Scots urged to reject racism at the ballot box

May 29th 2009

Scottish voters are today (Friday 29 May) being urged to reject racist politics in next week’s Euro Elections.   

 The STUC, the mainstream political parties, and civic, faith and community groups will be on Glasgow’s streets with a large ballot paper to urge the electorate to vote for democracy, freedom and tolerance, and to reject the BNP.

 STUC President Martin Keenan said:  “The STUC is pleased to have brought together organisations representing hundreds of thousands of people from across Scotland, to show that we reject racism and fascism.  The BNP has racist policies which play on people’s fears.  Today we are sending a strong message to all voters, that we cannot allow apathy, or anger about MPs’ expenses, to let the BNP in on 4 June”. 

 Euro election candidates from the Scottish Labour Party (David Martin and Catherine Stihler), the SNP, the Scottish LibDems (George Lyon), the Scottish Greens (Elaine Morrison), and the Scottish Socialist Party (Nick McKerrell), will join with the STUC, Show Racism the Red Card, and representatives from a wide range of civic, faith and community organisations.

 Scottish trade unions, political, civic, community and faith organisations have signed up to the following statement to underline their opposition to racism:

 Scotland is a vibrant and diverse nation.  There is no place in Scotland for politics that divide communities, promote hatred, and that whip up intolerance and violence.  Scotland rejects racism and fascism”.



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