UN Anti-Racism Day – Refugees Welcome 19.3.2016

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My family got-up early on Saturday morning and prepared ourselves for a day of leftwing political campaigning on the streets of wonderful London!  I suspect the current far-rightwing Tory government of the UK – that has murdered tens of thousands of its most vulnerable citizens since 2010 (aided and abetted by the Liberal Democrats) – would rather the UK did not celebrate an ‘anti-racist’ day initiated by the United Nations, particularly as it clashes with the UK position of supporting neo-Nazism in the Ukraine and other Eastern European States.  Boris Johnson – the current Tory Mayor of London made sure that many of the Tube lines were down for ‘planned’ engineering works, an that only one half of the roads were closed to traffic in Central London.  d Racism is but one symptom of the general hatred that inspires fascism and which leads into all other modes of discrimination. As matters transpired, tens of thousands of right minded and decent people made the journey to London – overcoming many difficulties to do so.  There was a Rally at the start in Portland Place before the march began, featuring rousing speeches from students, MP’s, disabled 0rganisations, civil rights campaigners, nurses, and many others.  Although scheduled to start at 12 noon – the march did move-off until 1:15pm.  By this time many elderly and disabled had been stood in one place for over two hours – but did not leave.  They put the broader principle of ‘equality’ before personal discomfort and we admired them greatly.  Various Communist and Socialist representatives appeared to gather together just behind the banners of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PSC) and this included the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) and the Communist Party of Great Britain (ML).  There was probably around 20 Red Flags of various descriptions all featuring the Hammer & Sickle motif of the International Workers.  We proudly carried an old flag from the Soviet Union to keep the spirit of Marxist-Leninism alive in the bourgeois, capitalist West, and our daughter – Mei-An – proudly carried a smaller Red Flag on a much shorter pole suitable for a determined 3 year old who managed to walk much of the route unaided.  The march ended in Trafalgar Square where there was a concluding rally with many important speakers talking about horrific racism in the UK – particularly those killed in Police or Prison custody since 2010 and the election of this Tory Junta!  Onward to Revolution!

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