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Convoy and vigils show solidarity for refugees and migrants

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2501

The London vigil for refugees last week

The London vigil for refugees last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Vigils for those who drowned in the Mediterranean brought out around 100 people in London, 30 in York and up to 70 in Nottingham last week.

And 100 people attended a Trade Unionists for Calais summit last Sunday. They reported on trips to support refugees in Calais through fundraising and volunteering.

Clare Moseley first went to Calais with a Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) convoy last year. She warned that although the French government is arguing that it’s “all over in Calais”, “there are still 5,000 people there and they still need our help.”

Practical support is important, but the only real solution is putting pressure on the government to let refugees in. Part of this is building a high-profile convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June.

Brian Richardson from SUTR said this can be “a powerful message of solidarity” to refugees fighting border controls.

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