WORKING TOGETHER: Diane Abbott MP, centre, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, right
AS THE European Union (UN) withdrawal bill has passed in Parliament and the government looks to trigger Article 50, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP has joined anti-racist campaigners in warning of a further rise in racist attacks and calling for a nationwide mobilisation against post-Brexit racism this Saturday 18th March.
Hate crimes soared by 41% in the months following a vitriolic referendum campaign in which refugees and migrants were used as scapegoats and campaign materials were reported to the police for incitement to racial hatred.
Earlier this year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) issued a statement warning, “We are hugely concerned about what might happen in relation to an increase in hate crime when Article 50 is triggered."
In the lead up to the triggering of Article 50, Theresa May has placed 'controlling immigration" at the centre of Britain's exit strategy and faced rebellion even from within her own party for using the rights of EU workers as 'bargaining chips'.
In response to this, a major national demonstration has been called for Saturday 18th March. Called by Stand Up To Racism and supported by major trade unions, community and faith groups, the #MarchAgainstRacism is intended to bring together all those who support the rights of refugees and migrants and oppose Theresa May's 'hard Brexit' plan to send a message of unity and support for Britain's diversity at a time when it is most under threat.
Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary and Stand Up To Racism President said:
"Article 50 is being triggered in the context of a horrific increase in racist attacks following the referendum and a toxic climate in which migrants are used as scapegoats for austerity and economic stagnation.
"The racism inherent in this Tory government's hard Brexit must be opposed by all who value diversity and the contribution of migrants to our society. That is why I am supporting the March Against Racism this Saturday."
To take part in the march, attend one of the following locations this Saturday 18 March 2017:
12 noon, BBC's Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W1A 1AA
11am, Holland Street
11am, Grange Gardens, CF11.
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