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Protesters rally outside AIT in support of refugees

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Protesters yesterday rallied outside of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) in support of Syrian refugees, calling for the US to end its military intervention in the Syrian civil war.

Protesters from the Red Earth artistic group, the Committee for a Workers’ International and the Social Revolution Party marched along Taipei’s Xinyi Road from Daan Park to the AIT building, shouting slogans calling for the “overthrow of American imperialism” and the “opening of refugee routes.”

“We feel that human rights are universal values,” Red Earth member Pan Kai-hsiang (潘凱翔) said.

Red Earth member Tseng Wei-tang (曾維堂) said that a US-led bombing campaign and other interference had served to prolong the conflict and worsen the refugee crisis.

Committee for a Workers’ International member Vincent Hsu (許偉育) criticized European nations for using “a lack of resources” as an excuse to refuse refugees entrance, calling for an end to international interference in the Syrian conflict to free up resources for investment in education, healthcare and housing.

Hsu called on international governments to defend the asylum rights of refugees, provide them with safe migration corridors, oppose racist border policies and support refugees’ rights to work.

Protesters sang leftist anthem The Internationale before conducting a brief sit-in in front of the AIT complex, but no representative appeared to accept their demands.

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