Solidarity with Refugees March

This weekend, tens of thousands people marched through the streets of London in solidarity with refugees, and I was among them. It was overwhelming to see just how many people support refugees and are happy to welcome them into the UK. 
Refugee rally at Parliament Square London

The march started at Park Lane with a rally in which hugely inspiring, passionate speakers addressed the crowds. Particularly impelling for me was the speech from Kevin Courtney from the National Union of Teachers, who spoke about how our diverse classrooms are an early peek into what the future of our country will be, and how these mixes of religions and cultures can only enhance our society. 
Banner at refugee march London
Crowds at Park Lane refugee rally in London
Arabic sign at refugee rally in London
100 refugees led the march 2 miles from Park Lane, down Picadilly, into Pall Mall, through Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall past Downing Street and into Parliament Square outside the Houses of Parliament, where there was a second rally.

Tens of thousands marching in solidarity with refugees
Watching refugee march in London
When we reached Parliament Square, the sound from the stage was pretty poor, so we ended up standing behind it, where we could hear better. As we stood there, the newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came scuttling past flanked by police to make his speech. At this point, we decided to move around to the front but unfortunately we couldn't hear a thing, so had to wait until we got home before we could actually listen to his speech. Needless to say, he received an incredibly warm welcome, and I think we were all entirely convinced of his dedication to improving our provision for refugees. 
Jeremy Corbyn banner at London Refugee march
It was a hugely uplifting movement and I really hope it shows David Cameron how much support we have for refugees in the UK. We haven't done enough and this needs to change. Hopefully now the government will wake up.


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3 comments:

  1. Awh this is such a wonderful idea! It's so nice to see that people will stand up and march for these poor refugees, especially after everything they've been through. Go you for being one of them! x
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  2. This is great. I really think that countries should be working together more to help with this situation. I live in Germany, which has been very open to refugees lately, but unfortunately resources are running out because so many people have been coming in at once. It would help a lot if other countries were more welcoming.

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  3. I'm glad you've posted this. It's great to see the photos, and hear what happened. There was a National Front march near where I live at the weekend, so I'm happy to hear about your experience so I can forget that I live near a load of racists...Oh that last photo though haha!

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