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LGBT activists hold refugee solidarity protest outside Home Office

Issue No. 2481

Ugandan migrants join the protest outside the Home Office

Ugandan migrants join the protest outside the Home Office (Pic: Socialist Worker )

Around 70 LGBT activists and supporters joined a refugee solidarity protest outside the Home Office in central London last Saturday. It was organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM).

Morten Thysen from LGSM told Socialist Worker, “We know what it’s like to be scapegoated—so we’re here to support migrants and refugees.”

Our rulers and the media try to present their drive for war as a battle against a backward “Islamofascist” enemy.

But Morten said, “We’re always told that Muslims are all homophobic, but that’s not our experience.

“Migrants are not our enemy—the Home Office is.”

A lively contingent of Ugandan migrants joined the protest. Ahmed told Socialist Worker, “I’m here to show solidarity with my sisters and brothers trapped in Calais.”

Mabel added, “I can’t get freedom for my sexuality in Uganda. We want the government to let migrants and refugees in.”

The protest was supported by the Movement for Justice, Stand Up to Racism and Queer Strike, among others.

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