The Derry Anti War Coalition will host a rally this Saturday, December 19th, at 3pm at the Diamond War Memorial.
Speaking after the first wave of Syrian refugees arrived into the north, Derry Anti War Coalition spokesperson Davy McAuley, said: “It’s very important for us to continue to stand in solidarity with people on the receiving end of Western bombing runs in Syria and also to stand in solidarity with Syrians who have become refugees as a consequence of war.
“The protest will demand the UK government reverse its recent decision to join the US, French and Russian to bomb Syria.
“Thousands have taken to the streets of Derry, Belfast and London in opposition to Cameron’s push for war on the basis that it will do nothing to bring about peace.
“Anti-war protesters have also taken to streets of Dublin in opposition to bombing Syria and to demand the Irish government end its policy of allowing the US military to use Shannon airport as a base en route to bombing countries in the Middle East.”
Mr McAuley said the rally was also being held to let Syrian refugees who are now arriving in the North know they are very welcome here, with Derry expected to welcome some Syrian families in the New Year.
“The people of Derry responded to the plight of refugees arriving on the shores of Europe with tremendous compassion and humanity,” Mr McAuley said. “The Derry Anti War Coalition demand our political representatives show the same degree of empathy and understanding.”
He added: “We cannot tolerate scapegoating of Muslims by politicians or anyone in our community.
“This is not the kind of city we want and it’s not the kind of society we need.
“We hope many people will support our message of solidarity, justice and no to war this weekend.”