People all over the Europe took the streets to launch anti-racism demonstrations. The people from every walk of life protested against racial and religious discrimination and support refugee and migrant rights.
The huge and massive demonstration took place to coincide with the United Nations European Action Week Against Racism. The celebrated the diversity of the continent’s societies. The demonstration was established to mark the brutal murder of 69 protestors in South Africa during a protest against the apartheid laws of the government in 1960.
— Savvas Karmaniolas (@savvaskarma) March 17, 2018
People celebrate this day in order to remind people of whole world the modern discrimination. The Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Sally Hunt and singer-songwriter Ray Blk were there among people and each of them gave a speech. In the demonstration, people chanted with chains around their necks to symbolize refugees being treated like criminals.
Different placards with different hard-hitting and creative messages could be seen. One woman held a placard reading “Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color”. Another read: “White silence = violence”.
“The far right are rising across Europe – they are anti-migrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic and homophobic. We stand with all communities they target and must oppose the politics of hatred,” said Ms Abbott.
Speaking at #StandUpToRacism march today. "The far right are rising across Europe – they are anti-migrant, anti muslim, anti semitic and homophobic. We stand with all communities they target and must oppose the politics of hatred". @AntiRacismDay pic.twitter.com/p8Sihxucl6
— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) March 17, 2018
Boards reading “Mute Racism”, among other powerful messages, bobbed alongside colourful umbrellas as people stood before a stage and listened to key note speakers.
Mehrere tausend Menschen haben sich für die heutige #Großdemo gegen #Rassismus und #Faschismus angekündigt. Die Teilnehmer der #Demo sammeln sich aktuell am #Karlsplatz #W24 pic.twitter.com/omr5zlfSUU
— W24 (@Wien24) March 17, 2018
One protester was seen wearing a grim reaper disguise and holding a shield reading: “State racism, no impunity for police brutality against those without papers.”