Socialist Worker

Dudley is next stage in taking on the racists

by Viv Smith
Issue No. 2191

The EDL is also planning to protest in Dudley on Sunday 4 April against the construction of a new mosque. EDL supporters have threatened to burn it down.

Unite Against Fascism activists in Dudley are mobilising to oppose them. A unity statement is gaining widespread support from churches, mosques, trade unions and community groups.

Activists have leafleted a 300-strong Holocaust memorial event and an Aston Villa football match. Mosques in Lye, Wolverhampton and Dudley have been leafleted.

Dudley Unison and Dudley PCS union branches are supporting the protest and the local Unite union office has taken leaflets to distribute.

Paul Singh, a member of Dudley’s Sikh community, told Socialist Worker, “We are proud of our diverse community. I was born in Dudley and am concerned by the EDL, their lies and hatred.

“I urge all Sikhs to unite with other communities to stand up against racism. The EDL are not welcome here. We must stand up and confront them. Please join us.”

Dudley Trades Council is supporting the protest. “We are asking affiliated branches to back the protest, encourage members to attend and bring their union banners,” said its secretary Jim Warner.

“Before that we are also going to be going to Bolton on 20 March to show our solidarity with them.”

Wolverhampton Trades Council has also backed the protest as have a number of leading LGBT activists from the area.

Tara Hewitt, the National Union of Students LGBT transgender rep, said, “The EDL is the BNP’s way of continuing their violent agenda, which includes racist and homophobic attacks.

“We need to stand up and reclaim our streets.”

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