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ANTI-RACIST activists gathered outside the US embassy in central London last night after Donald Trump falsely claimed victory in Tuesday’s presidential election.
Campaign groups joined forces at the socially distanced demonstration to call for the end of Mr Trump’s presidency and to vow continued anti-racist resistance regardless of the final election result.
Several key states were expected to finish counting ballots last night, but it looked likely that the poll’s outcome would remain unclear for days to come.
The protest in London coincided with hundreds of Protect the Results demonstrations across the US — triggered after Mr Trump declared victory before all votes were counted and while he was trailing behind his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Speakers included activists from Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) and All Black Lives UK, who have been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in Britain.
SUTR warned that Mr Trump’s call on the Supreme Court to stop all remaining votes being counted was an “affront to democracy” and showed his fear of defeat “despite the bluster of victory.”
The group said that Mr Trump was unlikely to accept the result if he lost and that “the strong likelihood of armed fascist and racist organisations on the streets supporting Trump and his ever-more-racist rhetoric means now is a critical time for solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter movement.”
People subjected to racial discrimination through police stop and search also spoke at the event, including Ryan Colaco, Mina Agyepong and Neomi Bennett.
Ahead of the protest, All Black Lives UK affirmed the similarities between British and US politics.
“It is important for us to show our solidarity with the American people in these troubling times, and we must always help in the discussion of what we can do to move forward and make sure our goals for racial equality are met here and across the pond,” its statement added.
SUTR co-convener Weyman Bennett said: “The United States has attempted to disenfranchise black communities, Latin communities and anybody who calls for justice in a racist society.
“We have to recognise in this polarised election the elements of the far right and racists immobilising to destroy what little rights we already have.
“It’s important that we unite everybody regardless of the outcome to make sure there is a continuous fight against racism, islamophobia and anti-semitism.”
SUTR co-convener Sabby Dhalu added: “Trump’s call on the Supreme Court to stop all votes being counted is an affront to democracy and reflects fear of defeat.
“Racism has been the hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidency, and in response millions of people across the globe and in the US have mobilised to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ and to stand up to racism and fascism.
“It’s time for Trump to go. But whatever the outcome, the movement against racism goes on.”
Supporting the action, Iannis Delatolis of US group United Against Racism and Fascism NYC said: “We know that regardless of the election results there needs to be a vibrant anti-fascist and anti-racist movement.
“Under Trump, the far-right and the fascists are organised more than ever before and are resembling a movement that is a real threat to black people, to [Latin-Americans] and to immigrants.
“We need to build on the momentum of the BLM uprising to beat back the fascist threat.”
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