The victims that were massacred during Apartheid in South Africa deserve to be in the people’s memory, as well as all of those that have suffered racism. Thus, the UN created this, 17th of March, a day in which demonstrations would be held in different parts of the world, the British capital being one of them.
Juanjo Andrés Cuervo
Although thanks to the effort of many people the levels of racism have been reducing- especially in multicultural cities such as London, where people from many different countries are living- there are still vestiges of absolute hatred on the part of some citizens.
Sadly, one of them is the President of the United States, who recently again used social media to attack the Muslim people. Through Twitter, Donald Trump is not giving up in his determination to hurt as many more ethnic and religious groups as he can, and he even took it on himself to share a far-right demonstration against Muslims.
But he is not the only one to discriminate and, for example, refugees are still being vilified by governments around the world.
Besides this, a Mayor in Germany was stabbed, presumably for permitting entrance to his city and offering protection to people that are fleeing from war.
Traditionally, vulnerable groups have been suffering this irascible harassment, and thus, in 1966 the UN celebrated the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’.
This came about after the commemoration to remember the 69 people that were murdered during a protest being held against Apartheid in South Africa.
Another 178 people were hurt during this demonstration in favour of Human Rights and against the tyranny. Thus, the UN General Assembly called on the global order to racism. As expected, the London activists will unite for this cause and thus help in removing this problem, which is still damaging a society that doesn’t know who to blame for its problems.
The unfairness of the situation is that groups such as Muslim people have been accused and stigmatized, even though they have suffered the worst massacres perpetrated by ISIS. Despite this, they are being discriminated against by part of society, and have been described as terrorists.
On top of this a nationalist and extremely conservative sentiment is spreading across Europe, threatening to destroy the democracy that was so difficult to attain.
In countries such as Austria, France or Germany, anti-immigration Parties are gaining power, which might lead to a chaotic prospect in the Old Continent.
Against this menace, different demonstrations will be held in the cities of London, Cardiff and Glasgow, all of them in the United Kingdom. And people will be protesting in other capitals such as Paris, Berlin, Athens, Amsterdam or Vienna, and on the other side of the Atlantic, in the United States. As is now usual with issues involving the abolition of discrimination against people of different backgrounds, Stand Up To Racism will organize this event.
(Translated by Juanjo Andrés Cuervo – https://twitter.com/J_AndresCuervo)