UK News Black Lives Matter UK criticised for claim British politics is ‘gagged’
UK demonstrators hold fourth weekend of anti-racism protests
LONDON (AP) — Anti-racism demonstrators are holding a fourth weekend of protests across the U.K., despite a ban on large gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. Demonstrations were taking place Saturday in cities including London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Hundreds assembled for a socially distanced Say No to Racism rally in Glasgow’s George Square, where earlier this week members of the far right attacked a refugee-rights gathering. In Edinburgh, protesters including “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh called for the removal of a statue of Henry Dundas from its column in the city’s St. Andrew Square.
The UK branch of the Black Lives Matter movement has declared its support for Palestine and faced criticism for saying British politics has been “gagged”.
In a tweet from its official account on Sunday which has been shared thousands of times it pledged solidarity with “our Palestinian comrades”.
But the Campaign Against Antisemitism branded part of the tweet a “lie” and called for the anti-racist movement to be one that unites people and not one that “spreads hatred and achieves lasting division”.
'White Lives Matter' plane flown over Etihad Stadium as Man City v Burnley match is broadcast live
It happened shortly after the players took the knee in support of Black Lives MatterThe plane appeared overhead just after both sets of players, who all had 'Black Lives Matter' emblazoned on their shirts, had taken the knee in support of the anti-racism cause.
As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism, and Israel’s settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades.
— #BlackLivesMatterUK (@ukblm)
A thread from the @ukblm account began: “As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism, and Israel’s settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades.
It comes after Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked from her post as shadow education secretary after refusing to take down a tweet on an article containing an allegedly anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
Education will save us – Guardiola condemns 'White Lives Matter' banner
Pep Guardiola says the fight to end injustice "starts in the schools" after a banner was displayed in Burnley's trip to Manchester City.The aircraft was spotted shortly after players from both teams took a knee in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, a gesture that has been a feature of all top-flight matches since the league returned from the coronavirus-enforced hiatus last week.
In response to the Black Lives Matter UK tweet, a spokesman for the Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “The Black Lives Matter movement should embrace solidarity from Jews. There have been calls for violence against us from prominent BLM supporters with no official condemnation.
should aspire to be a movement against racism that unifies people and achieves lasting change, not a movement that spreads hatred and achieves lasting division.
Educate yourselves. You cannot fight prejudice with prejudice.
— Campaign Against Antisemitism (@antisemitism)
“Now from the official UK BLM account we hear the lie that fighting antisemitism ‘gagged’ legitimate debate.
“Zionism is the movement for the self-determination of Jews. The right to the ‘self-determination of peoples’ is universal and enshrined in Article 1 of the UN charter. So-called anti-Zionism exclusively denies Jews that universal right and is therefore antisemitic.
“BLM should aspire to be a movement against racism that unifies people and achieves lasting change, not a movement that spreads hatred and achieves lasting division. You cannot fight prejudice with prejudice.”
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, tweeted: “I can’t stop thinking about this. It’s irresponsible, disappointing and dangerous to post something like this to thousands of followers who sincerely want to fight racism. “Gagged”? Gagged by whom? The insinuation is depressingly clear. You can’t fight racism with racism.”
British historian's 'racist' and 'appalling' comments on slavery widely condemned .
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