ANTI-RACISTS held a speak-out against racism, organised by the Anti Nazi League, on Eltham High Street, south east London, on Saturday. It followed two more serious racist attacks. Two weeks ago a 14 year old black boy was hospitalised with a broken jaw after he was attacked and racially abused by a white man in his twenties.
Then on Monday of last week a black driver and a white passenger were both attacked on Sidcup High Street by two white men in a van. Passers-by were horrified to see the two white men get out of the van and attack the occupants of the car in front. Both men in the car had a substance sprayed in their face. The van then rammed the car off the road and sped off.
The police later arrested a man, and he was charged with racially aggravated assault last Thursday. There have now been six serious racist attacks in Eltham over the last three months. It is the area where the BNP had its headquarters in the early 1990s, and where Stephen Lawrence was murdered.
His mother, Doreen, has spoken out in the local Mercury newspaper about the spate of attacks. There were a number of racist assaults in the area in the months before Stephen was murdered nine years ago. Anti-racists are campaigning in the area to isolate the tiny number of hardened racist thugs.
They are due to meet Clive Efford, Labour MP for Eltham, to discuss organising a response that can draw together the majority of people in the area who are sickened by the attacks. The speak-out raised £108 for campaigning in the area, and got hundreds of people to sign petitions.
There were union banners from Greenwich Natfhe and Lewisham Unison, and a speaker from the Greenwich Council for Racial Equality.