Meeting to oppose White Pride Worldwide march in Swansea
A PUBLIC meeting has been arranged to oppose a "white pride" march in Swansea.
A march is being planned to coincide with the White Pride Worldwide movement on Saturday, March 9, and a concert in the evening.
However anti-fascist campaigners, MPs and trade unionists have condemned the plans. A meeting has been organised by Swansea Unite Against Fascism (SUAF) for Thursday at 7pm in the Unitarian Church in High Street, to organise a counter demonstration.
A flier for SUAF claimed the organisers of the march were attempting to bring people in from across the UK to a march and evening gig in the city on March 9.
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The public meeting is to organise a demonstration against both the march and the gig.
The flier claimed: "The racist intention of the white pride march is very clear."
It added that the SUAF believed it was an, "attempt to bring together hard-line fascists and racists who wish to be vocal and street active".
On a website called South Wales National Front, which says it is not an official National Front site, it is stated: "This year the UK will hold its very own White Pride demo. March 9 is the day that the Whites of the UK can stand up and show their pride by flying Pro-whites flags at the event held in Swansea, South Wales."
However a spokesman for South Wales National Front said that the rally was not organised by them.
He added: "I don't know who is organising it, it has been done by people from all over the country."
Neath MP Peter Hain, who will be speaking at the SUAF rally, said: "There should be no place in our society for race hatred."
Andy Richards, Wales Secretary of Unite Union, said: "There is no place in Wales for the politics of hate.
He went on: ''We will always fight fear-mongering."
Mr Richards that they would not sit by and let communities be divided through hatred and division.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "The police have a responsibility to facilitate a person's right to demonstrate lawfully.
"We are aware of the planned march in Swansea on March 9, and, as you would expect, officers will be on duty to safeguard the right of the general public to go about their normal business, and to ensure the demonstrations do not disrupt local business activities."