More than 80,000 expected to show solidarity with refugees this weekend

Public pressure on Cameron is intensifying


More than 80,000 people are expected to take part in a demonstration this weekend, to show their solidarity with refugees and call on David Cameron to accept the UK’s fair share of refugees.

Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International UK who will be addressing the marchers in central London, said:

“This is a critical moment ahead of the EU leaders meeting on Monday to make our voices heard loud and clear.

“Join us on the march to tell the government that the UK can and must do better. If we are to play our part in turning this crisis around, the home secretary must go to the EU meeting on Monday and sign up to a comprehensive, pan-European response that includes taking in the UK’s fair share of refugees already in Europe, saving lives at sea, tackling people smuggling and helping to resolve the conflicts and crises that are forcing people to flee.”

Other scheduled speakers include Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, and representatives of refugee organisations and other NGOs.

More than 1.4 million people have signed a petition calling on Cameron to take in more people fleeing conflict in countries like Libya and Afghanistan as well as Syria. Cameron’s current pledge, to accept 20,000 refugees over five years, has been described as inadequate by European leaders as well as Westminster MPs including Caroline Lucas and Yvette Cooper.

Originally Cameron had insisted that Britain was doing enough and that ‘taking more and more refugees’ was not the answer to the escalating crisis. But he made a major U-turn following the outpouring of public pressure sparked by the images of Aylan Kurdi.

This crisis must not just be about that little boy on the beach. We must all be vigilant against a media rhetoric which treats one refugee as a tragedy and 1,000 as a swarm, which sees Syrian children as victims and Syrian adults as chancers.

As well as Saturday’s demonstration, there are a number of grassroots initiatives offering support to refugees, including one to raise funds for a rescue boat, and collection points around the country where people can donate practical items for those stranded in camps at Calais.

Details of the march on Saturday 12 September are as follows:

12.00-13.00: Rally in Achilles Way, Park Lane, London, W1K 1AB

13.00: The march sets off, following the southbound carriageway of Park Lane, towards Parliament Square

14.00 – 14.45: Music in Parliament Square

15.00 – 16.00: Rally in Parliament Square. 

Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward

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9 Responses to “More than 80,000 expected to show solidarity with refugees this weekend”


    What measures are being taken to prevent islamists arriving in Britain. No point in fighting them overseas and then allowing them in the back door.

  2. Mo

    The usual rent-a-mob looking for a reason to go on a demo again.

  3. Rick

    Each illegal immigrant costs the taxpayer £36K a year !!!

  4. Horst Bakker

    Fighting them had nothing to do with their religion. And freedom of belief has been around for centuries in Europe, you know?


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  6. SonOfTheIsles

    Public pressure is intensifying to… 80,000.

    For lefties who are going to have to get used to small numbers, especially being led by Comrade Corbyn in elections, then I suppose 80,000 must feel like a huge number.

    What of the other 65,000,000???

  7. Giles Farthing

    each and everyone of those dicks marching should have to house refugees, but in reality they are all just lefty do gooders who don’t realise that ramming two cultures together won’t work, but go ahead and lets see you house some Muslim migrants, and see how long that lasts

  8. jj

    We never really see any marches protecting against a certain type of fascism, islamofascism, odd that…
    I agree we should do all that we can do. But, there are limits.

  9. Giles Farthing

    Diane Abbott welcomes more. What is your opinion of diane rick

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