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Marchers show support for "refugees" in solidarity events across Europe

Marchers show support for "refugees" in solidarity events across Europe

By Laura Smith-Spark for CNN

Throngs of people joined marches and vigils across Europe on Saturday in a show of solidarity with the crowds of refugees seeking sanctuary from conflict in Syria and elsewhere.

A Facebook page set up for what is being called a European Day of Action for Refugees lists dozens of events.

One such march, dubbed "Solidarity with Refugees," led through central London to Downing Street, home of Prime Minister David Cameron -- who, after coming under national and international pressure, said this week that Britain would take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

Chants of "Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here" echoed through the UK capital's streets as thousands came out to join the demonstration.

Marchers carried placards saying "Don't Bomb Syria," "Refugees welcome" and "Solidarity with refugees."

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