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#Glasgow #Antifa: More than 2000 people joined St Andrews day anti-racism march

More than 2000 people marched against racism in Glasgow on Saturday. The family of  Sheku Bayoh, who died in police custody in May 2015, marched at the front of the demo.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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Anti-fascists mobilized for an Antifascist Unity Bloc at the St Andrews day anti-racism march. In their call for the Antifascist Unity Bloc anti-fascists wrote: “Antifascists around the globe oppose the rise of the far right; whether in the form of Bolsonaro’s rise to power in Brazil off of the back of an institutional coup, to the Afd gaining a foothold in the German parliament, or the slew of far right and neo-nazi street thugs emboldened by Brexit closer to home. In times of crisis, the right is waiting to pounce on their opportunity to channel outrage at a broken system into their ideology of racial supremacy, homophobia, transphobia and bigotry. We can’t leave that unopposed.”

The family of  Sheku Bayoh, who died in police custody in May 2015, marched at the front of the demo. Suki Sangha, the granddaughter of Sikh waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar, who was murdered in 1998, walked alongside Sheku Bayoh’s family. Suki Sangha, chair of the STUC Black Workers’ Committee, told the Belfast Telegraph: “The undertaking of anti-racist and anti-fascist work has never felt as important and urgent as it does in 2018.”

Sangha also said: “The far-right are becoming more visible in public life across Britain, Europe and beyond. Years of constitutional, economic and political crisis have replaced hope with fear after fear. We know that racism is a by-product of capitalism, we know who our real enemy is. We need to learn and listen to what freedom and justice means for us all. Let us go beyond marches and build solidarity in every place we enter.”

Sangha continued by saying: “The news recently that the nine police officers involved in the death of Sheku Bayoh will not be prosecuted should not shock us. It should cause fury. How many times must we see black communities plead for justice? But our anger means nothing unless we are willing to show Sheku’s family our upmost solidarity. Solidarity not just in name, but in practice.”

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