Solidarity delivered to Calais

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Ten thousand pounds was raised and sent along with car loads of donated clothes and essential items to refugees in Calais last month. The delegation was organised by Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) as part of its winter appeal. The group included a coach full of students from ten different campuses. The donations were given to the Care4Calais refugee support centre.

The French government has sought to play down the continuation of the refugee crisis since demolishing the camp and installing a Donald Trump-style wall.

Volunteers at Care4Calais explained to a mass meeting of refugees and supporters that the problems have not abated, and thousands are scattered across the country in makeshift camps. They are constantly under threat of arrest and deportation.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott MP gave her support to the delegation. She said: “Stand Up To Racism’s winter appeal for refugees offers vital support and solidarity at a crucial time. Although the ‘Jungle’ camp has been closed down, no real solution to the refugee crisis has been offered. Thousands of men, women and children are still in desperate need of our help. I congratulate the ordinary people across Britain who have raised thousands of pounds, offering refugees the respect and aid they deserve.”

SUTR’s next mobilisations are protests against Donald Trump on his inauguration on 20 January. These will take place in towns and cities across Britain, including at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London.