Big anti-racism demonstration in London


This video says about itself:

Anti-Trump, Anti-Racism Protest in Central London on the 18th March 2017.

By Felicity Collier in central London, England:

Britain stands up to Trump and racism

Monday 20th March 2017

Tens of thousands protest in London, Cardiff and Glasgow

THIRTY thousand activists marched on the streets of London against racial and religious discrimination on Saturday as part of the Stand Up To Racism campaign.

Protesters also gathered in Cardiff and Glasgow, and marches also took place across Europe and in South Korea to mark the UN’s International Anti-Racism Day.

Mohammed Kozbar of the Muslim Association of Great Britain told the rally that the movement should be encouraged by the recent electoral defeat of the far right in the Netherlands and urged for a strategy against racist forces in the forthcoming French elections.

He also questioned the recent European Court of Justice ruling that allows employers to ban the hijab: “Is this justice? Is this equality? Is this freedom?”

Last week, the Brexit Bill to trigger Article 50 was granted royal assent, but more than three million EU workers in Britain are still left uncertain of their residency rights.

Marvina Newton from the action group One Day Without Us, formed to counter anti-migrant rhetoric, said that the government should not use EU citizens such as her as bargaining chips in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demanded “an end to the racism of economic injustice” and urged for recognition of the positive role of migrants in our communities.

Labour MP for Hornsey & Wood Green Catherine West said that the red carpet should not be rolled out for US President Donald Trump when he makes a state visit later this year.

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg recommended that if Mr Trump wants to fill the notorious prison with “bad dudes,” he should start with himself.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady stated the importance of tackling root causes of racism and prejudice, the need for “solutions not scapegoats” and an end to divide-and-rule.

The march, now in its fourth year, was enlivened by Love Music Hate Racism’s float, which featured MCs such as Zara Sykes and Saskilla, who chanted: “Neo-nazis — get shut down!”

A handful of far-right counter-protesters were embarrassed after failing to take their normal spot on the steps of the Eros statue at Piccadily Circus as anti-fascists got there first and swiftly routed them.

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2 thoughts on “Big anti-racism demonstration in London

  1. Yesterday in downtown Paris, French police attacked a demonstration of approximately 7,000 people against police brutality, firing tear gas and clashing with protesters, while blocking other groups of peaceful demonstrators with contempt for basic democratic rights. The march defied the perpetually-extended state of emergency in France which, according to the statements of Socialist Party (PS) government officials as well as members of the right-wing and neo-fascist parties, signifies that no protest should take place: here.

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