Two Green Party politicians will celebrate UN Anti-Racism Day on Saturday (19 March) by addressing a rally in central London where tens of thousands are expected to attend, making it the largest to ever welcome refugees to the UK.
The party’s deputy leader Shahrar Ali and Jean Lambert MEP will join actress, Vanessa Redgrave, children’s author, Michael Rosen and other speakers invited by Stand up to Racism with united messages that say “refugees are welcome here” and “stand up to racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and fascism”.
Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London will also call on the government to do more to “challenge the myths” about asylum and immigration and the party’s deputy leader, Shahrar Ali will question the effectiveness of the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy rolled out in London schools.
The party’s immigration spokesperson and Green MEP for London, Jean Lambert is expected to say:
“The UK is one of the world's richest countries and must do more. We can start by taking the children from Calais who have a right to be in the UK – not arguing with the courts about their future. About four million refugees have fled the Syrian conflict so far. Lebanon currently hosts over one million – and Lebanon is not a rich country. In contrast, our government is pledging to take a mere 20,000 refugees by 2020. We should join the EU relocation scheme and help to offer safety for those in desperate need.
“We need a humane, just approach which respects families and protects children. We need louder, clearer voices saying 'refugees are welcome here’.”
Green Party deputy leader, Shahrar Ali is expected to say:
"I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with people marching in solidarity with the victims of racism. We are seeing a marked increase in xenophobic attacks across Europe and the breathtaking institutionalisation of islamophobia in the government's Prevent programme in the UK. We must face down these attacks on already marginalised and vulnerable communities by standing up for the equal rights of all, equally."
Last year 15,000 people marched through London and in September 100,000 people joined the refugees welcome demonstration that we led in coalition with others.