After Christchurch, #WorldAgainstRacism demos launch global movement against racism & the far right
Saturday saw #WorldAgainstRacism demonstrations take place around the world in an unprecedented coordination of international solidarity for UN Anti Racism Day.
- In London, 25,000 marched, with demonstrations also taking place in Glasgow (1,000) and Cardiff (1,000).
- See our round up gallery of photos HERE from the demonstrations that took place from the US – in New York and Washington DC – to right across Europe, including Germany, Austria, Poland, France, Greece, Denmark, Turkey, Ireland, as well as Australia.
- More demonstrations, including Catalunya and Spain, the Netherlands, and Norway are set to take place this week.
- 🌍See the map of global actions HERE🌍
These demonstrations came a gravely poignant moment, taking to the streets the day after the horrific racist massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The London Demonstration stopped off at New Zealand House to lay a wreath for the victims of the atrocity, and speaker after speaker pledged solidarity with Muslim community in challenging the horrific and growing wave of Islamophobia.
The horror we witnessed in New Zealand – like the attacks that took place on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and a black congregation in Charleston – underlines why these marches are so important – we need to build mass anti racist movements internationally to oppose a growing, murderous far right.
The #WorldAgainstRacism initiative is a major step forward for the global anti-racist movement, taking a positive message of multiculturalism and diversity onto the streets and bringing together the most powerful alliance possible to challenge the rise of racism, fascism, Islamophobia & antisemitism.
In Britain, the fantastic support from #Unions4Unity and the inspiring engagement from Love Music Hate Racism‘s #BeautifulResistance campaign involving major labels and artists, along with a broad range of speakers from the TUC, the unions, Muslim and Jewish organisations, campaigners from Windrush to justice over deaths in custody, and prominent figures like poet Michael Rosen and Chelsea’s first black player Paul Canoville, took the unity of the anti racist movement to a new level.
We have much work to do in the coming months to deepen and strengthen this movement – we need your support!