This Saturday 19 January will see a huge demonstration in Greece against racism and the rise of the fascist Golden Dawn party, and protests in solidarity across the globe, including in London, New York, Sydney and many cities across Europe and beyond. Unite Against Fascism (UAF), have organised a protest outside the Greek embassy in London. UAF is also sending a delegation from Britain to join the march, rally and festival in Athens.
Speakers include: David Lammy MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tony Benn, Jennifer Moses (National Officer for Equality & Training NASUWT), Rahil Liapopoulou (actor from Greece), Owen Jones (Columnist), Daniel Trilling (Author of Bloody Nasty People – The rise of Britain’s far right & Assistant Editor, The New Statesman), Gerry Gable (Editor, Searchlight), Elizabeth Mantzari (Solidarity with the Greek resistance), Ipek Ozerim (Embargoed!) Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah (UK Black Pride), Aaron Kiely (NUS Black Students Officer) Haci Ozdemir (Refugee Workers Cultural Association), representatives from Syriza, Greece Solidarity Campaign and Day-Mer
Support for the London demonstration comes from across all communities, with particular endorsement from Greek organisations in Britain and from the Turkish, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other communities which have a strong presence in both Athens and London. The international day of action will see the most coordinated protests in dozens of cities worldwide against fascism for decades.Solidarity protests supporting Athens have been called in cities around the world this Saturday. These include: Dublin, Derry, Cork, Barcelona, Ossona (Milan), La Garriga (Barcelona), Bilbao, Lyon, Copenhagen, Vienna, Tampere (Finland), Warsaw, Moscow, Chicago, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Sydney, Canberra, Ljubljana, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Bristol
Joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, Sabby Dhalu, says:
“Racism and fascism are on the rise across Europe, especially in this climate of economic hardship and crisis. The threat is nowhere greater than in Greece. But we are not immune here in Britain, where we still have two fascist MEPs and various unscrupulous forces are adding to a climate of intolerance and xenophobia.
“UAF is proud to be calling this protest on Saturday, drawing in a coalition of many others who oppose the threat of fascism. It will send a message to friends in Greece that we are on their side and will not stand idly by as open fascists rear their heads. It is also a stepping stone in our campaign in Britain to drive back racism, to ensure that thugs like the EDL are not allowed to terrorise multiracial areas, to force out Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons (elected for the fascist BNP four years ago) at the European elections in 2014, and to contribute to creating a public climate in which racism and xenophobia are marginalised.”
Demonstration: Saturday 19 January, 12 noon, Greek Embassy, 1A Holland Park, Notting Hill, London W11 3TP
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