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PPU joins commemoration for refugees killed while fleeing war

Candle and wreath at last year's 'Remember Refugees' commemoration

PPU joins commemoration for refugees killed while fleeing war

The Peace Pledge Union (PPU) is today taking part in an event to commemorate refugees who have died while fleeing war.

The event, entitled 'Remember Refugees', involves the laying of wreaths that include white poppies in central London. It is organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) and the All-Africa Women's Group, with the support of the PPU. 

The commemoration will begin at 1.30pm this afternoon (Saturday 10 November), outside the Ministry of "Defence" in Whitehall, London. All are welcome. Many of those planning to attend are refugees. 

The event will be followed tomorrow (Sunday 11 November) by alternative Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in London and throughout Britain. 

This is the third year in which the event has been held. It always takes place on the day before Remembrance Sunday. The PPU has been involved in all three events. 

The PPU pointed out that the "refugee crisis" that is often talked about is in large part a war crisis. Many Syrian refugees, for example, are fleeing war in that country. Many Eritrean refugees are fleeing a system of conscription that has been called "National Slavery" as it involves the forced labour of people for unlimited periods of time, justified by a supposed need for a large armed force. 

All the groups backing today's event are calling for safe passage for refugees. The PPU added that the problems of refugees cannot be solved if the causes of war and militarism are not addressed. 

The Peace Pledge Union, a pacifist network, is known for its distrubtion of white poppies in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday. White poppies represent remembrance for all victims of war of all nationalities, a commitment to peace and a rejection of militarism. 

White poppies can be bought at over 100 shops, cafes and other outlets around Britain. 

The PPU, along with other peace and human rights groups, will hold an Alternative Remembrance Sunday Ceremony tomorrow at 1.00pm in Tavistock Square, London. Similar events will be held around the UK.