Supporters of the Islamophobic group Pegida plan to hold an “anti-Muslim” protest in Newcastle this Saturday.
But local students, trade unionists and other anti-racists are organising a counter-demonstration to oppose them.
Newcastle Unites is organising the anti-racist protest, supported by UAF. It is backed by unions including the FBU, Unite and Unison northern region.
Daniel Kebede is a teacher in Newcastle and been helping build the demonstration. He said the mood is “positive” around the city.
“We’re building a broad base to make sure that they do not go unopposed, and to keep the momentum so that we can build for an anti-racist festival in May,” he said.
Some 70 people attended an organising meeting on Wednesday of last week which some racists tried to disrupt.
Simon Hall of Newcastle Unites said, “They wanted to intimidate us—but we are quite clear that they are not wanted here.”
On Facebook look at the page Newcastle Unites Against Pegida