A gloriously sunny London day welcomed over ten thousand marchers from all over the country on March 22nd for Stand Up To Racism and Fascism – the march and rally organised by Unite Against Fascism. The event marked United Nations Anti Racism day, with parallel events in Glasgow and Cardiff, and throughout Europe.The challenge now is to build on this so that we can defeat the racist BNP and UKIP at the European elections.
Join York UAF members at TSSA Offices on Nunnery Lane – 6pm on Tuesday 15th April to discuss how this can be achieved locally.
York People’s Assembly / York UAF members travelled down alongside colleagues from Leeds and Wakefield. The early start failed to dampen spirits and indeed the bus journey gave a valuable opportunity for discussion and networking.
The march itself was a noisy and boisterous affair, with the local contingent joined by those who had travelled down from York by train. Accompanied by a range of musical instruments and colourful banners the procession wound its way from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square via Whitehall and the thousands then gathered for a succession of powerful and moving speeches from a range of anti racist campaigners, trade union officials and politicians. These were supplemented by musicians from a variety of eras. All echoed common themes – the huge contribution of immigrants to all branches of British society, the threat posed by the dangerous racism of the EDL, BNP and UKIP and the need to work together to build solidarity and defeat fascism.