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Protest: Syrian refugees welcome here!

June 16, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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SYRIAN REFUGEES WELCOME HERE!

National day of protest in support of Syrian Refugees

Main Protest at the Home Office, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF, 6.30pm 16th June

Solidarity demonstrations are welcome at any Home Office detention or reporting centre across the UK on the same day. If you are planning a protest please post details on the event page.

CALLED BY:

*** Movement Against Xenophobia ***
– A recently formed broad based campaign against racism and xenophobia in the immigration debate in the UK.

*** Syria Solidarity Movement ***
– A campaign that forms part of global efforts to build an international solidarity movement with democratic and progressive activists continuing their fight against the Assad regime in the face of mounting violence.

*** No One Is Illegal ***
– A long-standing refugee rights organisation that campaigns for a world without borders.

WHY YOU SHOULD COME
Under mounting pressure the government has reluctantly agreed to take “several hundred” of the “most destitute” Syrian refugees. But this is nothing when compared to either the scale of the refugee crisis or the commitments made by other nations.

SERIOUS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
There are already 2.5 million refugees that have fled Syria, including nearly a million in neighbouring Lebanon, and 6.5 million people internally displaced. This is clearly one of the most serious humanitarian crisis of our time.

BRITAIN’S SHAME
Our government has not joined the United Nations High Commission for Refugees re-settlement programme but has instead set up its own programme providing minimal assistance. Compare its commitment to Germany who has pledged to take 11,000 Syrian refugees as part of the UN effort. Even much smaller countries, like Sweden and Norway, have agreed to take 1,300 and 1,000 refugees respectively, and the United States has placed no limit on the number it is willing to take.

GLOBAL SOUTH
We also recognise that despite international efforts the burden of dealing with the refugee crisis has overwhelmingly been borne by the much poorer countries bordering Syria. We call on the government to dramatically increase its commitment to take Syrian refugees who are fleeing war and persecution.

REFUGEE RIGHTS
We recognise that their reluctance to countenance this step reflects a wider climate of persecution of migrants and refugees, who have been scapegoated for the affects of the capitalist crisis. This has fuelled the rise of the racist UKIP part. We are determined to stand together against racism and for international solidarity with migrants and refugees the world over.

Details

Date:
June 16, 2014
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/291077454392199/

Venue

Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 4DF United Kingdom