Hull Red Labour joined calls from across Briatin for the UK to accept more people seeking refuge from the conflicts across the Mediterranean and North Africa as a new report from the UN put the UK at the bottom of a league table of countries accepting refugees.
Party Leader Dean Kirk said, “This weekend the Freedom Festival in Hull celebrated the city’s key historical role in promoting human rights across the globe. The UK has a proud tradition of taking in those in peril from the Jews fleeing the Nazis to the re settling of Kosovan’s at the turn of the century we stand up for those being persecuted.”
Cllr Gill Kennett said, “We have the capacity to take more refugees in Britain, but the Government lacks the will to do what’s right. Indeed David Cameron’s reluctance to give a home to those in need is a damning indictment of his administration’s pernicious attitude to those fleeing atrocities in other countries. When our Prime Minister’s only real action of note is to fund higher fences in Calais, it’s clear he’s lost all perspective of the gravity of the situation. His latest statement contains no promises and is just more empty words.
HRL activists joined hundreds of people in Victoria Square on Saturday as the community came together in solidarity with those 200,000 displaced people who are having to flee to Europe in the face of unspeakable suffering caused by a combination of the failure of Global Capitalism and the rise of ISIS and other oppressive regimes who join countries like Saudi Arabia in their flagrant war on working people and minorities.