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Scottish backing for protest march

Issue No. 1964

The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is backing the national demonstration against war, racism and occupation in London on 24 September. The party’s executive last week unanimously voted to support the protest.

Two of the SSP’s MSPs, Colin Fox and Tommy Sheridan, will speak at public meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the run up to the demonstration.

Colin Fox, SSP national convenor, said, “The SSP unequivocally denounced the terrorist bombs in London immediately after the attacks.

“These were acts of barbarism that have no place in society. But the headlong rush into repressive legislation by the government must be resisted by all progressive forces in society. Repression will never defeat terrorism as 30 years of history in Northern Ireland shows.

“The legislation the government is proposing is draconian and the SSP will be joining with the Muslim Association of Britain and other organisations in opposing this threat to our civil liberties.

“We stand together with the Muslim community in opposing the wave of racism and anti-Muslim violence that has swept the country following the bombings.”

Four SSP MSPs have been suspended from the Scottish Parliament throughout the month of September for taking peaceful direct action in defence of the right to protest at the recent G8 summit in Gleneagles in July.

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Sat 20 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1964
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