London demonstration against French Marine Le Pen

This video says about itself:

13 November 2016

Dozens of activists gathered together in front of the BBC Headquarters in Central London, Sunday, to protest against an interview being broadcast with the French far-right politician Marine Le Pen on the Andrew Marr show.

Joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism Abby Dhalu stated that the BBC shouldn’t be “giving a platform to people like Marine Le Pen and that the public broadcasting company should “issue an apology for interviewing her today.”

The demonstration, which was organised by the group ‘United Against Fascism’, targeted the BBC as it is publicly owned and funded by tax payers’ money.

By Felicity Collier in England:

Activists protest at French embassy against Le Pen

Tuesday 25th April 2017

ANTI-FASCIST campaigners protested outside the French embassy in London last night against the “sickening” second-place result for Marine Le Pen in the first round of France’s presidential elections.

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) accused the National Front (FN) leader of “rebranding” fascism and the threat it poses to Muslims, Jews and trade unionists.

“Giving a platform to Marine Le Pen and the FN has enabled the worst racism and anti-semitism to grow again in France,” said UAF joint secretary Sabby Dhalu.

The group pointed to recent insulting and racist comments by Ms Le Pen, including her claim that the wartime Vichy government was not involved in the infamous Vel d’Hiv round-up of Jews, who were then … sent to death camps, saying it was not France’s responsibility.

Jewish groups have called it an “insult to France.”

Le Pen has also attacked Muslims, by comparing Muslims praying in the streets to the nazi occupation, and has called for surveillance of mosques in France.

“It is sickening that a known fascist may now become president of France,” said UAF joint secretary Weyman Bennett.

He called on anti-fascists around Europe to combat the rise of the far-right who UAF says will feel “emboldened” by Ms Le Pen’s win.

The FN leader will now face independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron on May 7.

UAF is holding a rally at Conway Hall in London on May 2 at 7pm, where speakers will include MEP Claude Moraes, Azad Ali from Muslim community organisation Mend, and French anti-fascist activist Denis Godard.

By James Tweedie:

Tuesday 25th April 2017

by James Tweedie

Macron beats Le Pen in tight first round of presidential race

FRANCE’S communists called on the country yesterday to “block Marine Le Pen’s road to the presidency” as first round results put centrist Emmanuel Macron in the lead.

Former finance minister Mr Macron had won around 24 per cent of the vote to far-right Ms Le Pen’s 21.5 per cent, setting them up for the May 7 run-off.

Paris Grand Mosque rector Dalil Boubakeur urged Muslims to vote “massively” for Mr Macron, warning of the “threat embodied by xenophobic ideas dangerous to our cohesion.”

But three-quarters of voters picked candidates who opposed either the El Khomri antiworker law, membership of the euro currency or EU, sanctions on Russia and the war on Syria.

Mr Macron backed the EU dictated labour law, which was enacted by decree of President Francois Hollande after parliament twice rejected it and sparked a year of general strikes and fierce protests.

Conservative Republicans candidate Francois Fillion and Left Party leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon — standing for the Unsubmissive France movement — were close behind on 20 and 19.5 per cent respectively.

Mr Fillon said he would vote for Mr Macron as Ms Le Pen’s programme of leaving the euro currency, a referendum on EU membership and restricting immigration “would bankrupt France” and throw the EU into chaos.

The Socialist Party also called unanimously for a vote for Mr Macron.

Its candidate Benoit Hamon garnered just 6 per cent of the vote after the right wing of his party switched support to Mr Macron.

EU leaders also lined up to back the neoliberal Mr Macron, with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warning that Ms Le Pen “seeks its destruction.”

Leftwinger Mr Melenchon has refused to endorse either candidate.

And on Holocaust Remembrance day, European Jewish congress president Moshe Kantor said the National Front leader was “no less dangerous than her Holocaust-denying father who she has tried to hide” — expelled party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.

This 2013 video is called Le Pen racism accusations: French nationalist leader Marine Le Pen stripped of MEP immunity.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Better a neoliberal than a fascist

Tuesday 25th April 2017

THE first round of the French presidential election represents a missed opportunity, not only for the people of France but for the working class of Europe.

Jean-Luc Melenchon came within a whisker of going into the run-off against either Emmanuel Macron or National Front leader Marine Le Pen.

Just one-quarter of the votes wasted on the Socialist Party and far-left candidates would have clinched that possibility.

Had he faced Le Pen on May 7, he would have won and become the most left-wing president in French history.

As it is, Melenchon and his French Communist Party allies won almost 20 per cent of the poll for policies that challenge the pro-EU, pro-Nato political and big business Establishment.

They now have little option but to call for a vote for Macron in the second round.

Although third-place candidate Francois Fillon has urged his right-wing supporters to plump for Macron, that would not guarantee the latter’s victory alone, even if they all obey.

Not surprisingly, then, Macron’s aides have begun to play up his allegedly radical and anti-Establishment credentials in an effort to entice left-wing electors.

They have a rather steep hill to climb, if not a Pyrenean mountain.

Former investment banker Macron enthusiastically supported the austerity policies of president Francois Hollande’s discredited Socialist Party government in which he served as business minister, before leaving the sinking ship to form his own party.

He now wants to add up to 120,000 Civil Service jobs to the French unemployment rate of 10 per cent, as part of his five-year plan to stay within EU budget deficit rules.

Macron also backed last year’s “labour flexibility” law imposed by Hollande, while calling for further restrictions on employment and collective bargaining rights, not only in France but as part of a programme to “relaunch” his beloved EU.

Predictably, the only cuts he proposes for business are in the fields of regulation and taxation.

This approach will not inspire genuinely left-wing and anti-Establishment electors.

Indeed, it echoes that of the French Socialist Party, which was eclipsed with little over 6 per cent of the vote last Sunday.

The lesson for Britain’s Labour Party is that the centre ground is a marsh, especially when many working class people are losing at least some of their illusions in the political and corporate Establishment.

That is why Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is right to take a clear stance in favour of economic and social justice while maintaining his scepticism about the EU and Nato.

Jumping into the marsh as part of some kind of “progressive alliance” with the uncritically pro-EU freemarket Lib Dems, Greens and Scottish and Welsh nationalists would have ensured disaster on June 8.

There is too much at stake on this occasion to muddy the waters, with Labour’s left-wing leadership facing unprecedented hostility not only from the ruling class but also from within the ranks of the labour movement itself.

In France on May 7, the choice is less palatable but equally clear.

When president Jacques Chirac faced Jean-Marie Le Pen in the final round in 2002, the slogan for many on the left was “better a crook than a fascist.”

This time around, as Macron faces Le Pen’s daughter, it’s a case of “better the neoliberal than a fascist” — although Macron’s policies are likely to increase the populist appeal of the far right as well as of the real left.

Marine Le Pen Is a Fascist, Not a ‘Right-Wing Populist,’ Which Is a Contradiction in Terms. Apr 25, 2017. By Harvey Wasserman: here.

Trumps bombs Syria, peace movement reacts

This video from England is called Don’t Bomb Syria Protest – London, 2015

By Moustafa Bayoumi in the USA on 07 April 2017:

Trump’s senseless Syria strikes accomplish nothing

It deepens a war which the US has no idea how to end

Donald Trump, the man who just over a month ago wanted to bar entry of all Syrian refugees into the United States, now wants us to think that he cares deeply about Syrian children. I don’t believe it.

What I do believe is that our president is a bad actor. He was a bad actor on his old television show, and he’s still a bad actor today. And he’s a bad actor in both senses of the term, which is to say his actions are poorly executed and morally questionable.

Addressing the nation from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, the president announced that he had authorized “a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.” Trump was referring to a chemical weapons attack on Tuesday that killed more than 80 people, including dozens of women and children, in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. The chemical attack had in all likelihood been carried out by the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

But what will the US’s military strike – a barrage of at least 59 (offensively named) Tomahawk cruise missiles aimed at a lone airfield – really accomplish?

According to reports, the missiles targeted only a single Syrian airfield and not Syria’s air defenses. In other words, the attack does not ground Syria’s air force. Nor did the attack strike any of the Russian aircraft currently bombing Syria. In fact, the Russians were alerted of the attack beforehand (who may, in turn, have also alerted the Syrians). The attack does not significantly degrade the military capabilities of Bashar al-Assad.

So why attack in the first place? Once again, we’re being told by military officials that their actions are intended “to send a message.” What nonsense this is. Will Bashar al-Assad now cease his murderous actions because he’s just been delivered “a message”? How are we supposed to believe there is any strategy to Trump’s actions anyway? Just last week, Nikki Haley, Trump’s UN ambassador, said of Assad: “Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No.”

What the erratic flip-floppery of Trump’s foreign policy really means is that America’s foes can easily manipulate the Trump administration into greater and greater military quagmires.

Has the administration considered how Lebanon’s Hizbullah will react to the US bombing their close ally Bashar al-Assad? Is the Trump administration prepared to put large numbers of troops on the ground to accomplish its goals? Will it militarily challenge Russia if needed? Or does the US military now only “send messages”?

The administration seems to have no vision of what it wants to accomplish or what it can accomplish. Trump ended his announcement of Thursday’s strike with the modest goal of ending “terrorism of all kinds and all types.” Good luck with that. Meanwhile, the heart of the problem is that the United States seems always to have only one solution to war: make more war.

None of this exonerates the murderous, thuggish and brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad. The moral and strategic imperatives of our world today demand that the Syrian civil war be brought to a swift and just conclusion. And we must recognize that the end of Syria’s civil war will not be found through military means but through careful deliberation between many different parties.

But we are moving farther away from those goals. At its best, Thursday’s reckless and largely ineffective bombing does little but make US lawmakers feel good about themselves. At its worst, it deepens a war which the US has no idea how to end.

By Jeremy Corbyn in Britain today:

The Labour leader‘s statement on the US missile strikes in Syria

The US missile attack on a Syrian government air base risks escalating the war in Syria still further.

Tuesday’s horrific chemical attack was a war crime which requires urgent independent UN investigation and those responsible must be held to account.

But unilateral military action without legal authorisation or independent verification risks intensifying a multi-sided conflict that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people.

What is needed instead is to urgently reconvene the Geneva peace talks and unrelenting international pressure for a negotiated settlement of the conflict.

The terrible suffering of the Syrian people must be brought to an end as soon as possible and every intervention must be judged on what contribution it makes to that outcome.

The British government should urge restraint on the Trump administration and throw its weight behind peace negotiations and a comprehensive political settlement.

From the Stop the War coalition in Britain today:

Emergency Protest: No to Trump’s Attack on Syria

No to Trump’s attacks on Syria
No to British support
London protest tonight, Downing Street 5-7pm

The Stop the War Coalition​ condemn​s Donald Trump’s decision to launch attacks against Syrian targets. This action will only increase the level of killing in Syria, and inflame the terrible war that has already caused untold misery for the people of the country.

​​This is the worst possible way to respond to the indefensible attack at Khan Sheikhun. As well as ​deepening​ the tragedy of the Syrian people, ​this utterly​​ irresponsible act ​threatens to widen the war and lead the West into military confrontation with Russia. ​

​It is shameful that​ Theresa May​ has rushed to support this act by the most xenophobic and reactionary US president in history. ​

​Stop the War calls for protests today against this or any further attacks​ and against British support or participation. The protest in London will take place today at​ Downing Street​ from 5 to 7pm.

USA: MSNBC’s Brian Williams faced an immediate backlash late Thursday for repeatedly describing the U.S. military strike on Syria as “beautiful”: here.

With the cruise missile attack on Syria, the United States has opened up a new chapter in its war for global hegemony that it began more than a quarter century ago with the invasion of Iraq. The claim that this attack is a response to the Syrian government’s use of poison gas is a transparent lie. Once again, as in the air war against Serbia in 1999, the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, and the attack on Libya in 2011, the United States has concocted a pretext to justify the violation of another country’s sovereignty: here.

Oil price hits one-month high after US launches missile strike on Syria: here.

Extreme right anti-refugee violence in London

This video says about itself:

Anti-Islamists Demonstrate in Britain: Hate in Europe

4 March 2015

Founded in Germany in 2014, the far-right, anti-Islamic movement Pegida — which stands for “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West” — has since spread throughout western Europe

On February 28, VICE News traveled to Newcastle in northeast England for the inaugural demonstration of spinoff organization Pegida UK.

By Peter Lazenby in London, England:

Racist thugs are not welcome here

Monday 3rd April 2017

Six arrested following savage attack on teenage asylum-seeker

ANTI-RACISTS held an urgent “refugees welcome here” vigil yesterday following a vicious unprovoked gang attack on a teenage asylum-seeker.

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and violent disorder after the “savage attack” on a suburban street left the 17-year-old fighting for his life.

The teenager, a Kurdish Iranian, was waiting at a bus stop with two friends outside The Goat pub in Croydon, south London, at 11.40pm on Friday when a gang of up to 10 approached them.

They attacked the teen when they found out he was an asylum-seeker, knocking him to the ground and beating him mercilessly.

Nearby residents said that a crowd of around 20 looked on as the mob punched and kicked the victim so badly he was left with a fractured skull and a blood clot to the brain.

The beating stopped only when police sirens were heard approaching.

His two friends escaped with minor injuries, however the teenager remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Stand Up to Racism called the emergency vigil at Croydon’s Centrale Shopping Centre from 2pm yesterday in response to the horrific attack.

And condemnation of the attack poured in from across political party lines yesterday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Absolutely shocked at attack on young Kurdish asylum-seeker, who came here searching for safety. I fervently hope he makes a full recovery.”

Shadow home secretary Dianne Abbott said: “Sadly this is not an isolated incident, but part of a sustained increase in hate crimes that this Tory government is yet to offer any effective response to.

“With right-wing politicians across the world scapegoating migrants, refugees and others for their economic problems, we are seeing a deeply worrying rise in the politics of hate.

Weyman Bennett of Unite Against Fascism, which co-organised yesterday’s vigil, said: “An atmosphere of hatred and intolerance has been built up against refugees and we believe this attack reflects that.

“We must unite and give solidarity to the victim and we must demonstrate our disgust at vicious, racist attacks and those who carry them out.

“We are staging today’s vigil in response to this vicious attack, and will be demonstrating in Croydon on Saturday.”

A spokesperson for anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate said: “It is time to stand together, and stand firm, against those who would wish to target the vulnerable and minorities in our society.”

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, described the attackers as “scum.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Hate crime has no place in London, Britain or anywhere else.

“Our communities will not be divided by those who seek to sow hate.”

Refugee Council advocacy director Dr Lisa Doyle said: “We hope the perpetrators of this appalling attack are swiftly brought to justice and we wish the victim a full and speedy recovery.”

The six arrested were three 20-year-old men, a 20-year-old woman and a man and woman both aged 24.

An anti-racism demonstration will be staged in Croydon at 2pm on Saturday April 8.

After London atrocity, no to racism, war

This video says about itself:

23 March 2017

In London a vigil is underway for the victims of Wednesday’s attack.

People have been gathering at Trafalgar Square to pay tribute to them.

Among the victims. 48 year old Keith Palmer, the unarmed police officer who was fatally stabbed as he stood guard at an entrance to parliament. Another victim, was 43-year-old Aysha Frade, She was on her way to collect her two daughters, who are seven and nine years old.

From TIME magazine:

Sughra Ahmed, a Muslim woman who traveled from northwest England for the vigil, said she’d been reduced to tears on the square by a woman who embraced her.

“Britain is one,” she said. “An attack on one is an attack on us all.”

MORE THAN £100,000 was raised online by yesterday afternoon for the family members of those murdered in Wednesday’s Westminster terrorist attack: here.

So far, there are only speculations, no facts about the motives of the perpetrator of this atrocity. Maybe we will never know. He killed and was killed without leaving any message as far as we know now. He had a history of involvement with drugs. Did that play any role?

From the Stop the War Coalition in Britain:

22 March 2017

Stop the War condemns the attacks at Westminster today. There can be no justification for the attacks on ordinary people in the street and those working in or providing security in the palace of Westminster. Our thoughts are with all those killed, injured or caught up in the incident. The police have said that they have designated this as a terrorist attack, and it shares some of the features of other such attacks across Europe recently.

Stop the War opposes the wars in the Middle East and South Asia. We believe that these have led to an increase in terrorism which has made life more dangerous not just for people in those regions, but in Britain as well. We have to oppose terrorism but also confront the issues which help to fuel it, and search for a peaceful and just solution to the problems of the Middle East. The role of our government should be to urgently look for such solutions, and not to maintain its involvement in wars which are helping to create this instability around the world.

By Julie Hyland in Britain:

Westminster attacker was known to British intelligence

24 March 2017

Much remains unclear about the terror attack on Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament in London that left five people dead and at least 40 others injured, some critically.

Unusually, it took more than 24 hours for the alleged perpetrator to be named. Khalid Masood, 52, a British citizen born in Kent and thought to have been living in the West Midlands, was killed in the incident.

Just before 3pm on Wednesday, he had driven a rented SUV at speed across Westminster Bridge, knocking pedestrians over, and causing one to jump into the River Thames, before the car struck a perimeter wall at the Houses of Parliament. He then jumped from his vehicle and attempted to force his way through an unlocked gate, fatally stabbing PC Keith Palmer with an 8-inch blade before he was shot by an armed police officer. He died later in hospital.

Parliament was placed on lockdown for several hours, and Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed to safety as armed police searched the building.

In her lunchtime statement before a reconvened Commons on Thursday, May only confirmed that the assailant was a British-born male who had acted alone. He was known to the domestic intelligence agency MI5, although only as a “peripheral figure,” and he was not “part of the current intelligence picture.”

Some 3,000 Britons are thought to be on MI5’s anti-terror surveillance list, but it appears Masood was not among them. May said that his identity was known to the police and security services and that, when “operational considerations allow,” he would be identified. He had once been investigated by MI5 in relation to “concerns about violent extremism.”

According to the Guardian, the original text issued by Number 10 said only that he had been investigated over such concerns, but not by whom. May did not state what these concerns were based on, or whether the subject had ever been arrested. According to subsequent reports, Masood had previous convictions for assault, criminal damage and possession of offensive weapons, but none for terror-related offences.

The patchiness of the prime minister’s statement was underscored by her assertion that the “working assumption” was that the attacker was “inspired by Islamist ideology,” but police “have no reason to believe there are imminent further attacks on the public.”

Despite this, police raided at least six properties in Birmingham, London and elsewhere, making eight arrests.

May also stated that in the absence of “specific intelligence” that a further attack is imminent, the UK’s security level would not be raised and would remain at “severe.” Police patrols would be increased across the country as a “precautionary measure,” including armed police in major cities.

May struck a Churchillian pose, warning that in the face of the terrorists’ efforts to “silence our democracy,” the “oldest of parliaments” would not be cowed and that British “democracy and the values it entails will always prevail.”

There is something profoundly distasteful about the use of such a horror for political grandstanding. The reality is that the MPs gathered in Westminster were probably the safest people in the country at that moment. The Houses of Parliament is the most heavily fortified building in London, complete with concrete bollards, barriers and heavily armed police officers.

Masood only managed to attack PC Palmer because a side gate had been left unlocked. If not, he would have turned his knife, not just his car, on people outside parliament.

Wednesday’s tragedy follows a pattern seen in Germany, France, Belgium and elsewhere.

A lone operative, known to the security services, launches an attack using a lorry, car, knife or some other unsophisticated weaponry to deadly effect. Once again, it is those going quietly about their daily lives who are the victims.

In Wednesday’s incident, these included Aysha Frade, a college worker, and American tourist Kurt Cochran, celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife, who was injured in the attack. The fifth deceased individual was identified Thursday evening as a 75-year-old man.

In addition to the 12 Britons admitted to hospital, the injured include three French children, two Romanians, two Greeks, one Italian, one Pole, one German, one Irish, four South Koreans, one Chinese, one Italian and one American.

May’s statement, like the wall-to-wall media coverage, is aimed not at uncovering the truth of this incident, its origins and implications, but at concealing, confusing and ultimately silencing any discussion.

Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian wrote, “The bastion of politics now has a human face, as vulnerable as the rest of us to an act of murderous violence.”

Westminster, like “Washington, DC” or “Brussels”, had been shorthand for a “loathed political establishment or distant, overmighty government,” he wrote. Wednesday changed this. MPs “locked in” the Commons chamber trying desperately to contact loved ones, or the images of Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood giving CPR to PC Palmer; all contributed to parliament being “seen not as the widely despised bastion of the political class, but a real place inhabited by office workers, tourists, security guards and groups of visiting schoolchildren.”

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon summed up the purpose of such wishful prattle, insisting that acts of terror were the responsibility only of the individuals who carried them out. …

The refusal to consider any political or social impulses for terror attacks goes hand-in-glove with the efforts to rehabilitate the discredited and loathed ruling elite, and to excuse the role its wars have played in fostering Islamist terrorism.

Just as the incident unfolded, foreign ministers from 68 countries were gathering in the US to step up their military intervention in Iraq, Syria and Libya. The day before, it was reported that a US-led airstrike had struck a school building in Raqqa, the ISIS capital of Syria, killing more than 33 people. Days earlier, a US strike on a mosque complex in the northwest of the country killed at least 52 people.

While there are no public reports of British involvement in these attacks, in December 2015 parliament voted to authorise UK military airstrikes in Syria.

Then there is the alliance between the US and the UK alongside Saudi Arabia and others, in financing, arming and training Islamic extremists in Syria, Libya and Iraq as its suits their interests. Not only does this increase the danger of terrorism, such reckless actions threaten a global conflagration. But any discussion on these questions is being ruled out of order.

Instead, the UK government follows Trump’s White House in imposing ever more worthless “security” restrictions, such as insisting laptops and tablets carried on certain airlines from specified airports be placed in the hold, rather than in the cabin. This is accompanied by shrill demands for greater police powers.

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper demanded a massive increase in armed police, while the Daily Mail argued that such attacks make it seem “increasingly perverse to deny the authorities power to eavesdrop on our electronic communications for the purpose of protecting the public.”

As for Freedland and Corbyn’s calls for unity and solidarity, in reality the attack is being used to create an atmosphere redolent of the vicious anti-Muslim campaigns underway in the US, France, Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Katie Hopkins said London is a “city of ghettoes behind a thin veneer of civility kept polished by a Muslim mayor [Labour’s Sadiq Khan].” She described a “war” taking place in the country, between “those who think it is more important to tip-toe around the cultures of those who choose to join us, rather than defend our own culture.”

Candles at the Trafalgar Square vigil

By Lamiat Sabin and Steve Sweeney in Britain:

We Won’t Let the Racists Divide Us

Friday 24th March 2017

Britain responds to the far-right trying to whip up hatred after the Westminster attack

FAR-RIGHT efforts to exploit the Westminster attack yesterday were overshadowed by calls for unity.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, London’s first Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan, Stand Up to Racism, anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) urged British people to resist being divided by racial and religious hatred.

Despite wide condemnation of the attack from the Muslim community, including from MCB which described it as “cowardly and depraved,” Stand Up to Racism said that fascist mob Britain First has already jumped to “call a march in London to spew their racism, hatred and division.”

Mr Corbyn urged people not to rush to judgement about Wednesday’s incident in which four people died — a policeman, a teacher from Spain, a tourist from the US and the attacker.

A Kent-born man — named as 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who had a history of convictions including for assault, weapon possession and public order offences — drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing it into the fence around Parliament.

He then ran into an out-of-bounds area of the parliamentary estate where he fatally stabbed one officer and tried to attack another before being shot several times by police.

The Labour leader paid tribute to Keith Palmer — the officer who was stabbed to death — the security services and NHS workers who took care of the injured and dying.

“We are united by our humanity and by our democratic values and by that human impulse of solidarity to stand together in times of darkness and adversity.”

His sentiments were shared by Mr Khan. Speaking on Sky News, the London mayor said that such attackers “hate the fact that in London, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, those who are members of organised faith and those who aren’t, don’t simply tolerate each other, we respect each other, we celebrate each other, we embrace each other.

“In the past we have risen, we’ve shown our resilience, we’ve returned to work and returned to normality. We have done it in the past and we will do it again now.”

The Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend), a community-funded NGO dedicated to tackling Islamophobia, expressed shock and sorrow over the incident and paid tribute to the emergency services.

“The Palace of Westminster is the centre of our democracy and we must all ensure that it continues to serve our country and its people with safety and security.”

Hope Not Hate wrote in a statement: “In the coming hours and days, there will be some who call for more hatred. Who want nothing more than to meet violence with violence. That is the path to ruin.”

These statements were made after the former leader of far-right group the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, took to the streets of Westminster to spread hate against Muslims.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage also sunk to a new low when he blamed support for multiculturalism for creating a “fifth column” of terror supporters in Western societies.

… And he praised US President Donald Trump for trying to implement his Muslim ban.

In a bizarre string of Facebook comments, Cambridge Labour county councillor Peter Sarris called for the introduction of internment — the detention of people without trial, as was used against Irish Catholic and nationalist communities during the Troubles.

Stand Up to Racism and Mend have called a vigil outside Downing Street at 6pm today.

Muslims at the Trafalgar Square vigil

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday 24th March 2017

RELIGIOUS leaders and experts described the Westminster terror attack as a “perversion” of Islam yesterday.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, said every ideology, whether religious or secular, has contained elements of extremism, so Muslims should not be blamed for what happened on Wednesday.

He said: “There is no space for hatred for those who are our friends, for hatred for the Muslim population in general in this country — no reprisals, no sense that we are targeting our condemnation at anybody other than those who perpetrate these things.”

Muslim leaders also condemned the attack, insisting it had nothing to do with Islam. Islamic law expert Mustafa Baig, a lecturer in Islamic studies at Exeter University, said British Muslims should not be “wrongfully blamed for acts that they themselves condemn.”

Calling on people to “stand together” with British Muslims, he said: “This grotesque act of violence was a perversion of the teachings of Islam.”

This Hope not Hate video from Britain says about itself:

24 March 2017

Stand together to spread a message of hope with Brendan Cox

whose wife, Labour MP Jo Cox, was murdered by a white supremacist pro-South African apartheid Islamophobe

and Mike Haines, whose brother David was murdered by ISIS.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Don’t Give Way To Hate

Friday 24th March 2017

JEREMY CORBYN’S insistence that we must not allow “fear or the voices of hatred to divide or cow us,” following the deadly events in Westminster, is wise advice.

His counsel of unity and letting the police carry out their responsibilities without a chorus of ill-judged allegations and supposition meets the needs of the situation.

It stands in contrast to the usual self-publicist renta-gob politicians and commentators who are happy to exploit other people’s grief to peddle their divisive obsessions.

Most politicians have followed advice to adopt a united and dignified attitude towards Wednesday’s unmitigated horror.

They have pointed to the magnificent response by the emergency services and NHS health professionals to events as they unfolded and paid tribute to unarmed police officer Keith Palmer who was murdered as he carried out his duties outside Parliament.

Morally stunted individuals of the ilk of Nigel Farage, Arron Banks and Katie Hopkins blame multiculturalism and mass immigration for “inviting in terrorism.”

They propagate the slander that Muslims and their religion, Islam, are directly or indirectly to blame for an atrocity committed by an individual.

In perpetrating this lie, they ignore the reality that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Britain share a similar approach to life, family, friends and neighbours as everyone else.

Farage’s associate Paul Nuttall accepts that only a “tiny fragment” of the Muslim community in this country has been radicalised.

But even then he can’t help attempting to smear all Muslims by concluding that even a lone wolf’s plans would have been shared by other people and adding: “I just wonder whether more could have been done to stop them.”

His demand that Muslim communities “do more to root out this cancer of radicalisation” amounts to guilt by religious association.

Local Muslim associations across Britain are engaged in constant struggles against those who would tarnish a religion that its believers characterise as peaceful by adopting the hateful views of a death cult.

Even unapologetic arch-war criminal Tony Blair has acknowledged the link between radicalisation and the anger and resentment generated by a succession of Western-directed or backed wars against Muslim states in north Africa and the Middle East.

Yet it is remarkable how few British Muslims have been seduced to enrol in the ranks of the Islamic State (Isis) fanatics who proclaim their goal of rolling back the centuries to create a caliphate of their own imagining.

Much more representative of Muslims in Britain is the swiftly set-up group Muslims United for London that collected £3,000 in its first hour of existence to support the families of those murdered or maimed in Westminster.

The same applies to the Muslim Council of Britain and the Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) organisation working with Stand up to Racism for tonight’s unity vigil in Whitehall.

Their priority is to bring everyone together in opposition to hatred and fear, to racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and every other shameful pretext to sow division and discrimination.

Those who reach with a knee-jerk reaction towards their pet bugbears of multiculturalism and immigration to justify scapegoating entire communities are objectively allies of Isis.

They have a shared distrust of and antipathy towards a society in which people from many different backgrounds are not only tolerant but mutually respectful, living in peace, love and friendship alongside each other.

The views of the hate purveyors are outdated and will never achieve dominance as long as people stand up, speak out and refuse to be intimidated.

The far right wants to exploit the Westminster attack. London won’t let it, by Nesrine Malik: here.

BRITISH AUTHORITIES: NO EVIDENCE LONDON TERRORIST HAD CONNECTIONS WITH AL QAEDA, ISIS The senior national coordinator for U.K. counter-terrorism policing also said there was no evidence Khalid Masood was radicalized in prison. [Reuters]

London attack perpetrator was monitored by British intelligence six years ago: here.

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.