UEL students protest against war on drugs in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 16:53 30 June 2017

UEL students demonstrate against the government's 'war on drugs'.

UEL students demonstrate against the government's 'war on drugs'.

University of East London (UEL)

University of East London (UEL) students have helped to organise a protest against the so-called war on drugs.

The demonstration at the Broadway Shopping Centre, Stratford, was part of an international day of action for the global advocacy campaign Support Don’t Punish.

Holding up banners and posters, the students engaged one-on-one with members of the public to criticise the government’s punitive approach to drug use and to promote more compassion and support.

Student Daniel Hay said the response from the public on Monday was positive.

He said: “The day was brilliant – lots of very receptive people who were genuinely interested and supportive of the campaign.

“I found virtually no resistance to the movement from the people I spoke to.”

He added: “I think changing the location of the campaign from Westminster [last year] to Stratford was a great move, as people who so often feel alone and neglected were able to see that there’s people out there fighting for them.”

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