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Highland group organise protest in remembrance of refugees who died in the Channel last week

By Imogen James

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The Highlands Support Refugees (HSR) have organised a vigil and peaceful protest to remember the 27 people who drowned in the English Channel last week.

It will take place at 11am this Saturday in Falcon Square.

The call went out on social media, reaching 1800 people, as members of the group were saddened and shocked by the events.

Feeling helpless by just watching, many responded and are planning to protest in the city centre.

HSR was set up in 2015 to help support migrants by donating much needed items.

Hannah Sutherland, chair of HSR, said the main purpose of the upcoming protest is to raise awareness that this is happening and to acknowledge and remember the lives lost.

She hopes people will show up to support the cause, and to stop the 'de-humanising narrative that migrants are not people.'

She added that there is a need to create safe routes for people to travel, otherwise this will continue to happen.

A pregnant woman and three children were among those who drowned, as reported by France's interior minister Gerald Darmanin.

It is the deadliest crossing on record.

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