Friday 1 June 2012

Rochdale — racists exploit victims of grooming

The Nazi BNP and racist street gangs of the English Defence League (EDL) are shamelessly exploiting the Rochdale grooming trials to further their politics of hate. This cynical move is not about caring for the victims of a terrible crime, but an opportunity for them to push their agenda of hatred, division and fear.

The fascists and racist have organised a “demonstration” in the city on 9 June. In response locals have formed Rochdale Unity.

Rochdale Unity said in a statement:

We condemn the cynical and dangerous attempt by racists and fascists in the English Defence League and British Nationalist Party to manipulate the horrific case of the sexual exploitation of young women in Rochdale in order to stir up Islamophobia and racial hatred in our community.

“Sexual exploitation is an appalling crime, but it is not linked to ethnicity or religion. As the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre point out, ‘Child sexual exploitation is not confined to one community, age, demographic, social status or gender.’

“We support the Unity Rally in Rochdale on Saturday 9 June and call on others to join us in opposing the attempt by racists and fascists to hijack this issue in order to further their political agenda and to demonise and punish an entire community.”

Signed by: Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, Manchester Trades Council, Bolton Trades Council, TFGM Unison Branch Executive, UNITE Fujitsu Manchester reps committee, Greater Manchester UAF.

Rochdale Unity rally
Saturday 9 June, assemble 12 noon at 
Broadfield Park, St Albans St (off Drake St), Rochdale.

Transport is being organised for the rally. Phone 07903 586 191 for details.

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