UNISON Members joined thousands of people on the MARCH AGAINST RACISM demonstration on Saturday 17th March

UNISON Members joined thousands of people in London to MARCH AGAINST RACISM and religious discrimination and to support refugee and migrant rights.

Photograph of the beginning of the MARCH AGAINST RACISM from Portland Place to Whitehall, London. (17 March 2018)
Beginning of the MARCH AGAINST RACISM from Portland Place to Whitehall, London.

From London to Athens, marches took place across Europe to coincide with the European Action Week Against Racism, an annual event that calls upon the international community to bring an end to racism, discrimination and intolerance and promotes a festival of multiculturalism that celebrates the continent’s diversity.

In the lead-up to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, originally established to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre where 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators were murdered in South Africa during a peaceful protest on 21 March 1960, thousands this year came together on Saturday 17th March to highlight and challenge racial and religious discrimination today.

Protesters gathered outside the BBC offices in Portland Place, near Oxford Street to hear a number of speeches, before heading off to a rally at Whitehall behind the “STAND UP TO RACISM” banner.

Finally, huge crowds gathered at Whitehall to listen to more key speakers including Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie and UNISON National Race Equality Officer Margaret Greer as well as singer-songwriter Ray BLK.

Photographs: Tim Fransen

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