VIDEO: 'Refugees Welcome' protest held at Sheffield Town Hall

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More than 100 protesters gathered outside Sheffield Town Hall today to plead with the public to welcome refugees fleeing war in the Middle East.

Speakers at the protest also put pressure on the Government to do more to take refugees from Syria.

Speakers at the Refugees Welcome protest outside Sheffield Town Hall today

Speakers at the Refugees Welcome protest outside Sheffield Town Hall today

A spokesman for the group said: "Over 2,400 refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean already this year. The shocking picture of baby Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach epitomises the appalling humanitarian tragedy taking place.

"But the response of David Cameron and this government has been disgraceful."

Sheffield residents gathered at the protest to wave placards and make their voices heard about the crisis.

Abdul, a speaker at the protest, told the crowd: "I was in Syria three times. I went there to give food, water and medicine.

Protesters outside Sheffield Town Hall

Protesters outside Sheffield Town Hall

"Let me tell you - what you see on television compared to what you experience with your own eyes; you will never forget it until your grave.

"It was in complete darkness. I witnessed a bomb dropping and a rocket flying, and I did not know if I would return to England to see my family and my friends again.

"I am proud to live in Sheffield. You the people of Sheffield have created the city of sanctuary.

"You have led the way. You have never shown racism, you have shown a determination to help those who are suffering, and today by being here you have come to shown your solidarity to the people who are fleeing from Syria, from Iraq, from Afghanistan.

"In Syria, mustard gas has been used. So many innocents have been killed.

"Today you have a mission. To tell your MP. To tell your councillors. If we sit back and do nothing, we will be morally bankrupt.

"We have to stand up and say 'enough is enough, we are with the refugees. We will support the refugees in whatever way'.

"Together, we are going to help them."