Friday 18 January 2013

David Lammy MP and Tony Benn join London solidarity demo

David Lammy MP, Tony Benn, Assistant Editor of the New Statesman Daniel Trilling and a range of other speakers will join tomorrow’s protest outside the Greek embassy in London, in solidarity with the major anti-fascist demonstration in Athens.

The Athens demonstration has been called against the rise of the fascist Golden Dawn party in Greece. Golden Dawn’s electoral rise has been accompanied with a menacing, violent, street campaign including a recent racist murder of a Pakistani man, an attack on a Turkish diplomat’s car last week, an attack on a Syriza MP and on-going violent attacks on immigrants. This has sparked outrage in Greece, culminating in tomorrow’s major demonstration.

The international day of action will see the most coordinated protests in dozens of cities worldwide against fascism for decades. There will be protests in solidarity across the globe, including in London, New York, Sydney, Barcelona, Lyon, Toronto, Dublin, Vienna, Moscow, Canberra, Warsaw, Chicago, Copenhagen, Montreal, Bilbao, Ossona (Milan), Tampere (Finland), Ljubljana, Derry, Cork, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds and Bristol.

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) has called a protest outside the Greek embassy in London (details below). UAF is also sending a delegation from Britain to join the march, rally and festival in Athens.

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.

Demonstration
Saturday 19 January, 12 noon
Greek Embassy, 1A Holland Park, Notting Hill, London W11 3TP
Nearest tube: Holland Park

Speakers: David Lammy MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tony Benn, 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), Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett UAF Joint Secretaries, 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), a representative from Syriza, Andrew Burgin Greece Solidarity Campaign and Day-Mer representative


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