Dover comes out to show that refugees are welcome
This afternoon residents of Dover and beyond came together to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable people who have come to the UK to ask for our help. People who, as Home Office officials themselves admitted, are genuine refugees.
Sadly our fears that far-right protesters might bring disruption to the area were real. We are told that there were about 60 of them and that at least one member of their group has been arrested.
But their narrative of hatred and fear had no place in Dover. So many more people turned up to show their unwavering support for those who, out of desperation, are forced to make dangerous journeys across the Channel. Members of the Kent Anti-Racism Network, Freedom from Torture, Stand Up To Racism, Kent Refugee Action Network and others were there to make our voices heard loud and clear: no human being is illegal.
They are not illegal immigrants. They are not economic migrants. They are genuine refugees – and they are welcome here.
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