Socialist Worker

Join the national demonstration to drive the racists back

by Viv Smith
Issue No. 2222

The Unite Against Fascism (UAF) national demonstration against racism, fascism and Islamophobia in London on 6 November is a vital part of the struggle to drive back the threat of racism.

Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of UAF told Socialist Worker, “The racist English Defence League (EDL) and the fascist British National Party (BNP) have threatened towns and cities up and down the country.

“They want to capitalise on the fall-out from the Tory cuts. Their main weapon is Islamophobia, but they are a threat to us all.

“We can’t wait to let what’s happened in countries across Europe happen here. In France, president Nicolas Sarkozy is scapegoating Roma and Muslim people as a diversion from his assault on working people.

“This gives confidence to racists and Nazis.

“That’s why we have to come out in our thousands to resist the racists. We have to show unity between the trade union, anti-racist, LGBT, pensioners and student movements. We have to stand together.”

The Muslim Council of Britain and the TUC, alongside a number of other groups and trade unions, have backed the demonstration.

It is this type of unity that will be key to stopping racism and fascism.

Union leaders, MPs and campaigners have also signed up to support the day including MPs Ed Balls and Diane Abbott, Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four and Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six.

No to racism, fascism and Islamophobia march and carnival, 12 noon, Saturday 6 November, Malet Street, London WC1

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