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Anti-racist protesters come out in force to stand up to Ukip and Nigel Farage

Issue No. 2401

Part of the protest against Ukip in Portsmouth

Part of the protest against Ukip in Portsmouth (Pic: Jon Woods)

When Ukip’s Nigel Farage went on a speaking tour last week, anti-racists gave him the welcome he deserved.

Around 100 people protested outside a Ukip rally  in Gateshead on Wednesday of last week. Some went in to heckle.

Activists plan a counter-demonstration when the English Defence League comes to Newcastle on 17 May. 

Anti-racists also targeted a Farage rally in Sheffield on Tuesday of last week. His meeting on Friday of last week in Dudley was followed by an anti-racist festival (see below).

Over 100 people protested against Ukip in Portsmouth on Monday of this week. Stand up to Ukip called the protest outside a public meeting where Farage was speaking.

Ukip supporters were told to go home while migrants were welcome. The danger of Ukip was exposed as EDL supporters came out of the pub to heckle protesters.

Anti-racists are also getting the message out not to vote for Ukip in the Euro elections. 

Labour, Green and TUSC supporters joined forces to give out Stand Up to Ukip leaflets in Haringey, north London, last Saturday.

“We had a great reception,” said Terry McGrath. “People want to stop Ukip gaining a foothold. They see it as a party which scapegoats immigrants.”

More protests were set to hound Farage’s rallies in Portsmouth, Bath, Swansea and Derby this week, then in London on Wednesday of next week.

Thanks to Nick Clark and Jon Woods

Hundreds of people came to a Love Music Hate Racism festival in Dudley Town Hall last Saturday.

More than 25 bands performed on two stages and stalls stretched down the street outside. There was a great atmosphere of unity and celebration. 

It gave a boost to people determined to ensure that Dudley is no place for racists.

Martin Lynch

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