Refugee news, from Syria to Britain

This video says about itself:

Aylan Kurdi buried alongside brother and mother in Syria

4 September 2015

The funeral of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, his brother Galip Kurdi and their mother takes place in their hometown of Kobane in Syria.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Drowned three-year-old buried with family in Kobane

Saturday 5th September 2015

THREE-YEAR-OLD Aylan Kurdi, whose body found washed up on a Turkish beach became the most tragic image yet to emerge from the refugee crisis, was buried in Kobane yesterday alongside his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother.

The three were among 12 people who drowned when the rubber dinghy they were attempting to use to cross from Turkey to Greece capsized.

They had fled Syria to escape from the genocidal Islamic State terror group, which has come to dominate the Western-backed revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, but were returned to their home yesterday for burial.

Relatives said their father Abdullah, who survived the tragedy, would remain in Kobane. “He only wanted to go to Europe for the sake of his children,” his uncle Suleiman said.

“Now that they’re dead, he wants to stay in Kobane next to them.”

DAVID CAMERON’S massive climbdown that Britain would accept “thousands” more refugees received a cautious welcome in some quarters yesterday while others claimed it did not go far enough. Mr Cameron was forced into a U-turn over the refugee crisis under growing public pressure and claimed that Britain would take “thousands more” refugees from camps on the borders of war-torn Syria: here.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 5 September 2015

‘People’s Convoy’ to rescue refugees! – 69,000 to march in London

REFUGEES stood their ground yesterday in Hungary, defied the police and refused to go to a ‘refugee camp’.

They said that they had purchased rail tickets for Germany and that was where they intended to go.

They added that on Saturday morning they would be marching to the border. Their train had left Budapest station on Thursday. Anger erupted when the train stopped at the town of Bicske and riot police surrounded it demanding that the migrants get off and be ‘registered’ in a camp.

As dawn broke on Friday morning, cries of ‘No camp, freedom!’ rang out as the riot police looked on.

On the side of the train, someone had written with shaving foam – ‘No camp. No Hungary. Freedom train’. All transport from Hungary to Germany has now been cancelled, while the Hungarian parliament is discussing further measures against the migrants.

Meanwhile, migrants left at Budapest station, their train tickets for Germany and Austria in their hands, are demanding to know why the Hungarian authorities are blocking their safe passage. Hundreds of desperate migrants left the station yesterday afternoon to march 150 miles to the border.

Meanwhile, under pressure, the Hungarian government has allowed refugees to travel to the Austrian border by bus today. They said, however, that after today the same old harsh anti-refugee policy would start again.

Hungary may deploy army on borders after Sept. 15 to keep out migrants: here.

On the road with the refugees: ‘Finally I’m getting out of Hungary’. After days of being blocked from boarding trains, people fleeing war and persecution endure a long wet night en route to Austria: here.

Guardian correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison is currently [5 September 2015, 10:57] at Budapest’s Keleti station. She’s been tweeting news and images from the scene. Another March to Austria has started, she says, with newly arrived refugees and those who missed the first march and buses: here.

European governments treat refugees as a hostile invasion force: here.

Meanwhile more than 1,900 Germans and Austrians have formed a ‘People’s Convoy’ to get the migrants to Germany via Vienna. Facebook on Friday morning announced the ‘rail replacement operation for refugees’. The first convoy will depart from the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna on Sunday morning and drive the 150 miles, across the border with Hungary, to pick up the refugees and take them back.

Back in Bicske, Ahmed Mahmoud, 60, who said he was a former Iraqi military officer who had lost both legs and was trying to join his daughter in Belgium, said: ‘We don’t know what’s going on. The police told us, get fingerprinted or face jail time. So we gave our fingerprints and they told us we can go. I just want to see my child in Belgium.’

• 69,000 people have already signed up to attend a demonstration through central London to welcome asylum seekers and refugees, and oppose the policy of the Tory government. Tory PM Cameron has now been forced to say that he will now accept a handful of migrants into Britain, but only from already established UN refugee camps bordering Syria.

He will not accept any migrants from among people who have already made the dangerous journey across the sea and made it to Europe. So far, the UK has legally welcomed a mere 216 Syrians in the last four years. Cameron would not commit to a figure that he would accept from the established UN camps. He said that the world will have to wait until next week for that announcement.

The demonstration through central London to welcome refugees and asylum seekers has been called by Ros Ereira. She said: ‘I’ve never organised anything like this before, and assumed that when I posted the event on Facebook that it might result in half a dozen friends joining me to wave placards in the rain. But the response has been simply staggering, with 69,000 people already signed up to say they will attend.

‘I hope that the demonstration can show our government that there are many people in the UK who would like to welcome more refugees into the country. We can’t watch as more people die in their attempt to reach Europe.’

The demonstration will start from Marble Arch in London on Saturday 12 September at midday.

Britain: PEOPLE “outraged” by the government’s reaction to the humanitarian crisis in Calais are today driving a convoy of cars filled with donated daily essentials to France. Campaigners and supporters of Stand Up to Racism are making the journey in vehicles so jam-packed with bags of donations, there is barely any space for non-driving volunteers: here.

7 thoughts on “Refugee news, from Syria to Britain

  1. Saturday 5th September 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    Refugees fear the nationalist government of Orban that is known for discrimination

    REFUGEES trapped in Hungary broke through police lines yesterday and began running down the train tracks towards Austria — as others packed up their belongings and began marching out of Budapest in the same direction.

    EU rules state that asylum-seekers have to request asylum in the first member state in which they register, but there is widespread reluctance among those who have fled the Western-fuelled carnage in Syria to register in Hungary, where the nationalist government of Viktor Orban — known for its discrimination against Roma citizens and anti-immigrant rhetoric — is thought likely to dismiss applications arbitrarily.

    The Orban regime has already built a razor-wire fence in a bid to shut refugees out and is also interning large numbers of them in camps.

    Escaped inmates have alleged that those trapped in the camps sometimes go without food for days on end. Others report violent treatment at the hands of camp guards.

    In Bicske, a town where one of the camps is located, hundreds of refugees occupied a train, many holding tickets to Berlin or Vienna.

    The side of the locomotive was emblazoned with a message in white painted letters: “No camp, no Hungary — Freedom Train.”

    Adnan Shanan, a 35-year-old from Latakia in Syria, said many on the train were unwell: “We have pregnant women, no food, no water.”

    The numbers fleeing the war-torn Middle East continued to rise with the UN refugee agency reporting yesterday that 5,600 people had crossed from Greece to Macedonia in the last 24 hours — double the figure of just a week ago.

    But Mr Orban denied that the refugees were fleeing warzones and blamed Germany for provoking mass immigration by trying to help them.

    “If you are rich and attractive to others you also have to be strong because if not they will take away what you have worked for and you will be poor too,” he declared.

    • German police said yesterday they were investigating a fire at an asylum-seekers’ refuge in Hesse.

    Five people were injured in the blaze but whether it was arson — far-right groups have attacked several such refuges in the country — is still unclear.


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