Pro-refugee vigil held in Ipswich town centre

The pro-refugee vigil, which was held at the Giles staute in Ipswich.

The pro-refugee vigil, which was held at the Giles staute in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

A vigil has been held in Ipswich today in order to help raise awareness of the plight of refugees.

The event at the Giles Statue, organised by Dave Wells, aimed to have conversations with people in Ipswich about what could be done to support people displaced by war.

It was organised in conjunction with We Shall Overcome, which campaigns to promote community cohesion and against the impact of austerity measures.

The vigil, which was timed to coincide with a Refugees Welcome Here march and rally in London, was also acting as a fundraiser, with funds from the sale of wristbands being donated to a local community refugee support organisation.

And although the event was non-political, there was support from Green Party and Labour councillors.

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Mr Wells said: “There’s an impression that Britain is full. It’s not full.

“These people are displaced people and we have a history in Europe, and in Britain especially, of taking in displaced people.

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“We’re not doing that at the moment.”

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