Protests held in Glasgow and Edinburgh over EU vote '˜racism'
PROTESTS are being held across two of Scotland's biggest cities as people gather to show solidarity with migrants and demonstrate against the xenophobia and racism '˜unleashed' by the EU referendum.
The events have been organised by various groups online following the EU referendum result in which the UK voted to leave the Union - despite the majority of Scotland’s population voting to Remain.
The Scottish demos, which have been organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts Scotland, Scotland Against Criminalising Communities and Scottish Labour Young Socialists, are taking place at George Square in Glasgow and outside St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
The events will coincide with larger protests in London, organised by Facebook group Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century, who posted that they will be gathering to march on the Shard.
The post reads: “The EU referendum has unleashed a torrent of racism. Migration has been attacked and scapegoated by both campaigns – with Leave stoking up bigotry against immigrants and Remain responding by capitulating and echoing that bigotry. This tone of anti-immigrant politics has not been set by the far right. It comes from the mainstream parties and the mainstream media, who have spent 20 years insisting that immigrants are a ‘problem’.”