UN Anti-Racism Day: Stand up to racism and fascism #M22

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Date(s) - 22/03/2014
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trafalgar Square


Stand up to racism and fascism
No to scapegoating immigrants
No to Islamophobia

UN anti-racism day
A day of action has been called for across
Europe on 22 March to coincide with UN
Anti-racism Day. With eyes on the European
elections in May parties in most countries
of the right, centre and even the
traditional left are allowing politics and the
media to be dominated by racism and
xenophobia. Islamophobia and anti-
Semitism and the scapegoating of
minorities – immigrants, Roma, Black and
Asian communities – have become the
norm. In Britain the fascist and far right are
seeking gains, but there is an even greater
immediate threat.

No to scapegoating immigrants
That is the increasing tendency of
mainstream political parties to tail-end the
right-wing, populist UKIP. They are out-vying
each other in calls for draconian ‘anti-
immigration’ policies and generally
promoting a ‘Little Englander’ anti-foreign,
anti-European mentality, most recently seen
with the hostility and racism whipped up
towards the projected arrival of Bulgarian
and Romanian migrant workers.

No to Islamophobia
In particular, it has become acceptable to
promote fear and hatred of Muslim people
and Islam as a religion. This racism creates
a climate of Islamophobia, leading directly
to more attacks on the Muslim population,
including murder and violent attacks
on mosques.

Remember Mandela – Yes to diversity
In remembering Nelson Mandela we too
should cherish “the ideal of a democratic
and free society in which all persons live
together in harmony and equal
opportunities.” UN Anti-racism Day
commemorates the victims of the
Sharpeville massacre in 1960, when 69
peaceful demonstrators against apartheid
were killed by South African police forces.
Many organisations and communities have
come together to call for this parade and rally.
Join us in rejecting racism and showing that
migrants are welcome. Let’s celebrate diversity
by expressing our cultures and identities. Let’s
demonstrate our confidence in a future free of
scapegoating, racism and hatred.


Assemble 11am
Parade from Parliament Square
to rally at Trafalgar Square


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