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Take action when the Football Lads Alliance marches in London

Issue No. 2570

The Football Lads Alliance mobilised thousands in June

The Football Lads Alliance mobilised thousands in June

Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) will take a message of unity and opposition to racism and Islamophobia onto the streets of London on Saturday 7 October.

The Football Lads Alliance (FLA) has called a demonstration on that day. It says that it will “swamp London with 30-40,000 people patriotic and willing to stand united against terror”.

SUTR said, “We believe there is a real danger that the event could open the door to far right groups that want to promote racism and Islamophobia.”

The FLA held a demonstration of thousands on 24 June. People had come with different expectations of what they were attending and not all were racists.

But it was a mobilisation which ended with right wing and racist speeches that targetted Muslims. Known fascists attended—seeking to build their influence.

SUTR supporters have leafleted around ten football grounds about the FLA this season. In the weeks before the 7 October demonstration, SUTR is encouraging leafleting of grounds across Britain on the weekends of 16-17 September and 23-24 September.

Go to Facebook event Stand together: no to racism & Islamophobia, football for all and for details of how to get involved

G4S's treatment migrants exposed

Undercover footage of officers “mocking, abusing and even assaulting” migrants imprisoned at a detention centre has led to ten people being suspended.

One is employed by the Home Office and the other nine are employees of outsourcing giant G4S.

It runs the Brook House detention centre near London Gatwick airport.

The company G4S also runs Her Majesty’s Prison Birmingham where prisoners rioted last weekend.

In 2010 Jimmy Mubenga died at London Heathrow Airport. He was being restrained by three G4S guards trying to deport him to Angola in West Africa.

It plans to renew its contract to run Brook House, though some Labour MPs called for it to be suspended.

A Home Office statement claimed, “We are clear that all detainees should be treated with dignity and respect”.

But the barbaric policy of locking up refugees or people who have problems with their visas in prison-like conditions does the opposite.

This is what puts people at risk of racist abuse.


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