The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today welcomed Glasgow City Council’s statement that the Scottish Defence League (SDL) will not receive permission to march on the 29th November. The STUC in association with the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) has organised its annual St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March and Rally for this date, under the banner of ‘A future free from Racism’.
Grahame Smith STUC General Secretary said:
“The STUC’s St Andrew’s Day March is a celebration of the commitment to equality that exists in Scotland and a call to renew our fight against racism that sadly still exists in our society. The fact that the SDL are trying to organise a march on the same day as our long-standing anti-racist event confirms the need to redouble our efforts and oppose their message of hate.
“We are pleased to see that Glasgow City Council will not consider giving the SDL permission to march on the 29th November and are instead providing a space for Scottish people to march against racism and fascism.
“We call on all those in Scotland who reject racism and support equality to march with us on the 29th November for a future free from racism.”
Notes to Editors:
The STUC St Andrew’s March will assemble 10.30am on 29th November in Glasgow Green, March off 11am, Rally 12 noon in Glasgow Film Theatre.
The March Route will be: Glasgow Green, MacLellan Arch, Saltmarket, Glasgow Cross, High Street, Ingram Street, Montrose Street, Cochrane Street, George Square South, St Vincent Place, St Vincent Street, Hope Street, Bath Street, Douglas Street, Sauchiehall Street, Rose Street and Renfrew Street.
Confirmed speakers at the Rally are:
June Minnery STUC President, TRUE Colours, Anti-Racism in schools project, Colin Clark CRER and Aamer Anwar, Human Rights Lawyer