UAF and various Councillors show that they are willing to defend Paedophiles
Antifascists in Liverpool, backed by local councillors and trade unionists, have launched a statement against the fascist British National Party and the English Defence League.
The two organisations are seeking to exploit a serious court case to stir up racism and division. Local people are determined to show a unified community response to the BNP and EDL.
The problems in our society will not be solved by fascists and racists.
Statement: BNP and EDL not welcome in Liverpool
The British National Party and English Defence League have announced their intention to hold a protest at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday 6 February. They are exploiting a case of 11 Asian men from Rochdale who have been charged with child exploitation and sex offences, to bring their racist message to the streets of Liverpool.
We believe that this case is a matter for the police and courts. Furthermore, the BNP and EDL’s cynical exploitation of the case for its own ends, does nothing to help the suffering of victims of such abuse.
If the men involved were not Asian then it is clear that this protest would not be taking place. We believe that the BNP and EDL are using this case to attempt to whip up racism and foster division.
We call on everyone to join a dignified counter-protest at Liverpool Crown Courts. Let the racists and fascists of the EDL and BNP know that they are not welcome here.
8.30am Monday 6 February
Liverpool Crown Court
Liverpool L2 1XA
Cllr Joe Anderson – Leader of Liverpool City Council
Cllr Louise Baldock – chair of equality and diversity, Liverpool City Council
Merseyside Unite Against Fascism
Liverpool Trade Union Council
Liverpool University UCU branch
Donna Davies, Unite regional officer (personal capacity)
Ian Seddon, secretary, Unite Merseyside Finance branch (personal capacity)
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