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NIGEL FARAGE’S attack on an Afrikan Emancipation Day march in Brixton was dismissed today by organisers as “racist nonsense and deceitful propaganda.”
Hundreds of people gathered in Brixton, south London, on Saturday to commemorate the passing of the 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act and demand reparations.
Attendees at the annual event took part in educational sessions by grassroots groups focused on different topics including arts and culture, listened to speeches and music and held a three-minute silence.
Police said the gathering was “largely peaceful” with only three arrests made.
But Mr Farage , former leader of the Brexit Party, described the scenes as “terrifying,” likening protesters to a “paramilitary-like force.”
“This is what the BLM movement wanted from the start and it will divide our society like never before,” he said on social media.
Local Labour MP Bell Ribeiro Addy, who attended the protest, said Mr Farage’s comments were “unfounded” and “absolutely disgraceful.”
“What I witnessed, along with others, was a day of commemoration, celebration, activism and community,” she told the Star.
“The idea that a campaign to end racial injustice is ‘divisive’ is a divisive comment in itself: it embodies the very nature of structural racism.”
Saturday’s event was organised by a coalition of groups including Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide.
Co-ordinator Esther Stanford-Xosei described Mr Farage’s post as “racist nonsense and deceitful propaganda.”
“Farage’s comments were an abysmal attempt to frighten away allies,” she said. “Far from dividing society,” the event, which is now in its seventh year, was a “unifying celebration” that brings people together “to strengthen their co-operation in fighting to eradicate the divisive weapon of racism.”
“The deceptive fearmongering of the white-supremacy racist ilk of Nigel Farage is not going to stop us progressing this work of rebuilding principled unity,” she said.
Unlike previous years, organisers called on protesters to take part in direct action and “lock down” Brixton by blocking the roads due to the government’s inaction on reparations for slavery.
“We decided to organise the Afrikan Emancipation Day reparations groundings as a form of peaceful non-violent direct action because we are not being heard in our demand… that the UK government establish the all-party parliamentary commission of inquiry for truth & reparatory justice,” Ms Stanford-Xosei said.
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