Respect member Alliya Stennett spoke at the Campaign for Silent Victims demonstration last Saturday. She told Socialist Worker, “A huge crowd had turned out, mostly from the African Caribbean community.
“The protesters were angry, but there was no focus for their anger — just a mish mash of speakers from church and community groups. A lot of the comments could be very unhelpful, people with egos making wild allegations against the Asian community.
“We had come to the demonstration with a petition from the Campaign to Defend Asylum seekers. It called on the government and police to guarantee the immigration status of the alleged victim.
“The organisers said I should address the crowd. I said that divisions between our communities would not help. I also told Khalid Mahmood MP to sort out the girl’s status. It went down very well — people were cheering and putting their hands up to grab the petition.”