(ANSA) - LONDON, MARCH 18 - Several demonstrators marched in London to denounce the highly contested 'Illegal Migration Bill', the legislative tightening heralded by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's government as a tool to counter the record landings of migrants across the Channel.
About 2,000 protesters, many of whom carried placards reading "no human being is illegal" and union logos, marched towards Downing Street, the prime minister's official residence.
Organizers said the demonstration was in part a response to the government's "inhumane" and "illegal" immigration law.
"The people in this country are respectable...and they are willing to open their arms to those fleeing dire circumstances," said Mark Daly, the organizer of the protest.
"He IS a racist politician from a racist government," he added.
Other protests took place in Glasgow, Scotland and the Welsh capital Cardiff.
The bill provides for a rapid expulsion to people who have arrived illegally in the country to a third country, such as Rwanda, which is considered safe and makes it practically impossible to apply for asylum.
Exceptions would be made for unaccompanied minors.
A move to prevent thousands of migrants from crossing the Channel in small boats: more than 45,000 arrived last year.