Some 3,000 people from across all communities demonstrated their unity against racism at the funeral of Anthony Walker, the black Liverpool teenager murdered on Friday 30 July in a racially motivated attack.
The public service, held on Thursday of last week, was also broadcast on a giant screen in Liverpool city centre.
Anti-racist campaigners in the area have formed the Merseyside Coalition Against Racism and Fascism, which is due to hold an anti-racist festival in Princes Park, Liverpool, on Sunday of this week. The event is backed by local newspapers, trade unions, faith and community groups.
The number of racist attacks in Merseyside has quadrupled since the London bombings, according to figures published this week by the Liverpool Daily Post.
The Merseyside Racial Monitoring Unit helpline has recorded over 200 calls since 7 July, compared to 48 in the preceding six weeks.
“It’s people who are perceived to be Muslim who are being targeted, so it’s basically anyone who’s not white,” said Margaret McAdam, spokesperson for the helpline. Police figures also confirm a rise in racist attacks.
Merseyside Unity Festival — Say No to Racism
12 noon to 8pm, Sunday 4 September, Princes Park, Liverpool. Acts include the 747s, Ladytron, Strictly Motown and Jah Deeanko. Free entry.