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Ealing and Haringey - anti-racists get organised and on the streets in London

Issue No. 2525

Protesters in Ealing demanded the council back the Dubs Amendment

Protesters in Ealing demanded the council back the Dubs Amendment

Anti-racists lobbied Ealing council in west London yesterday, Tuesday, to support a Labour group motion demanding the implementation of the "Dubs Amendment". 

Labour Lord Alf Dubs' amendment to the Immigration Bill would allow refugee children from Calais to come to Britain.

The Ealing lobby was called by West London Unite Community and West London Stand Up To Racism.

The council passed the motion, which demanded that the Dubs Amendment is "implemented in full". It also urged "central government to provide funding" to support refugee children once in Britain.

Raj Gill is branch secretary of West London Unite Community said, "We stood in unity with Labour colleagues in supporting of their motion. In the end full Council meeting passed a substantial motion.

"Ealing residents will not turn a blind eye to refugees from war torn parts of the world as political refugees. There can not be walls or borders for human race.

"I am pleased some of them may be coming to Ealing in due course and will welcome then with open arms. Many thanks to trade union, community and Labour councillors and members who supported the lobby and all political parties agreeing to motion."

Balwinder Rana, convenor of West London Stand Up to Racism, said, "I want to thank the people who attended the lobby and want to thank the council for passing the motion.

"Given the large migrant population in the Ealing borough who contribute a large amount of the council taxes, now we expect the council to do more for the older refugees as well who have been stuck in the 'jungle' for years with their lives rotting away."

Protesters in Haringey standing up to Islamophobia

Protesters in Haringey standing up to Islamophobia (Pic: Kieran Sutton)

Haringey Stand Up To Racism held an emergency protest on Tuesday evening after reports emerged over the weekend of a racist attack in Tottenham.

On 28 September a young Muslim woman had her hijab ripped off while walking down the High Road.

It took 11 days for the police to issue a public appeal for witnesses. Fifty people joined the protest.

Bibi Khan, secretary of Wightman Road mosque, thanked everyone for attending and said, "There is fear among our Muslim sisters. We need to stand together against racism and Islamophobia."

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