21 March 2016
Marking UN Anti-Racism Day on Saturday 19th March, members of Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party joined around 20,000 people in the Stand Up to Racism demonstration in Central London. It was in support of refugees and in opposition to the British government and the EU punishing people for fleeing from persecution. The protest came a day after the EU agreed a deal with Turkey to return all refugees who arrive in the Greek islands. The demonstration ended with a rally in Trafalgar Square.
Green MEP Jean Lambert and Green Party Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali were among the speakers.
Sadly, there has been a rise in racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and xenophobia across Europe as immigrants are often scapegoated in times of economic hardship.
In this country, we have seen the rise of hard right parties like UKIP, who seek to blame immigrants for problems they did not cause. By scapegoating the poorest people in society for the problems created by the richest, the government has been able to impose austerity, and immigrants have been the principal target.
The Green Party is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and opposes hate-based behaviour. Migration policies should not discriminate directly on grounds of race, colour, religion, political belief, disability, sex or sexual orientation.
The Green Party is opposed to forced migration and forced repatriation.
“We need to send out a clear message that we will not tolerate racism and the hard right by voting for progressive parties like the Green Party in the forthcoming GLA election,” said Havering & Redbridge GLA Green Party candidate Lee Burkwood. “Too often immigrants and the most vulnerable are being made to suffer for the failure of an unjust economic system,” he added.