Thursday 23 May 2013

Unite Against Fascism statement on Woolwich murder and EDL campaign against Muslim communities

Unite Against Fascism sends its condolences to the family and friends of the soldier murdered yesterday in Woolwich. There can be no justification for such a terrible attack on an individual.

But we must recognise that fascist organisations such as the English Defence League and British National Party are trying to use the murder to whip up racism and direct hatred against all Muslims.

EDL thugs attempted to start a race riot in Woolwich last night. Mosques have been attacked by racist thugs. These fascists and racists should be condemned and opposed. We must not give a quarter to those who would judge an entire religion, race or nationality by the actions of a few.

We do not hold Norwegian Christians responsible for the actions of the fascist Anders Breivik, whose 2011 rampage left 77 dead. We do not hold white people collectively responsible for Timothy McVeigh, the US neo-Nazi whose 1995 Oklahoma City bomb killed 168 people, or for David Copeland, the former BNP member who planted bombs across London in 1999. Nor should anyone suggest that Britain’s Muslims are collectively responsible for yesterday’s attack.

The fascist organisations that are trying to stir up trouble and racist violence in the wake of the Woolwich killing do not care about the dead soldier, his family or the interests of any community. They want only to see Muslims attacked and a race war on our streets. UAF condemns them and opposes their attempts to call “demonstrations” to exploit these issues.

UAF also calls on the media and politicians to stop using inflammatory language that feeds the fascists and racists. We must challenge Islamophobia wherever it raises its head. We must reject those who want to divide our communities and set them against each other, and stand fast to the ideals of anti-racism, multiculturalism and respect for all.

Signatories to the statement include Ken Livingstone (Former Mayor of London), Brian Simpson MEP, Diane Abbott MP, Bruce Kent, Len Duvall AM, Murad Qureshi AM, Reverend Hazel Barkham, Varinder Singh (Sikhs Against the EDL) Louise Baldock (Liverpool City Councillor), Martin Mitchell (Blackpool Councillor) and hundreds more who have signed the statement online.

Ken Livingstone, Former Mayor of London and Honorary President of UAF issued a statement on the Woolwich atrocities which can be read here

Don’t let the Nazi’s divide us

The racist English Defence League, were quick to exploit the Woolwich attack. They attempted to start a riot in the borough on the evening of the attack.

Also that night there were a number of reported attacks on Mosques around the country.

Both the BNP and the EDL have called seperate demonstrations, attempting to demonise all Muslims.

UAF is opposed to these fascist groups using the Woolwich tragedy to divide our communities and to increase racial tensions.

In conjunction with local anti racist groups, trade unions and faith groups UAF will be holding peaceful assemblies against the racists that are trying to divide us.

what you can do:

1. Build, support and attend our protests:

Full details for peaceful assembly prior to EDL demo on Monday 27th May opposite Downing Street at 2pm here:

2. Sign our online petition calling for unity against the EDL’s attempts to divide our communities. Click here for link

3. Download our petition for use in your community/workplace click here for link

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