Don’t be fooled by today’s (Tuesday 8 October) resignations of the English Defence League’s (EDL) co-leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, was the message from Britain’s largest union Unite.
Warning that the spectre of fascism, division and far right extremism still remains, the union urged people to join the celebrating not dividing – march and rally against fascism in Liverpool this Saturday, 12 October.
The march and rally follows a number of attacks on Unite’s Liverpool offices by far right extremists and members of the EDL and will see community groups and trade unions come together to celebrate one community and say ‘no’ to hate.
Commenting Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: “The rejection of violence by the EDL’s co-leaders doesn’t mean that the creed of division and racism of the far right haters has disappeared.
“The EDL may have lost its leaders, but don’t be fooled, the violent thuggery of the fascist far right still stalks our communities. As Nick Griffin of the extremist BNP demonstrates the hard right hatred does not disappear, it merely mutates and tries to gain an air of respectability.
“There can be no room for complacency as the attacks on our offices in Liverpool have shown. Now, more than ever, we need to stand together to celebrate one community and say that there is no place for hate in modern Britain.
“I urge people to join us on Saturday to send a message of unity and that we will not allow the politics of fear and division to destroy our communities.”
A rally at the Pier Head follows the march through Liverpool’s city centre with performances from Liverpool based rapper Kof, and the Banner Theatre, as well as speakers including:
• Joe Anderson – Mayor of Liverpool
• Salma Yaqoob
• Len McCluskey – Unite general secretary
• Mohammad Taj – President of the TUC
• Billy Hayes – CWU general secretary
• Colette Williams - BARAC/chair of Unite Community
• Bob Crow – RMT general secretary
• Weyman Bennett – UAF
• Christine Blower – NUT general secretary
• Roger McKenzie, Unison assistant general secretary
• Jason Hunter, Hope not Hate
For further information contact Alex Flynn, Unite head of media and campaigns, on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665 869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.42 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.