13 September 2015
Members of Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party joined the Refugees Welcome Here demonstration and rally on Saturday September 12th. There was a march from Hype Park ending with a rally in Parliament Square with speakers including newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. The demonstration was a huge success with well over 100,000 people attending and was organised by the organisations Solidarity With Refugees, Stop the War Coalition, Stand up to Racism, Barac, Migrant Rights Network, People's Assembly, War on Want, Movement Against Xenophobia, Love Music Hate Racism and Black Out London.
The refugee crisis is growing worse day by day as people flee war and conflicts and forced to take desperate measures like dangerous sea crossings and hiding in suffocating conditions in lorries. Ironically, at a time when we are seeing the terrible consequences of war, London is a hosting an Arms Fair in Docklands to encourage the sale of yet more arms.
People do not flee their homes unless they are desperate and in fear of their lives and it is important that rather than been demonised by the likes of UKIP and Daily Mail with their xenophobic bluster, they are treated with help and compassion. And it is very important that diplomatic efforts are made to solve the problems in war–torn countries without resorting to yet more violence so people are not forced from their homes in the first place.
“The UK Government’s response has been dismal so it was very encouraging to see so many people take to streets to show compassion for people been forced from homes and seeking help” said Mark Dawes of Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party. “At a time when UKIP and right-wing Conservatives and the media are so negative about immigration, it was great to see so many people welcoming refugees to our country in their time of need” he added.