Below are a few useful links to news stories relating to last week’s English Defence League protest in Birmingham City Centre and Unite Against Fascism’s counter-protest, in which Respect party leader and Birmingham City Councillor Salma Yaqoob spoke against racism and fascism.
Councillor Salma Yaqoob commented:
“The instigators of this demonsrtration are fascist thugs. They are coming to our city with one intention only; to sow racist division by stirring up anti-Muslim hatred.
“One of their ringleaders made their intentions very clear when he publicly stated his opposition to ‘all Muslims practising their faith in Britiain’, and admitted links with the BNP.
“The police have assured me that they will deal with any troublemakers. I am concerned, though, that the West Midlands Police are playing down the racist nature of this protest, and the links the protesters have with far-right organisation. Everyone has a right to voice their opinions, but no-one has the right to incite hatred against others on the grounds of race or religion. It is very important that the West Midlands Police act firmly to deal with any incitement to racist hatred.
“Birmingham is a multi-cultural city and proud of it. It is also important that people of all faiths and cultures stand together in the spirit of peace and unity. We must show these people that they are not wanted here, and that Birmingham will not be divided by race or faith”.
Right wing rioters threaten more protests in Birmingham city centre – Birmingham Mail, 17.08.09
Anti-Extremist protests in Birmingham: racism takes to the streets – Charlie Salmon, The Sikh Times, 11.08.09
Salma Yaqoob condemns racist protesters – Pakistan Daily, 10.08.09
Battle of Bimringham: 35 held after riots – Louisa Pilbeam, The Mirror
City of Birmingham in UK sees anti-fascist action – Pakistan Daily, 10.08.09
Birmingham sees anti-Fascist action – The Stirrer, 09.08.09
‘Patriot League’ plans more clashes with anti-fascist activists – The Guardian, 09.08.09
Police review anti-Islamic rally – BBC News, 09.08.09
35 arrests in Birmingham after rival protesters clash – The Telegraph, 09.08.09
Arrests at Anti-Islamic protests – BBC News, 09.08.09