Socialist Worker

Stop Pegida in Newcastle

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2441

Anti-racists are gearing up to oppose a protest by supporters of the Islamophobic group Pegida in Newcastle on 28 February. 

It has become a focus for  assorted Nazi and racist groups.

Simon Hall of Newcastle Unites, the anti-racist group calling a counter-demonstration, told Socialist Worker, “It is important we come out and make a stand.

“A racist group like Pegida cannot be allowed to gain a foothold here.”

Pegida emerged in Germany where it had a meteoric rise with tens of thousands protesting against the “Islamification” of Europe.

But anti-racists pushed it back, causing five leading members to leave. This crisis led it to try and put down roots elsewhere.

Anti-racists plan a public meeting on Wednesday of this week. 

Speakers include Weyman Bennett of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Fazia Hussain Brown, the Unite union’s regional organiser. 

Meeting Wed 18 Feb, 7pm, Civic Centre, NE1 8QH. UAF conference Sat 21 Feb, 9am-4pm, central London.

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