By Will Stone in Britain:
Protesters welcome Syrian refugees as Con-Dem resettlement programme helps only 24
Tuesday 17th June 2014
Mass demonstrations took place last night from Glasgow to the Home Office in Westminster under the banner “Syrian refugees welcome here” after the government revealed that only 24 had arrived in Britain under its trumpeted resettlement programme.
Millions of Syrians are seeking asylum after fleeing the conflict in their country but the government admitted last month that its “vulnerable persons relocation scheme” had only pulled in two dozen people.
Campaigners said the figure “confirms their worst fears about the government programme” and held protests in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Oxford and London from 6.30pm yesterday.
Luke Cooper of the Syria Solidarity Movement said the government had “been extremely reluctant to reveal these figures and now we know why: they are embarrassingly low and contradict Britain’s supposed support for the relief effort.
“The Home Office response to this catastrophe is quite disgraceful, especially seen in the context of the generous programmes of the United States, Germany and others.”
To add insult to injury Syrian refugees have reported long delays in their asylum claims when entering Britain.
It comes as Britain marks Refugee Week — an annual celebration of arts and educational events held each June to mark the huge contributions made by refugees.
More than three million Syrians have fled the country and another 6.5 million are internally displaced, the top UN agency for refugees announced Friday. At nearly ten million, the total number forced from their homes amounts to nearly half the country’s total population: here.
On Thursday, the White House asked Congress to authorize $500 million for direct US military training and equipment for Sunni insurgents fighting the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad: here.
Syria conflict: UK planned to train and equip 100,000 rebels: here.
British plans developed in 2012 for the creation of a huge “rebel” army to march on Damascus and overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have been exposed: here.
Syrian ‘moderates’ aren’t so moderate in Iraq. Who are the ‘moderate’ rebels President Obama wants to train and arm? Here.