As people are probably aware according to the southampton Echo The English Defence League are planning a march in the city, below is Southampton Uafs unity statement .
The most up to date version,with all the most recent signatories can be obtained by clicking the Southampton Uaf link on the right.
Please circulate and sign.
Southampton Unity Statement
We the undersigned strongly oppose plans by the “English Defence League” —a racist group with links
to the fascist British National Party —to hold a demonstration in Southampton in January.
The EDL has a track record ofwhipping up race hatred against Muslims and against Asian people in
general. Its members have been filmed making Nazi “seig heil” salutes and shouting disgusting racist
slogans at previous demonstrations.
Islamphobia—bigotry against Muslims —is as unacceptable as any other form of racism. It divides and
weakens our society by making scapegoats of one community, just as Hitler’s Nazis did by targeting Jews
in the 1 930s. Today the EDL threatens Muslims, tomorrow it could be Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, black people,
lesbians and gay men, travellers or Eastern Europeans.
Southampton has a proud history of helping with most of the major refugee movements of the 20th
century including refugees from Nazism in the 30s and children fleeing the horrors of the Spanish Civil
War in 1 937. Many have remained here and contribute to the cultural and religious diversity of our city.
There is no place for racists or fascists in Southampton's multi-racial, multi-cultural and mutli-religious
community. That is why we stand in solidarity with Southampton's Muslim community and against the
poisonous bigotry of the EDL.
Adnan Chaudry, Dorset Race Equality Council
Bob Cox, Southampton Unite against Fascism
Bobby Noyes, President, Southampton Trades
Glyn Oliver, NUT Representative
Steve Squibbs, Secretary, Hampshire UNISON
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