a wave of marches called in london tonight and in the days after brexit
From solidarity with migrants and anti racism, to protesting the balance-tipping influence of the old, and simply sending our love to the EU, Londoners will take to the streets.
With London generally, and young Londoners in particular, reeling from the results of the EU Referendum, a wave of marches have been called in the UK capital. Tonight, a march to demonstrate solidarity with migrants and against racism and the violence of fascist groups has been called by a number of community organisations including Movement for Justice, Revolutionary Socialism in the 21 Century, London Antifascists and Jewdas. The march will start at Altab Ali Park at 6pm Friday evening, marching to News Corp HQ by the Shard.
The Facebook page for the Defend Migrants' Rights event notes that, during the build up to the referendum, "Migration has been attacked and scapegoated by both campaigns" and that "Our ruling class has opened a Pandora's box of racist rhetoric around migrants and allowed a space to open up in groups and individuals influenced by fascist ideology," with "Far-right political violence becoming increasingly commonplace". The march invites people to take a stand against this tide, and "show solidarity with all migrants and defiance in the face of racism -- whether it comes from the far right or the 'civilised' ruling class".
Another march tonight protests the lack of a voice given to young people, after 18 - 24s overwhelmingly voted to remain in the European Union and 16 and 17 year olds were not able to vote at all on an issue that will likely affect the rest of their lives. Give The Youth A Voice demonstrators will assemble at the Winston Churchill Statue in Westminster from 6.30pm until 7.30pm.
Next Tuesday 28 June, a #LondonStays gathering has been called at Trafalgar Square, which organisers explains "is London standing together with the people of the EU -- and is not a call-to-arms to request London becomes an independent state to join the EU". "Today our country is portrayed as a non-inclusive, closed, inward looking and scared place. A place seen to have no interest in reaching out to help others, to plug together to make positive change. And it's so sad," the event page reads. "But London can do better. We're here. With open arms, an open mind, together we can stand with love & positivity… the EU Referendum vote does not represent our beliefs, our love of Europe and beyond. The people of London stand with Europe. It's time to gather."
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Rosie Harriet Ellis