The brutal coup d’etat in Chile on 11 September 1973 left thousands dead, many more in exile, and overthrew Salvador Allende’s democratically-elected government. Sheffield is among the cities that gave sanctuary to Chilean refugees. The Chilean community and friends held a march and rally on Saturday. Sheffield Live! reporter Steve Buckley spoke to organiser Maria Vasquez-Aguilar of the Chile Solidarity Network Sheffield.
Sudanese residents in Sheffield are desperately worried about their families back home as tensions grow amid a ceasefire between the two rival military factions. Abdel Khalig Elmannan told Sheffield Live! his family left Khartoum on Wednesday to a “safe place” near the Egyptian border. The first flight carrying British citizens out of Sudan departed on Wednesday. The British government is still urging UK passport holders to make their own way to the airport as the rescue mission continues. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Hundreds of people from the Iranian community and their supporters gathered at Sheffield Town Hall to form a human chain in solidarity with anti-regime protests in Iran. The demonstration was part of global solidarity demonstrations held in cities across the world including London, Sydney and New York. The protests in Iran followed the death in custody of Mahsa Amini after being arrested by morality police for not wearing a hijab. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Tara Djanani.
Kyiv-based graphics designer Denis Dekhtiarenko is working with aid charity Go Dharmic to help move aid from the UK to Ukraine. He spoke to Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed together with Hanuman Dass from Go Dharmic.
In an emotional interview, journalist Daria spoke to Sheffield Live! of her fears for family and friends in Kharkiv and eastern Ukraine. Daria is a former reporter with Hromadske Radio, a Kyiv-based independent community radio channel. She was among a group of Ukrainian journalists who, in 2018, took part in a study visit to the UK hosted by Sheffield Live! Hromadske Radio continues to broadcast from Kyiv with news in Ukrainian on the Russian invasion. Azz Mohammed reports.
Hundreds joined a Stand With Ukraine protest outside the Town Hall in Sheffield on Sunday in response to the continuing Russian invasion. The war on Ukraine, launched on 24 February, has led to sanctions against the Russian government and fierce resistance from Ukrainians on the ground. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Vasyl Kruk, a Ukrainian residing in Sheffied who spoke at the rally.
Sheffield Council leader Terry Fox, together wth Green Party Councillor Douglas Johnson and opposition leader Shaffaq Mohammed have issued a joint statement standing with the Ukrainian community and offering sanctuary for refugees. Former councillor, Jim Steinke, who has taken part in visits to Sheffield’s twin city Donetsk, called for solidarity with Ukrainians living in Sheffield. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th US President issuing a call for unity and renewal. In his inaugural speech, he promised to be a president for “all Americans” and urged people to come together. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Rob Speranza and Dr. Anita Franklin, American residents living in Sheffield, about Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States.
A demonstration in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement is being organised this Saturday in Sheffield by local activists. The vigil is being held in response to the murder by Minnesota police officers of George Floyd which has sparked protests across the USA and worldwide. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to organiser and activist Abdullah Okud.
Local politicians and community activists joined a rally at Fargate in solidarity with pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!