Twenty-four hours of solidarity at DMU

By Chloe Hewitt

De Montfort University held a 24-hour vigil in a show of support to those being marginalised by those in a position of authority.


In the university’s Hawthorn Square, many gathered throughout the vigil, which began at midday last Wednesday, to show their support and pay their respects.

At hourly intervals, various speakers took to the steps of the Hawthorn Building to share their message of solidarity to those who are victims of intolerance.

The speakers included the Vice Chancellor of DMU, the Deputy Leader of Leicester City Council, as well as poetry readers and dance performers.

First year journalism and politics joint honours student Toby Jeffery volunteered at the vigil, and said: “Here at DMU and in Leicester as a whole there is such a wide diversity in culture and what is happening in the world right now hurts us deeply.

“That is why we are having this vigil to show that we stand with those affected by what is going on in America and with the refugee crisis.

“We also stand with staff and students who may be affected by the events of the past few weeks.”


Journalism and Politics student Toby Jeffery.

The vigil was well received by staff and students, with the university’s social media channels broadcasting the day throughout the entire 24-hours.

People who turned up to show their support were invited to light a tea light, tie a ribbon to the fence and listen to the on-goings.

A poignant moment came at the vigil’s close as Vice Chancellor Dominic Shellard invited one student from each of the seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens US President Trump had attempted to ban from entering the country.

Despite the cold weather, hundreds of students, volunteers and staff came to take part and take a stand against hatred.

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