Refugees Welcome Rally Belfast

Belfast showed its solidarity towards refugees in a mass rally held at Belfast City Hall, Saturday 12th September. “From war-torn Syria and elsewhere across the Middle East, families are being forced to flee their homes in fear for their lives. “Europe is not doing enough to offer them safety and the response of the UK has been shameful. Too often, refugees are left to the mercy of unseaworthy boats or the back of refrigerated lorries. We can and we must do better than that.” Organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Amnesty International, the rally heard calls for ‘concerted political action’ in Brussels, Westminster and Stormont to address the crisis. Hundreds attended the event at Belfast City Hall. Speakers included a 19-year-old Syrian refugee who arrived in Northern Ireland two years ago after fleeing war-torn Aleppo, Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International, Patricia McKeown, ICTU, Justin Kouame, NICRAS and Liz Griffith, Law centre. The demonstration was an act of solidarity with men, women and children who find themselves fleeing for their lives from bombs, bullets and brutality. Rallies also took place in Derry and Omagh.