Stand up to racism and fascism rally and demo will be held in London on 22nd March 2014 to mark the UN Anti-Racism Day with eyes on the European elections in May.
The rally will say: No to scapegoating of immigrants; No to Islamophobia; and Yes to diversity.
The rally is being organised by Unite Against Fascism in collaboration with several organisations and politicians.
The Unite Against Fascism notes that in most European countries parties of the right, centre and even the traditional left are already allowing the terrain of European elections to be dominated by racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and the scapegoating of minorities – Muslims, immigrants, Roma, Black and Asian communities.
Across Europe the fascist and populist racist right are on the rise, encouraging hatred, fear and prejudice in a frightening wave across the continent, the organisers say.
In Britain the far right is hoping for gains in the Euro elections. The British National Party (BNP) is seeking the re-election of Nick Griffin in the North West and Andrew Brons is seeking re-election in Yorkshire and the Humber. According to the organisers of the rally, the mainstream political parties are set to capitulate to UKIP in their calls for draconian ‘anti-immigration’ policies and promoting a ‘Little Englander’ anti-foreign, anti-Europe mentality.
The organisers hold that the ‘go-home’ vans sent out by the Home Office over the summer are a sign of things to come. For months, hostility has been stirred up towards Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers who are now able to work in the UK without restrictions.
While there is a real threat that openly racist parties may win the 2014 Euro-elections in some countries, this can be prevented by the widest possible unity against them and the mobilisation of the broadest progressive forces, Unite Against Fascism says.
Unite Against Fascism appeals to all the people of goodwill to join the rally as a response to the rising racism, “to show that migrants are welcome and demonstrate our confidence in a future free of scapegoating and hatred.”
For further information, visit the Unite Against Fascism’s link.