Across England, Wales and Scotland, tens of thousands of people protested racist attacks and fascism on March 21, UN Anti-Racism day. This day commemorates the victims of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, when 69 peaceful protestors against apartheid were killed by South African police.
London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Edinburg recorded mass protests with marchers unequivocally rejecting all attempts of the State and reactionary forces to divide the people. There were parallel marches in Germany, Greece and other countries across Europe and around the world.People from all walks of life had come together to protest; they heard important speeches from trade unionists, student activists and others.
The protesters held banners reading "No to Islamophobia”, “Muslim Lives Matter", "From Ferguson to London, Black Lives Matter", "Stamp out Anti-Semitism" and "Immigrants are Welcome here."
This was a telling response to attempts by the British and European bourgeoisie to organize fascist groups against immigrant communities. Across the cities, demonstrators clearly expressed that they are fed up with immigrants being wrongly blamed for an economic crisis they did not create. On the one hand, the bourgeoisie is cutting back on social spending under the pretext of “austerity measures” and on the other, it is using people's genuine insecurities to sow seeds of racism and division. This is particularly evident in Germany and Greece where racist and fascist groups are being organized to terrorise the immigrants.
The demonstrations in the UK and Ireland were organised by more than 12 groups including Stand Up To Racism, Unite Against Fascism, the Muslim Council of Britain, and Stop the War, the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC), and others
The organisers explained that "from Germany to Greece to Ferguson, people have gathered, who want a society free from racism, and are saying NO MORE! People are taking to the streets in large numbers to oppose to protest institutional racism and police violence against various communities.
In the US, the people came out on the streets to express their condemnation of US imperialism’s fascist and brutal war mongering and violation of the sovereignty of countries. There were several demonstrations protesting US military involvement overseas; demonstrators carried signs amid mock coffins outside the White House on March 21, 2015.Thousands of people participated in rallies in several US cities to protest against the administration’s policies in the Middle East.In Washington DC, protesters marked the anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.They also slammed CIA-run drone campaigns targeting civilians in several Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan. Similar marches were held in Los Angeles and several other cities.
Tens of thousands of people have spoken against racism, fascism and imperialist war on this day.