A VIGIL is to be held at The Liverpool Biennial arts project The List, following recent vandalism.
The arts project on Great George Street lists the name of refugees and migrants who lost their lives trying to reach Europe, but has been damaged twice since it was put up.
Now a vigil is to be held on Wednesday 22 August at 6pm, organised by Riverside ward councillors in conjunction with Stand Up to Racism and Unite Against Fascism, and people are being invited to take part.
The aim is to remember all those who lost their lives at sea: refugees and asylum seekers fleeing persecution, workers migrating to a new life or the victims of slavery.
Riverside ward councillor, Steve Munby said: “Liverpool 1 was a focus for people arriving in the city and emigrants to the New World fleeing famine in Ireland. Liverpool is a city built by migrants and we can never forget this.
“The city has been at its worst when people moved away but always thrived when people move here.
“We have a reputation for welcoming victims of tyranny seeking to escape oppression from Franco’s victims in the Spanish Civil War to Jewish people escaping Hitler’s Germany, Chileans fleeing the Pinochet dictatorship and South Africans fleeing apartheid.
“We should do that today for people escaping civil wars in Syria and Yemen or wars and slavery in parts of north Africa.”
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for culture, Cllr Wendy Simon said: “The Liverpool Biennial has a long and proud tradition of creating thought-provoking installations, and The List highlights an important issue that is pertinent to Liverpool’s past and present.
“It is right that we use it as an opportunity to remember and reflect those who have lost their lives, and continue to do so, as they flee persecution, war and conflict in pursuit of a better life.”
Paul Jenkins of Unite Against Fascism said: “We welcome the arts project on Great George Street, which remembers refugees and migrants who have lost their lives.
“The vast majority of people in Merseyside oppose racism, and migrants are welcome here. Unite Against Fascism is proud to jointly organise this Vigil with Riverside ward councillors and Stand Up to Racism, to say no to racism and to stand in solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers.”