Big turnout for ‘refugees welcome’ rally in Swindon town centre

A group of protesters, who believe that Britain should open its borders to refugees, marched through the town this afternoon.

Commercial Road: protesters slow traffic to campaign

Shouting “No hate, no fear – refugees are welcome here” and “What do we want? Refugees? When do we want them? Now”, a the group of more than 90 protesters took to the streets of Swindon town centre.

The event started at 12pm with speeches at Wharf Green, by a number of passionate members, before they set off – to march down Commercial Road to the Regent Circus area.

Wharf Green: Police presence at the march
Wharf Green: Police presence at the march

There was a large police presence amid fears that far-right demonstrators may have turned up at the march, although no one arrived.

Outside Morrisons, Regent Circus
Outside Morrisons supermarket, Regent Circus

After more speeches from members of the group outside Morrison at Regent Circus, the protesters continued their march to the Swindon borough Council’s Civic Offices on Euclid Street.

Outside the council's Civic Offices
Outside the council’s Civic Offices

The march was only disturbed twice, by people opposing their cries for the the UK’s borders to be opened – one man acted abusively towards protesters on Commercial Road, shouting: “They should not be allowed here”.

Man becomes abusive towards member sof the rally, opposing their views
Man becomes abusive towards members of the rally, opposing their views

Among those joining the march were borough councillors Fay Howard and Jim Robbins, from the Labour Party.