More than 100 people joined a march and vigil at just two days notice in New Brighton, The Wirral, last Saturday in response to a racist assault.
Local man Bashi was hit with an iron bar a week ago defending his family against racist abuse.
He said the attack made him consider moving away, but the march and messages of support had changed his mind.
Trade unionists and a local councillor spoke. To loud applause, several speakers said politicians who take away hope with their cuts while stirring up hatred with attacks on multiculturalism should also be in the dock.