Lewes Amnesty International campaigners demonstrated their support for refugees on a weekend walk to the Seven Sisters.
The human rights group carried placards with the #RefugeesWelcome slogan, which has been trending on social media over recent weeks in efforts to highlight the plight of people caught up in what the UN has declared the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
Amnesty International has described the current refugee crisis as ‘the biggest test of our humanity in decades’ and is calling on the UK to work with other European countries to provide safe, legal and coordinated routes for people fleeing war and persecution.
The action took place in the run-up to Lewes March in Solidarity with Refugees, which takes place on October 31.
Lewes Amnesty International Group, Lewes Group in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Diversity Lewes are co-organising the march and rally, which will be addressed by Mayor of Lewes Susan Murray and joined by other pressure groups including 38 Degrees.
Lewes Amnesty International Group chair Sara Birch said, “I am delighted with the level of support that was given to us during our recent walk.
“Many members of the public out walking along the cliffs from Seaford to Cuckmere Haven stopped us to express their support for refugees and join us in extending their welcome to those seeking asylum in the UK.
“I would encourage all those who possibly can to join us on Saturday 31st October for the Lewes March in Solidarity with Refugees to show that those living in Lewes and surrounding areas are not prepared to ignore the suffering of those in such desperate need so close to our shores.”
Lewes March in Solidarity with Refugees will take place on October 31, assembling at County Hall at 12.30pm, then marching at 1pm to Cliffe Precinct for a rally addressed by Mayor of Lewes Susan Murray.
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