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Over 1,000 join anti-racist demonstration in Glasgow

by Margaret Woods
Issue No. 2432

Marching against racism in Scotland

Marching against racism in Scotland (Pic: Duncan Brown)

More than 1,000 people joined the Scottish Trades Union Congress’ (STUC) anti-racist demo in Glasgow last Saturday. 

There were many trade union and campaign banners, including Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Scotland. 

The rally was addressed by author Selma James and human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, among others. 

A short video was shown of the STUC officers’ visit to Palestine, as part of a discussion on Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions.

This demo has taken place for 30 years and has its roots in opposition to the Nazis trying to take over St Andrew’s Day. 

The Scottish Defence League (SDL) had also threatened to rally at Govan police station due to alleged “grooming”. But they called off the protest. 

This was a victory for anti-racists who organised a counter-protest and have turned out to oppose the SDL time and time again in the city.

UAF held a short victory rally in George Square after the STUC demo.

It was addressed by Amal Azzudin from the Glasgow Girls campaign and Glasgow Green councillor Martha Wardrop, among others.


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