Last Saturday evening a 35 year old man was racially abused in Bury Knowle park in Oxford before being punched in the head three times and knocked to the ground. He was left with a broken nose and a possible fractured cheekbone.
The scapegoating of migrants, Muslims and refugees by mainstream politicians, including our own government and by racist US president Donald Trump, is giving confidence to racists and the far right to go on the offensive. As a result we have seen a 30 percent rise in racist attacks in the last year of reported figures.
In Europe this has led to fascists making advances, with calls to put refugees in concentration camps and the creation of registers for Roma people. On 9 June British fascist organisations were able to mobilise 15,000 in London on a racist rampage for their jailed hero, the Nazi Tommy Robinson.
But the protests against Trump showed that we can mobilise on a large scale to challenge the racists. Last Saturday's march in support of Robinson was smaller and challenged by 3,000 anti-racists.
Oxford Stand Up To Racism has called a Community Walk in response to the attack.
We call on everyone opposed to racism to join the walk. Let’s make it clear we will unite and mobilise against racism and racist attacks whenever they occur. We want to send a clear message that everyone should be able to use our parks without fear.
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