Orkney Group Urges Islanders To Join Action Supporting Refugees

The campaigning group Orkney Oot Wae Racism is supporting a UK-wide call for protests to say that refugees are welcome here.

Just like with the Wednesday evening protests for Black Lives Matter, the group are asking people to protest on their own doorstep with placards, to post photographs on social media and send the photos to ootwaeracism@gmail.com to be shared on their social media.

The protest will be this Saturday, 19th September, at 12 noon.

Speaking on behalf of Orkney Oot Wae Racism, Tomas Hermoso said:

“Last week, Pinar Aksu from Stand Up to Racism Glasgow activist spoke on Zoom to our group, who told us how asylum seekers in the city have been forced to stay in hostels in appalling conditions.”

Tomas continued:

“The horror of news breaking in recent weeks, of more lives lost needlessly as people seek in desperation to survive by crossing the sea, was devastating, and enraging. It comes as a result of racist border policies.

“The fire at the Moria refugee camps on Lesvos and its humanitarian aftermath are a further sign of the terrible situation refugees fleeing poverty and war face.

“Five years on from the heart-breaking death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, 16-year-old Abdulfatah Hamdallah, a Sudanese refugee, drowned trying to cross the Channel with another boy in an inflatable dinghy, using shovels for oars. He died because the UK government’s’ border controls are constructed to keep desperate people out, preferring them to drown trying to reach safety than welcome them.

“We say Refugees Welcome Here – Stop the Scapegoating!”

Kindertransport monument at Liverpool Street Station. A project established by the Association of Jewish Refugees, it pays tribute to those Britons who aided the rescue of 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazi persecution which led onto the holocaust. (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Wjh31)


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