at the march to protect the rights of refugees

The day after the EU Referendum results came in, signalling a move towards Brexit, we went to the East London march against racism, for migrant rights, and against fascist violence.

by Rosie Harriet Ellis
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27 June 2016, 11:30am

Rosie Harriet Ellis

Conny Klocker

Where do you come from?
I've been living in Brighton for two years, but I'm Austrian and therefore I was not able to have a say in the referendum.

Why did you come to the march tonight?
I came tonight to express my discontent with the referendum result and to show solidarity with all people who will beaffected by it.

What do you stand for?
I stand for equal rights for all people regardless of their gender, race, sexuality, religion or citizenship, for a society not only protecting all groups it is made of, but empowering all these different groups to thrive and celebrate diversity. I believe it's worth fighting for such an inclusive society and for equal opportunities for everyone.

What is the biggest challenge facing the UK now?
One of the biggest challenges might be bringing the people living in the UK back together after the referendum has split society into extreme factions emerging from the creation of artificial differences and all the hate speech dominating the whole referendum campaign.

What's your message to anyone feeling disillusioned or powerless following the result?
Right now, I'm sad, angry and scared - as so many other people, I have no idea what's coming next. However, I think it is of utmost importance to stand together and to unite against tiny elites destroying their own country for personal gain. It is important to unite and fight those politics dividing people and sowing hatred. We have to stand together, As Europeans. As humans.

Gabriel Byrde, 24

Why did you come to the march tonight?
The result of the referendum has highlighted a huge schism in our society that has wide reaching consequences - not only for current citizens but for all potential citizens who will suffer as a result.

What do you stand for?
Openness and fairness. The recognition that every human's rights should be equal and we are not superior birthplaces.

What is the biggest challenge facing the UK now?
Fear and a nostalgia that has been created for a Britain that never existed. People shouldn't fall prey to the politics of division that are currently rife in the media's narrative.

What's your message to anyone feeling disillusioned or powerless following the result?
Keep fighting and shouting, if you don't speak out because you fear your voice wont be heart then it never will be. 

Joy Miessi, 23

Why did you come to the march tonight?
To show solidarity for all migrants.

What do you stand for?
I stand for an intersectional feminism, I stand for black lives and overall I stand for equality. While there is still injustice and oppression there is always something worth fighting for.

What is the biggest challenge facing the UK now?
There are so many challenges that choosing one would feel like I'm downplaying another, the top issues that come to mind are cuts and austerity.

What's your message to anyone feeling disillusioned or powerless following the result?
Together we have a voice, today there are hundreds of us who may have felt powerless on our own but together we can take a stand for respect, to defend migrants and make a change.

Elliot Koubis, 21

Why did you come to the march tonight?
To march against Brexit.

What do you stand for?
It's worth fighting for politics where people realise that xenophobia and racism do not constitute a valid political argument. Everyone has a right to life and we cannot take these rights away from people. We caused this crisis and are now simply retreating from the problem. Yes the EU has fundamental problems, but political disunity against European countries won't solve them.

What is the biggest challenge facing the UK now?
A racist discourse that has entrenched itself into the mindset of the British public and political debate.

What's your message to anyone feeling disillusioned or powerless following the result?
Organise! Don't give up hope! Know your enemy - the political elite. 

Credits


Photography Rosie Harriet Ellis

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