Anti-Racism Campaigners March in Glasgow
Anti-racism campaigners braved to the snow and have taken to the streets of Glasgow today to demonstrate against the rise in racism, xenophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiment.
Speakers include Richard Leonard, Amer Anwar, and Alison Thewliss, along with numerous representatives from community organisations. A similar march is also taking place in London.
Hate crime has soared across the UK since the Brexit vote. In England and Wales, eleven police forces have seen hate crime spike by more than 40%, with an additional 9,000 incidents over 2016 and 2017. Police Scotland has also warned about the sharp rise in online hate crime, with an unprecedented 6,000 cases recorded last year. Observers worry that these patterns of behaviour are being replicated among younger internet users.
Speaking on the march, Richard Leonard, Leader of Scottish Labour Party said:
“In the fight to rid our society of racism, we cannot be moderate, we cannot be patient, we need to be impatient and angry in our pursuit of justice and equality. And that applies inside the Labour Party just as much as in wider society. We are for not just a redistribution of wealth but also of power.”
“The letter from James Baldwin to Angela Davis when she was incarcerated in jail is a reminder of where we have been and where we need to go and what we need to do every day. It said “for if they take you in the morning they will be coming for us that at night.” So an injury to one is and injury to all. Silence is a vice not a virtue.”