Sunday 15 May 2011

Barking public meeting called to defend multiculturalism

Antiracists will hold a public meeting on defending multiculturalism in Barking, east London, on Thursday 19 May.

The meeting follows a series of others held around the country to oppose prime minister David Cameron’s attack earlier this year on multiculturalism and Britain’s Muslims.


Speakers at the meeting include Barking and Dagenham councillor George Barratt, local National Union of Teachers rep Dominic Byrne and Alys Zaerin from UAF.

The meeting takes place at Crown House, Linton Road, Barking on Thursday 19 May at 7pm. The venue is a few minutes’ walk from Barking station.


UAF believes that Cameron’s remarks, and later comments effectively scapegoating immigrants for his government’s cuts programme, will only stir up more hatred and division in society.

Such comments help to create a climate in which hardcore racist and fascist organisations can thrive.

Barking and Dagenham was the scene of celebrations for antiracists and antifascists last year, when voters booted out all 12 British National Party councillors.

But fascists and racists from the BNP and the English Defence League are still active in the area and have staged a series of “protests” at the site of a proposed mosque and prayer room in Dagenham.

Local people have spoken out against the racist protests – and the meeting will discuss how we can defend multiculturalism and prevent racist division and hatred in our community.

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