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Anti-racists build Calais convoy

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2505

Refugees and their supporters march through Calais

Refugees and their supporters march through Calais


Anti-racists are preparing for a convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June. They will bring much-needed aid—and stand in solidarity with refugees.

Thousands live in desperate conditions in Calais. Half of their “jungle” shantytown was demolished earlier this year, but many have returned.

The convoy’s supporters include Stand Up to Racism (SUTR), the People’s Assembly and a number of trade unions.

Activists in York plan a convoy of six cars—including Labour MP Rachael Maskell.

Manchester will see a big turnout from NHS workers, LGBT+ people and students.

University of Manchester student Bethan Turner said, “We raised £100 doing a collection last week and the student union has agreed to sort us out with a minibus.”

The convoy also aims to take on racism against refugees and migrants.

The Tories recently pushed through a brutal new Immigration Act.

Refugees

The European Union (EU) is rounding up refugees into camps on the Greek islands.

Both the official Remain and Leave campaigns in the EU referendum use racism.

SUTR organised a Kick Racism Out of the Referendum rally this week. Speakers were set to include Labour Lord Alf Dubs and Green leader Natalie Bennett.

Bethan said, “The reaction to our campaigning has been generally positive.

“It’s not just the idea of bringing aid. People respond well when you say Britain should let the refugees in.”

An international survey last week found that some 70 percent of people in Britain think the government isn’t doing enough to help refugees.

Over three quarters would accept refugees into their neighbourhoods.

For convoy details and to register go to standuptoracism.org.uk

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