Pro-EU rally to be held ahead of Sheffield Council meeting

A Remain campaign poster. Picture Scott Merrylees
A Remain campaign poster. Picture Scott Merrylees
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A pro-EU rally will be held before a Sheffield Council meeting this week.

People who supported the Remain campaign have been urged to gather outside the Town Hall at 1pm on Wednesday, an hour before a full council meeting.

The rally has been organised by Rajin Chowdhury and Logan Robin who were both part of the Remain campaign. They have asked for positive pro-EU messages and flags from any country in the world.

A post on the Facebook event page says: “Last Thursday 49 per cent of those in Sheffield voted remain. Within hours of the result, Vote Leave promises were shown to be lies. Police have recorded an over 50 per cent increase in hate crime. This is unacceptable.

“If you’re a leave voter who feels lied to or that bigots have stolen your agenda, this too is the place for you.

“Full council meets at 2pm. From 1pm, we will demonstrate outside the Town Hall to show we reject the lies and hatred. We are that 49 per cent and we cannot be ignored.

“Whether young or old, rich or poor, whatever our ethnicity, Sheffield will stand together.”

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Sheffield Liberal Democrats leader Coun Shaffaq Mohammed said: “I was devastated June 24 when I was greeted with the news that the UK had narrowly voted to leave the EU. I am also angry that those that lead the campaign to leave, notably Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, are now walking away from the economic and political turmoil they have created.

“Sheffield and South Yorkshire have benefited from EU funding in the past that is no longer guaranteed. The rally on Wednesday will be chance for Sheffielders to show their support for maintaining a close relationship with the EU following the leave vote and to offer our hand of friendship to the hundreds of EU nationals who have made Sheffield their home.

“I also intend to send a strong message against the incidents of race hate that have been reported against EU nationals since the Brexit vote.”