‘Refugees Welcome’ projected on white cliffs of Dover ahead of far right march
Date: 1 April 2016
“Refugees welcome” has been projected in giant letters across the iconic white cliffs of Dover, just before an alliance of racist far-right groups are due to hold anti-migration protests in the town of Dover. The projection was undertaken as a collaboration between campaign organisation Global Justice Now and guerrilla projectionists Feral X.
Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice Now said:
“We should be welcoming refugees, especially given the UK has often played a very active role in generating the crises of war, poverty and inequality that are often forcing people to flee. The UK is not ‘full’. Lebanon, a country half the size of Wales, has taken in one million Syrian refugees. It is perfectly possible for the UK to take far more migrants than we currently see. The response of British and other European governments to the so-called ‘migrant crisis’ betrays all of the principles our societies are supposed to uphold. You cannot build a decent society of fear and hatred. Opening our borders is a step towards creating a more equal world.
“Far right groups are coming to Dover to fan the flames of hatred and xenophobia, often generating a lot of media coverage in the process. But across the UK thousands of groups and communities are acting in many different ways to offer practical and personal support to refugees who have fled desperate circumstances to get here. Last night’s projection, alongside these efforts across the country, presents an alternative vision of the UK, one built on compassion, solidarity and recognition of common humanity.”
The previous far right march in Dover made headlines after clashes with anti-racist groups took place.