Cardiff Unity Statement

We the undersigned completely oppose plans by the Welsh and English Defence Leagues to hold an anti-Muslim protest in Cardiff on Saturday 5th June. The WDL and EDL are a group of racists and football hooligans with close links to the fascist British National Party. When the EDL came to Manchester in October 2009, Muslim graves in the area were desecrated. When the EDL came to Stoke-on-Trent in January, the words "Islam scum" and "EDL" were daubed on a local mosque. When the WDL and EDL came to Swansea in October 2009 they were pictured making ‘Sieg Hiel’ salutes at anti-fascist protestors and burning an anti-Nazi flag. Islamophobia – bigotry against Muslims – is as unacceptable as any other form of racism. It aims to divide us by making scapegoats of one community, as the Nazis did with the Jews in the 1930’s. Today they threaten mosques; tomorrow it could be a synagogue, temple or church. Today they threaten Muslims, tomorrow it could be Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, black, Asian or Eastern European people, travellers or lesbian, gay and transgender people. We have beaten fascists and racists before by standing up in unity against them. We cannot stand by and let these racists attack any section of our community. Let's gather in such large numbers that we make it clear to these fascist and racist thugs that they are not welcome here. Let's protest against the racists and fascists, oppose their politics of hatred and defend Cardiff’s diverse and united community. We call on everyone to support and attend the protest against the WDL and EDL in Cardiff on Saturday 5th June. All in a personal capacity: Peter Hain M.P.; John Griffiths A.M.; Leanne Wood A.M. ; Hywel Francis MP; Alan Michael MP; Janice Gregory AM; Vaughan Gething, Thompson Solicitors; Jeff Hurford, sec UAF Wales; Darren Williams, PCS Cymru Campaigns Officer; Ali Ahmed, Bengla Deshi Association; Maggie Simpson, Cardiff City Unison; Amarjite Singh, Sec Cardiff UCW Amal branch; Marianne Owens, Vice-chair PCS Cymru; Andy Richards, Sec Unite Cymru; Rex Phillips, Organiser NAW/UWT Cymru; Rob Edwards Community, Regional Director; James Croy and Bob Crow, RMT; Brendan Kelly, RMT Wales region; Rob Goddard, Stonewall/Cardiff UAF convenor, Greg Cullen,playwright; Aled Edwards, Cytun; Adam Johannes, Cardiff StW; Sangiv Vedi, Show Racism the Red Card; James Ranton, No Borders Wales; Farida Aslam, Community Coalition Wales; Peter Adamson, FoE; Kris Hedges - Bluebirds Against the Nazis, Colin Nosworthy, Cymdeithas yr Iaith; Belinda Robertson, Unite Womens Equalities Officer; Kebbe Manneh, Unison Black Workers Group, Karl Wainwright, Unite Equalities Committee; Giggle Magazine; Peaceful Progress Events, Dub in a Pub organisers; Cardiff University People & Planet Society; Jam Bones, Cardiff Poetry event organisers; Mab Jones, poet; Steve Wakefield, Unite BAEM cttee; Charlotte Wiltshire, PCS; Sam Coates, Green Party PPC; Seb Power, Green Party; A Hubbard, Wales Strategic Migration Partnership; Anne Greagsby, Green Party; Ben Rutherford, NUS; CND Cymru; Dirty Revolution Welsh Regions of: Unite the Union; PCS; CWU; NAS/UWT; Community; RMT. National union - RMT

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