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Protest in Doncaster outside Ukip’s conference and stand up to racists

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2420

Protest in Harlow, Essex, this April

Protest in Harlow, Essex, this April

Activists across Britain are organising to take on the anti-immigrant, pro-rich Ukip party later this month.

They will join a national protest outside the party’s national conference in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on Saturday 27 September.

The protest is called by the Stand up to Ukip campaign. There is transport from most parts of Britain.

Stand up to Ukip has been organising against the party in local areas ahead of the national protest.

Around 50 people came to a Stand up to Ukip meeting in Sheffield last Saturday. Local activist and pensioner Ian Wallace told Socialist Worker, “The meeting was really good with a mix of people in different unions.

“We are standing up to Ukip in Sheffield and we are mobilising for the demonstration in Doncaster too. Lots of people are interested in coming.”

Activists in Rotherham gathered many names for the Stand up to Ukip statement at an anti-racist event last Sunday.

The event marked the 125th anniversary of Arthur Wharton becoming the world’s first black professional footballer.

Stand up to Ukip activists are preparing for their launch rally in Manchester on Monday of next week. 

Speakers include Julie Ward MEP, local councillor Bev Craig, Rena Wood from the Unison union, Jo Cardwell from Stand up to Ukip and asylum seeker Manjeet Kaur.

Meanwhile activists are organising to stop Farage being elected MP in Thanet, Kent.

Ukip claims to be on the side of ordinary people against the establishment. 

In fact its leader, Nigel Farage, is as establishment as they come. A son of a stockbroker in the City of London, Farage was educated at public school and went on to be a commodities broker.

He has strong links with bosses and millionaires who can see that, for all the rhetoric, Ukip stands firmly on the side of the rich. It backs privatisation of public services such as the NHS, lower taxes for bosses and wants to see more cuts than the Tories.

Just this week, Farage boasted of having had “a good chat” with hated News International boss Rupert Murdoch.

Ukip wants to whip up panic about immigration. It hopes that ordinary people will blame migrants for poverty, unemployment and poor services. It wants to deflect attention from the real culprits—the Tories and the bosses.

Join the demonstration in Doncaster and be part of stopping it.

Demonstration outside Ukip’s conference, Saturday 27 September
Assemble 12 noon, Sir Nigel Gresley Square, Doncaster, South Yorkshire


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