Report of STUC anti-racism march in Glasgow

Trade unionists, politicians, faith and community groups today (Saturday 28 November 2009) marched through Glasgow’s streets in a visible demonstration against racism and fascism. The march was organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC). The Annual St Andrew’s Day Anti Racism March and Rally was designed to show a Scotland united against racism, and in difficult economic times will remind people of the dangers of allowing prejudice and discrimination to go unchallenged.


The March assembled at 10.30 am at St Andrew's in the Square just off Saltmarket, Glasgow and the march commenced around 11.00am.

There was a rally at 12.00 noon near the GFT (Glasgow Film Theatre), Rose Street, Glasgow.

There were a number of speakers including Vaughan Gething (President, Wales TUC), Halema Mogul (Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance), Cathy Pound (Hope not Hate Scotland) and Georgina Wardrop (STUC Youth Committee).
The chair was Sofi Taylor of Unison who was past Chair of the STUC Black Workers' Committee.

 

Here is a report from the BBC Scotland website


Hundreds of people have been taking part in a march and rally against racism in Glasgow.
The event, in advance of St Andrew's Day, was organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).
The march set off from St Andrew's in the Square, off Saltmarket, for a rally of about 500 people at the Glasgow Film Theatre, on Rose Street.
The rally received messages of support from Prime Minister Gordon Brown and First Minister Alex Salmond.
Speaking before the march, the Secretary of State for Scotland, Jim Murphy, said: "It is right that we tackle racist and fascist views and show to the world that Scotland is against racism.
"Racism has no place in a modern society and the vast majority of people in Scotland embrace equality and diversity openly".

 

'Vile views'
STUC general secretary, Grahame Smith said: "There is no place in Scotland for the extremist defence leagues, their vile views and their hatred of our Muslim community.
"Their attacks on Muslims should not be tolerated in our multi-cultural Scottish society.
"In fighting for a future free from racism we are proud of our record as trade unionists in challenging the racism and bigotry that exists in our society, but we cannot afford to be complacent."
Other organisations taking part in the march and rally included Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance and Hope not Hate Scotland.

 

 

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No sectarian nonsense here thanks

By CH

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CH wrote:Have hidden some comments for breaching the editorial policy. Want to make political criticisms of Republicanism / Unionism? Fine. Want to mix political criticisms with falsehoods, insults and bigotry? Take it elsewhere.

Typical CH bullshit, I don't agree, so CENSORED...!!

CENSOR away then (including this no doubt!) 

Yep. Really oppressing your freedoms of speech by removing comments like "Irish tramps".

Grow up. Troll elsewhere.

No sectarian nonsense here thanks

By Anonymous

CH wrote:Have hidden some comments for breaching the editorial policy. Want to make political criticisms of Republicanism / Unionism? Fine. Want to mix political criticisms with falsehoods, insults and bigotry? Take it elsewhere.

Typical CH bullshit, I don't agree, so CENSORED...!!

CENSOR away then (including this no doubt!) 

Re: Report of STUC anti-racism march in Glasgow

By Anonymous

Anonymous wrote:
jascarlin wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
To the ill-informed orange man Most off your information is distoreted for your own opinion./
Fair play to the STUC as the group that represents the Irish in Scotland were refused many anti-Irish racism marches due to threats of violence from Loyalists/BNP.

Getting the left to unite to take on the Tories and New Labour is very difficult. Convincing the working class to agree to a unified stragedy is the way to go? People on the streets of Glagow thinking about this and seeing a STUC march with tricolours in their midst will turn many of them off? A solution would be for republicans to take part if they wish but not waving their flags? Very few working class people support them, even among catholics? The flags were divisive on a "unity" march.



From reading your comment I can understand where your comming from as Republicans are trying to appeal to the Irish community so are the Trade unionists. There were no hardcore flags are the march maybe the disaprence of Tri-colours instead just the banners they had to highlight the fact of Anti-Irish racism that carrys on till today.

What about anti-English rascism?

Re: Report of STUC anti-racism march in Glasgow

By jascarlin

I have attended the rally for the last four or five years and it is in the main worthwhile. My only problem is the presence of the IRA supporters and Sein Fein claiming that they are anti racist? I have trouble rationalising this? The turnout yesterday was down on previous years? Is this a cause?

Re: Report of STUC anti-racism march in Glasgow

By Anonymous

jascarlin wrote:

I have attended the rally for the last four or five years and it is in the main worthwhile. My only problem is the presence of the IRA supporters and Sein Fein claiming that they are anti racist? I have trouble rationalising this? The turnout yesterday was down on previous years? Is this a cause?

Irish people have suffered from racism for hundreds of years thanks to British imperialism. I think Irish republicans have every right to come on an anti-racist demonstration, however much I might disagree with other aspects of their politics.

 

 

Re: Report of STUC anti-racism march in Glasgow

By Anonymous

jascarlin wrote:

I have attended the rally for the last four or five years and it is in the main worthwhile. My only problem is the presence of the IRA supporters and Sein Fein claiming that they are anti racist? I have trouble rationalising this? The turnout yesterday was down on previous years? Is this a cause?

I didnt hear or see any support for the IRA on the march. what i did see was a significant number of republicans in Glasgow supporting anti-rascism.

what trouble do you have that republicans are also anti-rascist?

No sectarian nonsense here thanks

By CH

Have hidden some comments for breaching the editorial policy. Want to make political criticisms of Republicanism / Unionism? Fine. Want to mix political criticisms with falsehoods, insults and bigotry? Take it elsewhere.

Re: Report of STUC anti-racism march in Glasgow

By Anonymous

I also found the presence of Sinn Fein made me uneasy. Sectarianism is racism, and in reality these groups are perceived to be supported for 'communal' reasons rather than political ones. It's hardly supporting unity or celebrating diversity.

There was a flag with Bobby Sands on it in the 'Sinn Fein' section and also a group with a banner for 'Republican Sinn Fein', so I certainly saw support for the IRA at the march.

Re: Report of STUC anti-racism march in Glasgow

By Anonymous

Anonymous wrote:

I also found the presence of Sinn Fein made me uneasy. Sectarianism is racism, and in reality these groups are perceived to be supported for 'communal' reasons rather than political ones. It's hardly supporting unity or celebrating diversity.

There was a flag with Bobby Sands on it in the 'Sinn Fein' section and also a group with a banner for 'Republican Sinn Fein', so I certainly saw support for the IRA at the march.

Republicanism is by nature a non sectarian organisation founded by Protestants for the working class people. The Republicans on the march including myself and also a few recent marches lately know the true understanding of this and are fericly anti-racist.

Why did Sinn Fein make you uneasy because it is too close to home for you I bet you have no doubt in supporting other oppressed people all over the world.

This is what annoys me about all your anti facists yous would never try and deal with an Orange walk even thought they are just as bigoted as the SDL,EDL and BNP.

Re: Report of STUC anti-racism march in Glasgow

By jascarlin

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:

I also found the presence of Sinn Fein made me uneasy. Sectarianism is racism, and in reality these groups are perceived to be supported for 'communal' reasons rather than political ones. It's hardly supporting unity or celebrating diversity.

There was a flag with Bobby Sands on it in the 'Sinn Fein' section and also a group with a banner for 'Republican Sinn Fein', so I certainly saw support for the IRA at the march.

Republicanism is by nature a non sectarian organisation founded by Protestants for the working class people. The Republicans on the march including myself and also a few recent marches lately know the true understanding of this and are fericly anti-racist.

Why did Sinn Fein make you uneasy because it is too close to home for you I bet you have no doubt in supporting other oppressed people all over the world.

This is what annoys me about all your anti facists yous would never try and deal with an Orange walk even thought they are just as bigoted as the SDL,EDL and BNP.

 

The Orange Order weren't on the St Andrew's day march. A lot of people in England and a very few in Scotland has been affected by the IRA bombings on mainland Britain. My point is when the public see the IRA banners in a march they think of the bombings and they will possibly think that ALL the marchers are in sympathy with the IRA marchers? Sympathy for the march as a whole will be lessened and I think that the low turnout on the march may well be because of their presence? I have attended over thirty political marches in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee in the last 5 or 6 years and this the only one where they show up except for the ones they themselves organize? Correct me if I am wrong? I think their presence sends out the wrong message to the public and the St Andrew's day march and aims suffers for it?