Stand up to Racism on March 21st

March 19th 2015

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is joining a range of anti-racist groups, civil society organisations and concerned citizens to march on Saturday 21st March in Glasgow against racism. The 21st March is UN Anti-Racist Day and a range of demonstrations have been organised across Europe, including in London, Cardiff and Glasgow, to show our opposition to rising levels of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

Speaking in advance of the march Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

“This year’s anti-racism march comes at a difficult time for Europe. With austerity putting severe pressure on living stands, right wing parties are using people’s genuine insecurities to sow seeds of racism and division. Major incidents like the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the killings in a Jewish supermarket and the rise of Pegida - an explicitly anti-Islamic organisation which managed to draw thousands of Germans onto the streets- require from us a clear focus on anti-racism.

“The UK is currently embroiled in one of the closest elections in its history. It is imperative that this election reflects our values of equality and diversity. It is disappointing that this campaign has already been marred in racism with the recent comments by the Scottish UKIP MEP, David Coburn, referring to Humza Yousaf, MSP, as Abu Hamza. Such comments are unacceptable and show how necessary it is that Scots come together to reject racism and send a clear message about the sort of society we want to build.”

Jock Morris, Chair of the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees said:

“This international day of demonstrations against racism and fascism has been initiated by Keefra, the Greek anti-nazi movement which has had such success in stopping and driving back Golden Dawn. In Britain, campaigners have undermined electorally the BNP but their mantle seems to have been taken up by UKIP who present a veneer of respectability while holding questionable policies.

“The tide of islamophobic, anti-immigrant and refugee prejudices and assumptions that fills our press and media and takes too many politicians with it has to be stood up to. Saturday is an opportunity for the vast majority of decent, humane citizens who hate racism to gather in our thousands, world-wide, to shout ‘Never Again’ to fascism and that immigrants and refugees are welcome here.”

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Notes to Editors

UN Anti-Racism Day

Demonstration

Saturday 21 March 2015

Assemble 10.30am, March off 11am

George Square, Glasgow,

For more information see: http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk and https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8TtYWAU_a8bOGR4Nk1EUHgwVms/view

Organisations supporting the march are:

Scottish Trade Union Congress;

Educational Institute of Scotland;

Fire Brigades Union Scotland;

PCS, Scotland;

UCU, Scotland;

UNISON Scotland;

UNITE the union, Scotland;

Show Racism the Red Card;

Aamer Amwar, human rights lawyer;

Justice and Peace Scotland;

Church of Scotland;

Association of Palestinian Communities Scotland;

AMINA, Muslim Women’s Resource Centre;

Ayrshire Hope not Hate;

Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts, Scotland;

Glasgow Alevi cultural community;

Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees;

Glasgow Palestine Human Rights Campaign;

Greater Glasgow Hope not Hate;

Morning Star Scottish Campaign Group;

Positive action in Housing;

Radio Awaz;

Scottish Detainee Visitors;

Scottish Friends of Palestine;

Scottish Refugee Council;

Scotland Against Criminalising Communities;

Stand up to UKIP;

Stop the War Coalition, Scotland;

Trade Union and Socialist Coalition;

Unite against Fascism, Scotland.

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