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‘We need an open border policy,’ Stand Up to Racism protesters demand

Issue No. 2480

Student Mary (left)

Student Mary (left) (Pic: Socialist Worker )

Up to 500 people rallied outside Downing Street in central London on Thursday night of last week.

Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) organised the protest to launch its winter appeal. Its joint secretaries Weyman Bennett and Sabby Dhalu spoke about worsening conditions for refugees.

A number of students told Socialist Worker they were on their first protest. Mary said, “I don’t agree with what David Cameron is doing—we need an open border policy.”

College student Nasima added, “The more people show their anger the more the government will have to take refugees in.”

A large contingent from Kurdish and Turkish organisation Day-Mer, protesting against Turkish bombing of Kurdish areas, joined the rally.

Abdullah said, “Imperialist powers are starting wars that force us to leave.”

Hundreds marched through Colchester in Essex last Saturday to welcome refugees arriving in the town.

And fascists failed to disrupt a 200-strong protest in Portsmouth. It was against the council’s disgraceful decision to take itself off the list of towns receiving refugees. Campaigner Simon Magorian told Socialist Worker, “We are not going away and we will continue our campaign.”

SUTR is encouraging activists to raise money for it to take to Calais on Saturday 12 December. For details go to

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