Refugees Welcome Now. National Demo Sat 19 March.

On Saturday 19 March in London, Glasgow and Cardiff we have a chance to show solidarity with thousands of refugees in Calais, and the millions seeking to escape war, destitution and catastrophic climate change.

 

The last year has demonstrated that the much-vaunted humanitarian values espoused by many of the leaders of Europe are an empty show. People fleeing economic crisis and war-both intensified by the actions of Western governments-find themselves confronted by barriers and official rejection. But the defiance of refugees themselves, and a great surge of
solidarity with them in countries such as Britain, have contested the government's cruelty. Last year one third of the British population did something to support refugees.
 
Thousands of people have attended meetings to build the 19 March demonstrations, which are part of a European Day of action on UN anti-racism day. We will say that refugees are welcome here and that we oppose racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism.
We want to show solidarity with Muslim communities at a time when the myths about "Islam = terrorism" are encouraged from the top of society. It is because of Islamophobia that one third of young children believe Muslims are taking over England. Disgracefully our Prime Minister David Cameron has made racist and sexist slurs against Muslim women, calling them traditionally submissive. 
Muslim women have rightly mocked such sentiments in a twitterstorm of thousands and in the media - this demonstration is an opportunity to march against Islamophobia on 19 March.
This is a crucial time. At the ends of Europe, in Macedonia and Calais, thousands of refugees are facing attacks by the police and the army. Desperate women, children and men have been met by tear gas, fences and barbed wire. In Calais French police are evicting refugees from the "jungle", with their eventual fate unknown. There are fewer than 8,000 refugees in Calais and Dunkirk. Why cannot they come here now when Germany was able to take a million refugees in 2015?

At the very least refugees in Calais and Dunkirk should be allowed to seek asylum in Britain.  The actions of the French and British governments are a crime against humanity. People do not uproot their families, cross mountains and cast their lives on the seas in order to claim benefits. We need to take to the streets on 19 March in order to give a voice to the voiceless and demand that the government take in refugees and gives them shelter. Every generation faces a test whether to walk on by or to oppose injustice. 
Join us on 19 March. Refugees Welcome - Stand up to racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and fascism UN Anti-Racism Day Demonstration Sat 19 March Assembly 12 noon BBC Portland Place London W1A 1AA - followed by march to Trafalgar Square Rally for more info: www.standuptoracism.org.uk
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  • commented 2016-04-23 20:31:48 +0100
    Osborne is only there to protect the bankers.
    He does not give a dam about anyone else
  • commented 2016-03-18 16:58:50 +0000
    Just let me know where you are going to put them and how we are going to provide the safety and care they need.
  • commented 2016-03-12 17:53:53 +0000
    I’d love to protest against this corrupt government, transport to London or any other city is an issue
  • commented 2016-03-12 17:32:43 +0000
    Err, no thanks.

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