Whitechapel unites to stand against Islamaphobia and racism
PUBLISHED: 16:10 04 April 2018
More than 200 people linked arms in a human chain in Whitechapel last night in a show of solidarity against racism.
Stand up to Racism event in Whitechapel
Councillor Ohid Ahmed outside the East London Mosque. Picture: A. Kunwar
Another event which took place in St Dunstan's. Picture: A. Kunwar
At one point, attendees formed a human chain to show their solidarity. Picture: Sheila McGregor
People held plaquards outside the East London Mosque in Whitechapel. Picture: Sheila McGregor
There were meetings in Haringey, Stratford, Islington and Tower Hamlets. Picture: Sheila McGregor
People made a stand against racial intolerance, including anti-semitism and Islamophobia. Picture: Sheila McGregor
A campaigner protesting bigotry. Picture: Sheila McGregor
Members from Tower Hamlets Stand up to Racism and United East End held plaquards and heard speeches outside the East London mosque.
April 3, which was dubbed ‘Punish a Muslim day’ in a hateful letter campaign, saw anti-racism demonstrations held across the country.
Sheila McGregor, convenor of the Tower Hamlets Stand up to Racism group, organised the gathering after a former student of hers contacted her, admitting she was afraid to go outside.
Sheila said: “We need to combat all forms of racism. We couldn’t let the vile hate leaflet ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ for April 3 go without organising opposition to it. One of the lessons of the Holocaust is that we need to challenge racism every step of the way.”
There were also meetings on the steps of Islington town hall, outside Stratford station, and in Haringey.