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Protesters in London show solidarity with Calais refugees and migrants

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2526

Protesters at the French embassy in London show solidarity with Calais refugees

Protesters at the French embassy in London show solidarity with Calais refugees (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Around 150 people protested outside the French embassy in London on Monday night.

It was called by Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) and Help 4 Refugee Children in response to French authorities clearing the Calais camp.  

Mustafa Mohammed, a college student, told Socialist Worker, “I’ve come to say shame on the French government for what they’re doing in Calais.”

But many were also furious at the Tories for blocking refugees at Britain’s border in Calais. Roisin, a student from Queen Mary University, told Socialist Worker, “The government has got the money to build a wall to keep refugees out so they’ve got money to let people in.

“There are enough resources for everyone—if the wealth was spread.”

The British government’s imperialist interventions across the world have helped cause the refugee crisis.  As Ed, a University College London student, said, “They are human beings, who have suffered partly because of our government’s interventions in the Middle East.”

Chants of “Tories out—refugees in” rang through the crowd.

Nahella Ashraf from SUTR told the crowd, “One in three people have done something to help refugees because people do care – unlike the government.

“We need to build the biggest anti-racist movement this country has ever seen, we need local groups in every town and city to push back this government.”

Paula, a Goldsmiths College student, told Socialist Worker, “I think they should open the borders. We’ve got to come together in this country, defend refugees and say that they’re welcome.


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