York to stage anti-racism and anti-Trump rally

Protesters demonstrate against the US Muslim ban in York last month. Photograph: Jane Carter / York Stand Up To Racism on Facebook
12 Feb 2017 @ 10.05 pm
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Two national speakers will address an anti-racism rally in York on Wednesday (February 15).

York Stands Up To Racism And Trump Public Rally

Priory Street Centre, York

Wed Feb 15 @ 7.30pm

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Anti-racist activist Nahella Ashraf and Moazzam Begg, the former Guantanamo Bay detainee, will speak at the event.

Moazzem Begg was detained under suspicion of terrorism and held for three years in Guantanamo without charge.

In 2005 he was released to return to the UK – where he was arrested and detained in Belmarsh for seven months when, once again, the case against him collapsed.

Mr Begg is now outreach director for CAGE – an organisation that fights for the rights of communities affected by the war on terror.

‘We must raise our voices’

Other speakers at the event are York Central Labour MP Rachael Maskell and Green councillor Denise Craghill.

Jane Carter, from York Stand Up To Racism, said:

The rise in racist attacks since the EU referendum, the imposition of a travel ban on Muslims by Donald Trump and the rise of right-wing populist parties across Europe means we must raise our voices in protest against racism in whatever form and show that we are united against all attempts to blame migrants and ethnic minorities for problems which face our communities.