Anti-racism march and rally in Glasgow

Demo meeting sign

Stand up to Racism has joined Unite Against Fascism Scotland, and the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees with the support of the STUC (Scottish Trade Union Congress) and Scottish Refugee Council to hold a national demonstration in Glasgow. The march and rally will stand up to racism, fascism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

The demonstration will be held on 19 March, the United Nations International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The March and rally will coincide with demonstrations taking place across the world to send out positive messages on this day, including extending a warm welcome to refugees.

Stand up to Racism has previously held some of the largest anti-racist mobilisations in the UK. The demonstration is expected to have a huge turnout with events taking place in London and Wales as well as in Scotland. Last year over 1000 people marched from George Square.

Gary Christie, Scotland Refugee Councils Head of Policy and Communication said,  “Scottish Refugee Council is delighted to support the national rally on 19 March and stand in solidarity with the many organisations and individuals who say that Scotland must be a place that opposes all forms of racism, prejudice and xenophobia. This year we have witnessed ever greater numbers of people fleeing for their lives in pursuit of protection."

“The response in Scotland to this has been overwhelming. Thousands of people from all walks of life took to the streets across Scotland to offer solidarity to refugees fleeing Syria. Yet, across Europe we have seen increasing negative political rhetoric towards refugees. Scotland can be a beacon for the rest of the UK and Europe in how to welcome and treat refugees. We along with the many on the march will shout this loudly.”  

During the biggest refugee crisis faced in Europe since World War 2, politicians and media across Europe have sometimes fanned the flames of prejudice. However, during this international day of protest people, no doubt including many of Scotland’s supportive politicians, will come together to stand against hate, and to highlight the rise of racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic hate crimes.

This demonstration asks for individuals to celebrate diversity in communities. The refugee crisis has prompted a new surge of support from people across Scotland and the creation of many new movements to support and welcome refugees. There has been wide-ranging support from old and new charitable organisations, trade unions, faith groups and individuals.This is a day for everyone to stand together to share these values and to show their support for a fairer society.

Assemble at 11am at George Square, Glasgow City Centre on 19 March. There will be a number of speakers on the day.

How can you help?

Join the Facebook event page to show you are attending and share to others.

Download a ‘I’m standing up to racism’ sign and take pictures of yourself, work colleagues, community group with it and tweet your pictures to @STURScotland / @antiracismday using  the hashtag #M19Scot.

There are also demo leaflets available to download.

If your looking for campaign materials for the demo day you can get a 'Refugees Welcome Here' badge from the Stand Up to Racism website

There are still 'Aye Welcome Refugee' T-shirts from Scottish Refugee Council. T-shirt donations go towards supporting our work with refugees.