Hundreds march in Canterbury in support of refugees and migrants

Contributed by editor on Feb 22, 2017 - 11:30 AM


By Ray Duff

Hundreds gathered in Canterbury on Monday, 20 February, to take part in the '1 Day Without Us' demonstration; part of a nationwide movement in support of refugees and migrants.


The demonstrators were joined by people protesting  against US President Donald Trump's recent attempted ban on refugees and those campaigning against The Prime Minister reneging on the Alf Dubs Amendment to take refugee children.

Left: Kent Anti-Racism Network banner. Right: '1 day without us' placard  Photos: Ray Duff

People assembled at the Dane John Gardens in late afternoon and after speeches and songs marched through the city where others joined and paraded through Whitefriars and the Buttermarket to the Marlowe Theatre forecourt and the High Street back to Whitefriars.


The crowd of more than 200 gathered to listen to more speeches in support of refugees and migrants as well as people airing their views against the policies of the Trump administration and the proposed State Visit to Britain.

Top: Demonstrators assemble in the Dane John Gardens. Middle and Below: Parading through the City centre to The Marlowe Theatre  Photos: Ray Duff

The day was organised around the world and Britain followed the similar event held across many parts of the USA over the last weekend in which many businesses joined up to celebrate their migrant workers and the contributions they make.

Top & Below: The Rally at Whitefriars Photos: Ray Duff


The Canterbury organisers stated: "We do not welcome xenophobic attitudes, nor hate-crimes in our City, nor anywhere in Britain or the World."

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