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Defiant march against racism

by Martin Chapman
Issue No. 1923

ABOUT 1,000 marchers held a two-minute silence outside the Potters Wheel pub in Swansea’s Kingsway last Saturday.

Traffic waited patiently as mainly local people, senior Welsh politicians and trade unionists representing over 40 organisations paid their last respects to Kalan Kawa Karim.

He was the Iraqi Kurd who was the victim of an apparent racist murder outside the pub five weeks ago.

With the aid of a local fundraising campaign, Kalan Karim’s body was flown home last week. His burial was attended by 5,000 people.

Throughout the march one slogan seemed to dominate: “Refugees are welcome here!”

Speakers included the leader of the council, a representative of the Welsh Assembly, TUC Wales general secretary Felicity Williams, and Weyman Bennett from Unite Against Fascism.

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Wed 13 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1923
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