an equivalent number of Eastern E£uropeans to make space?’

Ex Labour MP Austin Mitchell—with some errors

‘Assorted hand wringing lefty greeny types making political capital out of this’

Bristol’s only Ukip city councillor Michael Frost shows his humanity over the refugee crisis


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