Pro-refugee demonstration, London, England


This video from England says about itself:

National demo: Refugees are welcome march, London 19.03.2016

National demo: Refugees Welcome Here – Stand up to racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and fascism.

By Ben Chacko in Britain:

People show love while nations bicker

Saturday 19th March 2016

THE THOUSANDS showing their solidarity today at the Refugees Welcome Here demonstration organised by Stand Up to Racism in central London are delivering a very important message.

As you read this desperate men, women and children are being turned back at borders, suspended in legal limbo in makeshift camps and intercepted by boat to be removed from European waters.

Europe’s politicians have spent the week engaged in an unseemly row over what to do about the thousands of refugees now trapped in Greece, unable to move on as the borders slam shut across eastern Europe.

The unsavoury deal being cooked up with Turkey for mass deportation back to that country is not even legal, according to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. It is certainly not moral.

We would have a non-negotiable duty to extend protection to those fleeing genocide and war even if the wars in question were nothing to do with us.

But that is not the case. The war-torn maelstroms of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya are messes of our governments’ making.

The frenetic aggression of the Nato powers has dismembered countries and steeped the whole Middle East in blood. The growing instability and soaring inequality that disfigure our world is not an accident, but a consequence of a rapacious global economic system maintained and policed by a handful of imperialist powers led by the United States and the European Union.

The repeated catastrophes inflicted on the Middle East are now coming back to haunt us in the form of the refugee crisis.

We look at what’s gone wrong and at some of the ways ordinary people have repeatedly defied governments to show the humanity and solidarity that our politicians lack.

I hope it sheds some light on the causes of this crisis, but above all that it inspires us to do something about it.

A summit between the 28 European Union (EU) heads of government and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu produced an agreement yesterday in Brussels aimed at hermetically sealing off Europe’s borders to the millions of refugees fleeing war zones in the Middle East and North Africa: here.

The Hungarian government declared a state of crisis on March 9 and completely closed its borders to refugees on the so-called Balkan route: here.

Refugees Beaten With Metal Bars by Macedonian Police: here.

14 thoughts on “Pro-refugee demonstration, London, England

  1. Saturday, 19 March 2016

    Gunboat diplomacy! – Cameron targets refugees

    TORY PM Cameron has been accused of ‘gun boat diplomacy,’ after the announcement that Royal Navy vessels will be deployed this summer to turn refugees back to Libya and then destroy their boats.

    UK officials confirmed that people-smuggling boats will be turned back to the Libyan shore for ‘destruction’. They said Britain would also like to see ‘closer NATO co-operation with Turkish coastguards’ in the Aegean Sea so that more intercepted boats can be sent back to Turkey without ever arriving in the Greek islands.

    Cameron said that the EU should be ‘opening discussions with the newly-established Libyan government of national accord’ on the extension of its current Operation Sophia Mission to within several miles of the Libyan shore.

    Cameron was speaking as EU leaders were desperately trying to secure a trade with Turkey over the refugee crisis. EU leaders agreed on a joint position late on Thursday night that every single refugee that has successfully made the journey from Turkey to Greece will be sent back to where they came from.

    The talks were being held between EU leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels. On Friday Davutoglu said he will not accept Turkey becoming an ‘open prison’ for refugees. The EU proposal would see Turkey offered financial aid.
    However, Turkey is demanding billions of euros more.

    Turkey is also demanding visa-free travel for all Turkish nationals throughout the EU and that talks about Turkey becoming a member of the EU are sped up. Ahead of Friday’s talks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the legal resettlement of Syrian refugees could start a few days after the first returns from Greece.

    However, she added that the EU needed to be ready to start returning refugees from Greece to Turkey rapidly to avoid a ‘pull factor’ creating a surge of refugees before the new system takes effect.

    In an uncompromising response Turkish leader Davutoglu said: ‘At a time when Turkey is hosting three million (refugees), those who are unable to find space for a handful of refugees, who in the middle of Europe keep these innocents in shameful conditions, must first to look at themselves.’

    The proposed deal with Turkey was denounced by the Refugee Council as ‘immoral, unworkable and probably illegal’. Human rights group Amnesty International placed a large screen outside the Brussels summit that read: ‘Don’t trade refugees. Stop the deal.’

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/11925

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  2. Saturday, 19 March 2016

    Cameron prepared to use Navy against refugee boats!

    DAVID Cameron dramatically escalated the British government’s war against refugees fleeing imperialist war in the Middle East and North Africa when he announced on Thursday that the Royal Navy will be deployed off the coast of Libya this summer to prevent a flood of refugees crossing over to Europe!

    Speaking from Brussels, where the EU leaders are engaged in ‘talks’ with the reactionary Turkish regime of Recep Erdogan on the refugee crisis, Cameron told the other leaders that he would send the Navy into Libyan waters with orders to return the refugee boats to Libya, disembark the refugees and then destroy the boats.

    Whether the Royal Navy will be ordered to open fire or use other force if the boats make a run for it, or the refugees refuse to return has not yet been made public. According to government sources: ‘The PM would like to see the vessels being destroyed as close to where they set off from as possible to send out that very clear deterrent message.’

    Cameron is demanding the same approach to refugees in boats as that employed by the Australian government. Since 2013 Australia has deployed its navy to turn back boats containing refugees towards Indonesia. Those not turned back have been held in detention centres run by private companies on nearby islands.

    These detention centres have been condemned by an Australian Senate committee, which last year described them as ‘purgatory’, with the detention centre on the island of Nauru being accused of overseeing a regime of sexual abuse against women and young children.

    The reaction of the Australian government to the outrage these revelations provoked was to pass a law, The Border Force Act, making it a crime, punishable by two years imprisonment, for employees at detention camps to discuss conditions in these centres.

    This is the brutal road that Cameron and the rest of the EU leadership are going down. They intend to turn Turkey into one vast concentration camp for the victims of imperialism’s war to control the wealth and resources of the region, while forcing Libyans back into the hell hole that imperialism and its jihadist allies have created, in what was once a modern, sophisticated state.

    Forcing refugees from Syria back into Turkey is delivering them back into the arms of Erdogan’s murderous regime which, along with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, have been the main supporters of the very jihadist groups they are fleeing from. None of this worries Cameron and the EU leaders.

    At the Brussels summit they are engaging in a repulsive game of bargaining with Erdogan, who is demanding EU membership and billions of euros as the price for acting as camp commandant for the EU, with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, offering a 6 billion euros bribe.

    Even some EU leaders have been forced to warn that this Turkish ‘blackmail’ risked violating international law. International law counts for zero as far as the EU leaders and imperialist powers are concerned; all that concerns them is to keep a bankrupt capitalist system afloat through wars to rape and rob entire countries of their wealth, while simultaneously waging austerity war against the working class at home.

    Refugees are not the enemy of the working class, they are allies in the fight against the common enemy, capitalism in its most barbaric and final imperialist stage. News Line calls on the UK trade unions to spell it out to Cameron that, if the Royal Navy is used to attack refugee boats and to use force to return refugees to Libya, they will call mass demonstrations and then a general strike to bring down this government and bring in a workers government that will join hands with refugees and the workers of the world to put and end to UK and EU imperialism with socialist revolutions.

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/11923

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