Protestors gather in Wigan town centre on anti-racism day

Representatives of a number of organisations met in Believe Square to raise their voices on a number of issues.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 4:07 pm
Updated Sunday, 21st March 2021, 8:36 am
Protestors in Believe Square on United Nations' Anti-Racism Day

The protest on Saturday was held on United Nations' Anti-Racism Day.

Campaigners in Wigan highlighted issues with discrimination, prejudice and hatred against ethnic minorities while also speaking out on issues including climate change, the Government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the controversial policing bill which was discussed in parliament last week.

Protestors spread out across Believe Square for social distancing purposes with their placards and banners.

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Protestors gather in Wigan town centre on Saturday

Speakers talked about subjects including the way police had handled the vigil for Sarah Everard in London, poor treatment of care home staff and NHS workers and environmental problems.

A spokesperson for the protestors said: "‘After the government decided to get heavy-handed with progressive protests of every kind United Nations Anti-Racism Day became the catalyst

for all progressive groups to come together to take a stand against racism and to send a message that that we won’t be silenced on all other issues.

"This demonstration was peaceful and safe and brought together trade unionists, socialists, climate activists, and animal rights' activists highlighting the shameful attacks on black and ethnic minorities, and the systemic racism that pollutes society."

The spokesperson said they feared Wigan would be among the places hardest hit by Government policies during the Covid-19 pandemic and that the burden of recovery from the novel coronavirus would fall on the poor and vulnerable.

Campaigners spoke out against ministers' procurement policies and spending during the past 12 months, raised the issue of coronavirus safety measures in schools and called the Policing, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill, which is now expected back in the House of Commons in June, "draconian".

Activists from Wigan Trades Council, Extinction Rebellion (XR), Anonymous for Voiceless and Stand Up To Racism, members of the Socialist Workers Party and Labour Party, trade union members and People Before Profit activists all took part in the town centre protest.

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