Hundreds of supporters of Alfie Evans protest outside British Embassy in Poland in vigil after the country’s President joined calls for the boy’s treatment to continue
- Hundreds of Alfie Evans supporters descended on British Embassy in Krakow
- Comes after 23-month-old’s parents lost appeal to have him transferred to Italy
- The vigil and protest saw people light candles and say prayers for the sick child
- One woman said she
Hundreds of supporters of Alfie Evans have taken part in a protest and vigil outside the British Consulate in Krakow, Poland.
It comes after the 23-month-old’s parents lost their latest appeal to have their terminally ill son transferred to Italy for treatment yesterday.
Crowds gathered to light candles and place teddy bears outside the British Embassy in the centre of the city overnight, with many saying prayers for the sick toddler.
Hundreds of supporters of Alfie Evans have taken part in a protest and vigil outside the British Consulate in Krakow, Poland (Pictured: People lay flowers and toys outside the embassy)
A Polish newspaper report said the ‘protest and solidarity campaign’ was organized by the All-Polish Youth, a controversial organisation with a Catholic and nationalist ideology.
Some of those taking part scrawled messages on the side of the building in both Polish and Englisgh. One reads: ‘God save Alfie Evans’ and others say ‘Stick to Alfie, we pray for you’ and ‘Great Britain, you will never be great again’.
One woman, Aneta Polit, told the paper: ‘I am deeply upset that a small, innocent child was condemned to a terrible death by a British judge.
‘I am surprised by the doctors, who are called to save lives, that they agreed to something like that. As a history teacher, I was immediately thought of the Auschwitz Birkenau camp, where people were condemned to death from hunger and thirst only because they were sick or the occupier considered them ‘unnecessary’.
Some of those taking part scrawled messages on the side of the building in both Polish and Englisgh. One reads: ‘God save Alfie Evans’ and others say ‘Stick to Alfie, we pray for you’ and ‘Great Britain, you will never be great again’
A Polish newspaper report said the ‘protest and solidarity campaign’ was organized by the All-Polish Youth, a controversial organisation with a Catholic and nationalist ideology
‘I feel very sorry for the parents of this child. What torture they must be experiencing.’
Last night’s demonstration comes after Polish president, Andrzej Duda, tweeted earlier that the seriously ill toddler ‘must be saved’.
Duda is a devout Catholic – and the church is very important to him. A 2005 survey in Poland suggested as many as 88 per cent of Polish people identify as Catholic.
And yesterday members of Liverpool’s Polish community gathered outside Alder Hey Hospital and waved their country’s flags as they protested alongside right-to-life campaigners.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital have repeatedly argued in court that further treatment is not in Alfie’s best interests and several high court judges have ruled in their favour and stated they are acting in the youngster’s best interests.
Supporters shared this photo of mother Kate James cradling her son at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where doctors have withdrawn life support. He is still alive two days later
Yesterday Court of Appeal judges rejected Alfie’s parents’ plea for him to be flown to the Pope’s children’s hospital in Rome.
His father, Tom Evans, said they would not be going to the Supreme Court today to pursue their Italian plan and said: ‘We could take it further, but would it be the right thing to do?
‘So what we do today, we have a meeting with doctors at Alder Hey and now start asking to go home. Alfie doesn’t need intensive care no more.’
Alfie’s parents held another vigil at his bedside overnight and posted video and photographs of their son sleeping peacefully and even appearing to smile at one point.
Alfie’s mother, Kate James, posted footage of herself stroking her son’s face at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, where doctors removed his ventilator on Monday night
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