AS NEWS of the murder of Firsat Yildiz broke on Sunday, 350 asylum seekers marched from Sighthill to Glasgow city centre chanting, 'We want justice!' On Monday more than 1,000 people then attended a mass rally in the city's George Square.
Monday's rally was backed by the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, and the Glasgow Refugee Action Group. Joining the refugees were hundreds of trade unionists, anti-racists and socialists. Banners at the rally included the UNISON union, the print workers' GPMU union, the firefighters' FBU union, the Anti Nazi League and the Scottish Socialist Party.
Bill Speirs, the general secretary of the STUC, attacked the Labour government's policies on asylum seekers. Paul McDonald of the FBU called on trade unionists to unite with refugees for justice for Firsat and to smash the Nazi BNP, which has tried to whip up racial tension in Sighthill.
Only three weeks ago BNP leader Nick Griffin had to cancel a planned trip to Sighthill following anti-racist demonstrations. Leading local anti-racist campaigner Aamer Anwar closed the rally by saying that the campaign for justice had only just begun, and added his voice to the call for a national demonstration in Glasgow.