Friday, October 20The Voice of London

Don’t Let Them Freeze: Refugees Welcome Here Rally

Protesters gathered outside Downing Street as part of Stand up to Racism’s “Refugees Welcome Here” campaign, demanding the government do more to help.
Words: Daisy Greenaway, Subeditor: Corey Armishaw

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Ugandan national flag spotted at the front of the protest. Credits Daisy Greenaway.

Following the government’s decision to allow 20,000 refugees into the UK by 2020, demonstrators took to the streets last night, urging Cameron to take action. As winter closes in, the struggle for refugees only worsens as they now face freezing temperatures, making travelling by sea even more dangerous. The organisation Stand up to Racism believes the government can and should be doing more to help, instead of donating millions to build fences across Europe to keep them out.

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A number of attendees bought their own banners instead of using those provided. Credits Daisy Greenaway.

During the rally, they encouraged attendees to buy badges and send postcards to Cameron (pictured below) which plea with the Prime Minister to find compassion and help those in need. We are all human. They had asked demonstrators to bring candles but it appeared not many followed this suggestion, although this could have been due to the windy weather which made keeping candles alight a challenge.

The rally itself was part of a number events – last week Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a pro-refugee rally in Camden.

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Stand up to Racism merchandise was available at the event. Credits Daisy Greenaway.

Towards the end of the night, the movement was joined by the Democratic Unity of Community Association, who were raising awareness of the Turkish atrocities against the Kurds; Upon arrival they also chanted “Refugees Welcome”. The night was entirely peaceful and police merrily chatted with gatherers, a far cry from the riots officers witnessed last week.

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