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Watch | Lifejacket graveyard- a unique protest in London

Sep 22, 2016 16:43 IST
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Aid organisations laid out 2,500 lifejackets symbolising refugee crossings to Europe in a demonstration outside the British parliament. The orange lifejackets spread out on the lawn of Parliament Square were worn by adults and children travelling from Turkey to Greece, part of a wave of migrants attempting the Mediterranean crossing to get to mainland Europe. The protest was called “lifejacket graveyard” to illustrate the risks migrants take. The UNHCR estimates 6,940 people drowned or went missing while trying to reach Europe between January 2015 and August 2016. The protest was timed to coincide with a United Nations summit on the worldwide migrant crisis.