REFUGEES told of their fear of being attacked on the streets at the weekend’s anti-racism protest, which brought tens of thousands onto the streets of London, Glasgow and Cardiff.
In Trafalgar Square, young Muslim women shared their stories of fleeing across Europe to escape deadly danger, only to face more peril in Britain.
They shared the stage with actor Vanessa Redgrave, Labour MP Diane Abbott and beloved children’s author Michael Rosen.
Polish Muslim Isabella Was told the crowds: “Islamophobia is everywhere.
“Often I wonder if it is safe to go out in the evening wearing a headscarf.
“The media is so biased against Muslims that I wanted to come and show we are not like that.”
The Glasgow demonstration brought over 3,500 people onto the streets, led by a 200-strong contingent of Eritrean refugees.
London2Calais aid convoy co-founder Syed Bokhari told the Star that the group had marched in solidarity with refugees on hunger strike in the French camps.
“As a result of the brutal demolition of the Calais refugee camp, some residents have sewn their mouths shut in protest,” he said.
“Our bloc on the demonstration highlighted their struggle, with activists drawing stitches on their mouths and carrying photos of the hunger-strikers.
“Given the EU-Turkey border deal and continued refusal of David Cameron and Theresa May to open UK borders to refugees, yesterday’s massive turnout was critical in challenging the barbarism of Fortress Europe.”
Similar marches took place across Europe on Saturday to mark United Nations anti-racism day.
Protests were held in Athens, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dublin, Paris, Warsaw, Vienna and Zurich, among other cities.