How 20,000 Marched to Stand Up to Racism

Written for London360 in March 2016:
According to the Stand Up To Racism website approximately 20,000 people marched through central London on the 20th March 2016. This was in support of refugees and those being persecuted by the British Government and the European Union (EU). The protest came a day after the EU agreed a deal with Turkey to return all refugees who arrive in the Greek islands.

Protesters near Oxford Circus, London (Photo taken by Yasmine Tanwidjaja-Pajares).

A small team of London360 reporters went to the protest which started outside the BBC HQ near Oxford Circus and there was a march which ended up in Trafalgar Square. There was also a small stage set up before the march with speakers from various organisations. The team managed to interview several protesters and they were very vocal about how the asylum seekers and refugees have been treated.

One protester said: “People are drowning the sea not to have a cushy life in London.” Another recently went overseas and told of his experience: “I visited some refugee camps in Lebanon and I was shocked.”

The team interviewed Diane Abbott who is the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.

Diane Abbott MP.

Finally, she did a speech at the rally in Trafalgar Square and one key thing she said was: “There are asylum seekers & refugees living in this city who are living in misery.”

The rally at Trafalgar Square.


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