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Stirling shows demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine

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A week of student support for Ukraine came to a close yesterday with a demonstration in the city centre.

The Action for Ukraine student group set up a stall on Port Street from 11a.m. to 4p.m. on Sunday

They sold home bakes, patches, pins and sunflowers to raise money for the charities Razom for Ukraine and United Help Ukraine.

A selection of the goods that were on offer. Image credit: Ciara Tait

During the past week, the group has managed to raise over £1,500.

The demonstration was well attended with a good atmosphere, despite some heckling from the public.

Caitlin Turner was the head organiser for the week’s events.

Talking to the crowd, she said: “Today is all about solidarity, and it’s about peace.”

She continued: “We’re here to honour the lives that have been lost and also support those that have been displaced.”

“Ukraine is a country with a rich culture, history, stories, food, music and language and its own identity. As a Scot, I see a lot of our country and our people reflected in this too.”

Caitlin Turner
Some of the team behind Action for Ukraine week. Image credit: Ciara Tait

Sonny Bailey was also on the committee, making sure the week’s events were inclusive and accessible for everyone.

He said in his speech: “Propaganda is a powerful thing.

“Now, it is more important than ever to check our sources.

“Independent journalism is paramount to our democracy, but sadly we have seen journalists being shut down.”

He finished by thanking the crowd: “Thank you to everyone for coming to show community spirit and solidarity.”

Demonstrators on a sunny Port Street. Image credit: Ciara Tait

Whilst Action for Ukraine week has now come to an end, future events may still be held depending on the ongoing situation.

For more information or to donate to the GoFundMe click here: https://linktr.ee/ActionForUkraineStirling

Feature image credit: Ciara Tait

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