A group of protesters, who believe that Britain should open its borders to refugees, marched through the town this afternoon.
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.
There was a large police presence amid fears that far-right demonstrators may have turned up at the march, although no one arrived.
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.
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”.
Among those joining the march were borough councillors Fay Howard and Jim Robbins, from the Labour Party.