Stand Up to Racism protesters descend on Downing Street waving placards saying ‘refugees welcome’ and ‘their blood is on your hands’ after 27 migrants drowned off coast of Calais when dinghy capsized 

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  • The demonstration was organized by an anti-racism group with speeches from the National Education Association.
  • Among those delivering the speech was Khalil Tah Bash, a man claiming to be seeking asylum in Britain.
  • Twenty-seven people died during the crossing on Wednesday, one of the deadliest days of the migrant crisis
  • The boat capsized after leaving Calais on Wednesday, including women and children
  • After the tragedy, politicians argued how to prevent the number of dangerous crossings of the Channel
  • More than 25,700 people have traveled this year – three times the total for 2020

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Stand-up-to-racism protesters have descended on Downing Street waving placards that read ‘Refugees welcome’ and ‘Their blood is on your hands’.

About 150 people have gathered to protest the death of more than two dozen people who drowned while trying to cross the English Channel this week.

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A dinghy on Wednesday drowned 27 migrants off the coast of Calais, making it one of the deadliest days of the migrant crisis.

Protests on Saturday, organized by anti-racism group Stand Up to Racism, heard speeches by the general secretary of Britain’s largest teachers’ union – the National Education Association – and several others, including religious groups and voluntary organisations, directly involved in helping migrants. Were.

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Among those delivering the speech was Khalil Tah Bash, a man claiming asylum in Britain, who told of his attempt to cross the Channel in a small boat.

Stand Against Racism Protesters have descended on Downing Street, waving placards that read ‘Refugees welcome’ and ‘Their blood is on your hands’.

About 150 people have gathered to protest the death of more than two dozen people who drowned while trying to cross the English Channel this week.

Organized by anti-racism group Stand Up to Racism, the demonstration on Saturday heard speeches by the general secretary of Britain’s largest teachers’ union – the National Education Association – and several others, including religious groups and voluntary organizations directly involved in helping migrants.

The 30-year-old from Syria told protesters that he left his country to avoid becoming involved in a political conflict and was rescued by authorities in the channel.

He said: ‘As we saw the boat approaching, everyone started smiling and shouting. Everyone was happy.

‘Unfortunately for the victims who lost their lives on Wednesday, this was not the case.

‘There was no one there to help and save them, they didn’t smile when they reached this side. They reach this end and they are corpses without soul, all their dreams of a safe and warm home, of being in safety, died and drowned in the channel with them.’

Twenty-seven people died during the crossing on Wednesday, making it one of the deadliest days of the migrant crisis

Twenty-seven people died during the crossing on Wednesday, making it one of the deadliest days of the migrant crisis

Women and children were also among those on board the boat that capsized after leaving Calais on Wednesday. Only two survived.

One of the victims was 24-year-old Mariam Noori Mohamed Amin – known in her family as Baran – a Kurdish woman from northern Iraq who was said to be on her way to the UK to join her fiancée.

After the tragedy, politicians argued over how to prevent the dangerous crossing of the Channel.

An invitation to Home Secretary Priti Patel to attend a meeting of ministers of key European allies in Calais on Sunday was withdrawn after France was angered by the release of a letter sent by Mr Johnson to Mr Macron, which called for proposals. Installing a battery was involved, including repeating a call. Joint UK-French patrols by border officials along French beaches to prevent boats from passing, which has been opposed by Paris.

In a statement reported in French media, the interior ministry said Sunday the meeting would go ahead with Interior Minister Gerald Dormanin and his counterparts from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, and representatives of the European Commission.

Lara Bishop, a volunteer from the asylum-seeking charity Care4Calais, was one of the speakers at Saturday’s demonstration.

Speaking later he said: ‘No one should die on our border. We are a first-world nation. We are the sixth largest economy in the world but we only take in 1% of refugees and we make it so difficult for people to cross, and it is not okay for people to die in the channel.

Among those delivering the speech was Khalil Tah Bash, a man claiming asylum in Britain, who told of his attempt to cross the Channel in a small boat.

Women and children were also among those on board the boat that capsized after leaving Calais on Wednesday. only two left

‘I think the British and French governments need to remember humanity. Right now they are using them as political pawns – throwing them among themselves – but they are humans.

‘These are people’s mothers, brothers, sisters, and I think they have lost all perspective on that, these are just numbers in the political game and I think they should remember that these are the humans we talk about. are doing.’

National Education Union (NEU) general secretary Kevin Courtney described how at a union meeting this week members – some of whom help Care4Calais – ‘inhibited’ the discussion about the deaths.

Mr Courtney added: ‘What future do we want for our children? Do we want a dystopian future with armed guards on the borders watching people drown with growing fear of anyone within one’s borders from the outside?

Fearing that we might become refugees ourselves? Do we want a future that lags behind gated communities?

Kevin Courtney, Secretary General of the National Education Union (NEU), described how members at a union meeting this week - some of whom help Care4Calais - 'inhibited' the discussion about deaths

Kevin Courtney, Secretary General of the National Education Union (NEU), described how members – some of whom help Care4Calais – at a union meeting this week ‘inhibited’ the discussion about the deaths

More than 25,700 people have made the dangerous trip to the UK in small boats this year – tripling the total for the whole of 2020

Data released by the Home Office on Thursday showed Britain had made more than 37,500 asylum claims as of September, the highest level in nearly 20 years.

‘That future is not the future. We are seeing 27 people drowning this week.

More than 25,700 people have made the dangerous trip to Britain in small boats this year – tripling the total for the whole of 2020.

Figures released by the Home Office on Thursday showed more than 37,500 asylum claims were made in Britain from September to September, the highest level in nearly 20 years.

The backlog in cases also rose to its highest point since comparable records began, with more than 67,500 asylum applications awaiting decisions at the end of September.

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