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'We are people sharing the same sky': Hundreds rally in Dublin to support refugees

Thousands of people around the world attended rallies to urge governments to do more.

12/09/2015. Refugees Welcome.Pictured hundreds of Source: Sam Boal

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE have marched today around the world in ‘Refugee Welcome’ demonstrations.

There was a good turnout of supporters in Dublin this afternoon, as people gathered at The Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.

The marches, being held in Dublin and Galway as well as other cities such as London, Copenhagen and Glasgow, are urging governments to do more to help refugees who have been forced to flee their homes.


This week it was announced that Ireland would take in over 4,000 refugees.

12/09/2015. Refugees Welcome.Pictured Jahnavi Ryny Source: Sam Boal

However, there has been criticism from a number charities and organisations that governments have not acted swiftly enough to deal with the ongoing crisis.

It is understood that some refugees in groups of 50 or 100 will arrive in Ireland within weeks.

12/09/2015. Refugees Welcome.Pictured hundreds of Source: SAM BOAL

Speakers at the rally today including Independent TD Clare Daly.

Gardaí have confirmed that the march appears to be going peacefully and there have been no incidents.

12/09/2015. Refugees Welcome.Pictured hundreds of Source: Sam Boal


12/09/2015. Refugees Welcome.Pictured hundreds of Source: Sam Boal


Thousands of people marched in London this afternoon brandishing placards reading: “Open the Borders” and “Refugees In, Tories Out”.

“This rally is making clear that the government is wrong in their stance towards refugees,” one of the protesters, Dusan Petkovic, told AFP

Some 30,000 people joined a rally in Copenhagen on Saturday in favour of taking in thousands of refugees seeking shelter in Europe, police said

Additional reporting AFP

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