Goldsmiths UCU were horrified by last week’s events in Woolwich, where an off-duty soldier was murdered by a group of men who allegedly believed themselves to be exacting vengeance for the killing of Muslims by British soldiers in other countries.
A particularly disturbing development has been the opportunism of Far Right groups, who have attempted to whip up hatred and incite violence. Various incidents of violence have been reported including two attacks on Mosques.
Now the BNP have announced that they plan to assemble on Saturday June 1st, marching from Woolwich to then converge on the Lewisham Islamic Centre (situated near Lewisham hospital). The Lewisham Islamic Centre has rightly stated that “the purpose of the march to conclude in our Borough and outside our Centre is to create discord, division and disunity”.
Lewisham has a proud tradition of standing up to fascism and racism. Lewisham’s TUC and the Lewisham NUT branch, have called for a rally to show that unity again this Saturday, standing together to show the BNP that we will not let racism – or terrorism – divide our community.
Rally at 2pm outside Lewisham Islamic Centre
365 Lewisham High St, by the Shell Garage near the Hospital
Goldsmiths SU are planning to meet at 11am at Goldsmiths before making their way to Woolwich. They’ve set up a Facebook event at http://on.fb.me/119Zyxd.
HOPE not hate/Daily Mirror online campaign – No Place For Hate http://bit.ly/12RplMa (please sign and pass on)
Stop the War Coalition’s statement on the Woolwich Killings http://bit.ly/12Rpxeg