Dozens of people joined a Sheffield march at the weekend to highlight the plight of refugees and migrants stranded in Libyan detention centres and at risk of torture, rape or being sold into slavery. Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 Libya has been divided by competing military factions. Migrants and refugees face indefinite detention in notoriously dangerous holding centres which have been condemned by United Nations observers. Tchiyiwe Chihana reports for Sheffield Live!
Campaigners have handed a petition to Sheffield Council to end the use of the Earl Marshall Guest House in Burngreave to house the children of migrants and refugees. The guest house is routinely used to accommodate single homeless men and concerns have been expressed at the safety of co-housing vulnerable mothers and children. Campaigners claim previous assurances by the council the practice will stop have not been implemented. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Dozens have joined a rally outside the Sheffield Town Hall to show support for migrants and refugees and the right to freedom of movement. The rally under the banners “Don’t scrap freedom of movement” and “Migrants are welcome in Sheffield,” comes following publication of government plans for post Brexit immigration controls. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to organiser Ed Maltby.
Hundreds took part in a march from Devonshire Green to Sheffield Town Hall as part of a national day of action to celebrate diversity and the contribution of migrants to British society. The “1 Day Without Us” campaign grew from an idea posted on social media by Sheffield author and journalist Matt Carr in response to the rise of xenophobia after the Brexit vote. It has grown into a national and international solidarity campaign with action groups in towns and cities across the UK. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Hundreds of migrants have resumed their journey through Austria to Germany after Hungary’s decision on Friday to let them through. Several trains arrived at Munich station in the early hours of Sunday morning, many migrants travelling on to other German cities for processing. Trains are taking hundreds more to Vienna from Austria’s border with Hungary. The Pope said every Catholic parish in Europe should host a migrant family. He added humanity must give help to those “fleeing death” and who are “victims of war and hunger and setting out on the path to a better life”. Well here in Sheffield today there was protest at town hall to raise awareness for the need to help, I spoke Cheryl Robertson who is a campaigner and she talked about the situation….
A demonstration to highlight the plight of people trying to migrate to the Europe was held in Sheffield after the UK Government took the decision not to take part in any search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean when ships are in distress.